Taken by Kelli Maine

February 6, 2013 Review 0 ½

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Taken by Kelli MaineTaken by Kelli Maine
Series: Give & Take #1
on August 2012
Genres: BDSM, Erotica
Pages: 166
Format: ARC
Source: NetGalley
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You steal me away to a deserted island, to the one place I’ve dreamed of being—the one place I can’t go.

You’re used to buying whatever you want, but you can’t buy me...how do I resist the magnetism of your body, the longing ache deep inside me? I want you to take me—on my terms.

Every attempt you make to love me only hurts me. How can we go on like this?

This is the story of how I was TAKEN.

Rachael DeSalvo cares for those she loves with no regard for what she needs from them in return. When her father dies, her mother’s emotional dependency becomes overbearing. Unable to leave her distressed mother, Rachael turns down her dream job with Rocha Enterprises.

Billionaire real estate mogul, Merrick Rocha, knows what motivates people and what buttons to push to get what he wants. When the perfect project manager candidate turns down his job offer, it drives him mad. Three months of watching Rachael from afar has him more determined than ever to have her—for much, much more than an employee.

Merrick takes what he wants, but can he convince Rachael to give him what he needs?

I requested this book from NetGalley thanks to the quote that suggested it as what to read after 50 Shades of Grey. I had assumed that the suggestion was for those of us who thought that 50 Shades was terrible, and that this was, you know, high quality BDSM erotica. I was most definitely wrong on that account.

Taken is an erotic romance that tells the story of Rachael DeSalvo, a young woman who is kidnapped by billionaire Merrick Rocha after she turns down his job offer. Within mere pages, or what amounts to less than 24 hours in the book, Rachael is panting after Merrick and wanting him in her bed. Of course, she acknowledges the insanity of this a few times, but the fact remains that she wants him. And he wants her to make the first move, because he’s “punishing [himself] with enough guilt”.

I went into this book expecting a good story with hot sex scenes, but most of all, I expected it to be something I could believe. Instead, I spent a lot of time wanting to throw this book down and to give up reading, but I just couldn’t do it. I had committed myself to reading and reviewing this book, so here we are.

This book read very much like glorified rape porn. It was offensive in so many ways. Merrick insisted that the kidnapping was spontaneous, but he arranged for her mother and aunt to be whisked away on a vacation, for new appliances, for food, and managed to get his hands on a date rape drug. And do we really need to be reminded that date rape drugs are bad?

Inviting a woman into bed to be your hands is only sexy if the women both want to be there and you’ve been intimate with your partner for a while. And no woman should ever have to worry if she’s being a tease for not having sex with a man, let alone one who has kidnapped her and taken her to an island against her will. No means no. In fact, throughout this book Rachael struggled a lot with guilt. She felt guilty for making him wait, and even for reminding him that she was there against her will. 

I’m not against stories that have big, strong alpha men who take charge. They’re sexy, they know it, and I love them. I’m not even against the idea of being whisked away to a romantic island–as long as the whisking is being done by either an established couple or good friends who’ve had a lot of unresolved sexual tension going on and he’s finally making his move. The problem is that Rachael and Merrick were virtual strangers. She had one interview with him, turned down his job offer, and then he stalked and kidnapped her. There is nothing sexy about this scenario.

I usually try to have nice things to say about something that I’ve read, but honestly the only nice thing I can say is that the cover was pretty.

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