Taken by Storm: Kelli Maine

Give and Take Series #2

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The emotional rollercoaster of the USA TODAY bestselling Give & Take series by Kelli Maine continues with MJ and Maddie's story! 


Maddie Simcoe knows the devastation that comes from keeping secrets. Now, she's desperate to move on from the heartbreak that almost destroyed her -- trading wild passion that once made her knees weak for a life of comfortable stability. But before Maddie can start over, she must return home to put the past behind her once and for all...


When Maddie blows back into MJ Rocha's life, nothing will stop him from proving to her that walking away from him was the biggest mistake of her life -- not even the engagement ring she wears. Her every look, every touch tells MJ that the fire that once raged between them still burns hot, and MJ won't give up until Maddie gives in to the inferno.


Trapped by a hurricane roaring through Turtle Tear Island, MJ and Maddie find shelter in each others' arms. While the lightning flashes, MJ and Maddie are helpless to fight bonds of desire that tie them together. But just as they're about to surrender to the torturous longing that consumes them both, the storm unleashes violent secrets from MJ's past...secrets that could wash away all MJ and Maddie's hopes of forever...


Book 1: Taken: Goodreads/Amazon/B&N
Novella 1.5: No Take Backs: Goodreads/Amazon/B&N

"If you take the most impossible route to anywhere and make it a thousand times more complicated, that's the way MJ goes through life."

This book begins right after the shocking end of No Take Backs. But we are now getting the story from the point of view of MJ who is Merrick's long lost son. MJ feels abandoned by everyone that should matter. He has had no relationship with his parents, his grandfather barely tolerates him, and the love of his life left him a year ago with no explanation. He is angry, troubled, lost, and on a path to self destruction.

When the hell would he get a god damn break? It wasn't bad enough that he had the sh***y end of every f*****g stick when it came to family, now the universe had to take a dump on him...

But all at once, his life is rapidly changing. His first love Maddie is back and has secrets she will not reveal. And his father Merrick and his girlfriend Rachael just learned of MJ's existence. He has to come to terms with the changes, try to build new relationships, and try to convince Maddie that they belong together(and also get over being angry at her for abandoning him).

Maddie was kind of hard to take at first She literally crushed MJ by running out on him without any explanation. And is now continuing to cause him pain upon her return. She has to decide if she wants to say yes to the safe option she has waiting in the wings or open up to the man she has always loved. But at the same time she is trying to protect those that she cares about and is in a bad situation. 

She thought she'd done the right thing. She'd left, kept the secret, and she hadn't hurt MJ by revealing the truth. She moved on with her life. She might think of MJ and cry every single day for the rest of her life, but she couldn't be with him and not tell him what she knew. She hated keeping secrets from him, but she could never hurt him with the truth.

MJ is broken and flawed. He knows what he wants Maddie but has no idea why she left him and what she is hiding. He just knows that he does not want to lose her again. And he is trying to navigate a relationship with his newly found father. 

She'd always had a way of seeing inside of him to the pain and hurt. She could always make it go away, and damn it, he needed her to. 

Some familiar supporting characters are back and we return to the beautiful Turtle Tear resort which is almost a character itself. I loved seeing more with Merrick and Rachael as they continue in their relationship. There  is also an introduction of a new intriguing character who also has secrets and an agenda. 

This book is filled with mysteries, deception, secrets, and danger. But it also has longing, lust, and love. Maddie and MJ are explosive, but clearly have something special. They have an  undeniable pull, passion and an intense need for each other. But there are circumstances conspiring to keep them apart. We were priveleged to have both of their points of view so we could see their inner struggles and feelings.

"I like it when the ground moves under my feet when you're kissing me."
"Baby, I promise to always make your world shake."

But will they be able to share the secrets and  and manage to get back together? Or will Maddie leave MJ even more broken than before?

This was a frantic, engaging, enjoyable addition to this series. I really liked MJ and came to like Maddie as I figured out more of her story. The twists and turns kept me flipping pages. I look forward to the next in the series Take Me Back and Given. 

Thanks to Kelli Maine, Netgalley and Hachette Book Group, GRAND CENTRAL PUBLISHING for allowing me to read this book for an honest review.

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USA Today Bestselling author, Kelli Maine, spends humid summers and frigid winters in Ohio glued to her laptop keyboard. Taken, a USA Today Bestseller, Nook Bestseller and Indie Reader Top Ten Bestseller, is the first in the Give and Take series and Kelli's debut erotic romance. No Take Backs: A Taken Novella is Taken's follow up. Taken By Storm is next in the series, followed by Take Me Back and Given. Additional books and novellas are planned for the series.


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