Blog Tour: Taken By Storm by Kelli Maine, lets go back to the beginning!

Posted May 29, 2013 by Holly in Blog Tour, Reviews / 0 Comments

It’s no surprise we ladies here at I Love Indie Books love us some Kelli Maine

Her writing, her stories and especially her men!!!
We. Can’t. Get. Enough! So we’re going to recap the books in her Give & Take series for you today with our thoughts and end with the links to our Taken By Storm reviews <3 

Lets start at the beginning shall we?
The series starts with Taken


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?

 Here’s what I had to say about it:
This. Book. Was. GREAT!!! It took me a few pages to get used to reading in the second person but after that WOW! Kelli’s writing was fan-freakin-tastic, the sexual tension between Merrick and Rachael was so thick you could cut it with a knife and the sex scenes were complete panty melters! Even I was left as frustrated as Merrick at times by Rachel and her she wants him, she doesn’t want him non-sense but the wait was worth it when the time finally came. I love Merrick. Read.The.Book!!!

Here’s what Lorraine had to say:

When is kidnapping not kidnapping? 
I’m not one to accept a person taken against their will as anything but kidnapping.
It’s horrifying. So why was I not able to stop reading? 
It’s like sitting on a couch and reading someone’s diary
The story is told second-person narrative, it took time
for me to adjust but I did.
And then, when did the story shift to romance?
How can Rachel trust his touch if she thinks he’s taking it
and she’s not giving it. How do you get over the feeling of being taken
and try to give yourself freely? The sting of lust was overwhelming for Rachel
and she fought it valiantly. Is she strong enough to resist?
I’m glad I finished the book, I softened near the end.
I hate admitting I like it!!
Add Taken:

Moving Along here…we have

No Takebacks, a novella
There was something I didn’t know.

Something that would change everything.

The grand opening of Turtle Tear Resort is a time for celebration, but the man Rachael loves more than anything is suffering in silence. Rocha Enterprises was Merrick’s life. Now, he’s been left with no choice but to sell off the business he built from the ground up, and Rachael’s hell-bent on finding out why.

I love you too much not to fight to get it back.

Even if you’ve given up.

“You’re hurting me, Rachael…You’re going to him…I can’t promise I’ll be here when you get back.”

My heart bleeds as you stride away from me. Last night you told me you love me, now you’re walking away because I’m fighting for you.

Rachael can forgive and forget the past, but can Merrick overcome her betrayal?

My thoughts:
Holy hotness batman! This little gem is a perfect teaser to set up book 3. We find out secrets that even Merrick doesn’t know about and OMG the sex! You better crank your AC to arctic because the sex in this one will have you damn near melting! There were scenes her that were delightfully debaucherous!!!

Lorraine’s take:

Very short novella. Celebrates the opening of The Turtle Tear Resort.

Rachel and Merrick are still lusting over one another.
Then love is declared by both.
Their families arrive to join in on the opening of the resort.
Merrick’s sister Heidi tells Rachel that their father wants to
talk to her, he has some information Merrick needs to know.
A secret he’s been keeping…until now!

Add No Takebacks:

Now on to Taken By Storm!!!
(personal fave!)


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…


Read my review of Taken By Storm here

Read Lorraine’s review of Taken By Storm here
Want more? Lorraine put together an awesome trailer!

:To Buy:

At Barnes & Noble:

No Takebacks
Taken By Storm

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I'm a born and raised Jersey girl (not as seen on TV) who loves escaping in books. I Google everything and I hate rain. I have a deep love for Starbucks, shopping, and HEAs. Stay as long as you'd like. Stalking is highly encouraged :-)