In honor of tomorrow’s release…my review of Kelli Maine’s Taken ByStorm

Posted May 7, 2013 by Holly in Reviews / 5 Comments

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…


*I received an e-ARC from Net Galley*
After reading Taken and No Take Backs I couldn’t wait for more Rocha men so when Net Galley approved my request for an e-ARC I almost fell over! I loved getting to spend my Easter with MJ!

This is the story of MJ and Maddie; we learn thru past/present story telling (which I love) that they’d been best friends all their life and decided to take their friendship further one summer…until Maddie runs off breaking MJ’s heart in the process!!! 

(Come here MJ my lil Puma cub rest your 

head on Holly’s chesticles, I’ll comfort you)

(hehehehe I couldn’t find any Puma notices)

(I never really mean coffee or tea lol)

When I found out just how badly she broke MJ’s heart I asked Kelli to go back and kill Maddie off! I hated her instantly. I’d love to be able to tell people..

Kelli told me “keep reading” so I did, and then I learned it wasn’t Maddie’s choice to leave; she was forced to leave because she knew too much. I felt bad for her after that and maybe a little guilty that I asked to have her stoned and be-headed. At times thru the story I still wanted to shake her for being so stubborn and dead set against following her heart and rekindling her relationship with MJ (she does have valid reasons for her hesitation) because you could literally feel the feelings they still have for each other we can also see the sparks between these two from a mile away like it was like the Macy*s 4th of July fireworks spectacular! Whether in the past or present story telling when it comes to the sex and passion between them I found myself biting my own lip 

I mean really now, wouldn’t you be after this???

and this???

With scenes like that I was totally thinking (in regards to MJ’s paternity) there’s your DNA test, like father like son! But moving along…Taken By Storm surpassed my expectations!!! We find out more of the secrets that old bastard Enzo is hiding AND not to mention Merrick’s sister knew some of them and kept them from Merrick & MJ AND we find out his brother-in-law is in cahoots with old man Enzo *insert shocked face here* but not really shocked, since I always felt there was something shady/douchey about Merrick’s brother-in-law. There’s new secrets uncovered and new relatives discovered, Enzo goes on the run and I can’t wait to see when/where he resurfaces and I loveeeeddd seeing Merrick and MJ meet for the first time! I’m looking forward to seeing their relationship develop in the future books and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for MJ & Maddie <3

Kelli has given me yet another Rocha man to love and swoon over

Thought I’d throw in a few bonus pics of 
Taken By Storm’s cover model Scott Mosley 🙂

 <3 Taken By Storm is one storm I’d gladly get taken by any day!


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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 :-)


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