Tuesday, May 21, 2013

***Give and Take Series by Kelli Maine***

We, at The Book Blog love Kelli Maine and everything she writes! And since Take Me Back, book 4 of Give and Take will be releasing on June 4, we wanted to share with you some reviews, excerpts and the links for Amazon and B&N. And if anyone has read these, let us know what you think! I have to say that the sexiest scenes I have ever read is in Taken and they aren't even touching each other! See what you're missing out on?! Make sure you check out the entire post. Giveaway info is in there somewhere!

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?

You sip your beer, watching me. An intense magnetism pulls between us. I'm sweating. I wipe my forehead with the back of my hand. The vodka is kicking in fast. I stumble sideways. You grip my arm.

"Feeling OK?" you ask.

The room spins and tilts. Black spots swim through my vision. "No. I need to sit." My drip slips through my fingers and splatters on my bare leg.

"I've got you." You put an arm around me and lead me toward the door. "You need some air."

I'm blacking out and coming to, over and over again. This has never happened from three and a half vodka and cranberries before. "I need to get home."

"I'll take you."

"No. I..." The words won't come. They buzz around in the darkness inside my mind searching for the light. I watch them break apart and fade. 

You usher me through the parking lot. Open the door of a black car. Put me inside. "We'll be home soon," you say, buckling a seat belt around my waist. 

I try to grip the door handle to get out. My arm won't move. My head lulls on my shoulder. The blackness narrows, leaving a small tunnel focused on the dashboard. Then it closes completely.
No more words.
No more light.
No more sound. 
Just like that-I'm taken.

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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?

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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...

Sandy's Review

I love this series.  Taken has one of the hottest sex scenes that I’ve ever read and I’ve read many.  Funny thing is the two leads (Rachael & Merrick) don’t even touch each other in that particular instance.  It was mutual masturbation.  Did I say it was hot?  It was very hot.  LOL.  Sorry, I digress.

Anxiously, I watched my Kindle waiting for TBS to download.  I then stayed up much later than I should have because I couldn’t wait to read it.  All these months I had been thinking “what do you mean Merrick has a son!” and “that old bastard! How could he!” and “what the hell happens now!?”.  All these questions needed answers and finally I had them in my hot little hands. He hehe.
This is the story of MJ and his bestfriend - always love Maddie.  It’s also a story of lies, secrets, betrayal, manipulation and revenge - but in the end there is redemption.  Of course, Kelli Maine knows how to bring the sexy.  There is also that necessary dose of angst that we love.

MJ&Maddie sometimes drove me crazy but the fact is they are young (20) and young people will make you crazy.  Old man Enzo is even more despicable then we imagine.  Initially we hate Maddie because she tore out MJ’s heart but then we find out Enzo is RESPONSIBLE!  Without revealing too much we also find out that Enzo is not the only dirtbag. OTHERS are keeping secrets too.  Man was I mad.  I reeeally wanted to smack somebody!

Kelli goes back and gave us glimpses into pivotal moments during MJ & Maddies’s lives.  I loved that because it enriched the story for me.  “Seeing” Rachael and Merrick again, along with the other characters in the series was good too.  Merrick has many feelings about having a son but he loves MJ and is ready, willing and able to give MJ his all.  MJ is gonna need a minute to adjust but he wants Merrick in his life desperately.  As for that son of a bitch, Enzo, in the end we all pay for the evil deeds we do – don’t we?

This is a worthy addition to the series and I anxiously wait to read more.  KELLI MAINE you better be in your writing cave clicking away at the keys!  Your adoring public awaits!

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Rachael DeSalvo is haunted by the past. She's come home to her beloved Turtle Tear Island, where she looks forward to happy days and bliss-filled nights in the arms of Merrick Rocha. But when she finds a trunk full of old photo albums and handwritten notes, Rachael soon realizes that the island has not given up all its secrets . . . 

For long before Rachael and Merrick made Turtle Tear Resort their home, this historic island was a haven for sensual, forbidden affairs. As Rachael and Merrick work to restore the grand hotel to its former glory, they will be caught in the perfect maelstrom of conflict and desire.

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Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-turtle-tear-christmas-kelli-maine/1113184488?ean=9781455599011

About the Author – Kelli Maine
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.

Giveaway Rules!
Leave a comment on the blog of whether or not you have read any books in the Give and Take series. At the end of the day, random.org will choose a winner for an Ebook of Taken. US only


  1. I have not but would like too!

  2. I have not read these, but I have read Kelli Maine & I <3 her!! Would love to read this series! Thanks for the chance!


  3. I unfortunately have not read them, but I really want to! They sound really good! Thank you for the giveaway!

  4. I have not read any in the series but it looks good and I can't wait to check it out!

  5. I have not read any of this series, ut they are on my TBR. They sound great!!! Thanks for the giveaway!! :-)

  6. I have not read any of the books in this series, but all are now on my TBR list!

  7. I havent had the chance to read them yet but they are on my to read list!


  8. I actually own a copy of Taken by Storm, but I hadn't read Taken yet, so haven't been able to start it. It would be perfect to win a copy of Taken :)

  9. I haven't read any of them either, I have a copy of Taken By Storm but none of the other ones.
    esined615 at yahoo dot com

  10. Did someone win? Congrats, to whoever it was :)