Title: Mis Taken
Author: Cleo Scornavacca
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date: September 30, 2013
Hosted by: Love Between the Sheets Promotions
Rating: 4.5 stars
Love…………….The Ultimate Loss of Control
Rain and Raven Medici are identical twins. Although they come from a loving close-knit family their childhoods couldn’t have been more different. Raven went to school and was exposed freely to the outside world. Rain on the other hand was born with a blood disorder and denied many normal childhood experiences.
Once grown, Raven becomes a lawyer at their dad’s firm Kane & Medici in NYC. Rain along with her only childhood friend Tommy Conte, builds a very successful business as professional photographers. Traveling between Europe and Manhattan, and enjoying a world that was kept from her, Rain vows never to be controlled again.
Dominick Kane is a product of his upbringing. He’s powerful, self-assured and knows he can achieve anything he desires. Nothing gets in his way. There is only one thing he has ever failed at. A relationship with his father Vincent Kane. Upon his father’s death, Dominick vows revenge. The events he sets in motion put him on a collision course he himself will be unable to control.
In a bizarre twist of fate, Dominick kidnaps Raven as part of his plan for revenge. Only to discover afterward, he has taken Rain by mistake. Rain knows she can never survive being confined again. So she strikes a bargain with the devil and agrees to help Dominick get back what he feels rightly belongs to him. His father’s share of Kane & Medici.
Dominick decides to use the strong attraction growing between Rain and himself to control her in every way imaginable. Too bad no one ever taught Dominick you can’t control the heart. Nothing could have prepared him for the effect Rain would have on his.
Will this plan of revenge turn into unconditional love? Or will Dominick and Rain’s need for control ultimately destroy them and any possibly chance for a real future together…….
What can I say? I really, really, really liked Miss Taken! From the title to the story! I took 0.5 stars for some minor issues, but they aren’t even worth mentioning…
This is not your typical abduction story. Starting with the abductor, Dominick is not a mean man, on the contrary he is caring and loveable and you can’t help falling in love with his domintant, sometimes jerkish ways.
I loved to see him and Rain. Rain couldn’t be more different from her twin, Raven. And that’s where the attraction between her and Dominick lies. Rain is the perfectg woman for Dominick and although she likes his dominance she doesn’t fall for his bullshit!
Dominick pissed me off sometimes, because he is so jealous of her every move, but deep inside it’s just his fear of being abandomned by Rain. He believes his father abandomned him, even though all the evidence points to the contrary!
The man he knew as him father is very different from the man Rain knew growing up and he starts realizing his conceptions might be wrong.
This story intrigued me since I’ve read its blurb. It is intriguing and it helds a touch of mystery to it, since we never know what will happen and how someone might turn out to be the villain or not…But we are not talking about mean, bad Disney movies villain. After all at some point we all might be villains, to our ownselves or to others.
I love Rain! She is a strong and intelligent character. Even when she gives in to Dominick’s dominance she is doing it knowing what she’s doing! I also loved Tommy! I sense more into his and Rain’s relationship, like Tommy really loving Rain, but who knows?
I can’t wait for book 2, Identity!!! There were some unexpected twists and turns towards the end of Miss Taken and I can’t wait to see how Rain and Dominick will deal with them! I know Rain will have to have some patience with Dominick for sure, after all he is not used to things being out of his control. He is used to be the master of the courtroom, his home and his lovers. Rain came and like a snowball, she started to grow more and more into his life. Now, I can’t picture him living withtout her!
This is not a dark story, not at all, but it doesn’t make it less good. Just the opposite, this story is perfect the way it’s written, I don’t think the dark, taboo stuff I love so much would have fitted here as good as the actual story does. There’s intensity, there’s love, there’s hate, but there’s also friendship and loyalty and some pretty steamy scenes (prepare to fan yourselves ladies!!!)
I can’t wait for more of Cleo’s writing! I’ll be waiting patiently for more of her work!!!
“Rain, I’m not letting you go.” He gages my reaction.
“What do you mean you aren’t letting me go? You need to explain this now.” My face is getting hot and it’s not from the sun beating down on me.
“Your father has something I want and I have something he loves. So I can’t let you go until I get my something back.”
“Tell me what it is and I’ll get it for you.” “Impossible.” “Nothing is impossible. What is it?”
“It’s my father’s share of Kane and Medici.” He reveals, wiping his mouth, then placing the napkin down on his lap.
“Don’t you own that already? Your father has been dead for over four years now. Isn’t all of that settled?” I didn’t understand.
“When my father died, he left the business to your father. He gave me nothing. I’m his son. I should have gotten part of the firm. It’s rightfully mine.” His body is tense.
“I had no idea your dad left the business to my dad. I usually don’t get involved with that stuff. When my mom died, she left Raven and me her share. The money from her part of the business gets deposited in an account every month. Other than that I don’t get anything from the business.”
“What about your mom, Elise? Isn’t that her name? I know she and Mr. Kane were married. I just didn’t know they had you as a son.
Did she get anything?”
“Only money and other assets. Which she left to me when she passed away. He didn’t give her the business either. So you see I want what’s mine and if I don’t get it I will take what’s his.”
“I’m not a possession of my dad’s. I’m his daughter. You can’t own me or trade me for it.”
“Rain, I’m not going to keep you locked away forever. I’m going to make you mine.” His voice became dark and heated.
My insides clinch and I become very warm.
“How are you going to do that?” My voice became very small.
“Your father doesn’t like me. He never has. So when I seduce you and you’re with me, he’ll do
anything to get you back. Including giving me my father’s share of the law firm.”
“There’s just one problem that you didn’t count on.”
“Which is?” “Me. I won’t be seduced by you, Dominick.”
“It’s not your choice, Rain. It’s what I intend to do. Listen, Rain, you’re very smart girl. You have to agree with my plan. You said it yourself, your father will never let you have a life when he finds out I took you. He will cut you off from Tommy and everything else you love to do. You’ll have nothing.”
“LISTEN YOU PIECE OF SHIT!” I whipped around and I’m up in Dominick’s face. “My parents took very good care of me. There were no locks and no guards like there is here with you. I always honored their wishes. No, it definitely wasn’t easy, but after my mom passed
away my father realized that I didn’t need that type of protection. I wasn’t getting sick any more. Well, up until you took me that is.”
“That maybe be true, but now he’ll put his entire focus on you and he’ll realize that because I was able to get to you there should be locked doors and guards to keep you safe.” His voice is menacing.
Looking down at my hands, the shaking begins. All of the isolation as a child, the lack of control, and the events of the past few days come flooding in. My tears begin to fall.
Dominick looks at me softly, but still with hunger and greed in his eyes. His hand comes over mine, causing me to really look at him.
“I can give you what you want, Rain. A good life, where you can travel, be safe, and never be alone. I can make you happy. I understand you, Rain.”
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About the Author
As far back as I can remember, I have loved books. I love reading them and I have finally admitted to myself that I love to write them. Miss Taken is my debut novel as an Indie Writer of Adult Romance. It’s the first book in the series.
My career before writing started in apothecary pharmacy. Working alongside the pharmacist, I enjoyed being around the customers and assisted in making compounded skincare products. Once the pharmacy was sadly sold, I worked as a make-up artist for brands such as Princess Marcella Borghese, Bobbi Brown and MAC Cosmetics. Being around different people and the work I did was never boring, yet something was always missing. Although I am still working, I decided it was time to make writing more than just a dream but a reality.
Then finally one day after Hurricane Sandy hit the shores of NJ, I read an interview about longtime friend and fellow author Joseph Grant. It really hit home for me. So after talking with Joe and my mom, I jumped into the world of writing and recently self-published Miss Taken, so my works would be more than for “my eyes only.”
Since the day I started to write Rain and Dominick’s story, I have never looked back, nor have I regretted one single moment of it.
When I write, much of the time the story plays in my head as a movie and sometimes even includes background music, we can all use a little background music.
I try to add elements of things I love and share them with the readers. I will continue to create characters and stories that you can laugh, cry, love, hate and even become slightly crazy about.
Let’s face it, we can all use some crazy to escape real life.
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