Title : Taken by You
Series : Taken By You Trilogy Book 1
Author : M.L. Young
Publication date: May 11th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance
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All I wanted was an internship. I never thought I’d end up dating a billionaire.
Penelope Wells is about to start her last semester in college and dreams of working at a large tech company in San Francisco. When her best friend and roommate, Nicolette, scores her an internship interview at RandomMeetX, a multibillion-dollar singles app, she couldn’t be more thrilled. But when she goes in for her interview, her life changes forever.
Blake Hunter is the CEO of RandomMeetX and a misogynistic billionaire who craves control and power. When he sees Penelope in his building, he’s strangely mystified, even though she isn’t the plastic type he usually goes for. After all, she’s a plain Jane and his usual type is pumped full of silicone.
He proposes something to Penelope that she knows will change the course of her future. All her needs will be taken care of—if she takes care of all of his. With her bank account running low, she agrees, but quickly finds out Blake’s needs involve handcuffs, blindfolds, and lots of handprints on her ass.
* A review copy was provide by the author in exchange for an honest review *
* 3 Stars *
I have to be honest and say that this review might not be very long for a couple of reasons. First this book was a very quick read (one that can be read in a couple of hours) and two I wasn’t overly impressed with it. I did like it but I guess I was underwhelmed. I think from the blurb of the book I was expecting more from this story and characters. Truthfully it reminded me of the movie Pretty Woman, except that Penelope wasn’t a prostitute, even though in my book Blake treated her like one in the beginning.
Let me start by saying that this is the first book by this author that I have read and I truly enjoyed her writing style and I see reading more of her books in the future, I just had a hard time connecting with the characters and storyline. I felt the storyline lacked Umph!!! It seemed to be missing something….at least until the very end of the story when the drama kicked in. Which leads to a Cliffhanger/To Be Continued ending. The bonus of knowing that is that Book 2 is already out and ready to be read.
As for the characters of the story. I liked Penelope but she wasn’t what I was expecting. She is described kind of being like a nerdy wallflower, but when we get into the story she is someone completely different. I also thought she excepted Blake’s offer way to easily. She expressed how much she wanted the internship and a future job with company, but when she was given the opportunity to not work and have Blake take care of her “needs” she jumped at the chance. The only redeeming thing about that was that she then got to focus on her last semester of school.
As for Blake….I don’t really have much thoughts or feelings about him. He didn’t leave a lasting effect on me. Yes he was a billionaire, but I thought he was a bit of a jerk in the beginning and I don’t feel we got enough of his POV to get his feelings across accurately. So when at the end he feels hurt that things turned out the way they did with Penelope, it was hard to believe. I am really hoping that in the next book we get more from him and more of a bond between Penelope and Blake so that their connection feels real.
Nicolette really drove me crazy. As far as a BFF goes, I really don’t think she was a very good one. I didn’t think her and Penelope meshed well. Sometimes BFF’s just click and their differences are what make them great, but that wasn’t the case in this book. I felt that she was overly critical and snarky towards Penelope. She even bordered on seeming jealous. I don’t know…..I didn’t really like her.
So even though this wasn’t a knock out for me, don’t hesitate to give it a try…who knows it could be your next 5 star read.
If you are looking for a quick and very steamy read (with some BDSM aspects (very mild)) and that reminds you of FSoG or the movie Pretty Woman, then this is a book you should try.