Sunday, December 8, 2013

Miss Taken by Cleo Scornavacca


Released: September 30. 2013
Genre: New Adult

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Synopsis
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.......

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Review
This is the first time I am reading anything by Cleo and I must say that I am very impressed by her writing. Intentionally I found the story a little slow but it quickly turned and I found myself entranced and unable to stop turning the page. If you are looking for an author to add to your pile, then I would definitely recommend Cleo and her Miss Taken Series J.   Now to get to the good stuff, my review for Miss Taken:

In the beginning you find Rain preparing for a trip to Italy and finds herself kidnapped. She isn't sure whether her friend, who you get the feeling that she likes as more than a friend, Tommy has something to do with this but then quickly realizes that he wouldn't and is afraid for her life. When she awakes, she is no longer blindfolded but finds that the type of food being laid out for her is a little "fancy" for a hostage situation. Despite being hungry she feels like it is probably a trick and they want to poison her. But when she finds out they think she is Raven, instead of giving her true identity she keeps up allowing him to think she is who he thinks.

Dominick is fighting for what he believes was stolen from him and will do whatever he can to get it back, even if that means taking the daughter of his enemy. But despite his actions, the longer you read the more you start to feel for Dominick and like him. Rain fights this immediate attraction to him, which pisses her off due to the circumstances, but his caring attitude is easy to like. He takes care of her and promises to forever.

At times, he is so domineering and jealous and find yourself mad at him but the way Rain and Dominick feel for each other makes you root for them. There are definite twists to the story so I am awaiting the second book in the series "Identity". I can't wait to see what happens for Rain and Dominick.

Excerpt
“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.”


Author Bio


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.
Xoxo


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