Saturday, November 16, 2013

Review by Krystle: Taken By the Duke by Jess Michaels

Taken By the Duke
Jess Michaels


An eye for an eye, a sin for a sin…

Amid all the lies and scandals that fuel Society’s gossip mill, one truth has stood out: House Rothcastle and House Windbury have always hated each other.

Lady Ava Windbury prays the feud will someday end, to no avail. One dreadful night, her brother accidentally causes the death of Christian Rothcastle’s sister, a tragedy that leaves both men maimed.

Consumed by grief, Christian makes a grim decision. He will kidnap Lady Ava so that her family will feel the pain of loss as keenly as he feels the loss of his own sister. But once he has Ava in his clutches, desire takes unexpected hold. Even more surprising, she willingly surrenders to his every sexual whim—after haggling over the terms of giving up her virginity.

Too late, he realizes she is using her body for peace, not war. But just as their affair of revenges turns into an affair of the heart, the past rears its ugly head to take matters into its own hands…

Product Warnings: This book contains scenes of erotic seduction, sexual revenge and the healing power of love.

Very well told story with a bit of a Romeo & Juliet 'ish sort of feel with a Dominating male-lead character that is really hot!

Two families that have been fighting for centuries, and for what? Not even Christian Rothcastle or Liam Windbury could tell you. They've just been too busy carrying out this family-feud, that they've almost let it destroy the well-to-do / decent men that they are.

When Christian devises an ingenious plan to extract his revenge on his worst enemy – Windbury – by kidnapping his sister Ava, he never imagined in his wildest dreams that he would come to have feelings towards her. He starts to fall and care deeply for Ava, knowing full well that this relationship has nowhere to go. But that doesn't stop him from having his way with her. And it was sexy, indeed!! I enjoyed reading this story very much and liked seeing them bicker back and forth with each other. Christian being too stubborn for his own good, and Ava, with how she wore a believable guise for her captor at first, but then lowered her guard once she got to know him. I guess you can also say that their story was a bit like an adult version of Beauty and the Beast as well, and I liked it!! Ha!


The Duke of Rothcastle had awakened something in her with his searing kiss. And that something she feared, but also welcomed.


I loved this line from Christian to Ava

Because when I kiss you, you return my caress without hesitation. And when I touch you, your body almost instantly grows ripe with it. A man with any experience knows these things. And by the time I am finished with you, you will recognize your desire as keenly as I do. You will welcome it, welcome me, even though it goes against any and every impulse in your mind.”

Had a very well written plot with a great twist that I sort of saw coming, but I just had who the villain had feelings for mixed up. I'm so glad that it ended the way it did, and will definitely recommend this to my friends :)
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