Saturday, March 15, 2014

Miss Taken by Cleo Scornavacca

Title:  Miss Taken
Series:  Miss Taken #1
Author:  Cleo Scornavacca
Published:   September 30th 2013 by Createspace
Length:  270pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  contemporary romance
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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 possible chance for a real future

Adult-content rating: This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages.

My Review:

I absolutely love this author’s writing style. It’s simultaneously fun and easy to read. Scornavacca melds different realities from our world together in this very unique and captivating tale. Her descriptions paint this world for her audience. I found myself drawn in by her writing style. It was spectacularly put together, especially for a debut novel. The writing was fluid and there were some quite steamy moments interspersed with sweetness and suspense.

The characters in this novel are definitely one of a kind. Scornavacca develops completely unique individuals to carry her story forward. They stand out without being completely abnormal. They really stick with you. The characters are also so diverse that there is someone for everyone to identify with, as well as someone for everyone to be annoyed with. The definite twist on Stockholm syndrome is there as well. Falling in love with your captor, regardless of the intended victim falls right in there. This is the one thing about the book that really got me. It seemed rather stereotypical to be honest.

As a whole this was an enjoyable read. I had fun with the book and the characters that Scornavacca presented to her audience. It was an interesting introduction to this author.

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