Publisher: Self-Published on February 23, 2015
Genres: Adult, Paranormal Romance
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Feelings are a luxury I can’t afford. Hidden behind a shield of quiet placidity, I keep my secret safe from those who’d use it against me. Until him—the tatted up, self-centered Scar assassin hired to protect me.
He takes pleasure in tormenting me, chipping away at my defenses as if I’m a toy to be played with. I hate that he continuously reminds me that I’m nothing more than a job. I hate that my body responds to his touch. I hate him.
I’m not a good guy and I don’t pretend to be. Condemn me if you want, I don’t give a fuck. You’re nothing to me. No one is … except her—Max. She’s my target. And I was hired to do a hell of a lot more than protect her … I was hired to kill her.
It should’ve been simple, but it was complicated as hell.
At A Glance
Great concept and action, but needed more explanation.
I was sucked into this story right away. Paranormal assassins activate! You guys know I love me an assassin book. And Jasper being more than human made it even better. Take is a dark story with minor paranormal elements, lots of action, and a good amount of darkness.
Jasper is an asshat of epic proportions. He treats Max too aggressively sometimes. I know he is trying to get her to come out of her shell, but still, let’s tone down the douche. But he does become more caring as the story goes on and he gets to know Max. He let’s his defensive walls come down and finally faces his painful past, with Max by his side.
I loved Max. She is so delicate yet strong. She has had horrible things done to her for many years, and now she lives in fear of being taken again. She may have prepared for a fight, but emotionally, she is fragile. Jasper pushes her buttons, tries to bring out her inner tigress. Meek Max slowly grows into fierce Max as an old enemy sends henchman to capture Max at any cost. I loved seeing her find her voice and face her past as well.
It’s a scary race for survival as Jasper and Max dodge attack after attack while learning more about each other, both the good and bad. But in the end, they find peace in each other’s arms.
The book reads in a way that I kept thinking this wasn’t the first book of the series. It could get confusing when things were mentioned off-handedly like I was suppose to know what they meant.
I would have liked to learn more about the paranormal aspects. And some more world-building would have been nice.
Jasper and Max have great sexual chemistry but I wish they had a better connection. At the end, it was all good, but I only felt okay about them during most of the book. Hot sex scenes though!
I loved Take when I first started reading and by the end, I was still interested but some things let me down. It was an exciting story overall. I will be on the look out for other books by this author. Recommended.
“Look at me so I can see the stars in your eyes. Going to take them with me, angel.”
“Whoever had taken this chick as a child had sucked any happiness and encased her in stone. Well, I was capable of chiseling through stone. You just needed to know how to handle the fuckin’ chisel.”
“My heart is yours, sunshine.” My own heart crashed through its protective cage and dropped into my stomach. “Never knew I had one until you. It lost its beat a long time ago when I lost myself. I never thought it would beat again – until you.”