He steals her away to a deserted island, to the one place she's dreamed of being-the one place she can't go. He's used to buying whatever he wants, but he can't buy her.
How can she resist the magnetism of his body, the longing ache deep inside her? She wants him to take her-on her terms.
Every attempt he makes to love her only hurts her. How can they go on like this? This is the story of how she was . . .
Merrick Rocha is a billionaire CEO. In a desperate move decides the only way to get Rachael to accept a job as a Restoration Project Manager for Turtle Tear Hotel/island is to kidnap her and take her to the island, so she can see it for herself. He believes she is the only person for it and him. Poor choice on his part.
Rachael can't leave her mother, who is emotionally dependent after the death of her father, her roommate/BFF, and her internship. She feels she is needed more at home, and heartbreakingly declines the job she wants at Turtle Tree hotel.
So, Merrick takes matters into his hands and believes if her can get her to the island she will fall in love and choose it over her obligations. He soon realizes his mistake in handling things in this way, and tells Rachael he will not touch her, she will have to make the first move, if she so wishes.
First let me say, this book was a little difficult to get started on. It is written in the second person, which is told from Rachael's perspective as if she were speaking to Merrick. So instead of words like "him" or "he" she says "you" or "your." I personally do not think I have ever read a fiction book from this perspective. This made the first part of the book difficult to get into. I did not notice it as much in the later half of the book as I got more into the story.
The storyline was interesting and was an interesting take on a version of Stockholm Syndrome. There was some definite sexual tension and weird blurred lines that were, in my opinion, crossed. I didn't understand some of Merrick's decisions, but I guess his decision making skills were out the window in the prologue.
Over all I liked the book, but I do wish it had been written in a different POV, I think the second person POV really distracted from the story.
When Maddie blows back into MJ Rocha's life, nothing will stop him from proving to her that walking away from him was the biggest mistake of her life -- not even the engagement ring she wears. Her every look, every touch tells MJ that the fire that once raged between them still burns hot, and MJ won't give up until Maddie gives in to the inferno.
Trapped by a hurricane roaring through Turtle Tear Island, MJ and Maddie find shelter in each others' arms. While the lightning flashes, MJ and Maddie are helpless to fight bonds of desire that tie them together. But just as they're about to surrender to the torturous longing that consumes them both, the storm unleashes violent secrets from MJ's past...secrets that could wash away all MJ and Maddie's hopes of forever...
TAKEN BY STORM