To give is a virtue. But to give your very self, the ultimate bequest. Offered in love, it can be wondrous. Offered in desperation, it can be deadly.
In Book Two of this three-part epic, young and tempting Kate Simmons at last seemed to have reached a safe haven of happiness when she moved in with Neil, ambitious and persevering, both in his legal practice and his love life. Taking great care to protect his trophy and the surprise he had in mind for Kate, Neil hired security to accompany his soon-to-be fiancée on a scavenger hunt of a lifetime. As Book Three continues their saga, it is life itself that is in the balance when Kate becomes the hunted as the jilted Roger snatches his prey.
The obsessed minds of Neil and Roger now take aim squarely at each other — with a bare and exposed Kate directly in the crossfire. Knowing her very life will be the winner’s spoil, Kate stares agony in its ghastly face as it approaches for the death dance.
There is no time, no place, no safety in a war of fixation. A war in which the winner will be either the last one standing, or the last one to die.
"Given to You" is Book 3 of this New Adult Romance series. The first book is "Fallen for You". Book 2 "Taken by You."
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~~ ~Joni’s Review~~~
If you haven’t read Fallen for You and Taken by You DO NOT read my review!!!
While reading both book 1 & 2 I was on the edge of my seat with goose bumps and turning pages as fast as I could to see what Roger would do next. I literally checked my doors and windows before I went to bed and said I’d never live in an apartment again. I love books like that; you know the one’s where you think “oh shit this could really happen to me!”
So by the time I got to the last page in Taken by You I was lost! I dropped my kindle and walked around my house in a daze. My family thought I was crazy. I was saying things like this…
“Oh my God he found her. She was doing so well and then BAM there he was. He’s crazy! He has a body in the trunk, his son drugged in the backseat and now he has Kate!!”
Then my worry for Neil kicked in.. “Neil is waiting for her in a hotel room and he’s going to lose his shit when she doesn’t show.”
See why my family thinks I am crazy? I was so upset talk about a cliffy! I thought I was going to have to stalk Carlie to get the answers I so desperately needed. She had mercy on me and made my day this week when I found Given to You waiting in my email.
Spoilers will be minimum from here on out.
This book picks up exactly where Taken by You left off. Yes the body was still in the trunk, the son was still drugged in the backseat, and Roger has Kate. OMG!! Already first chapter I’m biting my nails what is he going to do next?
Kate knows the best thing for her to do is play along with Roger and pretend he is who she wants to be with. Even though he makes her skin crawl every time he touches her. Roger takes her to a cabin where no one can bother them for some much needed alone time.
Poor Neil is beside himself when he can’t find Kate. He will do whatever he can to find her and get to her before Roger can harm her. My heart was pounding when he finds her and went after Roger. Fists are thrown and I didn’t know who was going to win this one.
It’s not over yet, oh no that would be too easy. HE GOT AWAY!!
Roger is hiding and plotting on how to get Kate back. His obsession has grown and he is determined to have her.
Some of the things that Roger discloses to Kate make you understand how he became who he is today. I said it before I will say it again. Roger is a high functioning sociopath. He seems to be a normal guy who you would never expect to be a serial killer, someone that could very well be your neighbor. Scary huh?
Neil and Kate go on with their lives even with the fear that Roger can come after her at any time. The police are clueless as to where he is, but they are stacking evidence against him.
However, Roger isn’t their only concern. There is another who wants Neil’s attention. She has bided her time for years and isn’t happy with the way things are going between Neil & Kate. These two can’t catch a break.
While others are plotting against them, they are slipping away together to take a step toward their future. Let me just say I loved this part. It was so sweet and then it was very HOT!
Everything was going well and Neil & Kate are about to have their big day. The one who wants Neil’s attention isn’t done just yet. When she can’t succeed with him she sets off to see Kate. Talk about a nefarious bitch. However she’s not the only one out to threaten this happy event for them. Guess who’s waiting to ruin their happily ever after. Roger!!
The closer I got to the end the faster my heart beat I knew at any moment he was going to show up and had no idea what would happen when he did. This man is absolutely deranged and thinks everything he does is out of love. I’m not going to ruin the ending for you. I can’t do it but I loved it!!
I have to say that this one was my favorite out of the three. I could feel the love between Neil and Kate and it has grown with each book. There were those moments where I sighed and thought that was so damn sweet. I love these two together. I also really love the side characters Charlie and Mitch & Natalie and Mac and can’t wait to read more about them as well.
So once again Carlie you have kept me on the edge of my seat with goose bumps and biting my nails with the suspense.
If you like a great suspenseful read with some hot sexy scenes to go along with it then this series is for you. You MUST read the them in order.
5 HUGE Stars!!