Saturday, December 7, 2013

BLOG TOUR: Miss Taken – Cleo Scornavacca + Review, giveaway, playlist & excerpt!

Released: September 30th, 2013

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 possibly chance for a real future together.......

"Every day is a gift. When you choose to not to accept what life has to offer, it's an opportunity missed."

The idea of this book was so refreshing and different from what I've read, with the exception of Tears of Tess. Although it didn't live up to the high expectations I put up for it, it still was a delightful romance. A romance in the oddest of circumstances but the two manage to sustain in the harsh situations and conditions that come along with it.

I have to admit, this book sounded so great in the synopsis that I was quite disappointed when it didn't live up to my high predictions. I wanted this book to absolutely blow me away but it was a great read but not that great.

Let's start of with Rain. Rain was such an excellent character in the beginning. I loved this funny persona of hers and that she was a family kind of woman. She knew how to push her sister's buttons, how to get along with her dad and Tommy. I just loved her character in the beginning.

And when she got kidnapped. Her reactions to Dominick were freaking awesome. Like she wasn't even afraid that she was actually kidnapped.

“It’s not that hard to believe that I have a date. Is it?”
“With what?” I grimace.
“Don’t you mean with whom?”
“No, but okay, I’ll bite.”
SEE! She's this spunky character who is so charming. I loved her.

But then, romance does what romance always does. She becomes weaker. She becomes this damsel in distress (but she wasn't actually in distress). I didn't get some of her reactions to Dominick's actions.

I felt sympathetic towards her though when I read about her family. She was confined and she didn't really have that much experience of the outside world.
Not that I'm afraid he would kill me any longer, but because I realize I have always been trouble to everyone in my life. (…) Now a perfect stranger feels I've ruined his life too.
The vulnerability in her was exposed here and I admired that. She felt a certain way and this was shown. She wasn't the tough nut that everyone believed she was. Every single person always has their weaknesses.

Oddly enough, I wasn't a big fan of Dominick since the beginning. He didn't seem like a kidnapper. He was like a lost man trying to get what he wanted but he wasn't as determined as he said he was.

I thought that he was quite inadequate as a kidnapper but a great lover. The way he treats Rain with such gentleness and kindness made me swoon. But really, as a criminal, he wouldn't last two seconds.

Though, I liked how Dominick had this bipolar thing going on. It showed some personality at least that was clear. He gets extremely possessive and angry when she's not around. He can get violent. At least then he reveals a piece of himself. I took pity on him when Rain just couldn't understand his actions.

I didn't really understand how they fell in love in the first place. Sure, he was nice to her but then I can't draw the line between their love and lust.

Overall, a nice read.

Minor Faults:
  • Underdeveloped characters and romance


♕ The Thrill of It (Book #1): ♕
“Baby, what are you thinking about?” He asks.

“I was just thinking how amazing it would be to spend the holidays here alone with you. Just the two of us.”

He smiles against my hair. “That would be perfect, but do you want your family to kill me? I promised to get you home, at least in time for Christmas.”

“I know, but I really don’t want to leave.”

“Don’t pout, Rain.” I rolled my eyes, but he didn’t see it.

“I’ll make a deal with you. When the Christmas holiday is over we will fly right back here for New Years. Maybe we can even bring Anna and Joseph. What do you say?”

I spin around and jump into his arms sending him off balance. “Thank you, Dominick. I would love that. I promise you won’t regret coming back here for the New Year.”

He laughs at my enthusiasm. “The only thing I regret is not kidnapping you sooner.”

“Why is that?”

“Because the sooner I would have taken you the sooner you would have become mine.”

As far back as I can remember, I have loved books. I love reading them and I have finally admitted to myself that I love to write them. Miss Taken is my debut novel as an Indie Writer of Adult Romance. It's the first book in the series. 
My career before writing started in apothecary pharmacy. Working alongside the pharmacist, I enjoyed being around the customers and assisted in making compounded skincare products. Once the pharmacy was sadly sold, I worked as a make-up artist for brands such as Princess Marcella Borghese, Bobbi Brown and MAC Cosmetics. Being around different people and the work I did was never boring, yet something was always missing. Although I am still working, I decided it was time to make writing more than just a dream but a reality.
Then finally one day after Hurricane Sandy hit the shores of NJ, I read an interview about longtime friend and fellow author Joseph Grant. It really hit home for me. So after talking with Joe and my mom, I jumped into the world of writing and recently self-published Miss Taken, so my works would be more than for "my eyes only." 
Since the day I started to write Rain and Dominick's story, I have never looked back, nor have I regretted one single moment of it.
When I write, much of the time the story plays in my head as a movie and sometimes even includes background music, we can all use a little background music. 
I try to add elements of things I love and share them with the readers. I will continue to create characters and stories that you can laugh, cry, love, hate and even become slightly crazy about. 
Let's face it, we can all use some crazy to escape real life.

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