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MAX: 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.
JASPER: 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.
As I'm not a huge fan of paranormal, I rarely ever read this genre. However knowing that this paranormal book was written by Nashoda Rose, I knew I had to give it a chance and I'm so glad that I did because "Take" was a fantastic read. Nashoda has delivered yet another brilliant story that is totally worth the one-click.
This story began with a prologue that sucked me in and left me with a billion questions swirling around in my head. I was then fast forwarded to some years later where I was introduced to Max. Max was keeping a low profile, unable to trust anyone and preferring to stay unnoticed. It soon became apparent as to why she chose to live in the way that she did. The more I understood of Max's life, the more I feared for her future. I felt sorry for her, she was so unhappy and my heart went out to her. But then Jasper came into Max's life and things started to get interesting!
For years, I'd kept my emotions contained, yet within one minute,
this guy was charging it like a wild boar.
Jasper was a cold, closed off killer who was given the task of protecting and also killing Max. A bit twisted, I know, but once you read the book it does make sense. Jasper had spent most of his life refusing to care for anyone, making him the perfect assassin. However when he met Max, the girl that he would eventually have to kill, he found himself in an impossible situation.
Jesus Christ. I wanted to fuck the girl I was hired to kill.
Max and Jasper shared an immediate connection. There was a delicious chemistry running between the pair. With so much sexual tension, I felt that the first half of the book was pure foreplay between the couple. I was eager for them to get together and take things up a notch, however things didn't quite go my way! The pair were equally as stubborn when it came to giving into their true feelings for each other but I absolutely loved the way that they teased one other. Especially Jasper. Jasper came across as cocky and arrogant but deep down I knew that there was a big softie waiting to emerge.
I didn't just want her, I wanted to own her.
And the crazy-as-fuck part was that I wanted her to want to be owned by me.
With the appearance of Jasper in her life, Max's true personality slowly began to shine through and I was so happy to see the change in her. Max had been miserable for far too long and it was about time she escaped from the darkness and start to live. I loved watching Max and Jasper's relationship develop and I couldn't wait to see how their future would play out.
Jasper had ripped down my black shield and splattered me
with a spectral of colors. And despite hating him for it,
with each breath I was feeling more alive than I ever had.
I found myself gripped throughout this story, especially the second half as the pace sped up and more drama ensued. There were scenes that were nail biting, scenes that were heart breaking and there was one scene that made me cry. As the story continued, the more I became invested in Max and Jasper and I was desperate for everything to work out in the couple's favour.
"Fuck, angel, I want to hand you the world, yet. I can't promise you anything."
I won't go into the paranormal side of the story because that would spoil it, however I felt that the paranormal aspect added to the excitement of the story and didn't take anything away from Max and Jasper's relationship. Nashoda Rose is fast becoming one of my go to authors. I have loved all of her work so far and this one was no exception. I always love Nashoda's characters, her male characters are always hot sexy alpha's that I can easily swoon over and her female characters are strong heroines that rock!
"My heart is yours sunshine. Never knew I had one until you. It lost its beat a long
time ago when I lost myself. I never thought it would it would beat again-until you."
I thoroughly enjoyed "Take" but there was just one thing about the story that I was disappointed with and that was how it ended. I felt that the book came to an end so abruptly when I wasn't expecting it to finish (It actually ended at ninety five per-cent). There was no epilogue and as such no way of knowing what the future held so I am guessing that this book may become part of a series. I certainly hope so because I would be happy to read more!
“How long since you fucked a guy?”
“What?” Her arms moved as if she was about to cross them over her breasts and then decided against it and put them back at her sides. “What does that have to do with anything?”
“Because when I fuck you, it will be hard. I need to know if you can take it.” I’d expected her to grab her shirt and put it back on. That was what I had intended. To scare her. Instead, she stared at me as she undid her bra and let it fall to the floor.
I was a guy. A guy that didn’t give a shit if a woman hated me in the morning, but they never did. I may be a selfish bastard but I never left a woman unsatisfied. And it was more a self-serving reason as I could always get seconds when I wanted. But this was different. Everything about it was different. Max was different.
And that should’ve scared me enough to walk away.
But Max … staring at her milky white naked skin … her handful of breasts with nipples erect and waiting for my mouth to be sucking on them. I should’ve walked back into the bathroom, shut the door and jerked myself off in the shower.
Nashoda Rose is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Toronto with her assortment of pets. She writes contemporary romance with a splash of darkness, or maybe it’s a tidal wave.
When she isn't writing, she can be found sitting in a field reading with her dogs at her side while her horses graze nearby. She loves interacting with her readers and chatting about her addiction—books.
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