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The Given & The Taken (Tooth and Claw #1)

3.66  ·  Rating Details  ·  431 Ratings  ·  59 Reviews

Love’s compass is never wrong—even when it points in two different directions.

Tooth & Claw, Book 1

After pleading his case to his wolf clan’s Elders, Levi is granted the right to bond with Ian, his male human lover, on one condition: they must spend one year apart. Then Levi must use only their spiritual connection to find Ian, or the deal is off.

Tracking down his

Kindle Edition, 418 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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3,5 stars
I`m not sure how to call it:
The book of gloom or the threesome of doom...

Werewolf loves human and both are forced by werewolf laws to be seperated for one year to complete the bond.The human can`t bear the seperation and seeks comfort in too many drinks and the arms of a vampire bartender who turns him into a vampire (view spoiler) Werewolf hates vampires and rejects his cheating former-human-now-vampire-now-ex-boyfriend at their reunion.Of
Ryoma Gartre
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Jan 14, 2012 Jayhjay rated it it was amazing
This review was originally posted on my blog Joyfully Jay.

The Given & the Taken opens with Levi pacing in a snowy field, eagerly awaiting the arrival of his boyfriend Ian. They have been separated for a year after Levi's wolf clan required a test to ensure that as a human (and a male) Ian could bond with Levi and be a proper mate. The men were required to spend a year apart, after which Ian must find Levi using only the strength of their mating bond. Although Levi is nervous, he is confident
Deanna Against Censorship
A bond between two lovers should be a good thing, but not when the two are separated for a year. How do they each deal with the pain? Levi has his clan to help even if it is not the clan he who raised him. Ian did not understand the pain that the separation would cause. He had no support. I still had problems with Ian's cheating. I had problems with him leading Darius on. I felt for Darius though out this story. Levi is shocked by Ian's situation. Shifters and Vampires are enemies. Wolf shifters ...more
Christy Duke
If you've read my reviews before, then you know I adore the paranormal world. I'm also a huge fan of ménage. Now, you put paranormal together with three hot men in a ménage and I've pretty much hit the jackpot. Heck, I get so excited I start to squeal, at which point hubby closes the door so he doesn't have to listen. The description of this book interested me tremendously. A werewolf and his human lover suffer a year apart after being bonded per the elders' decree (pesky darn elders). The pain ...more
Nichole (Dirrty H)
Feb 18, 2012 Nichole (Dirrty H) rated it really liked it
I struggled to choose between 4 and 5 stars for this, but I figured if there was even a question then I should go with 4. But I really really really liked this book.

I typically do not like paranormal m/m. Vampires and werewolves - like 'em in het romance or urban fantasy, but in m/m they always seem cheesy for some reason. I don't know if it makes sense but it's just how I am, I guess. Add that to how convoluted the blurb for this was, and under normal circumstances I would have said "Nope, not
Jan 08, 2014 Lolita rated it did not like it
Shelves: unfinished-books

i neeeeeeeeeeeeed to read this or i will become like this....

one day a young girl was using gr, someone had added a book to her tbr, about three gay men, she dreamed to read the books of course because she was still too young for these kinds of books and she couldn't got them.

a while ago i remembered that girl which was me, but i didn't remember the book (s) title the one which swept me over the face of the earth, now i was looking around and i found it, and i fucking remember it....

and it is m
Jul 25, 2012 Kelly rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
Holy crap! I stayed up late two nights in a row to read this puppy (er, no werewolf pun intended) and it was worth it. I picked this one up because I saw a sequel was coming out soon. I love Witt's contemporary books, and I was interested to see how she handled paranormal. And I think she did an excellent job. The world-building was handled well, with just enough detail to orient me without overloading me with exposition.

I liked the three main characters. The author has a deft hand at managing m

I really, really want to read this. I really like the blurb. I even like the product warning. But then, it's Witt and in my experience xe is one of the better authors. I hope this'll be good >.<

...I mean, I knew it was going to happen, but still...

It was all "I hate you, you hate me"
And then this happened.

Trust me; there's outside corroboration. (end of page 5-beginning of page 6)

I hereby conclude that they're all bearded vultures.

But anyways...

It's that phenomenon again. That one I obse
Feb 24, 2012 Adara rated it really liked it
Argh. Loved it, but it's not all there! =) This is how I felt after reading An Uncommon Whore: there's a lot more to the story after this. This is only part one. It's a very good part, but I'd like the rest now, plzkthx.

There is plenty of guilt to spare in this story and none of the three feels good enough for the others. This is believable due to the situation, though I can't decide whether I was hit with it over the head too much or not. I guess since I'm having the thought that maybe I was. I
Jan 04, 2012 C rated it liked it
L.A. Witt is an auto-buy for me, I think she is just fantastic. But this book was just okay for me. Didn't hate it, didn't love it.

Part of that is that I'm not really big on vampires and shifters, I like some, but I don't seek out the genre. I'm also not huge on love triangles (quadrangles?), so while I think the story was good, and very exciting, it just wasn't ever going to hit my buttons.

The kicker to my so-so review here, is that I'll probably read the sequels :) Like I said, L.A. Witt is an
Nov 25, 2014 Paul rated it liked it
3.5 long stars

Not a bad shifter story, it's a little Cardino.C "only" in the way he changes things up with species interaction on a small scale. Nothing like Sherrilyn Kenyon does on an epic scale where they're mostly all one big happy family.

I suppose this begins with 2 MC's that quickly becomes 4MC's and it very long. There are needless parts that could have been chopped out but weren't. It somehow kept me rolling along and it basically becomes "quyst" is that even a bloody real word. I just m
Sep 29, 2014 Ana rated it it was ok
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Jess Candela
Apr 02, 2014 Jess Candela rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m-m, read-in-2013
4.5 stars

I almost literally couldn't put this down and stayed up way too late reading it. I was in a rare mood for werewolves and am still waiting for Kaje Harper to finish writing her next werewolves book. LA Witt's wolves are totally different but every bit as wonderful. Or not, as the case may be, since their society and rules are as restrictive in their own way as Kaje's.

I was eager to read the next book and was glad to already have it, so I started it almost first thing the next morning. My
This is fucking brilliant. Nestled in the back of Scribd app like a late night Channel 4 movie you have no idea what the fuck it's about, The Given and the Taken is silly, funny, so-bad-it's-good, sexy, gay vampire porn. It contains some belters of sentences, a preoccupation with sufficient quantities of lube, and puns, puns, puns!

With the no offence to the author, the one thing they can write is sex scenes, and the one thing they cannot write is everything else. But play to your strengths and
Oct 31, 2015 Lioness7 rated it really liked it
This book was so sad at certain levels. You have werewolf council that really doesn’t want any wolves to bond with humans. To keep this from happening, they impose a one year separation causing all kinds of trouble for both parties. Then, when one can’t make it through, they call for the person to be put on trial for betraying a wolf.

I also tended to get irritated with Levi on a regular basis. He just wasn’t very understanding in my opinion of what Ian was going through. Then you add the vampire
LOVED IT!!! Their was so much drama, suspense,action and sexual tension I could hardly put this book down!! Total winner for me and I can't wait to start the next book in this excellent series! :-)
Marsha Spence
Jan 06, 2012 Marsha Spence rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-para
I really enjoyed this one. I was seriously pissed at the Elders and I felt so much for Ian first and then Levi & Darius. It was just horrible situation. Already looking forward to Book 2.
Jan 23, 2012 Carolyn88 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It was a good long read. Lots of action and sex. Just the kind of book to sink your teeth into.
Jul 06, 2014 Meg rated it it was ok
The Given And The Taken
The Give Me a Break And Just Do Each Other

I wanted to like this book. I have a soft spot for more than two partners in a part, I really do. A three way arrangement full of hate sex? I am sold! But the book didn't live up to that sell. This... this just wasn't any fun. For one, it's really angsty and dreadfully introspective. We spend the first half of the book having the same three conversations again and again with slight variations of person and script while one charac
Oct 07, 2013 Sandra marked it as to-read
Recommended to Sandra by: Lolita
Own 2nd in series also!
3.5 stars
Mar 20, 2013 Stephanie rated it it was ok
Book provided by NECRWA for judgement in annual contest. No remuneration was received and all opinions offered herein are my own except as noted.

Men, Behaving Badly
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I recently read another book by the same author under the name Lauren Gallagher, WHO'S YOUR DADDY? I thought it was outstanding and gave it a great review. I hadn't thought about this being the same author as I was reading it for a NECRWA contest. It wouldn't have biased me but I wa
Ms. Nikki
Exactly how not to start a threesome. This read was all wrong for me and I feel compelled to explain why due to the fact that Witt was/is? on auto-buy. Usually when I read Witt I get so invested in her characters that I love when they love, hurt when they hurt, and feel what they feel. I can honestly say I felt no happiness for Ian, Darius, Selena, or Levi. Just a sad sense of acceptance. A "this is how it is so let's move on." Every conversation "told" me what Selena gave up so that Levi and Ia ...more
Mar 15, 2013 Sara rated it it was ok
Yeah, so...this book, for me? Was a big NO. 400+ pages of chasing, riding in trunks and trailers and bumping into werewolves (how come there was no trace of other vampires on that whole daunting trip?). But maybe I should start with the beginning.

(view spoiler)
Nov 08, 2012 Urbanista rated it liked it
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Dec 01, 2012 Plainbrownwrapper rated it liked it
Shelves: mm
I'm not in the mood to rewrite my notes from reading, so I'm just going to leave them as notes. In sum, there's lots of irritating stuff about both these books. Nonetheless, I can't find it in my heart to hate them. 2.5 stars, being generous and rounding up to 3.

Oh, also -- I like first person POV, and I don't mind reasonable shifting POVs, but I don't like shifting first person POVs. Too confusing. And there's NO difference in the narrative voice between the POVs, which makes it even more confu
May 04, 2016 stella rated it did not like it
Shelves: audiobooks
dnf'd the audiobook at 78% - got ridiculously, annoyingly dramatic around the 50% mark, and somehow turned even more irritating from thereon. it was just angst on top of angst, w some nonsensical romance thrown in. it's been 2 months and i'm still mad
Jul 08, 2012 Cay rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
3.5 stars

I rarely read threesomes, but this one is from L.A.Witt (whom I quite love), so I decided to check it out :)
And it's a rather strange 3some, more like a weird cirlce: first it's Levi(werevolf)&Ian(human), then Ian(human to vampire)&Darius(vampire), then Darius &Levi. It's only turning to a real threesome at the end. So obviously there is cheating in here, because Levi and Ian are never really broken up, they just have to be separated, and that's when Ian manages to hook with
Aug 13, 2015 Dana rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
I listened to the audio version of this book, and really loved it. Threesomes are hot, and when they are made up of werewolves and vampires, even hotter. Good narration, and lots of action.
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