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Theirs to Keep (Tangled Hearts Trilogy #1)

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When Cade Winslow and Merrick Sullivan find Elle hiding in the cabinet of a gun store, they know they can’t just walk away from the fragile woman with no memory of who she is or who tried to kill her. Merrick is training for the title shot in the heavyweight division as a mixed martial artist and can’t afford distractions, but neither can he turn his back on the woman who ...more
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Published October 22nd 2013 by Maya Banks (first published July 19th 2012)
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I love Maya Banks and have ready all of her books. In fact she is one of my all-time favorite authors. But unfortunately this book was just ok for me. I felt like I had already read this story from her a number of times before. I also didn't like the fact that it felt like the story only really focused on Merrick and Elle while Cade was just an afterthought. The things I always enjoy most with her menage books is that each character has their own voice in the story, but that just wasn't the case ...more
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DNF at 43%

Even though the book started out very promising, I lost interest after the first couple of chapters. I had a hard time connecting with Elle. While I understand that she went through something very traumatic that she can't remember, it is frustrating that she continues to live in denial and refuses to come to terms with her past. Seeing as how the first 40% of the book covers a time span of at least six months, I was really hoping to see more growth from her character.

Cade and Merrick,
Review posted at: Swept Away By Romance

Story Rating ~ 4.5 Stars
Hero # 1 Merrick ~ 4.5 Stars
Hero # 2 Cade ~ 4.5 Stars
Heroine Elle ~ 4 Stars
Romance Rating ~ 5 Stars
Heat Rating ~ 4 Stars
Action Rating ~ 4 Stars
Ending ~ 4 Stars and to be continued
Overall Rating ~ 4.5 Stars

The beginning of this story starts off CRAZY good. Elle is literally crawling through an alleyway, she is wet, freezing and scared out of her mind. She can’t remember who she is and what had happened, except that she must hide, beca
Rating: B- ... Heat: Hot

When Theirs to Keep begins, Elle has been beaten so badly that she’s bruised and bloody. She’s also cold and lost and has absolutely no memory beyond waking up on a riverbank. All she wants—all she knows—is that she needs shelter, someplace warm, even if it means she has to commit breaking and entering to get it. That and she can’t let him find her, whoever he is.

Cade Walker, owner of a private security firm, responds to an alarm at one of his locations. Merrick Sullivan


Theirs To Keep is the first book in the Tangled Hearts Trilogy from the amazing Maya Banks and i LOVED it, LOVED it, LOVED it.

In my opinion Maya Banks is the best author when comes down to menage books, and i can tell you the reason why as well. She has the ability to give life to every single character, to have his own individuality and make them blend with each other and create a beautiful love story.

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Sooo, I'm not usually a fan of love triangles or menage but I have to admit this one looks good!!

When Cade Winslow and Merrick Sullivan find Elle hiding in the cabinet of a gun store, they know they can’t just walk away from the fragile woman with no memory of who she is or who tried to kill her. Merrick is training for the title shot in the heavyweight division as a mixed martial artist and can’t afford distractions, but neither can he turn his back on the woman who tugs at his heartstrings.

Nikki Brandyberry
I honestly don’t know where to start this review because I loved the book that much. I feel like I should just tell you to buy it and be done with it. I even feel like I should track down some annoying gifs to punctuate the utter adoration I had for Theirs To Keep….and Maya Banks in general. There aren’t many authors who can continually crank out books I can find no fault with . Maya Banks is one of the very few who can consume me with her writing to the point of oblivion to things that happen a ...more
~ Stephanie Lynn ~
First I am a long time fan of Mrs. Maya Banks. Love her books.

This story begins with Merrick and Cade.

Merrick is a MMA fighter. But together he and Cade own a security company. They have been friends since grade school. Really you could say they are more like brothers than friends. Cade is part of Merrick MMA support team.

Merrick is training to become MMA Champion.

On night they got a security call from a gun store they monitor. Instead of calling the cops to meet them they decide to investigat
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I was really into menage erotica awhile back and I decided this would be a great time to explore my previous obsession. Plus, it's Maya Banks so I'm pretty much guaranteed a steamy read.

This was an okay read for me. I'm all for damsel-in-distress stories but Elle really bothered me in this one. I understand she feels like a charity case, but do something to change that if you feel like you're such a burden. Even when she makes some progress in her life, she'll have a memory of her past and becom
Nem értem én ezt a könyvet! Most mit is akart az író? Írni egy kedves romantikus sztorit, vagy erotikus édeshármast? Az elején inkább az utóbbira számítottam, aztán már nem értettem. Cade teljesen felesleges volt, hisz mindenhol csak Merick volt előtérben.

A történet röviden annyi, hogy a csaj menekül valaki elől, de nem emlékszik semmire. A fiúk találnak rá összeverve-megerőszakolva, és hazaviszik. Nem ám, hogy jelentenék rendőrségen, vagy valami….. A csaj személyazonosság nélkül éldegél velük,
I had a very hard time finishing the book. While I understand this book is laying the groundwork since it is a trilogy, most of the book bored me. Understandably, Merrick and Cade were very protective with Elle but it came across as treating her as if she were their little sister. I never bought into the love story for some reason.

The only thing that saved this book for me was the last 15%. Things were just starting to open up with Elle's back story and it sounds like book 2 will hopefully give
While I tend to love anything Ms. Banks writes, this fell a little flat for me. Still an intriquing story, however; the characters were not well developed and seemed to be quite repetitive throughout. I am looking forward to the next book to see how things playout though.
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Cade and Merrick run a small security system company. However, one night doesn't go according to plan. They find a beaten scared woman huddled in a cabinet of one of their clients gun shops. They try to talk her into going to the hospital but it's clear that she's too frightened to let authorities check her out. She's terrified that whoever attacked her will be notified when she's admitted into the hospital. Merrick and Cade don't want to put her life in jeopardy so they call their friend/physic ...more
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I love Maya Banks. I would read dirt if that’s what she wished to publish. THEIRS TO KEEP was wonderful. That’s not to say I didn’t have a few faults with it, but overall, I can’t wait for the rest. I could even say I’m even more excited now.

Elle has only a sense of her past and it’s telling her to avoid detection at all cost because He is after her.

When Cade and Merrick come into her life, they instantly want to protect her after all she’s been through, but in the back o
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Maya Banks posted on her Facebook page that she wrote and self-published her new book “Theirs to Keep” as a gift to her fans. When I unwrapped my “gift” and began reading, it became apparent that the fans were truly receiving an amazing gift.

Theirs to Keep hooked me from the first page. The story begins with Elle, bruised and battered, seeking shelter in a gun shop. The gun shop is monitored by Cade and Merrick’s security firm and they are stunned

I'm not sure what I think about this. I just finished last night so I am going to give myself some time to think on it. The book worked for me on a couple levels. I have a weak spot for damsel in distress stories as well as characters that suffer from amnesia (sad but true!) so the major premise of the story was a win for me. I thought the book was sweet and romantic but definitely lacking in some of Maya Bank's signature heat. I can't believe I'm saying this about a Maya Banks book, but I think
I love me a good, steamy novel with some messed up characters, I can not lie. Theirs to Keep…well, it definitely had some messed up characters….but I just didn’t feel the connection with them that I need for me to really fall in love with a book. I’m not a prude by any means, but I just didn’t ever feel like this could actually happen. Yes, I realize this is a work of fiction, but isn’t there some reality in all fiction?
“Can you possibly understand what it’s like to wake up facedown in the mud a
Jenn Scranton
Love Maya Banks!! Best author ever! Ok, fangirling over. Now on to the review:

Hot. Hot. Hot.

They saved her. They BOTH want her. What are they supposed to do?

Duh! If 2 is better than 1, then of course 3 is better than 2!!

But... and there is a but... She has no idea who the flip she is. I understand that she is traumatized. Who wouldn't be? But having some PTSD moment every chapter got pretty old.

It was so intense!! Every bit! The suspense! The training! The... *cough* *cough* steam
Christina Montminy
OH this book is good!!!!! Maya Banks is at her best with Theirs To Keep. Elle, Merrick & Cade are fantastic characters. They find her scared to death, battered, bruised & terribly abused hiding in a store she broke into to get warm. Someone tried to kill her, now they're going to take care of her, nurse her back to health & love her. They go through many trials & tests of strength & will. Merrick is heading into the fight of his life for the IMMAO world championship of fighti ...more
Meh. The male characters are wholly unrealistic (and so sappy they're slightly annoying) and the story/dialogue is repetitious. It's also the first of three books so I never got the answers that kept me reading. I saw from other reviewers who like Maya Banks that this wasn't their favorite of hers, but since it was my first, I'm probably done.
Hayley Faiman
Eh... there were a few hot scenes.. but it felt like there was a whole lot of talking.. and I felt like Cade got the shaft.. i mean the story focused pretty much on only Merrick and Elle.. poor Cade.. and the Menage was all his idea!!
3.5 for the beginning, 4 for the rest
I've found Maya Banks to be a very readable author, she is great at keeping me interested and making me relate to her characters. That said the beginning of this book, the part that sets up Elle's situation, dragged a bit for me. Elle was also more of a victim than I am usually comfortable with. But as the story rolled on everything gained momentum, Elle included, and I found myself engaged. As usual Ms Banks gave us great male characters (I love the KGI seri
Pretty decent ménage book. I always prefer when there is some discussion about whether these two alpha guys want to go that route. They never have before in this book. And some discussion about what everyone is feeling and some sort of reasonable expectation discussion. This story took place over 7 or 8 months and so didn't have that super rushed unbelievable thing going on. If you've read any of MB's ménage before you know that it is kind of overly sweet how the guys just adore and pamper the h ...more
For me, the first half of the story was slow going and I had a hard time getting involved. But it was still a strong enough plot to keep me interested. I loved all the characters, as with all of Maya's stories. Her characters are always people that keep you invested in their well-being. I hadn't expected the cliffhanger though and wish I had known. That's something completely new for Maya. I look forward to the next book but if I had realized it then I would have held off on getting the first in ...more
I have been reading romance novels since....well, forever. I thought I had read everything that there was to read in this genre. I’ve read traditional romance, smutty romance, and somewhere in the middle romance. At this point I’m a little burned out on the “smutty romance” and just wanted a plain old good love story without all of the whips, chains, handcuffs, BDSM, etc. Anyway, in this frame of mind is when I came across this book. I read Maya Bank’s Breathless Trilogy and loved it, so I thoug ...more
Theirs to Keep, by Maya Banks, is the first book in the Tangled Hearts Trilogy. Maya Banks is a New York Times Bestselling Author and has written over 60 books. While reading Theirs to Keep it was easy to see that Banks is an accomplished author. Her novel flowed exceptionally well, had memorable characters, and was very well written.

Theirs to Keep is a present day erotic novel with a mystery at its core. Best friends Merrick and Cade stumble upon an amnesic and terrified young woman while chec
Now I remember why I waited to read this book, Maya Banks doesn't have the release date for the next book in this series. Sooo of course I really liked this book and want to read the next one right away. It does remind me a lot of the Colters as in a woman in a desperate situation found by men that fall in love with her and in spite of the odds try to have a relationship. It is also nothing like the Colters, these men are friends and are not at all looking for a relationship. I personally liked ...more
Oct 23, 2013 Vickie*** marked it as to-read
aaarrgghhh damnit it I was excited to read another one of Maya's book, until I found out it was a cliffhanger

I know it really can't be helped sometimes, but Maya's books come out pretty slow. DON'T KILL ME!!!

so if I read this one, the next book won't be out till a while (I'm guessing).... so I guess I'll wait, then to die of curiosity to know what happens next.
This is the first book in the Tangled Hearts trilogy. A woman is hurt but she cannot remember what happened. She needs some warmth so she manages to break in a store. The silent alarm is triggered and Cade and Merrick go to check it out. Cade owns a security consulting firm and his roommate/best friend helps out when not training for a MMA bout. The men find the woman and are immediately taken with her and want to protect her. Who did this to her and why? She is scared but for some reason she le ...more
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Tangled Hearts Trilogy (3 books)
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