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Taken for Revenge, Bedded for Pleasure

3.32 of 5 stars 3.32  ·  rating details  ·  149 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Dangerously handsome Olivier Moreau has everything: power, money and endless women warming his bed. But there is one thing Olivier hungers for: revenge on the Lawrence family
What better vengeance than to seduce inexperienced Bella Lawrence...and cast her aside when he's had his fill? An eye for an eye, a heart for a heart. But when cold, calculating revenge turns into red
ebook, 192 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Harlequin Presents (first published 2008)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
With Taken for Revenge, Bedded for Pleasure, India Grey gave me what I wanted in a rainy Sunday Harlequin Presents read. There is fiery passion, intense emotions, painful self-discovery, and the union of two lost souls whose families have been enemies for fifty years.

Olivier Moreau appears to be the standard Harlequin Presents hero at first glance: devastatingly handsome and virile, rich, powerful, and utterly ruthless. He was without question a sexy man, but not especially likeable initially.
This book felt much more like a vintage HP than a modern one. The story dealt with family feuds and mysteries and tragic love affairs. The tone of the book was fairly melodramatic.

The heroine was very fragile and had some nervous breakdown type mental issues. The hero while he was trying to get revenge on her family through her, still did some very lovely things for her and really only treated her poorly one time.

The sex scenes were pretty out there for HPs especially the first one. But they wer
3 1/2 stars. Olivier thinks it would be poetic justice to seduce Bella, the granddaughter of the woman he believes destroyed his father. He doesn't expect to find a sad, vulnerable and beautiful woman, who touches his heart in a most inconvenient way.

This veers a bit into purple prose and melodrama, and there are some plotholes, but the highly charged mix of angst and steam was very entertaining. Plus, gotta love an HP heroine who's good at putting condoms on.
Alex is The Romance Fox
I absolutely adored Bella and Oliver. I loved seeing how these two damaged and broken people healed each other. Their deep connection to each other was so palpable.

This is such an intense and emotional story.

Family feuds, vendettas, mystery, betrayals and so much more.

The love scenes are so incredibly sensual! Is this Mills & Boon!!!!!!!!!!

Beautiful backdrop settings.

I was real sad when I came to the last page...I would have loved it to be longer.

Such a wonderful awesome book,the plot was intriguing kept me hooked from start till the end the characters were well developed their angst- longing they had for each other were expressed wonderfully,really enjoyed how Olivier's-Bella's love developed

The best part of the book was in between the story how Olivier discovers that Love much better then Revenge and decides to stop all the revenge and confess his feelings for Bella and wants to be happy n together with her

Bella comes from an influent
4.5 stars. This was quite good -- I liked the premise and chemistry between the characters. It somehow lacked a little oomph though, I think it could have benefited from a little more intensity -- (view spoiler) Also, although I love angsty books, a lot of India Grey's novels leave me feeling sad even a ...more
Much, much better than I had expected. Given the unbelievable title and the cover, which are embarrassing enough to admit to owning, I was hoping for decent writing and a fun bit of fluff, but my hopes weren't set too high.

I was wrong. The writing turned out to be excellent, and the story was quite complex and enjoyable, even though it all unraveled and became a bit messy and predictable in the second half. So, beginning this book was a great surprise, but finishing it was a bit of a disappoint
Oh Harlequins .. sometimes their books are too damn entertaining. Though I'm usually not into the whole revenge theme .. I really liked reading this book. French isn't really my kind of language *mainly because I suck at it* but Olivier sure added flavor to it .. he was a little cruel at the beginning but he managed to redeem himself .. the grovelling defiantly earned him cookie points .. Bella was a little too trusting and a complete sweetheart. Olivier and Bella had strong chemistry and they ...more
2.5 stars

I didn't particularly like this book, but it was well enough written that I wouldn't rate it lower.

I didn't like the hero, Olivier. Honestly, I am not quite sure what got Bella all sexually excited about him in the first place: he was cold, detached, slightly angry and nasty. I guess just because he was rich and attractive? He didn't actually become tolerable until around the 70% mark, and even Tolerable, but nothing special. At least he was treating Bella better at that poi
Ok, they say "don't judge a book by the cover," but this is definitely the case for this book. First of all, the book cover art doesn't represent either the description of the characters or the setting of the places in the book. The guy on the cover looks like a teenager, and the girl in the story was described to have a "bob" hairdo with black hair. Secondly, neither of the characters had spent anytime in Paris (note the Eiffel tower in the background). So don't get excited about reading a pote ...more
In general, I don't like revenge plots, especially because they usually rely on using someone who had nothing to do with the thing that's being revenged. And that's true of this book too, in that I think the revenge plot is the weakest part of the book. But then, without it, there's not a lot to distinguish it from other books about misfit girls finding someone who finally gets them. So I'm torn on what I actually thought about it.
I kind of liked the heroine's character, and the interesting dynamic between her and her family. I even, eventually came to like the hero. He started out pretty awful, but there was a really weird shift of tone there at the end.
Rosely Medina
The same forced situations... Nothing new. In my opinion: poor estory.
E. R.
The premise wasn't so bad. The back cover heading was a tad misleading. The couple...well, I felt like Olivier had some issues that he must dealt with in relation to the "revenge" aspect and his feelings for Bella. As for Bella...she didn't feel "alive" to me; I just didn't click with her. Otherwise, it wasn't a bad story, but to me, it was just an average one.

Decent book. I really wish that this novel wasn't written for 'Harlequin Presents' - India Grey might have had more of a chance to explore a deeper, more emotional realm that could have made this book beautiful (or more beautiful, considering the intensity of it).
Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim)
It was total crap. Hated pretty much everything about every character. However the premise wasn't bad and the story flowed. No major structural issues just didn't like it. Should be a one star but it earns the second tar for the outline.
Samatha Delancy
It was awesome! I love the twest and terns. Both Olivier and Bella back storys had me crying. When i cry you know it was will writen.
Revenge, shooting at the end, he lies to get her safe, lots of miscommunication.
Really liked this one. Romance, vengence, intrigue. All the ingredients for a good story.
Sarah & Rachel
didn't even get through it....blah
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India Grey was born in England, UK. A self-confessed romance junkie, she was just thirteen years old when she first sent away for the Mills & Boon Writers' Guidelines. She can still recall the thrill of getting the large brown envelope with its distinctive logo through the letterbox, and subsequently whiled away many a dull school-day staring out the window and dreaming of the perfect hero. Sh ...more
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