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3.88  ·  Rating details ·  641 ratings  ·  89 reviews

For Merrick and Rachael, Turtle Tear Island has become their own private paradise with days of unimaginable bliss and sizzling nights in the bedroom-and beyond. But Rachael and Merrick's happiness is shattered when his daughter, Nadia, suddenly becomes increasingly demanding of his time and devotion. It soon becomes clear that Merrick will have to make an agonizi
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Published March 4th 2014 by Forever Yours (first published January 1st 2014)
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Oct 01, 2012 rated it liked it
There's nothing worse than when one of your favourite series turns in to a series that you read just to finish it, not because you are loving and enjoying the books. Unfortunately that is exactly what has happened here.

I don't know what has happened to this series but I'm just not loving it anymore. The story bored me and I feel like we've had too much of a good thing now. All of the books in this series are pretty short and I feel like we could have added some of these together to make longer
Geri Reads
Mar 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Hmm...This was an okay read actually. The conflict felt very real. Merrick is caught between his love for his fiancee, Rachel and his daughter, Nadia. He wants to do right by his daughter but when his daughter schemed to get him back together with her mom, he must choose.

I can't believe how dense Merrick was to his daughter's plans. I know he wants to spend more time with her but she's not 16. She's a grown woman who was as manipulative as his father. The ending was a little convenient for me.
Quick review for a fairly quick read. I almost feel better knowing that I've started this series in the middle, because I probably would feel more frustrated backtracking and seeing how Merrick and Rachel's relationship started given some details.

In any case, my introduction to this series started with the novella "Take Me Back," which I thought was okay for both the writing style and respective story in its length, but I still expected a little more from it. "Given" is the t
Mar 22, 2014 rated it liked it
ARC generously provided by publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

3.5 Man Frustrating Stars

Merrick and Rachael are enjoying their life on Turtle Tear with each other. It is a dream come true, well most of it. Merrick is getting use to the idea of having grown children he never knew existed, he has bonded with MJ but is finding it harder to do with his daughter. Nadia is in Europe with her mother and Merrick's father. Merrick wants to bring her to Turtle Tear to live but Rachael
Mary Wasowski
Dec 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Well if Kelli Maine wanted an explosive conclusion for her series, this book did it! For me, this was the best in the series and I loved it throughout every single page!
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Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Jan 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Rachael and Merrick have overcome a lot to get where they are, but Enzo’s deception is not fully over. Merrick has to come to terms with the family he had that has been hidden from him for decades, the guilt and the loss of time. But as Merrick strives to do what he feels is best he begins to alienate Rachael. He knows that his life won’t ever be complete without her, but he has Nadia to think of and if forced to choose between the woman he loves and the daughter he never knew – Merrick isn’t ce ...more
Ruthie Taylor
Apr 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
"I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads."

Phew! What a relief to read this recent installment to the story of the Rochas. I do hope it is not the last, as there are always more tales to be told!

This was a tightly crafted book, which switched fluidly from Merrick and Rachael's POV. It was fast paced and full of insight and intrigue. In short, it was a fabulous read - thank you Ms Maine for an entertaining saga.

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Kim Savage
Feb 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
Pshhh. Porn. Ridiculous story line.
Rebecca Tust
Apr 02, 2014 rated it liked it
In GIVEN, the proverb about "blood is thicker than water" is really put to the test.

GIVEN is the continuation of Merrick Rocha and Rachael DeSalvo's relationship. The first part of the story solidifies Merrick and Rachael's highly sensual relationship, as well as their deep love for each other. Merrick's life has recently been turned upside down with the discovery of a twin son and daughter he didn't know he had. When Merrick's daughter, Nadia, calls from Paris and leaves him a cryptic message,
May 12, 2014 rated it liked it
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Originally Reviewed At: Mother/Gamer/Writer
Rating: 3 out of 5 Controllers
Review Source: Publisher
Reviewer: Ariel

Given is the third book in the Give & Take series by Kelli Maine. Definitely not a book to be read on its own. I got through it ok, but reading the first two books in the series definitely would have helped.

How to explain Givenin a nutshell… the two main characters are Rachael and Merrick, and the book switches back and forth between their perspectives with every chapter. Merrick has
May 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Title: Given
Author: Kelli Maine
Publisher/Year: Grand Central Publishing 3/4/14
Length: 288 Pages
Series: Give & Take #3



For Merrick and Rachael, Turtle Tear Island has become their own private paradise with days of unimaginable bliss and sizzling nights in the bedroom-and beyond. But Rachael and Merrick's happiness is shattered when his daughter, Nadia, suddenly becomes increasingly demanding of his time and devotion. It soon becomes clear that Merrick will have to make an agonizi
Dec 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
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***3.5 stars ****

Given by Kelli Maine – 3.5 stars

Just when Merrick and Rachael thought they’d seen through the worst of their problems, his family once again becomes a huge stumbling block in the way of their future. She’s been through so much and seen him through the good and bad during their time together. It may not have been long, but they’d been tested and come through to the other side together. So dealing with his long-unknown daughter Nadia wanting back in his life shouldn’t have been a
Jeannie Zelos
Mar 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Given. Kellie Main
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Well, I’ve done it again, misread the description and got into a book not realising the preceding ones were linked...Doh, I did look and saw book two featured M.J and Maddie so assumed as there were different people in this one it was a completely different book. Wrong, its linked to books one and two but it was fairly easy to work out the back story, though if I’d read them I’d maybe have more context to put events into.
Racheal and Merr
Shirley Frances
Mar 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Now that Merrick and Rachael have settled into their lives, accepting MJ and Maddie into their fold and looking forward to some time together after all the hoopla that took place in the previous installments, Nadia comes calling for help and Merrick and Rachael's loyalty is put to the test.

I'll be honest with you and tell you that when I first started this series, I was not convinced about it. When I first reviewed Taken , I was sure that I would not keep with future installments. But Kelli M
Nov 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Given is the third and final (ish) book in this series which I absolutely adore. If you’ve not heard of these books before, bear in mind that these are adult novels with adult themes and must be read in order otherwise you will encounter spoilers and you won’t know what the hell is going on.

If you’d have told me that by the end of this series I’d be metaphorically high-fiving Joan of all people, I’d call you a liar but that’s exactly what I was doing by the end. I loved the fact that Kelli tota
J. McCoy
Feb 13, 2014 rated it really liked it

Rachael and Merrick start off their relationship in the most unconventional way… with him kidnapping her. You’d think that would be a deal breaker, but it’s not. And in the weirdest way, Merrick doesn’t creep me out. I get him. I get what he was trying to accomplish by doing it. And the fact that Rachael gets him too, allows them to continue their relationship through several books, leading us to the current book, Given. I highly encourage you to read book
I received this book as an e-ARC free from Netgalley. Below is my review.

Rachael and Merrick, Merrick and Rachael: Cray-cray and not in a good way. Let's start with everything that drove me insane about this book.

1. I started a series in the middle of it. This is NOT a stand-alone book and vast tracts of it will be virtually incomprehensible if you decide to just pick it up without reading the earlier books.

2. Merrick: Hey Dad who didn't know he was a Dad, let me help you out a bit. Allowing yo
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Jun 05, 2014 rated it liked it
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I have to admit, I went back and forth with this book. Sometimes I loved it, sometimes not so much. Full disclosure, this book is book three in a series, and I haven't read books one and two, so it's very possible that someone who is more attached to the characters might have more appreciation for this book.

First things first, I like the writing style, I think that's what had me enjoying most of the book. It's easy
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Given (Give & Take, #3) by Kelli Maine

***Received an ARC of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review***

Overall Rating: 3 Rockin’ ★★★

"I would always jump through hoops, cross mountains, swim seas to give her everything she wanted and needed. I'd never known love like this before Rachael."

Merrick lifted my chin to look in my eyes. "Like I said, I'm plugged into the universe when I'm inside you. That can't fade. It's the most powerful feeling I can imagine."

I was conflicted from the beginning o
Jan 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received this book as an advanced readers copy through the goodreads contest. This is my unbiased opinion of the book.

I always have trouble writing reviews, thinking I'm giving too much away. This book was written back and forth from Merrick and Rachael's points of view. For the first one third of the book, I was thinking that I may not like it as much as the other books in the series, but the last part of the book delivered in true Kelli Maine style.

In the beginning, Rachael and Merrick were
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I enjoyed seeing more of Merrick and Rachael in this book. I really liked that the story was told in both Merrick and Rachael’s POV, and not in second person. I enjoyed the other books though that were written in second person it just took a bit to get used to that writing style.

In this book there is more drama caused by Enzo. The entire time I was waiting for Enzo to show up and have to pay for ALL of the pain that he had caused everyone. He was such a horrible person to literally everyone who
Kristen Chandler
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was ok

For Merrick and Rachael, Turtle Tear Island has become their own private paradise with days of unimaginable bliss and sizzling nights in the bedroom-and beyond. But Rachael and Merrick's happiness is shattered when his daughter, Nadia, suddenly becomes increasingly demanding of his time and devotion. It soon becomes clear that Merrick will have to make an agonizing choice: the woman whose love saved his tortured soul or the daughter he never knew existed . . .


Rachael can't s
Mar 20, 2014 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one
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I got this book as a guaranteed-available free read through NetGalley. If I weren't obligated to do a review for NetGalley to increase my likelihood of getting additional books to review for NetGalley, I would have DNF'd this book 10% in. My utter disdain and despisement of all the characters just grew and grew as I read, until I was spewing vitriol at the characters as I flipped the pages.

These characters are exactly the kind that drive me ape. They are shallow and selfish, and they swing wide
Shannon Daniel
Apr 29, 2014 rated it liked it
This my first book in the series, I’m definitely going to go back and get the background information I was missing in this story. It’s also my first Kelli Maine book to read. It is a good story but doesn't stand well on its own. I really did enjoy this book so I know the others are going to be just as good if not better. The characters were compelling and the series must be a character driven series. The settings were so detailed. I felt like I was actually there with them.

Merrick and Rachael a
May 23, 2014 rated it liked it
First, I have to preface this with the caveat that I have not read the preceding books in the series, other than the novella, Take Me Back. It's possible I'd feel differently about the characters if I'd followed their journey from the beginning (but I think kidnapping someone in order to convince them to be your project manager is preposterous, so probably not). That said, I found both Rachael and Merrick to be immature, whiny, and maudlin, and apparently rather than ever actually communicating ...more
I was happy to read this one to finally get closer to an ending. I will say that through just about the entire book I was right there with Rachael. Oh, there were things that were driving me nuts about Merrick. I mean, how can he be so stupid, and just an idiot!?? I mean I get why he was in love with his new daughter and wanted to do everything he could to make her happy and keep her in his life. He would give anything to be able to try and make up for missing so much of her life.

There are
Apr 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
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This is book 3 in the Give and Take series by Kellie Maine. Despite it being ages since I had read the last book I very quickly got into the book.

This story is back on to Merrick and Rachel. Merrick really wants to get to know his daughter Nadia, however when Nadia joins Merrick and Rachel at Turtle Tear island after sending them on wild goose chase it’s clear that the two most important women in his life are not getting along will Merrick have to choose between the women he loves and his daugh
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Love, Love, Love this series. Rachael and Merrick's story started so insanely crazy but has ended up with this last book being the sweetest love story ever. I was torn about my feelings for Merrick. I wanted to understand his need to do for his newly found children and his need to love Rachael unconditionally. I could not stand Nadia through this entire book. I just knew she had some type of plan with Merrick's father and her mother. There was so much drama packed into this quick read. Rachael i ...more
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Mar 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Oh, my! This series is killing me! This book turned everything upside down. I finished this book with one thought, how in the world am I liking Joan!!! OMG!!! Seriously! It may have to do this how irritated I was with the other characters. I mean I love Merrick, but hello stubborn man!! He can’t seem to see the big picture!! And Rachael stand up for yourself and stop tiptoeing around. I always suspected that we would get a huge twist, but I didn’t
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