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Taken by You

(Taken by You #1)

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  804 ratings  ·  64 reviews
All I wanted was an internship. I never thought I’d end up dating a billionaire.

Penelope Wells is about to start her last semester in college and dreams of working at a large tech company in San Francisco. When her best friend and roommate, Nicolette, scores her an internship interview at RandomMeetX, a multibillion-dollar singles app, she couldn’t be more thrilled. But
Kindle Edition, 213 pages
Published May 10th 2015 by M.L. Young
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Maxine Livingstone
This book was an okay read. Both characters Penelope and Blake did not live up to the type of personality that was described for them.

There is Penelope who is supposed to be this shy introvert. This is what she was supposed to be but failed at actually being. First off a shy introvert wouldn't find herself being a "sugar baby" to a billionaire play boy. The fact that she agreed so quickly to Blake's conditions of their relationship is utterly ridiculous.

Then we have Blake who is suppose to
Aug 22, 2019 marked it as to-read
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Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016
2.5 "not for me" Stars

So this was a free copy and I thought I'd try it out. I haven't read anything from Young before and it was short so I gave it a try. Well I am sorry to say that this one is just not for me. I found myself skimming so much of it even the "sex" scenes because it was way too much and not in a good way.

The characters had conflicting qualities/actions, Penny was supposed to be this frumpy little good girl who doesn't see a point in having one night stands. She feels there
★ Belle The Bibliophile ★
I don't know about this book, to be honest. The cover is very misleading because when you see it, you expect to be mindfucked, some kinkery shit but in reality this book is as vanilla as can be.

There's huge inconsistencies in both characters in terms of their characterization. For the hero, we were told the Hero was a huge control freak, he controls every aspect of his life and even fired people because they don't submit to him. And then we were introduced to this fella and it was so anti
Toni Lewis
Nov 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was the first book I read from this author and I enjoyed it . Yes the title and the way the book goes is a little different but I did enjoy the characters of the book . With Penny wanting to internship to help pay her bills thru the last year of college , but when Blake laid eyes on her she didn't know who he was . But later found out and things changed really quick for her . Look forward to reading the next book
Aug 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Ok so this had mixed reviews but I always make my own mind up when it comes to a book. This is about Penny, she’s trying to get an internship as a coder while graduating college. At her interview she meets the CEO Blake Hunter, he’s gorgeous but a man who demands control, unfortunately he can’t seem to help himself when he sees penny, this turns out to be a mistake he comes to regret.
This book was ok as a read, I found the characters a bit wooden, Penny is a straight girl, not bowing down to
Gabrielle Hughes
Jun 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Eh... not totally bad but not the best. I couldn't figure out WTF was going on with the heroine.... Like just because you write in the book she was a good girl yada yada yada, doesn't make her one. How are you going to say she's sooooo innocent, blushes at that thought of online dating, but is A-OK with screwing a guy for money? Dude the inconsistency had me spinning, The guy (NOT A HERO) was an ass, not a sexy love to hate ass, just an ass. The girl got on my every loving nerves (sweetie he's ...more
Samantha Feldman
Aug 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Good sex scenes.. underdeveloped plot

I liked the idea of the story and I enjoyed the characters, but I feel the plot was left to be desired. There were many instances that could've driven the plot forward and made the story more interesting, but they were all glossed over. The sex scenes were steamy and we'll written but only in the first half of the book. The second half was filled with meaningless details of mundane activities. I'm still interested in reading the next book, however if it's
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
Eh, ok

The story is pretty familiar, awkward girl gets noticed by a billionaire. They have an affair and pays her rent and tuition. It ends in a cliffhanger.
I think this could’ve been better if there was more story and not so much detail. The author spent too much time, in my opinion, describing what they were doing and not enough on the angst and feelings the characters were experiencing.
Sue Harvey
Sep 17, 2019 rated it liked it
This book was so like 50 shades of Gray I’m surprised they published it.
It paralleled the storyline uncannily, girl meets billionaire at his office, she has a flat mate who she gets on well with. Billionaire fancies her but of course things never run smoothly, there is a friendly chauffeur and a trilogy of books, the first leaving you up in the air after a big row. Ring any bells ?
I enjoyed reading it but it was a little tame, haven’t made up my mind if I’ll read the other two as it’s so obvious
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Good read

Good read, keeps things interesting. Def recommend. Its a different book and i would not have guest the outcome. I literally read this book in one 2 and a half hours or so, because i could not put it down
Janet Duddy
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Taken by You (Taken by You Book One)

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. The storyline was good. The characters meshed well. Looking forward to reading Book 2
To be enjoyed with a good wine
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
DNF @ 15%

“What is this?” I asked, when I got to the top and looked at the dimly lit room.
“My sex room,” he said.

Seriously ???? Who says that?

Felt a little too juvenile in the writing for me. Great premise, no follow through.
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another new to me author! Great read

I truly enjoyed reading this. Characters worked well together. Penelope is such a warm character I need to read book two to find out what happens next.
Sharon Coleman
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sexy steamy romance.

Love when normal girls meet abnormal men who need to be tamed. Poor Penny just wants to be loved and finish her education. Then this complication of a man comes into her life.
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
Adrianne Haugen
Nov 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Taken By You by M.L. Young
Good story. Nice read.
I would have liked a little more story on Blake, but nice read.
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Good idea but didn't lose myself in this story. The characters didn't draw me in and I ended up not finishing this story.
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Good Romantic Book

I was really enjoying this book and then it just abruptly ended with a lot of questions stirring in my head.
Lyt Bowler
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
To be continued

I can't find the 3rd book. Sorry, I read this part. How was it resolved? Such a joke. Probably won't read it if find.
Sandra Walker
Sep 08, 2019 rated it did not like it
Too redundent

It appeared to be just like something I've already read by another author. Not worth reading again. Sorry just not that interesting.
Feb 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Well-written. Nice story. Verty tame. Good book for general romance readers.
Nov 17, 2019 rated it liked it

The book was good in the beginning but turned lacking the same depth as the beginning of the story towards the end. Did not like the ending.
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Kinda boring, very little happens, a few steamy scenes.
Caryn A
Mar 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: erotica-romance
I found this book to be just ok. I enjoyed the writing style, but I never really connected to the characters or storyline enough to make it a great read for me. Some thing was lacking, and I can't explain what it was. I'm off to another story.
Jeanne Janik
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
The characters Penelope & Blake are fascinating. Two total opposites that feel a strong
attraction to each other at first sight. Blake is guarded and projects a bad boy image, but
he is affected by Penelope's warm and trusting ways. She maybe naïve but not dumb. She departs from her introverted ways as their relationship develops. He lets his guard down slowly and learns
to trust again. Their journey is heartwarming and centered on trust. The sequel gives an interesting twist. Enjoyed their
* A review copy was provide by the author in exchange for an honest review *

* 3 Stars *

I have to be honest and say that this review might not be very long for a couple of reasons. First this book was a very quick read (one that can be read in a couple of hours) and two I wasn't overly impressed with it. I did like it but I guess I was underwhelmed. I think from the blurb of the book I was expecting more from this story and characters. Truthfully it reminded me of the movie Pretty Woman,
Gemma Weir
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Taken By You is the first book I have read by this author, I was gifted a copy of the book to read for Gemma Reads Too Much.

The blurb for this book is misleading, this isn’t a dom/sub kinky book, there are a few kinky aspects but this is simply a romance with some vibrators.

Blake has this asshole persona but that lasts for about ten minutes and then he’s the romantic guy who realises that he doesn’t have to be a controlling
Alicia Peek
Jul 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**Contains Adult Content: For Mature Audiences Only**

Taken by You is a story of two souls that are in different places in society, yet share one common factor: to be truly seen. Penelope Wells is a college student who is on journey to get an internship, but finds herself stuck in an offer of lust and temptation by Blake Hunter, the CEO of the company she wishes to intern at. An offer of physical attraction becomes more than what both have bargained for.

Taken by You was a quick read with a punch
Lisa Thomas
I received a free advanced copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

After reading the description, I was prepared for a fifty shades type story and was pleasantly surprised. Penny is much sassier and Blake is less tortured and distant which made the story so much more enjoyable. I'm not sure how many books Young plans to write about this couple, but I'm invested enough to read one or two more to get to their HEA.

I was somewhat confused by the timeline in the book. The writing made
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M.L. Young is an author currently living in Illinois. She is the author of The Stipulation Serials. To find out more and to stay up to date on all things related to the books, follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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