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Wicked Takeover

(Wicked Brand #1)

3.41  ·  Rating details ·  79 ratings  ·  54 reviews
She’s just inherited a tattoo parlor…and the hunk who comes with it.

Lauren’s in a helluva mess. Not only has she lost her corporate HR job, she’s just inherited Wicked Brand, a struggling West Palm Beach tattoo parlor…along with the virile dude who runs it. Lauren’s full-figured, sorta pretty, and wanting him badly. Dream on. She’s here to sell the place as quickly as poss
ebook, 2nd edition, 225 pages
Published August 7th 2017 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Scorched) (first published September 19th 2014)
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♥ WishfulMiss ♥
The last thing Lauren wanted was to claim an inheritance left to her by her estranged father, but desperate times call for desperate measures. So it’s with a desperation to stay afloat and a determination to save herself from stringent financial ruin, that Lauren finds herself managing her late father’s struggling tattoo parlor.

In her formal office suit and modest professionalism, Lauren stands out like a sore thumb. But it’s the stud running the show that has her rethinking her master plan.

The father she knew as a young child left for work one day and never came home, throwing both Lauren and her mother into poverty and the pain of being abandoned. Now an educated adult who has just lost her job, Lauren finds she has inherited her estranged father’s business, a tattoo parlor. The very conservative and self-proclaimed “curvy” woman is determined to sell the shop and move on with life, hopefully a life that includes a job.

When Lauren first saw the handsome and intelligent Dante at W
Minx -The Genre Minx Book Reviews
Wicked Takeover was a wickedly naughty and romantic book. I think it walked right up to the line of romance looked over at erotica and blew it a kiss with a saucy wink. For you romantic readers who enjoy romance with plenty of sexy times and a lot of heat, this is a perfect story for you.

Lauren has been unemployed for just over six months. She had a career in human resources but her job was outsourced and she has been unable to find a new one. Things were looking pretty scary for her. When she f
Sep 25, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Unfortunately I struggled to finish this , on nearly every page the couple were either thinking about having sex or having sex now don't get me wrong I love a good sex scene and I don't mind lots of them but not to the point that there's more sex than story.
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Admittedly I wanted to read this book for more than the enticing blurb, the story takes place close to where I live. I know the neighborhood. It's trendy, arty and great food. So a tattoo parlor would not be out of place there. It's a wonderful area that has been revitalized and anything you could want is there.

Lauren was way past being down on her luck, being let go from a corporate job due to downsizing and unable to find another job, being in debt and what does she get in return? She inherits
Roxie's Reviews
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Wicked Amazing! Best Takeover ever!"
This is the second Takeover book I have read and they are both Incredible!. I hated seeing the book come to a end I just wanted to keep on reading about Dante and Lauren. It was just that marvelous!. There really is no word for this book but WOW!! . The story line is fantastic. The characters are beyond Awesome! Dante is just so sexy he is such a dream man, sweet, caring major Alpha Male :) . Lauren is a feisty, spunky,curvy Woman that is sweet, funny and se
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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copy received through Netgalley
Lauren finds herself in a tight bind. She lost her job, her benefits are about to run out and so is her savings. The father that abandoned her as a child has left her a tattoo shop. It is not a big money maker so Lauren must make the decision to find a new job and/or sell the shop. She comes to care for the people who run the shop, especially Dante. They spend a lot of time fantasizing about sex with each other before the deed actually get done. From that point on
Isha Coleman
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Author Tina Donahue scored major points with Wicked Takeover. She managed to hide an empowering message inside a sensual delight. With Dante and Lauren, Ms. Donahue sets to building a legacy of positivity. Lauren and Dante are different, but yet the same. He's a tattoo artist, with an eye for beauty and a body full of art. She's an insecure sweetheart with body image issues and a beautiful soul. Both are outsiders, searching for a place to belong. The beauty of Wicked Takeover is that once the s ...more
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jd-read, amazon-done
Lauren is a twenty-five year old who finds herself in quite the pickle.  She's been unemployed since her HR job was out sourced and she's been unable to secure a new one.  Her savings are dwindling fast.  One day she gets a letter stating her estranged father has passed and she's inherited a tattoo shop.  Her first thought is to liquidate everything, only the lawyer fees would make it virtually impossible to recoup any money.  She decides to check it out herself and sell what she can.

Lauren's fi
Cathy Geha
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wicked Takeover by Tina Donahue
Wicked Brand #1

Great introduction to a new series!

Lauren has lost her job, has no family and has inherited a tattoo parlor from a father she has not seen in over 20 years. She has wanted nothing to do with her father but the possibility that the shop might bring income to her depleted accounts is something she cannot ignore. So, off she goes to check out Wicked Brand.

Dante, Van Gogh and Jasmina are the people manning the shop. Van Gogh is a young artist that is a
Mandie Foxylutely
Lauren is running out on her luck, having lost her job she has little to keep her afloat. However having inherited a tattoo parlour from her estranged father who she had not seen since he walked out on his family over twenty years ago, she looks as this to be her life saver.

Her plans at selling the business quickly become extinguished once she meets the three people who run the business especially the sexy and beguiling Dante. The two strike up an intense game of will they won’t they with plent
Amazeballs Book Addicts
I rarely read blurbs of books but this one I did and it totally made me want to read it. Lauren's Dad left when she was younger. He hasn't heard from him but after he passes she inherited his business, Wicked Brand. In the beginning Lauren is a mess. She's struggling to pay bills and just wants to sell Wicked Brand. When she meets Dante, that was a little funny. Dante has been running Wicked Brand. He's super smart and sexy. I kind figured he had a secret when Jasmina said "Dante's just kidding. ...more
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*This ARC was received in exchange for an honest review*
This is the story of Lauren who finds herself no longer with a job and discovers that the father who abandoned her has died and left her a tattoo parlor.
Lauren turns up at Wicked Brand the tattoo parlor and sees the sexy manager and tattoo artist Dante and lets him know that she now owns the place and him. So from there starts a wicked attraction between the two and they can’t keep their hands off each other. Lauren wants it wherever she ca
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for a honest review.

This is a cute, quick story about Lauren, a human resources manager that gets let go from her job, inherits a Tattoo Shop and meets a man who introduces her to the joys of her body. I liked this story but wish the author dug a little deeper into the characters. I felt that their relationship was sex scene after sex scene with hardly any story, I wanted more story, more connection to the characters. Overall this is a well written s
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lauren has lost her corporate job and now is going to sell the tattoo parlor which she inherited for some much needed cash. When she meets tattooist Dante, he sees much more than what is standing in front of him. As for Lauren the poor girl can hardly form sentences upon seeing Dante…even if she is there to sell the place. I loved the storyline between these two. This was a little, flirty read that left you feeling oh, so good.

I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley for a free and honest r
Bette Hansen
I know this is an erotic romance and the steam is important but I still want more of a story to go along with the sex. The writing is good and the story could have been great but it fell short for me. The characters are interesting especially some of the secondary ones however Lauren and her insecurities are annoying. Thankfully Dante is one dominating hottie. This story has a touch of humor, lots of lies and secrets, and definitely lots of orgasms!
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sizzling goodness! I truly enjoyed reading this one :) Donahue's work is excellent! Great character connections and backstories for each that lead to awesome chemistry between them. Definitely a must read in the romance department. I thoroughly enjoyed the sex, I did wish for a tad more story. But overall something that will keep you warm at night!

I received an arc of this book and am voluntarily reviewing.
Pelusa Rivera
Received an ARC for my fair review for netgalley. Well, did not enjoy it, however the writing was good so I could not give it less stars. We could have really had a great story, and the character could have been developed more if the author would have given them time to get to know each other than just hitting the sheets.
Tracey Parker
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-to-read
I loved this story from Tina! It touches base with so many things thst affect us all and the chemistry snd scenes are hot between Lauren and Dante! They both have issues they need to overcome, but they find spending time with each other a great time and getting out of Lauran's comfort zone with herself, but sexually she knows what she wants. This is a definite must buy and read!
Wicked Takeover

This is the romance novel that broke the proverbial romance novel loving streak. It’s by entangled, but not the imprint by them that I love. A different imprint, and I’m just finding it lacklustre.

It felt like all window dressing for exposition sex. I’m not against exposition sex. Just the rest of the story elements didn’t ring true for me.

We have a woman who got laid off from her HR job, and then came into an inheritance of a tattoo parlour. So here she is trying to figure out
Chelsea Fryou
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ARC of Wicked Takeover provided through NetGalley for an honest review.

Wicked Takeover had a very interesting concept of an independent corporate woman, Lauren, who was let go from her job and then inherited a tattoo shop. There she meets Dante and falls in instant lust, plus it helps that he's actually a great guy too. I loved the whole tattoo shop idea and the employees who worked the


Lauren has no choice but to accept the inheritance her father left her, especially since losing her job and needing an influx of cash to survive. However, she doesn't know the first thing about tattoo parlors or even how to run one, so she'll have to learn quickly. Yet, working alongside Dante, the sexy tattoo artist that runs it has her off-balance and her mind more focused on him than her dire financial situation. Will Dante be able to convince Lauren that money isn't everything and that forev
Rebecca Austin
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Lauren Simms has just lost her job and discovers that her absentee father has just died leaving her a tattoo parlor called Wicked Brand in West Palm Beach. Knowing she needs money to survive she knows she must sell the shop when she struggles finding a new job.

Dante Avana is the manager at Wicked Brand and he along with tattoo artist extraordinaire Van Gogh and receptionist Jasmina keep the place running. He is extremely attracted to Lauren but understands that she must do what is right for her
Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)
I have to admit I was expecting more from Wicked Takeover. I wanted more character development, more story development, but what I got was basically erotica with little storyline or plot movement.

Lauren is about down to her last dollar when she finds she's inherited a tattoo parlor from her estranged father, the father who went to work one day when she was a child and just never returned. When she goes in to assess the parlor so she can sell it, she's astonished to find that she's attracted to t
Rosa Sharon (iScream Books Blog)
What does she really want? Besides Dante...

Wicked Takeover was my first read by this author. The synopsis intrigued me and I decided to check it out. It was short, sweet, sassy and sexy.

Lauren was between a rock and a hard place. Having lost her corporate job recently and so far unable to find a replacement. Lauren was sweating in her car to save her precious gas, unwilling to waste it using the air condition. She was living on peanut butter and jelly. She was throwing all her eggs in one ba
Elizabeth Neal
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lauren just lost her job in HR, but hey, she'll bounce back thanks to a business she just inherited...wait, it's a tattoo shop? Umm...

Dante, the man that runs said tattoo shop, sees the conservative dripping from Lauren, yet, he sees the heat too.

The two are on different sides as Lauren is determined to sell the shop, turning a profit so she can return to her previous life, but Dante refuses to let that happen. However, they do have something in explosive chemistry for one another, s
Aug 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
I must admit that I had underestimated the amount of sex this book would include. As this is not the book's fault but mine, it has no effect on my rating. I just mention it because, even though it is well written, I felt like skipping a lot of pages when Lauren and Dante got started...

On the whole, it was a nice story with very unique and amazing characters. Dante is simply great, reading about him, well, I guess, he is the sort of guy, most women dream of (which of course, is also part of the p
Melissa Schaub
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would give this book 3 1/2 stars but I am rounding up to be fair since some of this review may be personal preference.

Let me start off by saying that I really enjoyed the uniqueness of this book. Lauren meets Dante when she finds out her long lost Dad leaves her a tattoo parlor in his will. While struggling to make ends meets in her own life, she now has to take on the tattoo shop, which is barely surviving, and fight her attraction to Dante, who is also managing to come to terms with his new
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
I was asked to review this e-book arc from the author in exchange for a honest review.

Lauren is down on her luck. She just lost her HR job and finds out that her father died.
Her father left her a tattoo shop, Wicked Brand. The shop is doing Ok but Lauren still has to pay her bills and her students loans so she walks into the shop thinking she is going to find a buyer and sell the shop. She wasn't counting on Dante though.
Dante is the manager and a tattoo artist, a sexy hunky Latino man. Lauren i
the wicked brand series kicks off with wicked takeover, where lauren and dante develop a thrilling sex connection and a relationship worth fighting for. if only either of them had the guts to actually express what they want clearly.

they're actually really good at doing that in the bedroom, or not the bedroom, because most of the time they're having sex in public or semi-public places. it's kind of their thing. but they are both on the same page and clearly hot for each other.

the problem is that
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