Taking Control by Jen Frederick
Publisher & Release Date: Montlake romance, August 4, 2015
Time and setting: Present Day, NYC
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 362 pages
Heat Level: 3 Scorching Hot Flame
Rating: 3.75 Gold Crowns
In their secret world, unspoken wishes for pleasure come true…and the allure of glamour and passion can easily disguise a deadly secret.
After a tumultuous riches-to-rags childhood, Ian Kerr decided to spend his life focused on making money—and it’s paid off. Then he meets sassy, smart-mouthed bike messenger Victoria “Tiny” Corielli, and he wants nothing more than to introduce her to his world of elite luxury…and enticing desire. But a businessman as ruthless as Ian always has enemies lurking in the shadows—the kind of enemies who violently claimed his parents and are willing to use Victoria as a pawn in their deadly game.
Plucked from her lowly walk-up apartment and financial struggles into a glittering world of wealth and privilege, Victoria is almost overwhelmed…and almost delirious with insatiable desire for Ian. Then sensuality turns to serious peril as Ian’s rivals—and the people Victoria thought she could trust—close in, putting her in jeopardy. Torn between the temptation of carnal passion and the terror of unfathomable danger, she discovers that the dark side of suddenly having it all is knowing you could lose everything.
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This is the second book in the Kerr Chronicles duology. I also accepted Taking Control from the publisher, via Net-Galley in exchange for an honest review. This is the conclusion of Ian and Victoria’s story, and I enjoyed it. While contemporary romance is not my first choice of romance, Taking Control is a compelling read.
Victoria is learning to cope with her mother’s death with Ian’s help. She does not care for her new job, missing the freedom of being outdoors, instead of behind a desk. Her boss is awesome and sees potential in Victoria if she could learn to read and write better. Her sharp mind for detail would make her a great field investigator. Ian offers to find her tutors to help her overcome her dyslexia.
Ian’s need for revenge takes a dangerous turn, leading Victoria into a life threatening situation with an unexpected villain. Will Ian make it in time to save her?
This book is well-written and pulled me back into the romance right away. This one has a bit more intrigue and suspense in it, making it a faster paced book. In fact, I didn’t realize this one is around a hundred pages longer than Losing Control. I thoroughly enjoyed getting Ian’s point of view in this one. It gave more insight into his character.
One of the things that makes this book different from others in this sub-genre, it’s not filled with a lot of angst and conflict between the hero and the heroine. Sometimes, there is too much of that for my tastes. While the relationship deepens, it is shown through the growing love and intimacy between Ian and Victoria, and their willingness to work together to solve the problems that arise.
In Taking Control, the issue of Victoria’s dyslexia is explained in greater depth, making it a much more believable part of the story. Now I understand why her reading and writing skills were so poor in the first book. I thoroughly enjoyed the part where she gets much needed help that changes her life in big ways.
I also sensed more in common between the pair, making their relationship more plausible. If you are looking for an erotic romance with an intriguing story line, then I would suggest giving this duology a read. While I am not a fan of books split in two part, this one is well-done. I’m glad I took a chance and gave both books a read. Happy reading!