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Taking (Forbidden Obsession #2) by Lynn Burke



Hot as a California summer and off limits.
Too young.
A rich, snobby princess, but I couldn’t help crave her innocence as much as the next man.
No matter how much her feigned hatred stirred up obsessive want inside me, I found myself protecting her from the real predator.
Betrayed by Addilyn and my father, I ended up in jail for assault.
But I’m a free man now, and I have what I need to get my revenge.
I’ll destroy the man who uprooted my life.
Make Addilyn pay for her part in ruining me.
My obsession has not waned in five years, so to hell with wanting.
This time, I’m taking.

WARNING: Taking, the second book of the Forbidden Obsession Duet, contains triggers and mature themes. Recommended for 18+

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Book 2 in the Forbidden Obsession Duet is rife with revenge as Gideon returns from prison to make everyone pay. 

Gideon is back to settle the score as he stalks his prey and imagines all the pain and suffering he is going to inflict on her.  Her testimony in his trial was the nail in his coffin. She betrayed him and he was sent away for five years. Now his plan is in motion and he has her right where he wants her, but she won’t break because she’s already broken.

Addilyn has lost everything. Her mother, her friends, her innocence, and her protector. But she refuses to give up her freedom again to her stepfather, the bastard who preyed on her as a teenager. The man Gideon warned her about. His own father. And she didn’t listen. She betrayed him instead. Her guilt and depression have made her a shell of her former self and now Gideon’s back to take his revenge and she wants in.

Gideon and Addilyn finally get their payback as they go all Bonnie and Clyde on the people who destroyed their lives. But first, they need to sate the passion and tension that has built up after all the lies and horror they have experienced. Gideon is a total bastard in this book, but there is no doubt he loves Addilyn and cannot hurt her. Addilyn grows stronger with Gideon’s love as they work together to destroy the people who made their lives a living hell.  They get their HEA as well as a shocking and well-deserved vengeance on Lloyd. Wow, what a cringeworthy scene!!!

This story puts you on the edge of your seat from the very beginning. A painfully dark revenge romance with messy characters pushed to their limits who finally get a fitting and happy ending.  Please read my review of Wanting to start from the beginning.

Thank you to Ms. Burke for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review. 


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Addilyn and the asshole eventually exited, moving across the parking lot together. My stare burned on the back of her head. She stumbled and nearly fell—until the blond fucker touched her.

Jaw clenched and hands fisting, I roused my self-control to hold still, allowing him to help her right herself, all the while cursing his existence, his smile.

They moved forward once more, and I shifted with the deep darkness of the night, determined to get closer. To stop the fucker from putting his hands on her if he tried.

He bumped her arm a second time, blatantly flirting, and I growled, fingertips itching to rip his face to fucking shreds.

The thought he might kiss her goodnight—or even worse, follow her home to her place, raised my goddamn hackles, and I shivered with the need to unleash some violence. The hunting knife strapped to my waist suddenly felt heavier, the blade seeming to whisper as I slid it out into my palm. One slash would spill blood and keep whoever the fucker was from touching her ever again.

From behind a truck, I gritted my teeth and watched them approach her car.

Waited, every cell in my body vibrating.

She went to open her car door, and he reached out for her arm, halting her.

I took a step forward, the handle of the knife in my hand in a blink.

A few mumbled words—and he turned back the way they’d come, sending me sliding into the shadow of the truck.

Addilyn peered after him for a few seconds before climbing inside her car.

I stayed put and pressed against the truck, contemplating the blade in my hand and the clueless fuck seconds from passing me by.

Twinkie had taught me how to wield a knife and where to best stab to end a life. 

And I considered it. Fuck, did I think on it.

Saw it in my mind… A quick grab, a single slash across the fucker’s throat. The spray of blood reddening the snow and slush at my feet. Soothing my rage’s need to unleash.

But he could easily shout before steel met flesh.

And the other people exiting the pizzeria behind me would see.

Five years in prison had been more than enough, and I couldn’t afford to land there again without finishing what I had planned.

Pulling back tight against the truck, I held still. Didn’t breathe.

And the clueless fuck waltzed right on past, not realizing fate had given him a generous second chance at life.


Lynn BurkeLynn Burke is a full time mother, voracious gardener, and scribbler of spicy romance stories. A country bumpkin turned Bay Stater, she enjoys her chowdah and Dunkin Donuts when not trying to escape the reality of city life.

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