Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Claimed by M. Never (Review)

Book Two in the Decadence After Dark Series to be read after Owned


With one look he consumed me. 
With one touch he marked me. 
With one kiss he owned me.
With one whisper he claimed me.

"No matter where you go or who you're with, you'll always be mine."

Ellie Stevens thought she had moved on from the domineering man who abducted her. Now living in Hawaii and following her dreams, no one is going to keep her down. But things aren't always as they seem. 

Kayne Rivers reluctantly let Ellie go, but just because she's gone now, doesn't mean she'll be gone forever. She is his, and he won't stop until he's reclaimed her as his own.

Claimed is a dark erotic romance. Please pay close attention to the use of the words dark, erotic, and romance. It has intense sexual situations, a Master/slave relationship, mild abuse, and some violence. Reader discretion is advised.


OMG....  I could not wait to get my hands on this book.  So when the author provided me with an advanced copy, I was ecstatic.   Once I sat down to read Claimed, I could not put my kindle down.  With each turn of the page, I found myself loving these characters even more. 

As we all know, Kayne lost Ellie at the end of Owned.  His decisions cost him the love of his life.  In Claimed we see the aftermath of their breakup through both Kayne's and Ellie's POV. Their time apart took a toll on both of them.  While Kayne opted to handle his heartache one way, Ellie tried to fill the void a different way.   The saying goes, time heals all wounds, but as time went by it only made their wounds worse.  Ellie is struggles with her inner feelings. Is she a whore for wanting to feel the way Kayne made her feel?  Is there something wrong with her that she craves to be with Kayne?   Can she forgive Kayne?  Can she trust him?

Kayne told Ellie" No matter where you go or who you're with, you'll always be mine."  That statement stay true to form.  Ellie may not be with Kayne, but he was always close. Whether it was physically or by being informed of her whereabouts and safety by Jett.  

When given the opportunity to see Kayne, will Ellie want to see him?  Will she tell him exactly how she feels?  Tell him how betrayed she feels?  Does she even know the real Kayne?  
"Would you spank me until I cried?  Beat me while I begged you to stop?  Chain me to the bed and use me as you saw fit all while you lie to me.  Make me think I actually mean something, when all I really am is a plaything? ~ Ellie
"You were never just a plaything?"  I growl, standing up so I tower her.  "You don't put your life on the line for a plaything.  You don't risk six years of work, an entire household full of people and your own fucking heart for a plaything.  You may be angry with me Ellie, but I did what I did for a reason, and i would do it again without blinking an eye.  Not only because I loved dominating you, but because you are her, standing in front of me, alive and mentally sound." ~ Kayne 
Both Kayne and Ellie have trust issues, just for different reason.  Even though Kayne may hold the key to her collar, she holds the key to his heart.  A heart that only heats for her. Will their pasts hinder their future.  Is their love for one another strong enough?
"She left me once, she could do it again."  The thought nearly demolishes me.  She really is the one person who can destroy me.  She may kneel at my feet, but she holds all the power.  I'm the slave.  I always have been." ~ Kayne
I loved how we got to see the "real" Kayne in Claimed.  To see how Kayne became the man he is today.  To say Kayne had a rough childhood is an understatement.  Kayne and Ellie may have come from two separate upbringings, but they are similar in so many ways.   They both crave the same things, whether it be sexual, physical or emotional.  Kayne's love for Ellie never wavered.  I don't believe Ellie's did either.  She just needed to know that she could trust him again.  When the two of them realize that their hearts were "claimed" by each other a year ago, they are amazing together. 

I loved seeing a different side of Kayne in Claimed. To see the "every day" Kayne, not that Dom side of him.  When I say how he was finally able to open up to Ellie, it warmed by heart.  It was what I wanted from him while reading Owned.  I wanted him to put his heart on the line.  I wanted him to verbalize how he felt, rather than show how he felt.  Kayne may be a Dom in the bedroom, but he sure does have a sweet sensitive side as well.  His heart beats for Ellie. 

This is probably one of my favorite quotes from the book.
"Ellie, you're the one person who can destroy me. You're my sin and my absolution, my indulgence and my starvation and every tight to all my wrongs " ~ Kayne
If you have not read Owned by M. Never, you definitely must ONE click it prior to reading Claimed. Trust me when I say, you WILL NOT be disappointed.  There are several twists and turns in this book.  I was thrilled to get more of JETT, he is probably one of my favorite secondary characters that I have read in quite a while.  The connection that Jett and Ellie has sure shines through in Claimed.  Jett has always been there for Ellie.  He was the one person she trusted and relied upon.  So to see their friendship still blossoming and growing in this series, thrilled me.  

Kayne, he is another story.  Kayne is very possessive to say the least, but I have to say that I felt more connected to him while reading Claimed.  I loved seeing him open up.  I loved to see another side of him than the one I got to know in Owned.  Kayne secured a soft spot in my heart.  One that he has "claimed".

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