Sometimes I just want a story that is a lot of hot sex with a quick connection leading to love. I don’t want to see the two characters fumble through dating and fighting and making up. I just want a really hot guy to claim a woman and that is that. Taking Tessa provides all that! Cage West is a police detective who gets a call about a kidnapping, Cage takes action immediately. When he arrives at the address, he is greeted by Tessa. She knocks him on his feet straight away and though it goes against all the normal procedures and rules dictating police work, Cage takes Tessa home with him. Yes, Taking Tessa demands some suspension of disbelief, I admit, but since the focus is on the quickly developing love between Cage and Tessa, I was willing to go along for the ride.
And it is a ride! A sexy, loving, and playful ride. Tessa hasn’t seen much of the outside world since her mother died and her stepfather started controlling her life. She is innocent in every way and man oh man, does she make Cage hot as heck. Tessa develops feelings for him quickly. Some of it is tied up with the fact that he rescued her, but more than anything, she realizes he is just a good man, a genuine man who loves her.
But danger is not totally out of the way. Tessa’s stepfather still has a role to play unfortunately. He was very creepy and I felt really bad that Tessa had been under his thumb for so long, with no other options available to her. Cage gives her options. He gives her comfort and joy and well, I couldn’t ask for more.
This story goes by fast as readers are quickly immersed in Tessa and Cole’s romance. It reminded me of another author I like, Alexa Riley. Aria Cole’s new book is sexy and romantic and yep, over the top, but I was just in the mood for a book like this so it was great reading timing for me. Sometimes all I really want is to see two people fall in love and cut out the middle man (so to speak). Taking Tessa does exactly that!
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Warning: Cage is a rough and growly alpha male with a fierce loyalty for the woman he loves. This story is a wild, twisty ride coated in sugary, Aria Cole sweetness with a sinfully delicious dollop of sexy times drizzled on top. Snuggle in and get swept away with Cage while he’s taking Tessa!
Cage West has spent his entire life waiting for that one special woman to turn his world upside down. As a detective with the local PD, he fills his hours investigating criminals with little time left for much else. When a tip comes into the office about a possible kidnapping at a suspiciously familiar address, Cage is prepared to do whatever it takes to rescue the girl, but when he lays eyes on sweet, innocent Tessa, a firestorm knocks him off his feet. She needs him, and he damn sure wants her–for now, for life, forever.
Nineteen-year-old Tessa Talbot hasn’t seen the outside world in two years. Her stepfather keeps her under his thumb after the tragic death of her mother, convinced she’ll only succumb to all the sins the world has to offer. He’s kept her wildly untouched, and after years of sheltered homeschooling, she’s doubtful her life will ever look any different. That is until one tall, dark, and devilishly handsome detective knocks on her door.
Scared to let him in, even more afraid to turn him away, Tessa makes the decision of her life and decides to trust the man she’s only just met and leave the only world she’s ever known behind. She’s just praying the past won’t return to haunt her, he’s just praying he can save her when it does.
“Can I help you?” The saleswoman cooed.
“Just need a couple things for my girl. Something to complement those pretty green eyes, don’t you think?”
“Oh yes, we’ve got a few options back here that would look lovely.”
Cage wagged his eyebrows at me and nearly had me choking on a burst of laughter. He was silly, sweet, and sexy—was there anything better?
“How about this one?” The sales clerk held up a slinky black number with a deep vee.
“No way.” Cage shook his head firmly. “Something a little less revealing.”
“Wait, I kind of like that.” I fingered the short hemline.
“Over my dead body, Tessa. Saved you once, not going to do it again just because you want to wear that scrap-of-nothing excuse for a dress.”
“Well, this one then?” The clerk held up another black dress, this one with a high neckline and a completely open back.
“No way in hell.”
“Cage!” I nudged his shoulder before swiping the dress from the woman’s hands and heading for the changing rooms in back.
“Tessa.” His throaty reply followed me.
I turned and cast him one last glance, the fire in my eyes burning bright as a mischievous smile danced on my lips. I ducked into the changing room and slid the latch on the door. I didn’t love the dress—I’d seen prettier ones just walking through—but I loved the way it made his eyes light up.
I stepped out of the dressing room a minute later. Cage’s eyes crawled up my skin, a wolfish fire burning in his eyes. “So help me, God. If you think I’m going to let you leave the house in that, you’re insane.”
“Really? I think it’s perfect.” The smile on my lips betrayed me when I stepped out of the dressing room and did a small twirl. “Don’t you think?”
Silence hung in the space between us. After a few too-long beats I spun, my gaze landing on his.
“Jesus, Tessa. What are you trying to do to me?” His ocean eyes crawled my body, moving up my legs, dancing over the curves of my breasts, and I closed my eyes in shame. Maybe he didn’t like it like I’d thought he would.
I turned and reached for the door of the dressing room, prepared to rip the awful dress off and get out of here. I’d embarrassed myself, and I wanted nothing more than to tuck tail and run.
“Tessa.” Warm fingertips grazed the small of my back, hovering around the curve before slinking up my spine. Goosebumps burned through my body and heightened every aroused nerve I had. “You’re so fucking beautiful, all I can think about is slipping this dress off you. But I don’t want to scare you, Tessa. I need you to feel safe and wanted. I want you to feel loved.”
Aria Cole is a thirty-something housewife who once felt bad for reading dirty books late at night, until she decided to write her own. Possessive alpha men and the sassy heroines who love them are common, along with a healthy dose of irresistible insta-love and happily ever afters so sweet your teeth may ache.
Aria’s new release BLACK is the first in her modern fairy tale series. For a safe, off-the-charts HOT, and always HEA story that doesn’t take a lifetime to read, get lost in an Aria Cole book!