Title: Take Me
Author: Sara V. Zook
Release: July 12, 2016
Cover Designer: Susan Garwood from Wicked Women Designs
The depths of his soul are as black as his eyes.
He’s a thief and a murderer. Add kidnapping to the list now that he’s taken me, forced me away from my father’s house in the middle of the night. There’s no room for mercy in his dead heart. He’s driven by purpose, and I keep messing up his plans. So he hates me. He punishes me. He’s my captor, and there’s nothing I can do to change that.
But then he’s forced to make a decision—keep me or let someone else have me?
He’s still my captor, but also a kind of savior now too.
Somehow things have changed between us. I can see it in his eyes. He doesn’t like it, but he can’t stop the motion from going forward. He wants me in a different way, and it’s killing him to give in to his desires. I’m beginning to see that sometimes even a dead heart, even one belonging to Creed, can be revived.
Sara V. Zook pursued her dream of becoming a writer and after earning her bachelor’s degree, sat down to create her first novel in which Strange in Skin was completed in three short months.
She’s the author of the Strange in Skin Trilogy, Clipped, A Magic Within, Evanescent, Reminiscence, her mobster release, Six Guns, A Chaos Within, and her first contemporary romance, The Pull and its sequel The Push.
She resides in Pennsylvania, where she was born and raised, with her husband and three small children.
I had no plan of action. I didn’t know what the hell I was doing. And on top of it all, my hostage was still around, my opinion of her completely changed. It seemed as though she’d taken me hostage now, and I didn’t know if I could come to terms with how that made me feel. Feelings toward a woman weren’t something I’d expected to deal with. Then again, isn’t that when bonds form, in the most unexpected moments of our lives?
For every heart that beats, there is that other half that beats within someone else. When that other half is found—it is the absolute hardest, most painful thing to have to get up and walk away from. Emotions run wild in this story. Lines become blurred, no longer black and white. This author takes her readers into a world of hardships, where all judgement is muddy at best—sympathy and strength are both prevalent in this novel…but at an extremely unfortunate cost. Zook has a novel that is both emotional and riveting. When one crime is fueled to rectify another—far worse injustice, where does that leave that person? It is up to the eye of the beholder.
Creed is a man determined to make ends meet—he has his mind set that nothing will get in his way when it comes to saving his brother, Micah. Micah has does some bad things…drugs primarily, but that has gotten him in more trouble than anything. When Micah is taken because of the amount of money he owes a very powerful man named Dominic, Creed must obtain the money somehow in order to save his brother from death. Creed’s irrational logic places him in a rich man’s house with a gun, making demands for money. He would have gotten away with it too…if only the rich man’s daughter, Briston, hadn’t walked in on the exchange. Now—his only way out is to take her as a hostage. What is left of Creed’s heart feels like it has shattered into a million pieces as he ties her up and tapes her mouth shut. In the race against time to provide the money in exchange for his brother’s life, a bond is formed between kidnapper and victim. Little does he know that things work in mysterious ways and this woman…could very well be the best thing that has ever happened to him or quite possibly…the worst.
Zook has outstanding character development and this story is very creative. Her style of writing is brilliant, allowing her readers to sympathize with her characters in a way that makes it hard to see the right side of the situation. This author engages her audience with action, romance and emotional heartbreak which will leave you at a loss for words. If you are a reader of crime and romantic suspense, you may want to pick this up.
A free copy was exchanged for an honest review of this fictional piece.