Theirs to Take by Natasha Knight
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
So this was a much better read than I expected. That sounds awful and isn’t exactly a ringing endorsement, but bear with me as I explain. Four months ago, when I signed up to review Theirs to Take I was in and out of the mood for dark books. For the last month (possibly longer) I haven’t had any interest in reading books featuring dark subject matter and as this book neared the top of my schedule, I worried that I wouldn’t be able to do it justice. Heck, I even read another book out of order on my schedule to delay reading Theirs to Take because I wasn’t ready to face it. No one wants to read a book in a genre that they’re not feeling at the moment, especially when a review is expected, and I really don’t like to do it because it’s not fair to the author. So it was with great trepidation that I queued it up on my Kindle last night.
Fortunately for me (maybe), Knight managed to suck me into the story so fully that I was up until 2am reading and only stopped then because I couldn’t keep my eyes open any longer. While Theirs to Take certainly contains dark subject matter – we are dealing with human trafficking after all – the author didn’t take it too dark. Human trafficking is a story element that can be used to show the redemption of the trafficker or slave owner via love, to show human cruelty and suffering through the unnecessary abuse of the slave, to show criminals brought to justice, or, in the case of Theirs to Take, to show how a relationship that begins as Stockholm Syndrome can become a “real” relationship. When Eva suspects her fiancé of an affair and follows him to a meeting, she soon learns that his love was all an act as he has her added to the shipment of women with instructions that she is not to be there when the truck reaches its final destination. I cannot imagine the terror she felt as her life was turned upside down by the man who was supposed to love and protect her. But her situation gets worse when the “shipment” is hijacked and the women trade one set of captors for another.
Knight does an excellent job of combining Eva’s first person point of view with the brothers’ side of the story being presented in the third person. Had you asked me if an author could successfully combine first person and third person points of view in a book I would have said it was doubtful. Yet it works wonderfully for Theirs to Take as the main focus of the book is Eva and how she handles her abduction and falling in love with not one, but both of her kidnappers, and the first person POV is crucial to making it work. In the same vein, enabling the reader to see what the brothers were doing kept them from seeming evil and made Eva’s feelings toward them make sense. And while we were privy to some things before Eva, there was much we didn’t learn until Eva did which kept me connected to her plight. Most of the ménage scenes are heavy on the BDSM elements and I found them to be quite hot, again mainly because I knew the brothers’ intentions. I really enjoyed Theirs to Take and will be adding Knight to my shortlist of dark authors so I can check out more of her work the next time I’m in the mood for the genre.
I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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