Sunday, December 07, 2014

TAKEN BY STORM is the latest electrifying love story from bestselling author Tamara Mataya.

Leilani’s plan was simple: Return for her father’s wedding, house sit for the happy couple while they
went on their honeymoon, then get the hell outta dodge. She’d thought the worst thing would be
returning to the town she grew up in (and despised). She was wrong. 

A flash flood hits the small town, stranding firefighter, Ryan, and a few strangers at the local bar.
Worst of all, Leilani, his old high school rival – and last night’s scorching one-night-stand – is one of
the people stuck in the bar. With waters rising, they need to stick together and wait for rescue.

The power grid’s knocked out, and cell phones aren’t working. When the others panic and leave,
Leilani and Ryan are left alone in the dark. Fortunately, words aren’t necessary to keep the former
rivals warm. But when they’re forced to leave the refuge of each other's arms, they must navigate
the flood-ravaged town in order to find safe shelter.

The rising waters brought them together, but rising tempers might tear them apart.

TAKEN BY STORM is inspired by true events.

It was her, but she was so different, so warm and open, and her unabashed interest was irresistible. 
Ryan noticed the way she’d copped a cheap feel when she ran into him in the hallway, but it was 
endearing and she was even more gorgeous now that there was heat in her eyes. And she was just in 
town for the wedding—he wouldn’t have to worry about her getting attached. He’d just decided to 
ask her for a drink when she told him to go to her room. She was his friend’s sister. He should say no.

He didn’t.

Her hand was small in his, but she pulled him with a speed and strength that made him feel wanted, 
and needed. It turned him on and completely obliterated his fatigue. All the times she’d screamed 
his name on the field came rushing back, every glance he’d caught her giving him across the 
cafeteria table before the interest left her eyes and she’d looked away. The times when her sharp 
tongue and flashing gaze had torn his arguments to shreds in a debate. He’d wanted to scream at 
her … and kiss her.

Maybe it was just high school hormones, but the thought of finally getting her alone and stilling her 
smart mouth with his was driving him wild. He made it until they were behind closed doors before 
he gave in to his body’s demands and kissed her. Her tongue stroked his. She was tiny but fierce, and 
he had the impression she’d have climbed him like a tree if he took too long to kiss her. Her lips 
curled into a smile and she pulled back. Her eyes were a rich, warm brown that melted his insides.

“No offense, but this—” she gestured from his chest to hers and back again, “is not going to go 

“That’s perfect.”

“I don’t normally do this. But I’ve had the day from hell and need it to get better right now. Are you 
in? I want someone who can make me forget where I am. Make me forget my name. Do you want to 
do that with me? Can you do that?” Her mouth resumed its delicious nibbling and sucking, making it 
impossible for him to think.

Ryan had one major thing he wanted to forget about, even just for the night. He’d been trying to 
forget about her for months. Five foot seven, one hundred forty pounds, blue eyes, cheating heart … 
Leila’s coconut scented hair, and the way she pressed closer made his mouth water and his balls 
ache. Make them both forget? Yeah. He’d become good at that.

He wrapped his arms around her and pulled her tightly against him, reveling in the feel of her warm, 
pliant body smashed against his. He’d never felt hair so glossy, and it slipped through his fingers as if refusing to be captured. She moaned deep in her throat when he fisted a handful and claimed her 
lips again. When her hands slid down his back and grabbed his ass, his hips jerked forward, pressing 
his erection into her. Leila’s tongue went wild inside his mouth, spiraling and wrestling with his at a 
frenzied pace.

Her flesh was hot beneath the thin red and white summer dress, and he skimmed it up her thighs, 
and whisked it over her head. He traced the delicate curve of her waist and brushed his thumb just 
beneath the bottom of her strapless bra. She shivered beneath his hands, made quick work of his 
pants, and began undoing the buttons of his shirt with a gleam in her eyes.

5 Star Perfection

"Touching him was like taking the first deep breath after holding your breath for six years. She wanted him like her life depended on it." 

Taken by Storm is based on actual events, and for me that makes this story
just that more engrossing. From page one Mataya sets the stage for a story
that captivated me.

I adore this author’s style of writing, her pacing and plotting are meticulous.
She creates characters that you cannot help but root for, and fall in love
with. Leila is beautiful, headstrong, independent, educated and successful.
Ryan is dedicated to his career, firefighting, taking care of his community
and all those who live in it. He’s strong, dominating, sexy, caring, seductive,
compassionate and Leila’s secret high school crush. Running in the same
circles in high school, Ryan was not oblivious to Leila’s beauty or her
charms; in fact he was very aware. Bound by loyalty to Leila’s brother he
managed to resist the temptation, but this time around, his superpowers
are wavering. Leila is Ryan’s kryptonite.

Years later, at her father’s wedding, a chance meeting brings them both a
night of seduction and decadence,  finally surrendering to years of sexual
tension and chemistry that simmered just below the surface.  Deluding
themselves into believing that this is just one night, no strings attached, no
consequences,  Leila and Ryan throw caution to the wind, yet not before
putting the DND sign on the hotel room door *wink wink*. Holy Hotness

"You're doing me in, and I'm not even inside you yet."

The next day brings surprises, and not the fun kind, it all busts loose,
literally. The quaint town that Ryan has always called home, and everyone
he’s known his whole life are in very real danger, a flash flood, is
threatening to change everything forever.

"Never mind a paddle; they were up shit creek without a boat."

Taken by Storm gives romance readers so much than the typical love story.
A town paralyzed by a disaster no one could have ever seen coming,
people doing whatever it takes to survive, and pulling together, it’s truly
compelling. It’s a true testament to what people are capable of when
tested. The perseverance shown by these characters will leave you

Drama, action, danger, lust, love, conflict, unique and heartfelt. Taken by
Storm is truly uplifting and gratifying. It’s outstanding!

Tamara Mataya is currently a librarian; she lurked there for so long recommending books to patronsand shushing people, that she suspects they only hired her so it would be less creepy. Now she’s armed with a name tag, and a thin veneer of credibility. She’s also a musician with synaesthesia – which isn't an issue until someone plays a wrong note, which makes her want to squirm inside out. It makes for a good live show.

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