~USA TODAY BESTSELLER~
Abducted at eighteen. Held captive for 15 months.
It reads like one of those headlines. And yes, I did it. I stole her. Nora, with her long dark hair and silky skin. She's my weakness, my obsession.
I'm not a good man. I never pretended to be one. She can love me, but she can't change me.
I can, however, change her.
My name is Julian Esguerra, and Nora is mine to keep.
***Keep Me is the sequel to Twist Me, told from Nora & Julian's POV.***
©2014 Anna Zaires (P)2014 Anna Zaires
"Whew!! That was INTENSE!!!!"
I liked having the man and woman narrators. They worked very well together.
I'm not sure - This is a very DARK book that many will find very disturbing but its like a train wreck .... you can't turn away from it.
no,but I would listen to them again. Great job!
I did have an extreme reaction to this book and I did cry. It also kept me on pins and needles!! I cringed and sweated right along with the characters.
This is a great listen but be very prepared for the darkness. It is a romance but very different from your traditional romances.
"JULIAN & NORA….A COUPLE LIKE NO OTHER!"
I was one of the fans who bought the 2nd book immediately when it was released. I didn't think I would get the audiobook, but I'm sure glad I did. It was like the difference of watching a film in black & white with no sound, to watching a vivid blue ray on an HD television. Seriously!!! Roberto Scarlato was freaken amazing! He brought warmth and a soft side to Julian, plus add the sexy. OMG, his voice is gorgeous & he did a wonderful job. Now, Shirl Rae, I can't say enough about her narration. She is amazing! She is one of my favorite narrators. These narrators brought this gripping, visceral, dark story to life.
Julian and Nora's story has fully captivated me. Friends have described this book as "moderately dark" and I think that is why I was taken aback by this story, because when the horror of how Julian had ensnared Nora is pulled away, well, at the heart of it, they both want each other. This love story is pretty intense, and I think, "moderately dark" is just about all I can handle (I'm a light weight when it comes to dark romances, I suppose).
This book takes place where "Twist Me" has left off. It has wonderful twists and turns, and very shocking situations that I was NOT expecting…..CRAZY SHOCKING, but the best part of this book was all of the "Julian and Nora" time. Their relationship is still visceral, fire-invoking, and far from traditional. Julian continues with his pain/pleasure sex with Nora. And, there were times I just wanted Nora to give him a smack down for being a psycho with her. (Yet, that is all a part of this story and Julian's progressive development as a character.) In terms of loving-making, he is an outrageously unpredictable lover in the bedroom. At times, he's sadistic and too much, other times he's a sweet, sensual lover. The bottom line is that Nora is lost to him, and Julian can't get enough of her.
They have some issues to resolve with the inequality of their relationship, and I like how Nora did develop more strength in dealing with Julian. I loved how Nora became stronger, as a person, and her level of bravery astounded me toward the end. OMG, she was fierce & badass!!! That fierceness that resided within Nora is what made her a fit partner for Julian-- like a missing puzzle piece. Of course, she still deals with inner conflict about loving a man like Julian, but it's evident, especially at the end of this book, that she adores that man.
On that note, in terms of Julian's feelings for Nora, you can see that his need and obsession for Nora is something that he is processing continually, and trying to improve. I love that Julian is faithful to Nora and his need/love for her is singular. He still struggles to categorize his feelings as "love" since he is not a good man. In fact, Julian can be a monster. So, getting into that......How to describe what kind of man Julian is--Well, what is the level that comes above an "alpha male?"--Because Julian is in a total different pond when it comes to alpha males. In fact, he's a friggen shark in the ocean when it comes to defining his power, strength and dominance. Julian is an independent arms dealer, creator and manufacturer who has both good and bad relationships with nations in the world, and an enemy in Al-quadar (a terrorist network) that proves to be his only challenge, but a close to deadly one. In that respect, if you have hated Julian along the way, well you might feel his outcome was a just consequence for the type of life he lives, but let me say that I was shocked!! I won't say more because that would give a bit away!!!
I will be waiting very impatiently for the release of the final installment. I did love the alternating POV's of both Nora and Julian and I hope the next book is the same.
Anna Zaires did an incredible job with this installment, and I can't wait to see what else she has in store for Julian and Nora.
"Keep Me Good"
I Loved Roberto's voice.
I love this series. Julian Esguerra is not a nice man he kidnapped Nora because he wanted her. I stayed up all night reading this book I just couldn't put it down and this is one book that I am looking forward to listening to it on audio. Held captive for 15 months Nora Leston an 18 girl from the Midwest fell in love with her kidnapper. After being kidnapped by a terrorist group along with Beth who was killed Nora believes that Julian was killed in an explosion. For four months Nora is lost without him and she didn't know how to start her life over until Julian returns. This book picks up where the last one "Twist Me" left off Julian shows up in the middle of the night to take his Nora. This book to me is better than the first one and I really loved the first one. In this book we get to here both of their POV and I loved that. This book we also get to hear and understand why Julian is the way he is how he grew up with a horrible father and a mother who was too afraid to stand up for him. In this book you get to see how Nora has grew into a strong person although she is still unsure if Julian loves her, which he does he just has never felt or received love before she knows that he wants and needs her and that he is never letting her go and you also see that she loves Julian for who he is a sadistic monster that bring out the masochistic in her and she loves it. This book had a few twist in it that I want give away but I loved the first one and I loved how he did it. This book had some very hot sex scenes in it I mean the book had me "throbbing". I loved that Nora was able to tell Julian what she needed and that she was able to stand up to him although it didn't do her any good I love a man that takes what he wants and doesn't apologize or feel any guilt for doing it. This book was very well written and I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series so Ms. Zaire please make it early 2015. If you love to read dark erotic non-con I highly recommend this series I will even loan it to you. I have read a few series where the second book is not as good as the first one this one is NOT one of those.
"Nora you are mine and I am never letting you go"
"the excitement keeps on going "
this a great romance love the characters and the drama and craziness and hot romance
"Beautifully Twisted Love Story"
On the Narrators...
Both worked well together but the best parts were always Julian's POV for me, mainly because we didn't get that in the first book.
Most memorable part...
The marriage ultimatum. There was so much going on stemming from that part of the book that it stands out so brightly for me. The fact that Julian had no problem making Nora bend to his will was disturbing yet I still grew to love him as she had...
Both Twist Me & Keep Me made me realize some interesting things about myself. I love how it made me look inside my own feelings as they journeyed through their messed up relationship. Through darkness there was light. I will continue to follow these writers. Great books and I hope to read/listen to many more of this type of story. You've got a lifetime fan. Worth both the credit or the purchase!
"love julian and nora"
Finally getting to hear and put a voice to julian.
Great story line. lots of action. the sex was a bonus.
The slower saductive voice of julian. by Roberto Scarlato was amazing. Shirl Rae did a great job as Nora.
Physically no. mentally yes both.
Over all a great read and i can't wait for more! The only issues i had were setting the speed on it. were as julians needed to be faster and Nora needed to be slowed back down when it got to one of her chapters. think i left it at 1.5 and delt with it. but story line and characters were awesome. and Anna Zaires is a great author.
There is a part 3, but what I loved most of all about the authors, is the books do not end with cliff hangers. it concludes yet still keep wanting the next book in the series.
I loved the ending. I am enjoying how the characters are evolving. Looking forward to book 3
I loved this book! It was exactly what i expected the sequel to Twist Me to be : UNEXPECTED! You never know what's going to happen in an Anna Zaires book, it was hot, it was sexy, it was emotional, it was scary, it was crazy, any emotion you can think of and at one point or another in the story you're going to feel it. It's dark and sensual exactly like you'd expected from an Anna Zaires novel and the plot is spot on. This book really has everything.
"Kept Me Captive"
This second book in the series kept me absolutely captive. This deeply dark romance is full of intrigue and scandal, suspense and sex all shaped into an addictive story. This entire series is a must listen, especially with the high quality narration. An absolute NDULGENT READ!
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"4.5 "A Dark, Powerful Man's Weakness?" Stars!"
*This review contains spoilers for book 1 of the Twist Me Trilogy, if you have not yet read or listened to Twist Me, please see my review that title*
4.5 "A Dark, Powerful Man's Weakness?" Stars for the story and 5 Stars for the narration!
The second book in a trilogy is always the hardest to execute. Nothing can usually compare with the excitement and newness of the intriguing, creative plot introduced by book 1, whereas Book 3 answers all, or at least the remaining, clues thereby ensuring that it is an essential ingredient to a memorable trilogy. Anna Zaires and Dima Zales, however, have managed to pull off the impossible by producing a memorable and extremely satisfying book 2, while at the same time managing to add further complexity and intrigue to the already unique plot introduced in Twist Me, not to mention maintaining the same envelope pushing BDSM passionate scenes between the hero and heroine that are sure to leave you panting.
Keep Me picks up where Twist Me leaves off. Nora believes that Julian has died in the explosion after he rescued her, and has returned back home. As she starts to piece back together her life, the depression of losing Julian in undeniable, but resume her life she must, so she begins that task.
Then unexpectedly Julian reappears. Having lost her once, Julian is now more determined than ever that his enemies will never keep Nora from him again. His need to possess her, willingly or as a captive, and the extremes to which he will take to ensure he "Keeps" her, knows no bounds. No matter Nora's submissive tendencies, her feelings and her ability to accept Julian's extreme dominant ways will be tested. Further complicating matters is the fact that it doesn't take Julian's enemies long to figure out that Nora is the only real thing he cares about in this world. Therefore she may easily be used as leverage against him. Can there possibly be a HEA in store for Nora and Julian under these circumstances? Moreover, will Julian (even given all his power and resources) be able to keep Nora safe?
Adding a second narrator to the cast, Keep Me is narrated by returning narrator Shirl Rae plus Roberto Scarlato. This dual narration approach works fabulously as Keep Me also includes chapters from Julian's point of view and Mr. Scarlato's narration of those chapters works perfectly to differentiate the viewpoint being shared. As an added bonus, MR. Scarlato's rendition of Julian gives him a darkly titillating and sexy intonation perfectly suited to the personality traits that the authors penned for him.
Ms. Rae, in turn, maintains remarkable consistency in her portrayals of the characters that she created in Twist Me, thereby giving the listener the welcoming feeling that they are settling back in to the same story and allowing the listener to just sit back and enjoy the further development of this dramatic, dark romance.
All in all, I really enjoyed Keep Me. Maintaining the same dark, edgy and intriguing feel of Twist Me (book 1), while at the same time introducing some new mind-provoking and social mores bending quandaries which will no doubt equally push your buttons as to the acceptable nature of the dominant hero's behavior, Keep Me keeps the listener entranced and inexplicably drawn to listen to this forbidden treasure to its fruition. I simply can not recommend this series highly enough to lovers of dark romances. Moreover, the expert narration adds an extra spine tingling effect that makes this a must listen to series.
Source: Review copy provided in exchange for an honest review.
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