Monday, March 18, 2024

Take Me by Stacey Kennedy

Desire can be dangerous…

In the secret world of the Phoenix club, inhibitions are left behind, fantasies become reality, and lust can lead to love in this intoxicating romance from USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy.

Nessa Hale is a hopeless romantic. Growing up, she witnessed her grandparents and parents’ epic love stories. But Nessa hasn’t been as lucky. Instead, she spends her free time swiping right on online dating apps and enduring hellish first dates trying to find the one. But when one of those dates ends tragically, Nessa is left emotionally shattered.

Ronan Crawford understands what it’s like to feel broken. As a retired Navy SEAL, he still suffers from the after-effects of war. Forming new friendships and working security at Phoenix, the secret sex club in the heart of New York City, has given him a purpose. He likes protecting people again. So when Nessa asks him to teach her self-defence techniques, he’s concerned, but up for the challenge. He can tell Nessa is suffering and he’s prepared to be her safe haven. What he’s unprepared for is how Nessa makes him feel like he’s coming back to life.

The more time they spend together, the more Ronan and Nessa help each other heal. As their friendship blossoms into something more, Ronan introduces Nessa to a world of no inhibitions and wicked desires. But when Nessa’s recovery is threatened and her life is endangered, Ronan vows to protect her at all costs. He knows he’ll have one chance to make Nessa safe again, but only Nessa can bring Ronan back from the darkness threatening to bury him…

Don’t miss our reviews of the rest of the Phoenix series!
For book one, Watch Me, click HERE.
For book two, Keep Me, click HERE.
For book three, Save Me, click HERE.
For book four, See Me, click HERE.


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Take Me by Stacey Kennedy

Book 5
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Narrated by Daphne Fields



“You tasted of something I’ve never tasted before.”     “What do I taste like?” she managed to ask.     His voice grew rough… “Something forbidden, but something I want to keep.”



Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Ronan and Nessa have known each other through mutual friends, Lottie and Hunt. But when Nessa is attacked, Ronan becomes her protector. Before the attack, they flirted with each other, but nothing became of it. Now Nessa is staying with Ronan until her attacker is caught. Will the proximity lead them to the intimacy they both want?

Nessa is a nurse, and she works with sick children. When Ronan hears about one of the children needing help paying for treatments, he offers a solution to Nessa. Can he introduce her to Club Phoenix without scaring her off?

I have loved this series from the beginning, and I think Nessa and Ronan are my favorite couple. Their connection is deeper than just the club. She is the light to his dark, or so he said. This story is filled with a little mystery that you will not see coming in the end by who Nessa's attacker was. You will be on the edge trying to figure it out. I highly recommend this one and the entire series, you can't go wrong with this author.

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/F Romance
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Nessa loves love. She's a compassionate, loving person who cares about everyone. Nessa has been on several terrible first dates lately and she's getting tired of them. When Nessa is attacked, it'll take all of her friends to show her that she can heal and come back even stronger.

Ronan is a protector. Even after his end with the SEALs, he takes his work seriously and he takes his crush on Nessa very seriously. He wants to show Nessa that she can take back the power she thinks she's lost. He wants to show her how good they can be together.

When danger lurks around every corner and their friends are put in danger too, Nessa and Ronan will have to fight for their friends and themselves.

This was a fun read with just the right amount of alpha and hot steam. You won't regret this one.

This is the fifth book in the series, and I do think that the story was richer for having met most of the characters before – so you are in for a heap of goodness if you start at the beginning of the series.

Nessa suffers an awful attack, which finally wakes Ronan up to him missing his chance, and failing the woman he cares so much about. Their journey is not simple due to their pasts, but they do both recognise that there is possibly a future for them outside the Phoenix.

I enjoyed how Nessa found out why Ronan had such a fabulous apartment, and how together they could do a good thing for a very sick little boy in hospital. It was a fun way to set up some low risk but highly passionate scenes and open the door to a more permanent relationship.

My review would be incomplete without giving Dex, Ronan's support dog, a huge thank you as he was fundamental in giving both leads much comfort and belief in the possibility that love can conquer all.



His lips against hers ignited a feeling he wasn’t ready for. It surpassed anything he had experienced prior. Nessa kissed him with such warmth and tenderness that it filled him with longing so strong he almost felt… possessive of it.


Author Bio

USA Today bestselling author STACEY KENNEDY has written more than fifty romances, including titles in her wildly hot Club Sin, Phoenix, and Devil’s Bluffs series. Her books are about real people with real-life problems, searching for that special thing we call love... in a very sexy way.

When she’s not burning up the pages and setting e-readers ablaze, she’s living her happily-ever-after with her husband and two children in southwestern Ontario, Canada. She’s a firm believer that wine, chocolate, and sinfully sexy books can cure all of life’s problems.

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The tenderness of their kiss revealed a love she had only dreamed of having. A love that transcended time, pain, and even trauma… A love that brought light into darkness…

Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Take Me (Phoenix #5) by Stacey Kennedy to read and review. Mary reviewed her personal copy of the novel.

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