Monday, September 8, 2014


Book Information

Title: Taking Control 
Author: Jen Frederick
Release Date: September 8, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance


The hotly anticipated sequel to Losing Control.

I thought I needed only one thing in my life–the money and power to crush one man. But the moment I laid eyes on Victoria Corielli, my thirst for revenge was replaced by my craving for her.

No rule would keep me away; no obstacle too large to overcome. Not her will, not our differing social positions, not my infamous past. When she lost everything, I helped her pick up the pieces. When she trusted me with everything, she sealed her fate.

I’ve convinced Victoria she can put her heart in my hands. Now I have to protect it–from her shady stepfather and my business rivals, from enemies known and hidden. I’ll do anything to keep her. And I might have to prove it, because now Victoria's risking more than her heart to be with me; she’s risking her life.

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Our Review:

I LOVED this series. I loved it so much that I was sad to finish it. I think I actually kept scrolling after the fact in the hopes that there would be another page (or 50) for me to read. I love Tiny and Ian and I loved losing myself in this story. Eep, I know. I love the characters, and am just itching to ask Jen questions about spin offs. 

Admittedly I was concerned about how all of this would go down because at the end of book 1, it appeared as though Tiny was interested in helping Ian in a way that could possibly end poorly. Without getting into spoilery things, I'll say that Tiny does try to aid Ian and things happened..and that's all I can reveal at this time. This part of the novel--the plot to avenge Ian's parents was engaging and kept the novel going at a swift pace. In addition to the story line about Richard Howe (and the Howe family), Tiny's step-family also creates some added interest and tension and all of these parts were interesting, but... 

Yes. I have to admit it took me a few pages to get into this one. I think it helped tremendously for Jen to remind us where things were left, who the players were, and small tidbits of what happened before. I also think that it could've been a hard situation like Shel said, their love that is, because I thought it was going to go one way with Tiny's story...and am glad it went another. How vague is that! onward to the but...

I think what I really loved about this story was the way Ian and Tiny loved and adored each other. He was so tender and protective of her and she was so tough and protective of him; it was awesome.The drama that swirled around them was never really created by them. They were never interested in manipulating the other or playing games; they were a team and they were honest and they freakin' loved each other and I loved that. I also loved how passionate and sexy they were..those sex scenes were h-o-t. SUPER HOT. 

YES. Communication. YES! It was amazing. I loved how the storyline started moving fast with his point of view and we got to actually see the ins and outs of his business. That might not interest some people, but I thought it was a very cool aspect in this CEO drama that we love so much. The sex. The dirty talking. It was amped up a notch every single time, and I loooovvved it. Thanks Jen. 

I could probably go on and on about this book but instead what I'm going to say is BUY AND READ this series. This book was a lovely way to end the story of Tiny and Ian. It was. I am so glad to have read it, and as always we can't wait to see what Jen comes out with next! 

Shelley: 5 stars
Courtney: 4 stars


I want us to get married. Soon. Do you want a big wedding?”

“Married? I mean, I guess I thought you were serious but I figured…I don’t know.” Her voice trails off.

“That my proposal of marriage was somehow insincere? I’ve never wanted anything more. I just didn’t want to pressure you because of all the emotional upheaval you’re experiencing now.” Rolling over so she can see me and judge the sincerity for herself, I declare, “I want you to be my wife. The mother of any children we have. My partner in life. I want that to happen now so that I can introduce you as Mrs. Ian Kerr.”

Her eyes close for a moment and beneath the lids, silent tears leak out. Her words, though, are classic. “Maybe you should take my name. You can be Ian Corielli and I’ll introduce you as Mr. Victoria Corielli.”

“As long as it means you’re mine in the eyes of the world, I’ll be Mr. John Smith.”

She wraps her arms around my neck and clings to me. This time the shudders I’m soothing are from maybe, possibly, hopefully joy for our future. “I’m okay with Victoria Kerr,” she chokes out. “You better give me a big rock and lots of flowers since you’re proposing to me while we’re naked.”

“I proposed to you when I first took you to the house on the Long Island Sound.”

“You didn’t propose. You said that you wanted me to be your wife and fill your big house with lots of little people.”

“That’s a proposal.”

“It was a demand.”

“It was a request couched as a demand.”

Her body is shaking with laughter. “You’ve been in charge for too long. That was no request.”

Pushing to my knees, I reach into the nightstand and retrieve the box I bought before Sophie died. Her eyes grow huge and her hands come up to the cover her mouth. I flip the box lid open, pluck the ring out and toss it aside.

Lifting her shaking hand in mine, I slide the ring down her finger.

“When I was fifteen I made a hundred different stupid vows. I’d avenge my mother. I’d rise to the top of Wall Street and smite everyone down. I’d crush Richard Howe beneath the sole of my boot. I’d win at everything. But I never wished for happiness because I didn’t know what it was until you came into my life. How could I want something I didn’t know was missing? Now, everything I’ve achieved pales in comparison to having you love me. When I say that you’re my heart, my everything, those aren’t just words. They are the only truth in my world. I’d give up money, revenge, success, as long as I could lie down next to you at night and wake up with your face beside mine.

There is no greater achievement in my life than having you fall in love with me and I recognize on some mysterious level that is pure luck. I need you to marry me and be my wife. I need you to be the mother of my children. I need you because without you I am nothing. I am a pile of bones and flesh filled with misery. You bring me to life. Love me, marry me, be with me in this life and into all the ones we live from this point ever after.”

“Well, since you put it like that, I guess I must.” She rises and kisses me. Our mouths sealing the promises we’ve made to another one another.

I make love to her again then, slowly. We barely move. I just slide in and we rock together and allow the strength of our emotions to carry us into the heaven. 

Author Biography

Bestselling author Jen Frederick lives with her husband, child, and one rambunctious dog. She's been reading stories all her life but never imagined writing one of her own. Jen loves to hear from readers so drop her a line at

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