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"I like you collared, baby. I like you naked, I like you mine."

Ellie Stevens has lusted over Kayne Roberts since he first walked into the import/export company she works for a little over a year ago. As Expo's most important client, Ellie has always kept a safe distance from the man with the majestic blue eyes - until temptation finally gets the better of her. Impulsively, Ellie invites Kayne to one of Expo's infamous company parties her flamboyant boss is notorious for throwing. Unbeknownst to Ellie, the god in the Armani suit isn't just the suave entrepreneur he portrays himself to be. Underneath the professional exterior is a man with a secret life, dark desires, and nefarious contacts.

In a hidden corner of a trendy New York City lounge, the spark kindling between the two of them ignites. Unable to resist the sinful attraction, Ellie agrees to leave with Kayne, believing she is finally bedding the man of her dreams. Little does she know when she walks out the door, she's about to be Owned.

Content warning: Owned is a dark erotic romance. Please pay close attention to the use of the words dark, erotic, and romance. It has intense sexual situations, a Master/slave relationship, mild abuse, and some violence. Listener discretion is advised.

©2014 M. Never (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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  • Cyndi
  • Beautiful Michigan
  • 02-07-18

✫✫ 4 Star Story with 5 Star Narration ✫ ✫

I really enjoyed this dark, twisty story of betrayal, lies and sex. The story line was great and I think most people are in for a surprised for sure. I would have loved a little bit more of the history between the two main characters in the very beginning because that always helps me to feel the connection between them. I wanted to hate Kayne but just couldn't, he showed his good side a few times which made me like him. I was on the fence will Ellie in the beginning, she didn't put up as much of a fight as I would have thought considering. This book is about 75% sex, hot, dark, dominate, depraved sex, If you don't like dark not completely consensual sex in your stories maybe this one isn't for you. I loved the ending and I need to start book 2 asap!!

The narration is incredible! Muffy & Sam are both amazing narrators. I buy books just based on the narrators when it's one of them.

21 of 21 people found this review helpful

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So Hot and Dark!

I was not prepared for this book, but once I started it, I could not stop listening. From the very start, M Never weaves a web of lies, deceit and love that enraptures you, will make you cringe and keep those earbuds in! Ellie and Kayne are co-workers who are attracted to each other, but do not know each other well. When they meet after work, and one of Kayne's acquaintances makes a gesture towards her, he knows he has to take her and make her his own. There are so many times I wanted to hate Kayne, but it was easy to feel the good in him no matter the circumstance. Ellie at times made me a little crazy, but in her shoes, I am not sure what reaction I would expect. Never has combined the world of BDSM with passion and suspense galore. The twists and turns keep the tension high to an explosive ending that I didn't see coming. I can't wait to continue this trilogy.

Sam Crowley has a darkness in his tone that is so stunningly hard at times, that it made me uneasy, and then would have a softness that filled my heart. He is perfect for this role, could not have cast it better. Muffy Newtown always brings her A game, and with this I was breaking down right along with Ellie. She took me for the emotional ride right until the end.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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A wild & scorching ride!

This is not your run of the mill romance! Before pressing play be aware that this is a dark, twisty, BDSM story where "Nothing is as it seems".
I went into this story blind and am so very glad I did. This being said, M.Never does in this series what she does so well... Creating characters with a very solid background, unshakeable motivations & chemistry. She has created extraordinary circumstances to grow, bond and fall foreachother in the most unlikely of situations. To an ordinary listener this might just be an audio with very hot and dangerous circumstances for the sake of inmediate gratification (sex for the sake of sex). Having gone through Ellie & Kayne's full story I see there is so much more than meets the eye. These two people connected and teathered to eachother for every different reasons and as a listener going through this story with the performances of these amazing narrators you are experiencing every nuance of the ride. Both narrators took to this performance with full commitment and it is so clear how they aimed to give a true voice to these characters and truth to their circumstances.
Just when you think M.Never can't get more twisty, you are proven wrong over and over. She weaves a story filled with so many layers of unapologetic sex yet these characters have a hold of their own with their inner strength and vulnerability. You can not help but be owned by this story in every way. BRAVO!!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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🔥WOW🔥 if you love dark, BDSM, and insanely hot then you will LOVE ❤️

I waited to review book one until I listened to the entire series, so this is more of a review for all 3 books but I won't give anything away! What an INCREDIBLE series. I've honestly never listened to anything like it. Sure I've listened to the same theme of story, but M. Never is very gifted and she did phenomenal on this series. It's definitely unlike any of her other audiobooks. And I would definitely heed the warning ⚠️ it isn't for everybody. I knew as soon as I read the disclaimer that it was written just for me 😍 I love dark, I love hot, I love passionate, I love BDSM, I love master/slave, I love EVERYTHING about this series. It stayed hot 🔥🔥🔥 and interesting, and not only held my attention until the end, but it left me wanting more! I've been in a book slump and nothing has been able to get me out of it, until now. This seriously may be my favorite series of 2018. It will take a hell of a lot to bump it from my favorite of the year. If you like dark listens then I beg you to give this a shot. It's worth all the credits!!!!

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Twisted and Disturbing!

This was my first M. Never's book. This wasn't my first dark romance. Unfortunately, this book wasn't what I'd expected, despite the warning. This story was, for me, twisted and disturbing. If it was the goal of the author, so she reached it! I've hated Javier, of course! And I've hated as much Kayne and Jett. I really didn't understand why all this happened. I haven't understood why Kayne wasn't able to protect Ellie without abusing her. Maybe the second book will bring a better explanation and Kayne's redemption. Fortunately, the narration was really great. I received this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Misty
  • Washington
  • 02-03-18

Dark and seductive

Ellie is just getting ready to start her life, but due to an extreme situation she is now owned by Kayne. Despite her initial fighting of the situation, she falls in step and she falls in love. But things aren’t as they seem and the mystery behind the man that is controlling her comes to light.

This book was crazy intense. Probably 70% dark and dominant sex, 30% dark and depraved storyline. I’m not mad about it though. It was hot and not repetitive, completely unique from one scene to the next and also the chemistry and the progression of chemistry between the characters was palpable. I loved it. I couldn’t turn it off. I absolutely can’t wait to turn on the next one.

Sam Crowley and Muffy Newtown were brilliant. They brought reality to an invented story

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An Emotional Rollercoaster

I began this with really heavy mixed emotions. The story was very dark but Muffy and Sam just pulled me in. It was heart wrenching and I was completely invested in the characters. I didn't just want to finish but I needed to see it to the end. M. Never's writing was absolutely phenomenal. I can't wait for the conclusion.
I received this audible in exchange for a fair and honest review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Disliked the story so much that returned the book

While the book was reasonably well written, and very well performed, the story was just terrible. I have no problem with erotica, or dark erotica, and have been able to appreciate stories that I found somewhat disturbing, this was not one of them. I found the story premise silly, trite, ridiculous in far too many ways to suspend belief. It is needlessly cruel with characters that it tries to pass off as damaged but with hearts of gold. It doesn't work. They come across as creeps. I gave up about 3/4 of the way through and will be returning this book.

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Wow

That was intense and erotic! A very well written and narrated story of love and loss.

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I wasn’t sure I would finish the book.

Oh, how many times I thought to put the book down and walk away due to the harsh story! So, glad I toughed it out to the end. Narrators were pretty easy to listen to. But seriously, for most of the book I wasn’t sure I wanted to continue.

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  • Jan M
  • 05-20-18

Oh My!!!

I have spent considerable time deliberating how I was going to evaluate this book. The narration was fantastic. Both Muffy Newtown and Sam Crowley did amazing. They added so many emotions to the book. Muffy was outstanding as Ellie, and Sam was convincingly evil as Javier.That part was extremely easy for me to evaluate.
Now for the story, this is where it becomes muddy. The book is well written, it has some great twists, but I didn't like the story. The story deals with non-consensual sex. I disagree that sex should be painful for it to be good. I would have stopped listening to the book if not for the fantastic narration. Each person has to make their own decision on what they are comfortable with. I understand that this is only part of the story, but it is how I felt listening to the book.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-22-18

Excellent

I loved reading this book and I’m very pleased there now on audible, I can’t wait to listen to second book in series.

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  • Clare Keating
  • 05-22-18

OMG best book this year.

Yes this is a dark book, but it is also so much more than that. I can't say enough about it. The subject matter is dark (sex slavery) but the intense story and the amazing narration just pulled me in so much so that i even cried for Ellie a few times. Eris Mallon is outstanding in this one my god did she get Ellie's pain across she just nailed it in all aspects. Sam Crowley (Zachary Webber i think) is just Alpha in every way I could just picture Kayne as he spoke. and M Never's story just shocked and amazed me and grabbed me from start to finish she is just so amazing at making you a part of the story and making it feel so personal. I loved the relationship between Ellie and Jett he was like a big brother of sorts he didn't take Ellie's rubbish he would question why she was feeling a certain way and challenge her about her feelings. He was so sweet and caring. The sex scenes were very dark and lots of them, the way they were written and voiced was so intense (in a good way) I can't wait to start the next book in the series