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Monday, March 7, 2011

Taken by Nicole Austin

Taken by Nicole Austin
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (37 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Multiple Partners, Voyeurism, anal play, forced seduction
Rating: 3 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Bound, gagged, blindfolded—Danielle Romano has been taken.

Under the skillful hands of an anonymous stranger, the lines between fear and anticipation, reality and fantasy, anguish and carnal tension are blurred. The thin edge separating pleasure and pain has distorted, reshaping into something that confuses Dani while simultaneously stimulating the scorching demands of her body.

Forced pleasure may bring sexual freedom, but the violent lust Dani craves comes with a hefty price that may be more than her husband is able or willing to satisfy.

Holy guacamole Batman, this book is hot!!!

Catchphrases aside, this is one smoking book. I needed more than a fan and a cool drink. I needed to fix my ereader and smooth out the melted spots. I knew from the blurb what I was going to get in this story, but it is way hotter than any blurb. Phew.

I’ve read other books by Ms. Austin, and she never fails to bring out the heat factor. Her writing is nice and fluid, drawing me into the story and the worlds of Mikael and Dani. The chemistry between them is palpable and I didn’t want it to end—once it started. I have to note, this is a sequel--Erotique--and even thought I didn’t read that book first, I didn’t feel I’d missed anything. This story stands on its own quite well.

I did have some issues, though small. There were reactions on the part of Dani that I had a hard time relating to. Granted, if I were in a kidnapping situation, I have no idea how I’d react. Some readers might find it hard to relate to her as well, but really, it didn’t take away from the story. If the reader is looking for something hot for a cool night, this story delivers. And I have to add the love between Dani and Mikael does come across as aching yet strong. I know, that sounds like a strange way to describe a love story, but trust me, it fits. There are moments of agony, sweetness, and white hot heat.

If you want a story that will warm everything in the room to boiling, you need to read Taken. I give this book 3 cherries.

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