on July 9, 2013
Genres: Mystery, Romance, Thriller
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How tragic it is when a caged spirit finally finds its freedom and — entranced in its ecstasy — is invited by that freedom into a cloaked dance with danger.
In Book One of this three-part epic, Kate Simmons — young and alluring, and finally out of her cage of grief — attracts more than attention. Intoxicated by her newfound independence, a blithe Kate is on her way to finding out that around the corners of life, some life-changing eye-openers await. As the story continues in Book Two and she begins to churn a dangerously turbulent trail, it is Kate who now has to snap to, to react, to outrun, or become yet another tortured victim who vanishes down the path of wrong choice.
Having already roiled the risky waters of jealousy, Kate moves in with Neil while Roger — an enamored oddity — visits his son in Germany. Upon his return and finding Kate gone, Roger’s predator mind becomes unhitched, and then unleashed, on the hunt of a lifetime. But whose life?
Step by creeping step, even as Kate’s future closes in on her, she attends — obliviously — to her new life, working through the challenges of fresh relationships, losing family members both to death and to deceit, questioning the depth of love.
Every path offers a choice. Every choice offers a consequence. And every consequence summons its due. As emotions swirl across fateful days and nights, some in Kate’s life will reach out to touch happiness in warm embraces, others to sever ties in bloody traces.
The stains of passion are frequently mistaken. The question here is who will be taken?
I didn’t have a hard time getting into the story this time. It literally picks up right where Fallen For You leaves off. Kate is now living with Neil. Roger has just gotten back from Germany after visiting his son. Roger has quickly realized that Kate and Charlie have moved out and he’s pissed. He has no idea where she is but he’s pretty sure he can find her.
Kate however, doesn’t want to be found yet also doesn’t want to help herself not be found. I didn’t understand this part at all. We know Roger is a murderer. We know he’s after Kate. But Kate doesn’t want to quit her job at Nordstrom’s nor does she leave school. WTH?? In fact even though Neil keeps telling her she needs to quit, it’s not until Charlie agrees that she finally does. I’m sorry but if some deranged lunatic killer is after me, I’M GONE!! I would change my name if I had to. I want to live more then I want to work at the mall!
I stayed irritated throughout this entire book. Again, the writing was choppy and didn’t really flow smoothly. Dialogue didn’t flow and came across more like statements. I still had a hard time connecting to the characters. Actually I take that back. There was one character that I found myself understanding, Roger’s ex-wife, Paulina. Roger convinces her to bring his son back to America and live with him. She of course has no idea what he’s been up to. She soon figures it out and has to pretend to not know in front of Roger. That was some good stuff.
Overall, I felt like the author tried too hard with this book. It just felt like ‘filler’ when in reality this entire story could probably have been told in one book maybe two. In the beginning of Taken by You, Kate suffers the loss of her father. She flies back to his funeral only to find out that her bad relationship with him wasn’t entirely his fault. Okay, so there’s going to be some turmoil and angst. I can get behind that. Kate and her brother head home to confront her mother. One conversation is all we get. They storm in, make accusations, mom is pretty nasty back, and they storm out. That’s it. Kate is all sad and weepy but that’s it. No real answers. No reconciliation.
On the plane to her father’s funeral, Kate meets a woman who’s also on her way to a funeral. They start talking and find they have the death of fiancé/boyfriend in common.
Tragedy also strikes Kate’s friend, Natalie. Yes another death. Kate refers about 20 people in this book to her grief counselor. I’ll tell you what, that many is making a mint off of Kate!
Natalie who had already lost her parents previously, is introduced to Mac (Neil’s friend from the first book). Incidentally, Mac has also lost his parents.
Not to mention we still have our murderer Roger on the loose and yes he does kill in this book too.
All I could think about when reading this book was that it was full of death and sex. What a combo.
I actually found myself looking forward to the part with either Roger or Paulina. I found Kate and Neil to be too sticky sweet. Not enough substance for me. I didn’t like their interactions together or with others for some reason. But Roger and his obsession with Kate is pretty interesting. He doesn’t really know her he just wants to have sex with her. For some reason thought he’s convinced she’ll make a great mother for his son. But he’s crazy and a killer so who’s going to argue with that logic. 🙂
Yes there is a major cliffhanger. Yes I’ll be reading Given to You, I have to see how this all plays out. Does Roger get Kate? Will he kill her? Can Neil save her? Will Kate and Neil get their happily ever after? Maybe Kate will agree to be Rogers sex toy and mother to his kid. I gotta find out!