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Stolen

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by Shiloh Walker
     
 

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This thrilling and super sexy novel from bestselling romantic suspense author Shiloh Walker will appeal to fans of Allison Brennan and Linda Howard.
 
Shay Morgan has stayed hidden for a long time. Living a reclusive life in Earth’s End, Alaska, she’s as far away as she can get from the trauma of her childhood and the man who

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This thrilling and super sexy novel from bestselling romantic suspense author Shiloh Walker will appeal to fans of Allison Brennan and Linda Howard.
 
Shay Morgan has stayed hidden for a long time. Living a reclusive life in Earth’s End, Alaska, she’s as far away as she can get from the trauma of her childhood and the man who hurt her long ago. But terror takes over Shay’s life yet again when an unknown stalker steals away the fragile peace she’s built for herself—targeting not only her but the one man who’s ever managed to get past the walls she’s built around herself.
 
Elliot Winter has lived through being falsely accused before—it ruined his military career. Now it’s happening all over again. And this time, his accuser is a twisted impostor who’s targeting his ex-girlfriend, Shay. Despite a fierce mutual attraction, Shay and Elliot broke up because Shay couldn’t let her guard down, couldn’t let Elliot in. But now they both need to trust each other to confront a psycho who seems to know all their secrets.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345531919
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/30/2012
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
195,129
File size:
3 MB

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Walker / STOLEN

chapter one

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I had another dream.

I’m in the closet. Again, hiding like always. I hear a baby.

And he is here. I can hear him shouting. Yelling. Swearing. He’s angry . . . but he’s always angry.

I hear somebody giggling this time—this is new . . . I don’t remember this. She’s giggling, and I hear her talking about a princess.

I’m hungry.

I’m cold.

I wait until it’s quiet, because I need to get some food. I think the baby is hungry, too.

Then there are sirens. And I think there’s blood. I hear the baby again, but these screams are different. . . .

Leaning back away from the computer, Shay Morgan closed her eyes and sighed. The dream was already fading away, the threads of it escaping her grasp even as she tried to hold on.

Even as she tried to put the terror into words. The pain.

Moments passed and the dream lost some of that vivid, powerful punch. But still, she was shaken. Sickness gripped her and in the back of her mind, she could hear a pitiful, broken scream.

Shifting her attention to the screen, she started to read back over what she’d written.

“You’re going to hold down the fort, right?”

The man bent over the desk didn’t look up at first.

Lorna Winter sighed and leaned her shoulder against the doorjamb.

“Elliot!”

Her brother looked up, eyes a little clouded. Lack of sleep, lack of caffeine, or just general crankiness could account for the dark scowl he sent her way. He hadn’t exactly been a ray of sunshine the past few months.

“What?” he asked, reaching for the cup of coffee sitting in front of him.

It must have been empty because he gave it a look of such disgust, one might think it had kicked him in the face.

“You’re going to take care of things here, right?”

He frowned. “I am? Why?”

“Because . . . I told you yesterday I needed the day off,” she reminded him.

His frown deepened, then abruptly, his face went as smooth as glass. “Right. The hospital.” He bent back over the computer as though it had him hypnotized. If she didn’t know better, she’d think that catalog for Baker and Taylor held the secrets to the entire universe, the way he stared at the screen.

“You know, if you want, you can go pick Shay up,” she offered.

Elliot just grunted.

“Is that a yes or a no?”

For a long moment, he didn’t move. Neither did she. She knew her brother. She knew his moods, she knew his quirks . . . and she knew when he was hurting. Right now, he was hurting, even if he never admitted it. Finally, he slid her a look from under his lashes. “Shay doesn’t need me to pick her up, Lorna. We broke up months ago, remember?”

She just watched him and waited.

He stared back at her. “It’s over, sis. Deal with it. I have.”

Then he focused his attention back on the monitor and started making notes. Knowing she wasn’t going to get anything else out of him, she sighed and turned around.

Dealt with it, my ass, she thought darkly.

The man hadn’t dated since he’d broken things off with Shay and she’d seen the look on his face when they heard about Shay’s accident. She’d been completely shocked that he hadn’t gone tearing down to Anchorage to be with her.

Hell, every damn time the phone rang, he’d practically attacked it. Yeah. He had dealt with it just fine.

But she couldn’t make him see reality until he was ready to see it, she knew.

Of course, it might help if Shay would open her eyes and see what she was missing. The two of them were giving her a headache, damn it.

Meet the Author

Shiloh Walker is the bestselling author of If You Hear Her, If You See Her, If You Know Her, Chains, Fragile, and The Missing. She loves reading and writing anything fantasy and nearly every kind of romance. Once upon a time she worked as a nurse, but now she writes full-time and lives with her family in the Midwest.

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Stolen: A Novel of Romantic Suspense 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! The villian is sure to send chills down your spine and just when you think you can't get any colder... the hero and heroine will warm you up with some steamy love scenes! That's a win-win for the reader!!!
AnnaNanner More than 1 year ago
Stolen is slightly disturbing, dark, and gruesome as the heroine’s meticulously structured life unravels. As with many heroines with dark pasts, Shay Morgan survived an event that would drive most people insane. She’s a survivor who did not remain whole. Shay discovered a limiting way to cope with her fears and found success as a published writer. Her claustrophobic lifestyle effectively melds with Earth’s Ends, Alaska; the small town inhabited by the man who patiently wooed her and lost hope for a meaningful relationship. Shay’s computer is her main connection to the world. It’s mostly through this machine that she watches her life seized, the stress of which exacerbates her nightmares into new and darker territory. When a heroine has a dark past it typically means she has suffered abuse of some form. This is true for Shay. It would have been grueling to read the horrors she suffered in its entirety, but Ms. Walker spares us that pain. Her abuse is revealed in quick flashbacks, nightmares, and journaling with the careful use of metaphors. The intense revelations reveal Shay as an emotionally strong yet damaged heroine, as the life-changing event would have put most people into a mental institution or long-time psychiatric care. I was very curious about her time between the event and her present time, but the information wasn’t necessary to make this story effective. Stolen is focused on Shay’s present dilemma of someone stealing her identity, along with her long-buried memories floating to the surface. Someone is taking over her life and Shay will fight for it. This is where the heroine becomes proactive and not a shadow person incapable of functioning outside her office. It was a relief to realize Shay was someone I could root for and a heroine capable of having a convincing romance. Elliot Winter is believable hero for this damaged heroine. Shay and Elliot have two years of history before this story begins. Shay has a patient, intuitive, compassionate, and loving hero. He also happens to be ex-military lending him an ‘alpha’ like veneer some readers love. [Note to fans: He co-owns a bookstore with his sister and loves to read. This is a good thing!] The pacing is steady and tension-filled. The villain maintains a steady presence and will keep readers guessing. I was a little disappointed the Alaska setting wasn’t used to its full advantage. I thought something more was going to be done with it. A claustrophobic atmosphere similar to the Al Pacino movie “Insomnia” would have been edgy, but it wasn’t the direction the author chose. (Who am I to say? I’m only a reader/movie junkie that loves a good thriller!) The story did fizzle near the end as the climax neared, but I really enjoyed reading my first Shiloh Walker romantic suspense and would recommend it to fans of this sub-genre. It was a thrill to read and played like a movie in my mind, which is always a good feeling in my book! (This ARC is courtesy of Random House Publishing Group via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.)
WiLoveBooks More than 1 year ago
I was pulled in from the very first page. Shay has obviously suffered a lot. She and the man she is obviously in love with (even if she doesn't realize it) split up and they are both still miserable over it. She is recovering from a car crash and now someone is trying to steal her identity. Reviews vary on this one, but I thought it was great. If you like dark, intense stories and can handle a heroine with a very troubled past combined with a steamy love story, give it a try.
KatiesMomBS More than 1 year ago
Run do not walk to read this book.
bucmjt 13 days ago
Stolen by Shiloh Walker is a very powerful read. So very much going on, so many dragons to slay. This is my first read from Walker, but it will not be my last.
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Runs in and takes back kits and freshkill
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DComfort More than 1 year ago
ABOUT THE BOOK: This thrilling and super sexy novel from bestselling romantic suspense author Shiloh Walker will appeal to fans of Allison Brennan and Linda Howard. Shay Morgan has stayed hidden for a long time. Living a reclusive life in Earth’s End, Alaska, she’s as far away as she can get from the trauma of her childhood and the man who hurt her long ago. But terror takes over Shay’s life yet again when an unknown stalker steals away the fragile peace she’s built for herself—targeting not only her but the one man who’s ever managed to get past the walls she’s built around herself. Elliot Winter has lived through being falsely accused before—it ruined his military career. Now it’s happening all over again. And this time, his accuser is a twisted impostor who’s targeting his ex-girlfriend, Shay. Despite a fierce mutual attraction, Shay and Elliot broke up because Shay couldn’t let her guard down, couldn’t let Elliot in. But now they both need to trust each other to confront a psycho who seems to know all their secrets. REVIEW: Oh….wow. I think those two words will about sum it up. Now, let me first just say that I am guilty of reading other reviews, if available, before I start in on a piece. I do that cause I review quite a few but even though I do these reviews as a dedicated reader, I still want to enjoy what I read. So that being said, I saw a few disappointing reviews on this but more so, a lot of really good reviews. I was nervous about which side I would fall in and I have to say this now…I have no idea what some were complaining about. This was a fantastic read and held action all the way till the end. Just when you think Ms. Walker is done with the novel, BAM, she tosses one more thing your way. Stolen is a lovely piece that touches not only on suspense, but also every author’s and most people’s fears – identity theft. It was a wonderful read that I had a hard time putting down – sans Hurricane Sandy hitting my state. I would recommend this piece to anyone looking for a different kind of book and one that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end. Five out of five stars for a great job!
JackieBCentralTexasJB More than 1 year ago
Read from December 16 to 17, 2012 BOOK SYNOPSIS This thrilling and super sexy novel from bestselling romantic suspense author Shiloh Walker will appeal to fans of Allison Brennan and Linda Howard. Shay Morgan has stayed hidden for a long time. Living a reclusive life in Earth’s End, Alaska, she’s as far away as she can get from the trauma of her childhood and the man who hurt her long ago. But terror takes over Shay’s life yet again when an unknown stalker steals away the fragile peace she’s built for herself—targeting not only her but the one man who’s ever managed to get past the walls she’s built around herself. Elliot Winter has lived through being falsely accused before—it ruined his military career. Now it’s happening all over again. And this time, his accuser is a twisted impostor who’s targeting his ex-girlfriend, Shay. Despite a fierce mutual attraction, Shay and Elliot broke up because Shay couldn’t let her guard down, couldn’t let Elliot in. But now they both need to trust each other to confront a psycho who seems to know all their secrets. My Thoughts Identity Theft, murder, mystery, nightmares, suspense, romance and you have a recipe that is full of spine tingling hair raising and at times all out unnerving reading!  What would you do if someone took over your identity online as well as in some cases in person? Shay Morgan is in her early thirties and even after 29 years still has nightmares from what happened to her as a 4 year old child, the only problem is that the memories are fragments and those fragments keep shattering her attempts to sleep night after night and year after year. Some of the nightmares are triggered by certain phrases or images, others just seem to come out of nowhere and for all these years Shay has slowly withdrawn into herself more and more. Her best friend from college Darcy Montgomery and a new friend who also lives in Earth's End are the only two people that she has regular contact with. Elliot Winter, the brother of her friend Lorna, is the man that Shay finally finds herself able to trust enough to include in her circle but because she keeps him at arms length after over a year Elliot finally decides enough is enough and breaks up with her. In the beginning of this story Shay has had a car wreck, spent time in the hospital in a coma and after 2 weeks flat on her back afterwards she is finally able to come home. Lorna picks her up to take her home and they decide to stop in town for lunch together, at the last moment Lorna decides Shay needs some books to read and stops at she and her brothers book store. Needless to say Shay is not pleased as she has no intention of seeing Elliot since six months ago he made it clear that her blowing hot and cold was not something he wanted to deal with anymore. While in the bookstore Shay finds the latest offering of thriller author Shane Neil on a display rack that she accidentally knocks over while trying to hurry out of the store to escape a conversation with Elliot. Time stops for Shay the minute she sees the sticker on the book covers stating autographed copy, Shay is actually the author but uses a pen name to remain anonymous in her real life. Knowing that she is not the one who signed the books makes her ill, angry and determined that not one copy remains in the store to be sold so she takes every one and buys them herself and leaves. This beginning sets in place the stage for the unraveling of a mystery, the author fairly soon reveals the character who is masquerading as Shane but the reason why is another matter altogether. Faced with the internet onslaught of a Facebook fan page, a Wordpress account blog site, a Twitter account and other places where authors public presence is avidly followed Shay is desperate to shut down the online presence that the imposter has created as the sites are full of lies as well as half truths that could possibly lead to Shay herself. Her real identity is something that must remain hidden at all costs, her past trauma cannot come to light or there is a very real possibility the demon from her past will find her. This is another wonderfully beguiling read penned by the author, it raises questions in the readers minds on what would happen if someone took their identity and it also shows just how horrifying the consequences of that theft could be as well as the efforts it would take to even begin to straighten out the mess. There is nothing quite like finding a character like Shay, she is a young woman who just wants to blend into the woodwork and live her life quietly but when push comes to shove her will and strength are formidable to behold. Lorna is the friend we all wish we had, supportive, kind and caring to a fault. Elliot is a man that most women would love to find, handsome, intelligent and most of all passionate with those he cares about and willing to do anything to keep them from harm. This was another masterfully executed story that took the reader and put them squarely inside the characters world and did not release them until the last scene was enacted, the mystery solved, the villain was brought to justice and the last page was turned.  Romantic suspense but so much more! [EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]
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Some people write reviews like the are gatting paid per word...this is what I want to know, did you like the book and how many pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I then makeout with yu