Taken (Deception #1) [NOOK Book]

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From #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Barbara Freethy comes a tale of romance and suspense. TAKEN is Book #1 in the Deception Romantic Suspense Duo. PLAYED is Book #2.

Kayla Sheridan had longed for love, marriage and a family. Now, after a miraculous whirlwind courtship with the man of her dreams, she is his wife. But on their wedding night, he vanishes, leaving Kayla ...
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Taken (Deception #1)

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Overview

From #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Barbara Freethy comes a tale of romance and suspense. TAKEN is Book #1 in the Deception Romantic Suspense Duo. PLAYED is Book #2.

Kayla Sheridan had longed for love, marriage and a family. Now, after a miraculous whirlwind courtship with the man of her dreams, she is his wife. But on their wedding night, he vanishes, leaving Kayla with the bitter realization that her desire has made her an easy mark for deception.

Nick Granville has an ingrained sense of honor and an intense desire to succeed in building the world's most challenging bridges. But when he crosses paths with a ruthless con man, he's robbed of everything he values, including his identity. With nothing left to lose, he'll risk any danger to clear his name and reclaim his life.

Thrown together by fate, Kayla and Nick embark on a desperate journey toward the truth -- to uncover the mysterious motives of an ingenious and seductive stranger who boasts he can't be caught ... and to reveal the shocking secrets of their own shattered pasts.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers' Weekly
"Another crowd pleasing page turner in the first of a tricky romantic suspense series."
Library Journal
"From the rocky isolation of Alcatraz to the haunts of California's historic North Beach, this intricately plotted story has more twists and turns than Lombard Street as it takes its characters on a dangerous adventure with roots in a deadly past. Romance sizzles between the wary protagonists in this riveting page-turner ..."
Romantic Times Magazine - Romantic Times
"Terrific and twisty intrigue makes this novel choice reading. Freethy drags her characters through vast emotions, barely giving them time to react, all the while dangling clues. An amazingly gripping, fascinating mystery!"
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013654013
  • Publisher: Fog City Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 1/15/2014
  • Series: Deception , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 9,731
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Barbara Freethy is a #1 NY Times Bestselling Author, a distinction she received for her novel, SUMMER SECRETS. Her 35 novels range from contemporary romance to romantic suspense and women's fiction

Her books have won numerous awards - she is a six-time finalist for the RITA for best contemporary romance from Romance Writers of America and a two-time winner for DANIEL'S GIFT and THE WAY BACK HOME.

Known for her emotional and compelling stories of love, family, mystery and romance, Barbara enjoys writing about ordinary people caught up in extraordinary adventures. She is currently writing a connected family series - The Callaways. Books include: ON A NIGHT LIKE THIS (#1), SO THIS IS LOVE (#2), FALLING FOR A STRANGER (#3), BETWEEN NOW AND FOREVER (#4), ALL A HEART NEEDS (#5 -Coming February 2014) and NOBODY BUT YOU (A Callaway Wedding Novella).

Barbara has lived all over the state of California and currently resides in Northern California where she draws much of her inspiration from the beautiful bay area. Barbara loves to hear from readers so please feel free to write her.

For a complete listing of books, as well as excerpts and contests, and to connect with Barbara:
Visit Barbara's Website at www.barbarafreethy.com
Join Barbara on Facebook at www.facebook.com/barbarafreethybooks
Follow Barbara on Twitter at www.twitter.com/barbarafreethy
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 23, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    excellent

    As a fan, I've read all of Barbara Freethy's books and loved each one. Taken was no exception.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 28, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    loved it

    Read it in one night and it was hard to put down! Great characters and great plot.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2011

    Didn't live up to expectations...

    This is the first Barbara Freethy book I've read. Unfortunately, it didn't live up to the expectations I had based on other reviews. The book started out well with a great premise of stolen identity. But then it went straight downhill from there. I had to ignore logic throughout the book and try to imagine scenarios that just really didn't ring true to me. For example, would a smart woman who married a man after only knowing him for 3 weeks, whose husband disappeared on their wedding night, really fall into an intense physical relationship with a different man a mere two weeks later? Not too believable for me. The lead male character had potential to be interesting, but became predictably stumbling and bumbling throughout the book. Neither lead character seemed too bright. The police/FBI also seemed dumbed down. The ending was lame at best. Really? Could the police be so stupid? I doubt I'll buy any other Barbara Freethy books. Darn. I was hoping I'd found another author to enjoy.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2008

    the one that will get you hooked...

    I stumbled upon this book when it had been left at the place I was staying on the beach, and was oddly compelled to read it. This was the first Freethy book I had ever read, but I finished it in one short weekend vacation. I couldn't resist the story... or the author! I went out and started a collection of Ms. Freethy's books, immediately reading them all and lending them to my best friend so we'd be able to discuss them. I now have eight of the books and am still collecting!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    I wish

    I wish these stories didn't come with explicit descriptions of sex, bedroom scenes!! story line good, like the it

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2006

    Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!

    I was pleasantly suprised by this book. I was expecting a quick read and I got an awesome, well writen book. The chemistry between the two is terrific. I picked this up at the store and came home and started it. Before I knew it, it wsa 3am and I was finishing the book. I could not put it down. She is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. It's very easy to add her to the writing likes of Linda Howard and Sandra Brown. Way to go, Ms. Freethy. I can't wait for the next book in this series. Thanks for keeping it going!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2011

    DAYTIME SOAP OPERA Style?

    Seems like if you took the trouble to write a book you would include an ending- a conclusion. What a sorry way to push the next book- by not finishing the firsf,

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

    more from this reviewer

    exhilarating romantic suspense

    Kayla Sheridan marries, but instead of spending an evening of bliss, her groom Nick Granville vanishes. The stunned bride visits her spouse¿s home to confront him, but the man who greets her is not her husband though he claims and proves that he is Nick Granville. Both are taken aback as Nick, who has been overseas for months on a bridge construction project realizes someone has taken identity theft to a new level. The thief lived in Nick¿s home, spent his money, and married in his name. --- Already suspicious as to the identity of the conman, Kayla¿s description affirms Nick¿s believe that his college days' enemy Evan Chadwick pulled a stunt. He can understand why him, but neither Nick nor Kayla can figure out why her. As both know he still stalks them, the duo agree they need to comprehend why Evan picked her because he would not have used her if she did not fit into the equation. --- This is an exhilarating romantic suspense with the emphasis on the amateur sleuth investigation conducted by the two targets. Barbara Freethy leaves clues to what is going on especially the real link between Evan and Kayla, yet the fascination is trying to separate out those that provide information from the red herrings. The lead couple is a delightful teaming while the villain serves as a matchmaking cat toying with the two mice he brought together. Fans will enjoy this tense thriller. --- Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2012

    Good story

    I really enjoy this author. She is a good story teller and they are easy reading and keep you interested.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 15, 2011

    Great book

    This is a wonderful book, would recommended it to everyone

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2011

    interesting story, but overwritten

    The story line is interesting, but with every thought and emotion explained in detail over and over again it seemed laborious. This discouraged me from reading more of Freethy's books.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2013

    awesome

    i really liked it. i do believe only a person age 15 or older should read it though.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    Great suspense

    The love story was pretty predictable, but the mystery in the story keeps the reader guessing. The ending left much of the mystery unsolved, to be (hopefully) revealed in the sequel. Very enjoyable read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Good read

    Overall, I enjoyed it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 29, 2011

    Very Good book.... full of mystery

    A Story of Love,hate,mystery, murder, It has it all. Definitely worth reading.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 29, 2011

    Highly recommended - A real mystery

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It held my attention throughout and, with that cliffhanger ending, I will be getting her next book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2011

    Pretty Good

    I love Barbara Freethy books but splitting this one into two parts took away from it a bit. It was a good read just not one of my favorites of hers.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2011

    Age?

    What age would you suggest appropriate for this story? I want to read but am unsure if what I would find would be appropriate for a younger mind. (Hey, that rhymes!)

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2014

    A must read

    A quick read you won't want to put down

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  • Posted March 22, 2014

    I wish someone would come up with a rating system for sexual con

    I wish someone would come up with a rating system for sexual content..... I was really enjoying plot and storyline when 200 pages in I have to put it down because of what I call PORN!!!

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