Mr. Taken

Mr. Taken

by Danica Winters

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In Mystery, Montana, a white-hot hunk fights fire with passion…

Though he's ridiculously handsome and notoriously funny, it's Colter Fitzgerald's firefighting skills that are most needed by Whitney Barstow—at first. She's been traumatized by fire and terrified that the arsonist sabotaging Dunrovin Ranch is a madman from her past. She's also fearful that harm will come to any man she loves, so denies her attraction to Colter. Then why is she jealous of another woman's hands all over him?

On the eve of the ranch's Christmas festival, Colter wants no one but Whitney, body, soul and darkest secrets. But there's still an arsonist to stop…before what makes the season bright is Dunrovin in flames.

Mystery Christmas

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781335721358
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 10/17/2017
Series: Mystery Christmas
Edition description: Original
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Danica Winters is a bestselling author who has won multiple awards for writing books that grip readers with their ability to drive emotion through suspense and occasionally a touch of magic.
When she’s not working, she can be found in the wilds of Montana testing her patience while she tries to hone her skills at various crafts (quilting, pottery, and painting are not her areas of expertise). She always believes the cup is neither half full nor half empty, but it better be filled with wine.

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Mr. Taken 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This third book in a series can also be read as a stand-alone. The ranch is in danger of being destroyed. The romance may not survive the evil that surrounds them. And the gentleness of the love of horses adds an emotional connection that will light up your heart. This book has it all and will keep you on the edge of your seat while you find yourself wrapped up in the romance like the comfort of a warm blanket.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Fitzgeralds have spent their lives giving everything to the Dunrovin Ranch, their guests, and the foster kids they’ve raised. With all of the deaths and tragedy on and around Dunrovin Ranch, fewer guests are arriving and it is starting to take its toll financially and emotionally on Merle and Eloise, as they face the reality that they may lose the ranch. Maybe with a good turnout at the Yule Tide celebration, they can keep the ranch afloat, but someone seems determined to sabotage the night and the ranch’s success. Whitney came to Dunrovin Ranch to escape the memories and trauma of her life in Kentucky. Eloise, the kind matriarch and savior of the many broken souls that have passed through the ranch, hires Whitney to help run the office and take care of the guests. Eloise knows Whitney has some skeletons in her closet and is running from something, but what she doesn’t know is that something could cost her the ranch and the lives of the people and animals on it, if her ex has finally found where she is hiding. Whitney greets some new out of town guests to the ranch and finds herself the babysitter of the couple’s Chihuahua, who, within minutes of her new assignment, has run off and gotten himself in need of rescuing. She isn’t able to rescue the puppy alone, and has to take assistance from Colter, one of Mrs. Fitzgerald’s foster kids, and a handsome firefighter too. Too bad she has sworn off men after what her ex-husband did to her. She was determined to stay strong, independent and she was sure she didn’t need rescuing, he could save that for his day job. True to the Mystery Christmas series by Danica Winters, it is no surprise that the Dunrovin Ranch is once again under attack by a mysterious do-no-good-er. Could it be Whitney’s ex-husband, or someone else with a vendetta against the ranch and its occupants? Colter and Whitney end up working together to try to save the ranch. Though she makes it clear she is not interested in a romantic relationship, she finds herself quite jealous of the blonde hanging all over Colter. Danica does a great job weaving together the tension of the mystery with the tension of the characters. This was a fast read and fun to read the banter and sexual jousting of the two main characters while they work through some traumatic experiences of Whitney’s past and some even more traumatic current events. I enjoyed reading Mr. Taken and can’t wait for Danica’s next book in the Harlequin Intrigue Mystery Christmas series, Ms. Demeanor, to come out.
BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
With mystery, threats, humor, and passion the story pulled me in, and I was enthralled until the early morning hours and 'the end'. Mr. Taken has a new, different kind of tone to it compared to the previous stories, obviously colored by the hero and heroine's personalities and sizzling chemistry between them. The sarcastic, yet well-meant banter between them had me chuckling, the fervor of their feelings fanning my face. Colter Fitzgerald and Whitney Barstow have a definite spark between them, and they have much more in common than one would think at the first glance. Colter has a great sense of humor, he is a caretaker and protector. He is not shy about his attraction and growing feeling towards Whitney, he just wishes he knew if he can truly trust her with her skittish behavior regarding the recent events at the farm. Because it is obvious Whitney is holding secrets that could put all of them in danger. Whitney ran away from Kentucky to hide from her abusive, stalking ex who tried to kill her. She is secretive and avoiding close relationships with everyone. The lose of her family connection and beloved horses keep her away from the barn and people, yet her whole being is craving for healing and peace of mind. She does her best to deny her attraction to Colter, yet the repeated moments of jealousy and envy tells another tale. The story fits well into the ongoing series, and there was a natural flow to it that made it easy to follow and enjoy. The catty behavior between Sarah and Whitney was a surprise, in that hilarious, "I can't look away oh my goodness what is going on" - way. The mystery with the attempts to sabotage the farm builds up the suspense and tension. The investigation is churning a lot of feelings, bringing strain and stress to the relationships all around. A touch of Christmas spirit and sort of a community miracle is witnessed in the attempt to save the farm, as all come together to celebrate the Yule. Little did they know this would give an ample opportunity to anyone wanting to harm the town or the Fitzgeralds. A delightfully intense story filled with engaging romance and gripping mystery ~ Four Spoons
830618 More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite so far in the mystery christmas series! This book has a little bit of everything: small town romance, a mystery, and a sexy hero. The hero is a firefighter and a cowboy, a great combination. The heroine has a past that she hasn't dealt with. I read it in one sitting so I could find out who the villain was. Definitely recommend!
debwill74 More than 1 year ago
Are you looking for an intriguing mystery that leaves you wanting more? Then Mr. Taken is the book for you. While Mr. Taken is part of the Mystery Christmas series by Danica Winters it can absolutely be read as a stand alone book. Though it does leave you wanting to read the rest of the books in the series. When things go from bad to worse at Dunrovin ranch Whitney Barstow begins to think that the past that she is running away from may have caught up with her. But will the relationship that Colter Fitzgerald hopes to have with her go up in flames or will the firefighter help her fight the flames of that nightmare that keep haunting her? I received a copy of Mr. Take by Danica Winter in exchange for an honest review.
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
With the next story in the Mystery Christmas series, Danica Winters brings us Colter Fitzgerald’s story. We’ve met different members of his family throughout the previous books and see several of them again in this one. The intrigue keeps our attention as we race against the clock to try to figure out who’s causing the problems surrounding Whitney. The romance was light and could have been built on more, but the characters were enjoyable to get to know. Whitney Barstow has finally found a place that she enjoys and wants to stick around for with her job at Dunrovin Ranch, but when things start happening around her, she’s scared that her hidden past has caught up with her and is endangering the family around her! Colter Fitzgerald has been crushing on Whitney since the first time he crossed paths with her on his parent’s ranch, but she’s been playing hard to get. When he finally gets her to notice him and they start to flirt with the idea of seeing each other romantically, all kinds of things start happening around the farm to make him suspicious and sends them out to figure out who’s out to harm the festival coming up at the ranch.
fbpsmum More than 1 year ago
Whitney has evaded intimacy for almost a decade after being trapped in a barn fire by her crazy ex. Not only did he take her sense of safety but her beloved horse Rudy who died in the conflagration, and she is afraid to open herself up to anyone and risk losing them as well. She works for the Fitzgerald family on Dunrovin Ranch in the office, avoiding the horses and personal ties. But when a series of strange incidents begins to occur she is afraid that once again she is the cause. Colter has been attracted to Whitney from the start, and can’t understand why she always seems so irritated with him. He persists however, and begins to break through her walls, just as the seriousness of the attacks on his family begin to escalate. Things come to a head during the annual Yule Night celebration on the ranch and Colter must save Whitney and his family’s livelihood before it is too late. I really enjoyed this foray into the Mystery saga, and I think Colter may well have taken the lead as my favorite Fitzgerald brother. For me there was a difference between his and Whitney’s romance because they didn’t have ‘baggage’ between them as opposed to Wyatt/Gwen and Waylon/Christina. Both of their relationships were affected by prior history between them or in the case of Christina, her sister Alli and Wyatt. Colter and Whitney’s relationship was new, and they were really able to grow into it and it just seemed…sweeter, I guess? That’s not to say that their previous relationships didn’t affect their journey, but it wasn’t the same. I received an ARC in exchange for a honest review.
SvenAnderson More than 1 year ago
AWESOME!!!! This is the 3rd book in the Mystery Christmas series and I could not put it down! The Mystery continues to build and I can't wait to read Ms. Demeanor next month to find out how it all ends! I love the two new main characters, Colter and Whitney. Who better to help someone affected by arson than a fireman! This is another great story by Danica. She is by far my favorite author!