by Barbara Freethy

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Taken by Barbara Freethy

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.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157063030
Publisher: Fog City Publishing
Publication date: 08/06/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 19,586
File size: 873 KB

About the Author

Barbara Freethy is a #1 NY Times Bestselling Author, a distinction she received for her novel, SUMMER SECRETS. Her 52 novels range from contemporary romance to romantic suspense and women's fiction. Traditionally published for many years, Barbara opened Fog City Publishing in 2012 and has since sold over 6.5 million books! Twenty-two of her titles have appeared on the New York Times and USA Today Bestseller Lists.

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. And she just finished a new romantic suspense trilogy: Lightning Strikes. Titles include BEAUTIFUL STORM, LIGHTNING LINGERS and SUMMER RAIN.

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Taken 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 254 reviews.
bookholiday More than 1 year ago
As a fan, I've read all of Barbara Freethy's books and loved each one. Taken was no exception.
evanescenceSE More than 1 year ago
Read it in one night and it was hard to put down! Great characters and great plot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish these stories didn't come with explicit descriptions of sex, bedroom scenes!! story line good, like the it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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,
alcVC More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book, would recommended it to everyone
PKM-AZ More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy this author. She is a good story teller and they are easy reading and keep you interested.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Overall, I enjoyed it.
Dorrie58 More than 1 year ago
A Story of Love,hate,mystery, murder, It has it all. Definitely worth reading.
Pennycdv More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It held my attention throughout and, with that cliffhanger ending, I will be getting her next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
heavenlycirce More than 1 year ago
"Taken" is written by Barbara Freethy, and it is the 1st book in her Deception series. It can be read as a stand-alone book. It features Nick Granville and Kayla Sheridan. One thing that I love about Barbara Freethy's books is that she's able to tell a story that has a good balance of both romance and suspense. Her books keep you on the edge of your seats. "Taken" was no different. It kept you guessing. Kayla and Nick get married in the beginning. Kayla thinks everything is going well until Nick leaves her on their wedding night. But to her surprise when she goes to his house, the Nick she thought she married isn't him. The real Nick Granville has returned to town. It turns out she was conned by someone Nick knew from his college days, Evan. This starts the story. Nick and Kayla try to figure out why Evan impersonated him and why Evan was only interested in the watch Kayla gave him, which was a present her grandmother gave to her to give to the guy she loves. "Taken" has so many twists and turns. When you think you figured this story out, you really didn't. All the secondary storylines and secondary characters meshed well with Nick and Kayla's storyline. And while this book is a stand-alone, it's also somewhat of a cliffhanger due to what happens at the end. You want to know what will happen next! Great job by Barbara!
BrandyLyons More than 1 year ago
LOVED THIS BOOK!!! It was absolutely wonderful - fun and fast paced and filled with twists I didn't see coming! I absolutely recommend this if you're looking for a book that will draw you in and keep you on your toes!
Librarycataloger More than 1 year ago
Kayla Sheriden feels as if her whole life has been spent waiting. Waiting for her father to return and then waiting for years for her commitment shy boyfriend to be ready for marriage. Neither of these things happen so Kayla doesn't think twice about marrying a man she has known for three weeks. On their wedding night her husband Nick goes down the hall to get ice and once again, Kayla is left waiting. He doesn't return and she has no idea what has happened but this certainly isn't the worst! She discovers that her husband isn't Nick Granville and he has taken more than her dignity and her late grandfather's prized watch. He has taken the real Nick Granville's identity and stolen more than just his bank account. Suddenly, two people who had no idea that the other even existed are thrown together to find this con man and also figure out why they have become his targets. Barbara Freethy has written an exciting, action packed story full of questions and just when you think you have an answer, there is a complication and once again, you are left wondering. This is labeled romantic suspense and even though I enjoyed the suspense, I was a little disappointed in the romance. I would have preferred that Nick and Kayla become deeply attracted to each other as they worked to solve the mystery but not to have fallen into immediately becoming intimate and constantly having sex. Yes, I know that many readers enjoy these situations but I prefer to have a relationship build before the characters fall into bed. This being said, I still would like to learn more about the con man Evan Chadwick who left Kayla on their wedding night and to finally learn who he is working for and what they are really after. I am hoping to have my questions answered in the book Played, the second book in Barbara Freethy's Deception series. I was given a complementy ebook copy of Taken but I wasn't obligated to post a review.
ledLD More than 1 year ago
In general a good read. Mystery, romance and steam make this an interesting read. There was a spot or two that bogged and became a little confusing but picked back up and made me want to finish. Good read and worth the time spent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another ein for Barbara Freethy. Great story with lots of twists and turns ob
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