Saturday, February 12, 2011

Taken


Title: Taken
Author: J.C. Owens
Publisher: Etopia Press
Publisher URL: http://www.etopia-press.net/
ISBN: 978-1-936751-10-5
Genre: {M/M} Suspense
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Landon, a mercenary, has a bad feeling about this mission to kidnap Kirith Martinelli from his tropical island home. Kidnapping the brother of a mob boss was madness. Landon’s team crept into the house; suddenly everything had all gone terribly wrong. Landon is held in captivity, with no possibility of escape until Kirith offers Landon something Landon has never had before, freedom.

Taken is a well written compelling dark thriller. The plot is well paced with plenty of sinister action, as well as emotional trauma. The intimate scenes are sensual. The intricate plot features a psychotic killer with an unpredictably perverse motive. The characters are believable, in addition to presenting a psychological puzzle. Raised by his two malicious older brothers, Landon suffers from low self-esteem. Compassion and love are foreign concepts to him. Nonetheless, he has integrity, as well as mercy. For years Landon has put aside the money he made, striving for the day he would have enough to escape his abusive siblings’ power over him. Landon was forced to be a mercenary and feels guilty because of his bloodstained past. He first became aware of his own sexuality after accepting Kirith’s proposal. What started out as just sex developed into a love affair.

Considered mob aristocracy by birth, Kirith is knowledgeable plus realistically capable of being dangerous. Yet he chose a legal career, instead of his family’s profession. What Kirith truly desires is to be loved for himself, not his family connections and wealth. Constantly surrounded by armed guards for protection, his home is more like a prison. Kirith is cautious of most people, nevertheless he is capable of exhibiting true affection for a few of his family members. J.C. Owens has created an impressive and fascinating happy ever after saga that I thoroughly enjoyed.

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