From #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Barbara Freethy comes a compelling tale of romance and suspense. TAKEN is Book #1 in the Deception Duo. Book #2 is PLAYED.
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 high-tech 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.
Don't miss the sequel to Taken which is Played!
"Another crowd pleasing page turner in the first of a tricky romantic suspense series...." Publishers' Weekly
"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!" Romantic Times Magazine
"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 ..." Library Journal
Don't Miss Barbara's other bestselling romantic suspense novels:
The Lightning Strikes Trilogy!
BEAUTIFUL STORM (#1)
LIGHTNING LINGERS (#2)
SUMMER RAIN (#3)
Popular Standalone Romantic Suspense Titles
DON'T SAY A WORD
ALL SHE EVER WANTED
SILENT RUN and SILENT FALL
Bestselling novelist Barbara Freethy (Don't Say a Word) has another crowd-pleasing page-turner in the first of a tricky romantic suspense series. After a whirlwind courtship, San Francisco artist Kayla is about to fulfill her dream of marrying Mr. Right and starting a family but on the wedding night, her dream man abandons her. Meanwhile, engineer Nick Granville returns home to San Francisco after a few months working in Africa to find his house lived in and his bank accounts plundered. Turns out these two strangers were duped by the same man: handsome, blond, smooth-talking Evan Chadwick. Unable to get the attention of the SFPD, the two marks take it upon themselves to track down Evan and get back what's theirs. As the clues accumulate, so do the smoldering glances between broad-shouldered Nick and curvy Kayla, but Freethy's sex scenes have a reportorial feel that may leave readers cold. Evan's cat and mouse game, however, should hook suspense fans and carry them into the next volume as Evan says, "the game will be over when I say it's over," and this is just his first play.
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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!
Meh. Not her best...by far
The “hero” is not likable. At all. Why Kayla is so very malleable as to believe him on the spot and after his poor treatment of her is beyond me. I had to skim most of the book to glean the plot points...meh. Sorry I spent even a penny on this!
Barbara Freethy is a master at writing mystery and intrigue along with romance. TAKEN kept me on the edge of my seat. I couldn't put it down as I read it straight through. This story has two people (Nick and Kayla) thrown together by circumstance and a 50 year old mystery to solve. Add in a con man and you have a riveting story. While this book can be read as a stand alone I am heading to the next book of PLAYED as the story continues. Taken is a 5 star book from Barbara Freethy.