On the day he and Roman Capanelli were to be married, Malik Stevens wakes up in a small room with very little light. Time must be passing, because a door opens from time to time and food is left for him—that’s his only connection to the outside world. Roman is a choreographer on Broadway, and he’s waiting for Malik at the park with all their friends, ready to start their marriage ceremony. When Malik doesn’t show up, Roman is nearly heartbroken thinking he’s been left at the altar. But soon he understands that Malik hasn’t stood him up, he’s been taken.

Desperate and determined, Roman begins searching for clues to aid the police. Then, when Malik escapes, the couple continue the search until they ferret out the culprit, and in the process open up a box of secrets. An orphan who grew up in a foster home, Malik knows his father was a serial killer and his mother died of grief and shame after his father was convicted. Now it seems some of his parents skeletons still hang in the family closet. But was Malik’s kidnapping meant to uncover those secrets or to hide them forever?


I fell in love with both Roman and Malik. Normally there is something about one of the main characters that I don’t like (sometimes just something minor) but that was not the case at all in Taken. Both men are written perfectly.

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Holy cow! If you read Stranded and thought that was suspenseful you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Wait until you read Taken. I was on the edge of my chair throughout the first half of the book and then again, for slightly different reasons, through the second half.

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