Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Taken by You by Carlie Sexton


How tragic it is when a caged spirit finally finds its freedom and — entranced in its ecstasy — is invited by that freedom into a cloaked dance with danger. In Book One of this three-part epic, Kate Simmons — young and alluring, and finally out of her cage of grief — attracts more than attention. Intoxicated by her newfound independence, a blithe Kate is on her way to finding out that around the corners of life, some life-changing eye-openers await. As the story continues in Book Two and she begins to churn a dangerously turbulent trail, it is Kate who now has to snap to, to react, to outrun, or become yet another tortured victim who vanishes down the path of wrong choice. Having already roiled the risky waters of jealousy, Kate moves in with Neil while Roger — an enamored oddity — visits his son in Germany. Upon his return and finding Kate gone, Roger’s predator mind becomes unhitched, and then unleashed, on the hunt of a lifetime. But whose life? Step by creeping step, even as Kate’s future closes in on her, she attends — obliviously — to her new life, working through the challenges of fresh relationships, losing family members both to death and to deceit, questioning the depth of love. Every path offers a choice. Every choice offers a consequence. And every consequence summons its due. As emotions swirl across fateful days and nights, some in Kate’s life will reach out to touch happiness in warm embraces, others to sever ties in bloody traces.
The stains of passion are frequently mistaken. The question here is who will be taken?


Liked both Fallen for You and Taken by You. I thought that the two books went well together. I like both equally, which is a rarity. Kate, who did have a rough home life is starting new with her best friend/roommate in their own apartment. What was unexpected was Roger, the next door neighbor. At first I really wanted to like him. Creepy but with good intentions. I was not blown away by Neil at first.
You know the cocky guy that has to have his ways with you. Actually now that I type this, it does not sound as bad ;-) He's a lawyer and knows what he wants, Kate of course. Further into the story your mouth will drop after finding out more about Roger. Holy Toledo!
The ending...OMFG! If you did not love Neil at first, he makes up for it in the end. LOVE him. But the last few sentences will leave you saying "What just happened?"
Great ending. I am waiting for the next book impatiently.

If you plan to read this book make sure you read the first book. It is a must. And once you read this, then you can wait with me....impatiently for book #3.
I rate the book a 4.0. For both books together, I give it a 4.1.


I read both of these books in a day. They were that captivating. Pretty much from the first page I wanted to keep going. Most of you know how much I hate starting a new book and getting into a new world but this one was really good. You start off with Kate and Charlie moving into an apartment together and you find out that Kate is trying to get her life back in order. She had a tough time after her first love dies in a car crash and three years later she is starting to live again. 

Roger is her landlord and seems to have an unhealthy interest in Kate. He is constantly monitoring her comings and goings and if she is late or not home he contacts her. She doesn't think much of it at first but as she goes along more and more stuff begins to freak her out. Mark is a guy from her class that wants to be "study partners" but Kate doesn't trust him since he comes off as a womanizer. You get to see a little bit of him and you get the feeling that he would change for Kate. Neil is the super hot lawyer that wants to get his way all the time. At first, really did not like him. I thought he was very overbearing and annoying. 

At the end of the day you will fall head over heels for Neil. He really loves Kate and will do anything for her. They obviously have problems but he makes sure that he finds ways to make them go away. Seriously, at the end you can't help but sigh over Neil. He is freaking GREAT, almost Phillip-esque. The very last chapter makes you sit there and go NOOOOOOO!!!!! I can't wait for the next book. I am going to go with Darra on this and give these book 4.1 stars. 

Author Bio:
 Carlie Sexton has had a passion for reading her entire life. She loves it so that she dedicated her life to educating children. As a teacher, she has had the profound pleasure of teaching children to read and explore their imaginations through a good book. Just recently she decided to write a story that had been on her mind. Now she has several that she wants to turn into additional books. Writing has become a passion that she dearly loves. Carlie lives with her handsome husband in Southern California. They enjoy the relaxed lifestyle that California provides. They have two beautiful dogs, but on children.

You can connect with Carlie on Facebook via her author page at facebook.com/carliesextonauthor, email her at CarlieSexton@ymail.com, or visit her blog at CarlieSextonRomance.com to see what is next on her horizon.
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