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Some crimes can never be forgotten...


Kate Evans doesn’t take risks. She chose her apartment with care—a safe district with a good neighbor—a place where she can live a quiet, unassuming, under-the-radar existence. Then she makes one mistake and opens her door to accept a delivery of flowers from a secret admirer and her life will never be the same again. A guy she’s never...more
Kindle Edition, 316 pages
Published June 2nd 2011 by Decadent Publishing Company
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Lisa


UM....

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THIS BOOK IS NOT AS LOVE STORY! IT IS NOT ALL SUGAR PLUMS AND FAERIES, NOR IS IT ABOUT RAINBOWS OR SUNSHINE!

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CHOSEN IS ABOUT A SADISTIC S.O.B. WHO IS CRAZIER THAN F*CK!

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Her mind crumbled, racing through horror scenarios of rape, mutilation and death.

He was a psycho.

She was a statistic.



I want to start by saying that I will attempt to write this review without any spoilers. Chosen is one of those books that you want to read without knowing what is going to happen. The plot is much more compli...more
Brandi
4.5 Stars

This story is brutal, horrific, and absolutely captivating. This is NOT a love story. AT ALL. It all begins with a flower delivery, and Jack Thompson is his own special breed of crazy. He kidnaps Kate, an introverted young woman and a terrifying tale is created.

"You're about to have the biggest adventure of your life. Don't waste it waiting for a knight to rescue you. I'm your knight and I'm already here."

This book packs a punch - murder, rape, abuse, kidnapping, and all kinds of reve...more
Jennifer Kyle
4 - 4.5 Stars

"He twists the truth, mixes it with lies. He's playing some sort of game."

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This is a well written, page turning story that grabs a reader from the first page right till the very last page.

The story starts with a complete psychopath kidnapping Kate our main character...

"Marry me, Kate." Shock killed the scream in her throat. "What? Who are you?"

"Your future husband."


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Kate's time with Jack is completely terrifying, secret revealing and out right twisted!

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"Play my game, Kate. There re...more
Shelley
Why this author is constantly overlooked beggars belief!

4.5 Stars!

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Chosen is not Elsborg’s normal fare but she pulls off this dark riveting thriller with a flair that rivals the best of suspense writers.
This book would not be misplaced on the top shelf of the thrillers and suspense novels in my local WHSmith.

From the very first page Elsborg grabs your attention and doesn’t let go. Not for a minute. This book reads like a movie viewed in HD with full cinema surround sound and graphic imagery.
I...more
JaHy♕ Bitchy  Goddess ♥'s  everything CrAzY  ☿
Oct 23, 2013 JaHy♕ Bitchy Goddess ♥'s everything CrAzY ☿ rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to JaHy♕ Bitchy Goddess ♥'s everything CrAzY ☿ by: Soraya Naomi

**** 5 FUCKED WITH MY MIND STARS*****

What in the mindfuck orgy did I just read?. I feel like a tornado just swept through my mind.
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The story starts by introducing the reader to Kate. She's a 20 year old introvert with no friends, family nor love life to speak of. She's surprised by a delivery of beautiful flowers, that were sent by a secret admirer. Ahhhh, how sweet right?..... HELL NOOO! . The delivery man is really psychotic, delusional, demented Jack who's only intention is to kidnap h...more
Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
Oct 25, 2013 Lady Vigilante (Feifei) rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Lady Vigilante (Feifei) by: Jahy **ThE MiNdFuCk JuNkY**HaaAARRRRRdy ,
5 EVERY-DARK/MINDFUCK-WORD-YOU-CAN-THINK-OF STARS!!!!

Hrmph. So my brain is still fried from the awesomeness of this book so it'll mainly be gifs. I can't seem to tear myself away from food.

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....Huh? Oh yeah, the review. Okay.

First, trash the boundaries because there are none; toss out the tissues and bring out the AK-47, cuz you will want to bomb some asses.

And remember,

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No limit here.

From the very first page, Ms. Elsborg delivers a dosage of CRAZY to your door, in the form of Jack Thompson.

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He...more
Carla ☺Did I Say That☺
Five *Epic MF* Stars!!!


Holy Shit!!! What did I just read!!! Im gonna be very vague in this review..its gonna be tough reviewing this without spoiling it!!
Let me start by saying..This is not a fairytale..no sunny skies and rainbows here..just one thunderstorm after another that left me on the edge of my seat the entire time!!!

Chosen starts off with 20yr Kate getting kidnapped by Jack or as I like to call him..

..from there its just one fast pace Mindfuck!!!

Kate..OMG what can I say about her..I l...more
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
***** 5 Crazy Bizarre Stars *****

When a book makes me stay up late to finish it on a work night – then it’s a winner!! I have read a few of Barbara Elsborg’s books and NEVER expected a book like this. This book had me on the edge of my seat trying to anticipate what was going to happen next. There never was a moment where I started to skim through the paragraph because of fluffy descriptions.

As I think about Kate (the heroine) there are 2 sayings that keep popping in my head:

“She takes a licking...more
Karla
5 THRILLING STARS!! RIVETING!! If you like looking into the mind of a psychotic, manipulating, lying, tormenting, knife-wielding villain…than this is the book for you. I damn near snapped my Kindle in half, because I wanted to kill Jack myself! He is evil personified behind a charming personality, a pretty face and he’s gunnin’ for Kate. That in itself is a mystery and when it is revealed it will have you gasping for a breath. It did me. Nathan is brought into the mix by association, when he goe...more
Beverly
*****5 I Choose You...Stars*****

Kate…

First, I absolutely loved her. She is a rockstar, she fought, she bleed, she persevered.


This is all against her nature. Since her rape 4 years ago, she has a led a safe and reclusive life style.

Jack…

Oh Jackie boy…you made me hate you, cuss you, want to jump into book land and kill you, and finally made me feel sorry for you.


Jack has spent years in and out of mental health facilities, and from the being you can see his is unstable.

When Jack Thompson shows u...more
Steffi
4.5 stars for Chosen

This book had the strangest effect on me, almost like some horrible, bloody accident when you don't want to look but you can't look away either.

Kate already had to endure a childhood without the love of her parents and when she was raped as a young girl, she had noone to turn to. Today, she lives a quiet life, trying to keep out of everyone's way.
The opening scene is rather surprising and almost funny at first when some stranger stands in front of Kate's apartement and pr...more
Tom
Wow this is the kind of Dark and Disturbing that I like! No questions on the star rating so I’ll just move on.

Kate tries to make all the right choices. She travels in crowds and dresses more to blend than to be noticed. When Jack Thompson bursts through her door and into her life things go VERY south for her. Their lives intersect with Nathan, a Private Investigator obsessed with trying to catch Jack doing something wrong and sparks are going to fly! Literally…haha

I love a strong heroine in my D...more
Suzanne
4.5 OMFG STARS

"I think you're playing a game," he whispered. "Be careful. I'm better than you and my game is nowhere near over."


I really like Barbara Elsborg. I have really liked anything that I've read of hers. I went in blind on this one. I thought I was getting one of her sexy, romantic, thrilling stories but uh huh...I was in for a surprise!

What a mind blowing, edge of your seat, heart aching, jaw clenching read this was.



Kate Evans is a truly amazing, strong character that I was rooting for...more
Vikki ~ *squee* lite ~

4.5 stars
I just... I have no words.

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It's hard to review this without spoiling all the messed up amazing-ness that makes up this story.

It starts off with a "bang" . Kate is already living a half life - trying to make sure history doesn't repeat itself when her worst nightmare shows up on her doorstep.

What happens from there is a brilliantly twisted tale full of lies and secrets and hidden agendas. The only one who isn't holding any pieces of the truth is Kate. Most of the story is told from Kat...more
Splage
I can’t rate this book. I have been sitting on this review for a month and still don’t know what to do with it, so this might not be too helpful.

I could give it 5 Stars because I couldn’t put it down, but I hated the way it made me feel. I could give it 1 Star because it disturbed me so and gave me all kinds of “icks”, but I was obsessed with it.

So hear are my thoughts, my rant or my explanation for my complete indecision.

It was an intense, gripping story. It gave me the same feeling as the Sil...more
Louise
5 Swirling Stars 'cause it made me dizzy oh wait I thought I can see 10 Stars here

this book should be on the captive shelves and not hiding 'cause it might explode

This book is one HELL of a ride! aaaahh I want to HIDE.

Just when you thought that Ms. Barbara Elsborg will put her signature humor with funny heroines and sexy bad boy heroes that have charms and wits err think again...'cause everything has been thrown off the window...you'll never thought this IS her book...

This is seriously Dark Thr...more
Elaine
What a hell of a ride this was. First of all it is not a love story. It's a disturbing story about Kate who is kidnapped by Jack a psychotic cruel rapist. Jack wants to create the perfect family. The story kept me captivated but on edge from start to finish. There are so many twists and turns I didn't know what to believe. I did feel very uncomfortable about introducing the child into the story. This a fast paced story..loved it!!
Arlene
Mar 20, 2014 Arlene rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Arlene by: Crystal
Brutal, horrifying, disturbing yet absolutely riveting!!!

Chosen scarred me in the worst way. I think I need to get some bleach to rid the images and story from my brain. Never, have I EVER been so disturbed by a novel, and I just want my mental frenzy to simply quiet down. I’m an absolute mess!

Barbara Elsborg deserves a standing ovation for this flawless portrayal of a psychotic sociopath gone wild. Thriller novels are by no means my genre of choice, but I’m a huge fan of Elsborg, so when my re...more
Barbara
5 60 stars


I´m constantly on the edge… so 60 … JACK !!!


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This is the least you can say!!!

Charming personality in a manipulative devil´s head!!!
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Hate, vengeance, lies, torture with twist and turns in every chapter that left my head spinning, well worth it... :D A dark suspense trilling journey, which I recommend to all 30 readers!
Cap'n Heather.....Aarrrrrrr  ~Snarky Bloggers~
5 Twisted and Tortured Stars

Holy Mind Fuck! Holy Hell! Holy W.T.F?


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Let's take a gander into the enigma that is Chosen...

Kate is a single 20 year old woman living on her own, in her own safe and secure world. Or so she thought. She has no family, no close friends, no boyfriend. She is the ideal introvert and the ideal victim.


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She so badly wants someone to notice her and like her, or love her. But sometimes the things you want and wish for co...more
Pam Godwin
This is not a romance by definition, though it isn't without love lost and won. The monster in this thriller is the scariest kind. He's charming, good-looking, shrewd, and broken. His victim, Kate, wrangled my admiration from the first page. Her courage, her perseverance, was boggling, but believable in her reactions. I was constantly asking myself, "Could I do that? Would I be brave enough?" I'm so glad she wasn't the whimpering pitiful thing many of us would be in her situation. But at the sam...more
Lisa *-* GiViNg It To YoU * LoCk StOcK & TwO SmOkiNg BaRrELs
Oh what webs we weave to deceive....that was a mind fuck of a story!
Dinjolina
Oh hi! Have you met Mr.Hyde?
Mr Hide is the perfect author of erotic romances. This author develops such strong plots-between bouts of sex,mind you-you do not even notice if it was kinky or do not care if you are not a fan. This author rocks my world. This author made me cry and laugh and read and read and read every single word that ever flew from his nibble fingers and fast mind.

But now I meet Dr.Jekyll.
This person writes dark dangerous mysteries that leave me breathless for more. This person...more
Kelly
What the heck was that?!?!

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Well, some days ago I received an invitation from a dear friend of mine to join the Chosen BR and as a dark romance fan I happily accepted!

I was super excited to read this book until I met Jack...

What's the worst nightmare you've ever had???

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Kate lived a lonely life quite life until one Friday night someone knocked on her door with a massive flower arrangement sent by a secret admirer...
She opened her door to receive the flowers and her own nightmare began....

Jack was a...more
~*~Brooke's Stripped Down Reviews~*~
Horrific-Psychotic-Relentless

Physical scars may heal, emotional ones may never.

In my mind, rape isn't the worst thing a woman can experience. Yes it's awful, your innocence is taken, it's demeaning, horrific, and insufferable. But combine kidnap, rape, and torture into one and THAT is something I would never recover from. The combination of emotional pain, physical pain, and the fear for survival...would royally fuck me up and cause permanent damage. How do you move on? How do you learn to trus...more
Katie
This is NOT your normal Barbara Elsborg! I have read quite a few books by B.E. and she has never truly disappointed me. And all though Chosen is not her normal romantica/erotica it is no exception to her uber greatness. In Chosen she's created a thrilling ride of torture, insanity and survival.

Kate Evans lives under the radar. She avoids people and tries to stay within her own little bubble. She succeeds with this anonymity until one day she makes a terrible mistake by letting down her guard an...more
Kelli C
so don't shoot the messenger here, but just couldn't wrap my head around this! I loved the craziness of this book...the on the edge psychotic characters that take disturbing to a new level, but something was just a bit off for me in the end.

Kate is basically a nobody, living an uneventful and invisible life until some wacked out man shows up at her door with flowers. Enter complete psychopath and begin Kate's journey of complete and utter hell. This girl is kidnapped, drugged, tortured, beaten,...more
Debb
How does one go about reviewing this type of story? I can't say I loved it.....I didn't, the story is to dark and disturbing. However what I did love about it was the sense that you weren't sure what was going to happen from page to page......I'd turn the page and Jack would sink to a whole new level of crazy I never saw coming. So the surprise element is what I enjoyed most about this story. I would have given it 5 stars but I hated the epilogue. I think after he craziness of the story it could...more
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Oct 29, 2013 Ⓑⓔⓣⓗ rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Shelves: favorites
This book is freaking fantastic with more twists and turns than spaghetti junction...omfg I wish I'd had more time to finish it sooner and it now goes into my top 5 books Ive read this year.

I have never rooted for a book character as much as I did for Kate and omg I love the fact that no mater what she did not stop fighting, and just when you think you've sorted the plot out in your head BAM! Barbara Elsborg goes and mixes it up again.
Ya~亞
2.5 stars

The Good: Well-paced story. Well-developed characters.

The Bad: Predictable twists and turns. The thriller part was flat.
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Barbara Elsborg lives in West Yorkshire in the north of England. She always wanted to be a spy, but having confessed to everyone without them even resorting to torture, she decided it was not for her. Vulcanology scorched her feet. A morbid fear of sharks put paid to marine biology. So instead, she spent several years successfully selling cyanide.

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