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3.95  ·  Rating details ·  2,087 ratings  ·  146 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published October 17th 2011 by Signet (first published June 6th 2006)
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Sep 20, 2016 rated it liked it
I have many mixed feelings about this book. This was my first book written by Barbara Freethy and I will probably also read some of her others.

I really like the plot, I mean the suspense part. It is engaging and complicated with lots of action and twists. It would make a good TV series. I like that the situation changes with every page and that there are so many layers of this story, the mystery to be solved. I also enjoy the idea of Kayla going for her revenge after being coned into loving a
May 12, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romantic Suspense fans
Loved it. Kayla's new husband disappears on their honeymoon. Nick comes back from a job in Africa to find someone has stolen his identity. They work together to uncover the motives of a con man. There is a 2nd book "Played" that continues with FBI agent, J.T.'s story. The book has a good combination of suspense, mystery and, of course, romance.
Debbie "Buried in Her TBR Pile"
I actually want to read more about Evan (the bad guy/con man) and if the author redeems him for a HEA with Jenny. Otherwise, the book and story were ok. 3 stars.
This is my second book by this author and had the same major flaw as the first one I read:

There is a big suspense build-up but the solution falls flat and fails to make complete sense. There is a lot left unexplained. Very annoying to enjoy a book and then in the last 10% be cheated out of a proper solution to the questions that have been raised.

In this story the romance is more prominent and some of it is a bit cheesy. I would have preferred more focus on the suspense.

The writing is easy, a
Dec 05, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The writing and relationship between characters was so cheesy, I couldn't even finish the book. I read half of it and could bear it anymore. It's the first book that I happily deleted from my kindly. I'll definitely not choose a book from this author again.
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
A wonderfully written story.
Zara West
Jun 24, 2017 rated it liked it
The plot seemed very familiar, however the book got off to a good start. The idea of a stolen identity and missing groom were very intriguing. But as the book went on, the villain seemed unbelievable and the hero and heroine's relationship lukewarm.
Dec 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun and fast read from the beginning. Kayla and Nick had just gotten married. On their wedding night, Nick disappears without a trace. Heartbroken and confused, Kayla goes home. When she stops by Nick's house there is another man there, claiming that he is Nick. The story quickly moves forward with lots of twists and turns. The villain is cunning and always one step ahead of Kayla and the real Nick. It turns out Nick and the villain met in college. There is a lot of mystery in this ...more
Krista (I'll take Xiao Yu'er, thank you)
This books is boring. I forced myself to read it yet did not care at all for the characters. Kayla was a complete imbicile. Nick was boring, just a typical alpha guy. The characters felt fake, forced. Evan was vaguely interesting and unique, because I wasn't sure how he ticked or how far he would go, but other than that, I was falling asleep reading this. Some parts were all right, but mostly, it's nothing special.
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Rushed and incomplete ending....totally left me feeling let down and a ploy to get you to read the next book.
Jul 29, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Just getting into the story, but writing style is simple, lots of clichés and predictability is high. Promises to be a light and amusing read.
Mar 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very exciting book from a great author. If you like mystery and some love then you'll like this book!!
Julie Barrett
Jul 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
new author to me, love her books, stores are very real
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Connie Saunders
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Kayla Sheriden feels as if her whole life has been spent waiting. Waiting for her father to return and then waiting for years for her commitment shy boyfriend to be ready for marriage. Neither of these things happen so Kayla doesn't think twice about marrying a man she has known for three weeks. On their wedding night her husband Nick goes down the hall to get ice and once again, Kayla is left waiting. He doesn't return and she has no idea what has happened but this certainly isn't the worst! ...more
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
**Received a copy in exchange for an honest review.**

"Taken" is written by Barbara Freethy, and it is the 1st book in her Deception series. It can be read as a stand-alone book. It features Nick Granville and Kayla Sheridan.

One thing that I love about Barbara Freethy's books is that she's able to tell a story that has a good balance of both romance and suspense. Her books keep you on the edge of your seats. "Taken" was no different. It kept you guessing.

Kayla and Nick get married in the
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very few authors can manage to cross genres but Barbara Freethy bridges the gap between contemporary romance & romantic suspense quite well. Taken is book 1 in the Deception series. The suspense, the buildup to the drama & the timing are all masterful.

Kayla Sheridan is ready for the fairytale - the courtship, the wedding & the marriage. She was the perfect pawn for Nick Granville. Everything went the way she expected it up to the moment Nick went to get ice & never came back.
Becky Claxon
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Kayla Sheridan had fallen n love with Nick Granville and married him in u see a month. This was not how she would normally act. On her wedding night her husband left to get ice and never returned. Two weeks later after no word and driving by his house every day, she saw a light on in his house. She stopped and knocked on his door and the man that came to the door was not her Nick. Unfortunately for her, he was the true Nick and the other guy had assumed his ID. After Nick saw a picture of the ...more
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Kayla Sheridan has 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,
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Kayla, happy in love in a world wind romance. She marries the man of her dreams and then on the night of her wedding he goes and gets ice and never returns. She's worries and then as circumstances unfold, finds out he's a con artist. Nick Granville is his name. Meanwhile, Nick returns home after being away for work. He looks around his apartment and things are not right, especially the sports car in his garage. There's messages from Kayla and she's pretty upset, married? What is going on! Pretty ...more
Diane Saul
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Kayla Sheridan is swept off her feet into marriage by Nick Granville. On their wedding. night Nick goes out to get ice and never returns. When Kayla meets the real Nick Granville she realizes she has married a con artist, Evan, who assumed Nicks identity, married her and cleaned out Nicks bank accounts. Evan and Nick have a history, they knew each other briefly in college. Nick and Kayla set out to track down Nick but he always seems to be one step ahead of them. This story is full of twists and ...more
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another great romantic suspense book by Barbara Freethy!! Nick and Kayla are a great couple...the chemistry between them is perfect. Evan is a perfect villan...he's a con man who caused problems for Nick years ago and now is back. He conned Kayla into marrying him...takes over Nick's life while he's out of the country...and disappears on their wedding night. As Nick and Kayla try to stop him secrets from the past are revealed. An engaging story...with a part 2 continuing in PLAYED...the second ...more
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love Barbara Freethy cant seem to get enough of her books! This book was so good I didnt want to stop but you know how life gets. This one had a mystery that needed solving but also for the main characters to finally give in and admit they loved each other. Perfect combo for a great story right?

My only complaint was the characters being talked about that practically came out of left field that had me wondering did I miss something? But other than that I still and will always recommend Barbara!
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great romantic suspense. There is intrigue, revenge, family, laughter, drama and history at play in this book. We see a crime that occurred decades ago and as the story unfolds we get family secrets, questions of who knows what and who did what galore. The background of many of the characters is not what everyone believes and the romance has an interesting start due to identity fraud.

I enjoyed it, but I still had some questions which I guess are answers in book two. The ending was a cute
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Someone posted a picture of this book open. The writing was so bad I googled it to find out what book it was. Then I accidentally read a book I didn't even care about. I have a problem.
It was not a good book. This is why I don't read romance. Granted, I skipped a ton, but it was paper thin, cliche, slow, repetitive, and just kind of badly written, prose-wise. It read like the author either needed a few more drafts or a few more writing classes. I guess it might be enjoyable if someone is looking
Gwen S.
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Geri Grinstead
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another great book by Barbara Freethy. This was my second time reading this book and it was just as good the second time. There were so many twists and turns that I coudn't stop flipping the pages. Just when you think you know everything there is to know, something new comes to the surface. Nick and Kayla end up entwined in a theft that goes back to when Kayla's grandmother was young. I absolutely loved this story and would recommend it to anyone!
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Barbara's love of writing developed out of a love of reading. Growing up in an all-boy neighborhood, she spent quite a bit of time reading through her mother's large library, many of which were romantic novels. After graduating from the University of California at Santa Barbara, she went into Public Relations, but soon discovered that writing was her true passion.

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