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3.82  ·  Rating details ·  415 ratings  ·  50 reviews
The playboy…

Khalid Francois Duïs is a man who isn’t afraid to take what he wants. And what he wants is Olivia Bryant. His best friend’s sister, she was supposed to be off limits but Olivia quickly becomes a fever in his blood he simply can’t shake. He will do whatever it takes to have her with him and underneath him, even if it means kidnapping.

The independent woman…

Olivia
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ebook, 1st, 285 pages
Published July 7th 2014 by Koko Brown (first published July 1st 2014)
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Paganalexandria
I reached that moment in a story, when you realize these people are so annoying and don't care what happens to them. DNF
Rhonda
Jun 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing


Cannot wait until July 7th!
Mstcat
Jul 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: borrowed
I didn't hate this book, but I definitely thought I would like it more than I did. Review to come...

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I want to start off by saying that the cover of Taken is one of my favorite covers of the year. It is striking in the intensity of the model's stare and clearly it's not a cover that has launched a thousand previous books.This guy just seems to stare through you (even though he's a bit heavy on the smudgy eyeliner) and dares you to pass up on the opportunity to read his story inside. Wi
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❀ Crystal ✿ -
Jun 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-read-list, arc-s
3.5 Stolen Stars
Copy Provided by Author for Honest Review

I’m not really sure how I feel about Taken. I guess I thought I would like it more than I did. Khalid really is a man stuck in his ways. One look at Olivia and he has to have her, even with the obvious scorn and sexual tension she shoots his way. I did appreciate the slow buildup into a relationship, I just wish both these characters weren’t so thickheaded and knew how to communicate better.

A strong willed American woman and a privileged
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Kim C.
Jul 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Olivia Bryant's an independant young lady just graduating from college with a plan. She doesn't see a marriage and family in her immedate future. She looking to accomplished some goals first. Working along side her brother Harry she set out to do just that. Only Olivia's plans halted by the one thing she vowed she didn't want and has avoided.

With one look at pair of green eyes have not only locked down her body,but Olivia's brain is no longer functioning correctly. Powerless to an unknown need f
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Monica **can't read fast enough**
I'm a bit torn on this one. The basic plot was solid, but there were times where this historical romance felt very much like a contemporary story. The dialogue, references to a cold shower, and editing hiccups all kept giving me little jolts that would take me out of the referenced time period. I have a hard time believing that a woman of Olivia's stature in the early 1900's would have allowed Khalid the access to her body that he had on the very first night of them meeting. Olivia is a young, f ...more
books are love
Jul 11, 2014 rated it really liked it

I am not going to lie here when I started this book I was apprehensive. I was also uneasy about it. Especially when the kidnapping and imprisonment occurs. That just rubbed me wrong and got my hackles up. I was close to putting the book down and calling it a day because of how uneasy I was about that concept. I mean this supposed gorgeous man kidnaps his best friends sister so she can be his plaything because he can't get her out of his mind and when he hears she is going to visit a man after sh
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Zandra
Dec 20, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Merde....

is the only French word people seemed to know in this book. Since it is my favorite French word, I'll give Ms. Koko a pass. This story is pretty much full of jerks and none of the characters are truly likable, but they aren't awful either. Kahlid is a sexy jerk and Olivia is strong yet wishy-washy. The constant back and forth started working my nerves and I lost interest. But there is something to the story, and I love alternative universe historical romance. I'd say read with caution a
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seton
Jul 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
Recommended to seton by: CJP
Genre: Erotic historical (I guess)
Setting: NYC and Sahara desert, early 1900s

About a 2.5, okay but nothing special and I got bored halfway thru. Probably the 7100th The Sheik knock-off I have read.
Peaches
Jul 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was given an ARC of this book for an honest review. I will first off say that I love abduction stories, add a sheikh/bedouin and I'm already there salivating. Can I just say that this book starts off with a punch that I wasn't expecting. I mean can you say, Deer Hunter?!



I immediately felt the sparks from this couple from the moment they laid eyes on each other, even when Olivia 'doth protest too much'.

And yes, I liked Khalid more than Olivia. He was arrogant, stubborn, and s pig-headed chauvi
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MidnightAce
Jul 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Khalid and Olivia meet for the very first time and they have an immediate attraction to each other. While Olivia being a women of principle tries to fight the attraction and Khalid being a person who is used to having women fall at his feet at his mere presence, can't understands the rejection from Olivia. Khalid not used to "NO" especially from the persons of the opposite sex, throws all caution to the winds to have what he wants.
I enjoy the versatility of the different cultures and ethnic back
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Lucretia
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was my first book by Koko Brown and I must admit it was a 6 star for me it was well written awesome characters, Strong female lead...I will be reading more book written by Mrs. Brown!!!
Daph
Jul 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars
**Received book in exchange for an honest review**

I had seen the cover art for "Taken" around social media for a little bit and was intrigued. I couldn't tell if it were a male or female, and the Arab garb definitely piqued my interest. I tell you, I was hungry for a new story. A new world.

*sigh*

"Taken" has a promising start, but quickly becomes a series of disjointed narrations focusing mostly on Olivia Bryant, a newly-minted college graduate with a degree in nursing whose sole goal is
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KBeautiful1
Aug 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing story by Author Koko Brown.

One of the things I have learned from reading books by such amazing authors is the ability to tell a story with such detail and emotion. So up uh so you find yourself becoming a part of the actual story. That is a true testament of an excellent story teller.

This story is set in the early 1900's which I found to be quite interesting.

Khalid Francois Duis is a Worley young man with a lot of money, a dual heritage and a penchant for getting what he wants a
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100sweet
Jul 02, 2014 rated it liked it
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Mummy's Naughty Corner
Jul 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, m-f, arc, r2r, romance
Book gifted from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Cover :- 4 stars
Sex/steaminess :- 4 stars
Story line :- 2 stars
Characters :- 2 stars
Overall rating :- 3 stars

Personal rating :- 3 stars

Book Pairing:- M/F
Did it give me a book hangover :- No
Is this a review book or personal read :- Review read

Why I chose this book?

I got the chance to join the blog tour

What I liked about this book.

* Some of the scenes were good.
* The writing was good.

What I didn't like about this book.

* I found the stor
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Michele Wesley
Apr 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent Book! After visiting many middle eastern countries, I was happy to see the Author's description were on point. I loved the romantic chemistry between the main characters and the arrogance of the male was strangely enjoyable. Kept me turning the pages and engaged.
Ambrosia
Apr 14, 2015 marked it as skimmed
Like a poor man's "Captive Bride." I'd rather read Johanna Lindsey's.
Renee
Jun 30, 2014 rated it liked it
I had a bit of trouble here to be honest. Not for me
Lynne M
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. I didn't hate this book, but it also really didn't grab me either. I honestly kept forgetting this was supposed to be a historical romance novel, since it seemed far too modern to me. Other than the intro, stating the year, nothing about this screamed that this book took place in a bygone era. It seemed like it could have taken place yesterday. Neither of the main characters made much of an impression on me either.
Marilyn Cook
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome read!

Couldn't put it down, it was hot. It was a book I would read again and again. Two thumbs up!
Casey
Jul 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Review originally posted at Ramblings From This Chick

Taken is the first book that I have ever read by Koko Brown, and I had absolutely no idea what to expect with this one. I was drawn in from the blurb because this one sounded so unique and completely different from anything I have read before. It definitely was unlike any other book I have read, and I honestly am not quite sure what to think after having finished. On one hand I liked parts of the story, and yet I am still having a tough time w
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Anni Jaye
Aug 01, 2014 rated it liked it

As with any story, the plot, setting, and characters are the backbone; without a specific synergy between these facets, a potentially phenomenal story could spiral out of control quickly. If even one of those facets is missing or under developed, the story suffers, leaving the reader to wonder just what happened.
This is the case with Taken.
I was thoroughly intrigued by the premise of Taken, so much so that initially, I started with a sort of simmering excitement, believing that I would be thrus
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Tara
Sep 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-reads
What happens when obsession becomes too much? Khalid is mesmerized by Olivia the sister of his college roommate, Harry, as soon as he lays eyes on her. Olivia feels the same, but denies it. On the first day they meet the two share a passionate moment and Khalid even goes as far as proposing to Olivia yet she rejects him and decides to take a short trip when Khalid ends up staying at her house. Khalid doesn't like that so he has her kidnapped, I know drastic much, and brought to Africa where his ...more
Romance
Jun 18, 2014 rated it liked it
I received an ARC of Taken for an honest review.

Let me say, from the first time I saw Miss Brown’s cover, I was intrigued. The eyes of her hero captivated me.

I am a lover of romance novels, specifically historical romance novels, and yes, even the “tacky” bodice ripper novels. As a teen, I was enthralled by the worlds created by Johanna Lindsey, Iris Johansen and Susan Johnson. So, opening up Taken was a treat for me.

Things I loved: the book’s setting – it’s clear Miss Brown conducted extensive
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Lady Raven RAVE!

Length: 243 pages
Style: Historical Romance
Story: GOOD
Intimacy level: GOOD
Enjoyment: FAIR
Series: N/A
Price: $2.99

3.85 Stars

The Good

I love Sheik romances, especially ones that has the captive concept. What I love about Taken, is that it reminds me and brought me back to the throw backs, such as Johanna Lindsey's Captive and Connie Mason's Sheikh. It wasn't as intense as those books, but had that familiar feel to it. Khalid was your typical cocky playboy who only thought about himself until that
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Jenna
I was surprised how much I enjoyed reading Taken. Not that I expected it to be bad, I just don't usually go in for abduction stories. But it sounded interesting, and, I'll be honest, any book that has POC main characters in it is going to intrigue me.

The location also had an influence in my decision to read and review this book - I love to travel and also to read books set in different and exotic (at least to me) places. And finally, (as a fan of Nascar) I liked the fact that Khalid was a racin
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Jessica
I remember growing up reading about the Sheikhs kidnapping the English Maiden and taming them. *cough*BERTRICESMALLS*cough* She would fight hard to resist his charms, but the erotic pleasures would soon overtake her and she would succumb to desire. I always wondered as a young and impressionable teen (I'm so serious) did they ever kidnap brown girls? I was like did they only ever kidnap English peeps to bring to their naughty harem?

It's nice to know that future teens growing up wanting to sneak
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Mave
Jul 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Khalid Francois Duis is a wealthy industrialist 27 years. During a dinner at the home of Harry, a roommate at Yale, he met his sister Olivia. She is a very independent woman: graduated and worked as a head nurse at his brother
Khalid is hosted in the house of the two brothers and the night has a passionate encounter with Olivia and he was fascinated. The girl becomes his obsession, wants her in his life, is willing to marry her but she prefers her independence. So in order to get what he wants ki
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--karen Green-berry
Khalid &Olivia- BRAB Online Book Club

This is my first book by Koko Brown and it was a pleasant read for me. When Khalid met Olivia at her brother's house, it was love at first site for them both. Khalid, used to having women fall at his feet was horrified when Olivia showed him she was not one of those women.

What does Khalid do? He kidnaps her and take her to Africa where he intended to break her, only to have it backfire and he found himself with the one woman who could and did break him c
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Koko Brown is the pseudonym for a quintessential erotic romance junkie who once read over 200 Zebra Club novels the summer before her senior year in high school.

Koko’s writing career began at the tender age of nine when she self-published and distributed a newspaper to her fellow classmates. Unfortunately, her grade school school principal didn’t appreciate the competition and put her out of busin
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