Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Taken” as Want to Read:
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview


really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  80 ratings  ·  55 reviews
Love is blind…
Especially when you’ve been abducted.

Caught in the dredges of life, Elise had come to the grudging conclusion that mediocrity was all she’d ever have.
Until a routine shopping trip turns into a deadly affair.

Taken. Two men, one a brute and the other an enigma. A cabin in the woods. One dangerous agenda.

Blindfolded and held captive, Elise’s mundane existence
Kindle Edition, 86 pages
Published April 18th 2017 by J.C. Valentine
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Taken, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Taken

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
really liked it Average rating 4.00  · 
Rating details
 ·  80 ratings  ·  55 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Taken
Apr 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
Firstly I love the cover on this book and the title lured me in. The plot...... questionable.

The deep frantic voice beside her ear shout, "go,go,go!" she thought, yes,yes,yes. Just her luck being kidnapped on Easter morning. Silver lining: at least she didn’t have anywhere else to be. No one waiting for her to return home.

And the most pathetic part of all this? she was thrilled to finally have a little excitement in her life.

That right there I couldn't move past, yes Elise had a boring mundane
Reader be warned; this book is fabulously addictive and impossible to put down ! These pages simply fly by!
Elise our heroine is stuck Ina rut , the single rut inspire if lowering her standards to employed and breathing , she is still " Terminally single. Forever alone. Cursed." . Stuck on Easter Sunday shopping for a bottle of wine, chocolate and a TV dinner . However Elise is about to find herself in a life changing position.
Holy Christ, was she being kidnapped? As she was dragged into the wa
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Different, funny, and somewhat sad.
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's a very short novella, but a thrilled exciting story ;) ...more
April Symes
This is an awesome novella that has suspense, action, dark romance and mystery. Elise is the heroine in the book who is stuck in a rut. She doesn’t know what to do in her life when suddenly her life is changed and she is kidnapped by two men-one man who appears to like her and one man who wants to rape and kill her. One guy she's nicknamed Driver and the other she will call Manhandler. Elise is going to have to figure a way out of this nightmare –only will one man be her savior or will be one of ...more
Tanya Santiago
***3 It Wasn’t Enough Stars***

When they say “do not judge a book by its cover”, take this saying literal with this one! I went into this book thing it was going to be a dark read and boy was I way off LOL. The story was cute and funny in its own little way.

Elise is a making a pit stop at the grocery store to buy wine on Easter morning when she is suddenly taken hostage by two men for no apparent reason. She has no family, doesn’t come from money, and is basically a loner. She is trying to figure
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A dark romance that is fast paced and full of suspense. Plenty of drama and passion. Throw in Elise who is kidnapped by two men. Her life has been in a rut and boring so this definitely added some excitement to the mix. Plenty of surprises and twists to keep you informed. Well written with complex characters and an entertaining story. I read a reader copy and voluntarily chose to write a review.
Zeinab Dh
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I chose to read and review this book. I enjoyed this one a lot. this one was amazing everything was well written and very captivating. I liked the main characters and their interactions with each other. I was addicted to it from start to end and this one has a lot of adult steam to it. I recommend it
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book had me hooked from the first chapter! Just when you think you have things figured out you start to question everything you think you know. And I love Elise's fighting spirit and how she never gives up no matter how bleak the situation gets. ...more
Becky Lawson
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The ending completely knocked me for a loop. I did not expect Marcus to be in on it.
Really good book. I have other books by Ms. Valentine that I'm looking forward to reading.
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing

What a great short read! I just absolutely loved it!! I wish it was a little longer but still a great read! Happy Reading!! :)
Amy Stephens
Apr 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm a big fan of JC Valentine so I was anxious to get started on this new story of hers. Not only did the cover lure me in, I knew from the blurb this was going to be an exciting one.

The concept behind this story was very original and I actually found myself laughing out loud at times about the main character, Elise, though I'm pretty sure it was written to be taken more seriously. Bored from her mundane life, she needed some excitement to get her out of the rut she'd fallen into and that's exa
Apr 16, 2017 rated it liked it
I received and ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. The idea behind the story was a little different and exciting, however I just felt like something was lacking. Maybe I was looking for more information on who the characters were and why they are like they are. All in all, it wasn't bad. It was a quick read and kept my interest. ...more
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what a great story. I am always interested what J.C. Valentine is going to bring out when I see a new book released. This book was truly a good story.

How many times have we got used to the same old same old of every day life? How many times have we needed a change? Well that is were Elise was at in her life. It had been a long time since she had been with a man. He days were looking forward to TV dinners or going to the grocery store. Yeah, she truly wanted some excitement in her life and
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
JC Valentine has been cranking out these books that are between novel and novella. It's the best of both worlds because you get the whole story without all the extra fluff.

I felt so bad for Elise that being kidnapped was the most exciting moment of her lonely life. She has no friends or family. She is all alone. When she gets taken she is scared at first. Then she decides what does she have to lose? I think she was a strong heroine which I absolutely loved.

If there were anything I could say I w
R yatsko
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
JC Valentine, did it again!!!

Page turning, couldn't put it down!!!
This was quick read, but had it all!
Suspense, heat, and a twist I didn't see coming!!!!

Elise, was just going through the motions of life...
...then one day, "a pair of strong male arms" would change everything!!!!!
Fee (Ebook Addicts)
Apr 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, read-in-2017
Elise lives a very boring and dull life, she has no friends who she can call upon, not family that really care so when she is the wrong place at the wrong time and get snatched into a van and kidnapped suddenly her life isnt so dull any more.

It is rather sad that she finds this thrilling when really any normal person would be scared witless about being blindfolded and kidnapped! Though I guess one way you can look at it is a taboo fantasy world that Valentine has created with this short novella.
Lindsay Thompson-Sublett
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't sure what to expect with this novella but I can tell you one thing...I really enjoyed it. The whole thing played out perfectly. I definitely recommend this one. ...more
Mandy Dickerson
Apr 18, 2017 rated it liked it
This is the first book I have read by J.C. Valentine. The cover and title caught my attention. It was an okay read but I felt like the story could have been more, it was definitely lacking. I liked the story line but I wanted more info on the characters. I like my female characters strong, Elise came off weak to me. I definitely would have like more interaction between Elise and Marcus at the end.
books are love
Apr 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Received in exchange for a honest review.

This was very entertaining. I love the twist of how Elise’s life seems so dull and than something that shouldn’t be exciting is.

Elise is a interesting character. Her life seems to have hit a snag. And not in a good way. She seems to have hit a run of bad luck. She is strong and smart but in a rut. So when she is taken for her it doesn’t just become a scary moment but an adventure. A addictive and fun adventure.

Two men take her and one is truly a dirtbag.
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a ARC copy of this book.This book was different from your topically love story and I really enjoyed it.It's a great fun quick read. ...more
Apr 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, read-in-2017
*I received an ARC for an honest review*

The cover is stunning...I was instantly drawn to this book by the cover alone. The premise of this story had potential, just not executed well. The main character Elise was hard to relate to. I just don't think I would be attracted to someone who kidnapped me, little lone instant chemistry being blindfolded. I just didn't connect with her.
The writing was well done and the story flowed fairly well. I just wanted more from this story...something...I can't r
Apr 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great storyline and characters. The story is short but it didn't feel rushed and I was so invested in the book that I didn't even realize I was close to the end until I was there. My only wish is for it to be longer but only because I was enjoying it so damn much! ...more
Lenna  Wright-Berry
Boring life, no one who cares for Elise not even a friend. She just lives each day the same. Until leaving the store will be the wrong place whirling time event now she's kidnapped. One guy she's nicknamed Driver and the other she will call Manhandler. They both will treat here like Good Cop/ Bad Cop one is and ass and the other will treat her right and get on her good side. It's all told in Elise's p.o.v. the ending is open for more not even dark or gritty and for passion there wasn't any. ...more
Apr 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I adore this author and she is on my go to list. Loved every minute of this book.
Alisha Frias
Apr 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I thought this was very well done. In the short amount of pages the author was able to successfully develop enough character detail and semi darkish plot development was really impressed.

Elise was a very interesting character. Never what I would have expected from someone who may be an introvert. From her responses to how she handles her captors, I was definitely impressed. I couldn't help but want more of her.


J.C Valentine may have just became my automatic oneclicker from this!
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was an interesting take on being kidnapped with a few surprises along the way. Elise's life may seem dull but is it?
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader copy of this book.
Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Taken is not what I expected at all. It's an interesting concept with a bite!

Elise is out of a job and leads a rather boring and lonely life with no family or friends. This suddenly takes the most unusual turn.

She has just done her shopping and on her way to her car when she is grabbed by strong arms and flung into a van. She is being abducted! The two culprits take her to a cabin in the middle of nowhere. Being blindfolded, she doesn't have a clue where she is. Her abductors don't give anythi
Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jc-valentine
J.C. Valentine is one of my favorite authors and when I see a new book is coming out I can't wait to see what it is about. I wasn't sure what to expect with this novella but I can tell you this book was very well done. Even though this is a novella Ms Valentine has done an awesome job developing the story line and the characters. I truly enjoyed this book and could not put it down once I started reading. I Highly Recommend this awesome read. Looking forward to what ever Ms Valentine brings us ne ...more
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Notice
See similar books…
J.C. Valentine is the USA Today and International bestselling author of the Night Calls and Wayward Fighters Series and the Forbidden Trilogy. Her vivid imagination and love of words and romance had her penning her own romance stories from an early age, which, despite being poorly edited and written longhand, she forced friends and family members to read. No, she isn't sorry.

J.C. lives in the Nort

Related Articles

  Rachel Lynn Solomon is best known to her fans for writing heartfelt contemporary YA novels like 2020's Today Tonight Tomorrow and her 2018...
27 likes · 0 comments
No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »