The wily changeling has gotten so deep under my skin that I can’t breathe without feeling her. Her smart mouth is a constant temptation, our salty banter like rough kisses in a darkened room. My thoughts are broken, and I can admit that I’m obsessed. That’s why I’ve been keeping Beth at a distance. I don’t trust myself around her. Not when I can see her wounded soul in her eyes even when she’s laughing. Her flippant words hide a pain that goes so deep I doubt I’ll ever find its bottom. She has lived her life in chains. How can I begin to understand what she’s been through? I want to so badly that it consumes me. I want to hold her, to promise her she is safe in the winter realm with me. But I shouldn’t. I could get so lost in her that I would forsake my fated mate, one I’ve been waiting on for centuries. So, I create a set of rules and stick by them. I avoid her and bury myself in preparations for the winter realm’s new queen. It’s working. . . At least it was until I felt the mate bond snap into place. All my rules splinter when I realize Beth is mine. And when she’s taken from me? I will crush the pillars of Arin to get her back. Lily's Note: Taken is Book 5 of the Fae's Captive Series and begins Gareth's and Beth's story.
When I began writing Taylor and Leander's story, I had NO idea it would capture so many of your hearts and imaginations. Thank you for loving them as much as I do. You are making my dreams come true.
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Taken was a nice introduction into Beth and Gareth's relationship. Well, I guess the lack of it. He kind of went ape shit with the whole alpha 'you are my mate' crap. He ignored her throughout books 1-4 even though everyone with eyes can see their chemistry. I wanted him to grovel more than he did and I expect Beth to make him sweat it out even longer.
I'm intrigued to see what's going to happen next for these two. If I could somehow make it through all of Taylor's constant kidnappings.. I can damn sure make it through Beth's.
Si tratta di una serie fantasy ed erotica che mi ha affascinata da subito, per la grande capacità dell’autrice di mantenere alta la tensione e l’adrenalina, di farci calare in un’ambientazione fantastica in modo vivido e sapiente, e allo stesso tempo di essere piccante e romantica senza pentimento.
Trovo che la scelta di suddividere la saga in piccoli capitoli lasciati in sospeso sul finale sia una scelta sadica ma tremendamente efficace per tenere i lettori sulle spine. Tuttavia, trovo anche che tutti questi aspetti positivi portino con sé il problema di una storia un po’ affrettata, in cui non c’è tempo per gli approfondimenti emotivi, psicologici o per sfruttare tutti gli agganci lasciati dai piccoli dettagli.
Ho sentito la mancanza della crescita del sentimento tra i due protagonisti, mi è mancato vivere nel punto di vista diretto di Beth e Gareth le vicende di avvicinamento, l’interesse, la sottile attrazione e il tenersi a distanza che avevamo intravisto nei primi tre volumi, dato che questo racconto inizia rapidamente: fin dalle prime pagine il guerriero fae viene colpito dalla rivelazione di avere un’anima gemella, e da quel momento il suo lato selvaggio inizia a scalpitare, inducendolo a cambiare atteggiamento: più impulsivo, protettivo, attratto, e a tratti sdolcinato.
Gareth è sempre stato, tra i fedelissimi di Leander, il guerriero equilibrato, razionale e calcolatore. Non è solito abbandonarsi alle emozioni, e l’improvvisa attrazione per Beth lo ha destabilizzato, tanto da decidere di allontanarsi da lei per non cedere a impulsi indesiderati.
Credi che sia semplice starti vicino? Mi stai facendo impazzire, changeling. Il tuo profumo, la tua bocca, la tua mente. Affollano le mie giornate, i miei sogni, i miei pensieri. Ti desideravo talmente, che temevo di farti male. Tenerti a distanza era l’unico modo per conservare la mia sanità mentale e concentrarmi sui miei doveri da vicecomandante di Leander.” (Tratto dal libro)
Beth è una changeling esuberante e ribelle: adoro la sua caratterizzazione, molto di più rispetto a Taylor, protagonista della prima trilogia. Come dice il titolo stesso, viene rapita e riportata nel Regno dell’Estate dal suo vecchio padrone, Granthos, che non ha mai smesso di cercarla. Quando Gareth scopre cos’è Beth per lui, lascia andare tutti i suoi propositi di tenerla a distanza e corre a salvarla seguendo il richiamo.
Gareth estrae la metaforica “scintillante armatura” e intraprende una serie di avventure che lo portano a un confronto con Granthos e a esplorare angoli insidiosi del Regno dell’Estate, compiendo una deviazione molto pericolosa, prima di portare la sua donna in salvo nel Regno d’Inverno.
In sostanza, tantissima azione, molto ben dosata.
Per quanto riguarda l’amore, sboccia all’improvviso. Se nella trilogia precedente ipotizzavamo un interesse altalenante, ora che c’è un richiamo magico tra loro, l’attrazione subisce un impulso nuovo, potente, selvatico.
C’è in effetti un momento delizioso in cui Beth cerca di costruire un rapporto che vada al di là della “predestinazione” magica, in cui lei e Gareth si confrontano e si conoscono come persone comuni e cercano di scoprirsi e raccontarsi meglio. Il fatto che lui impari a scoprire, accettare e dare voce alle sue emozioni sarà probabilmente la chiave per controllare la sua magia, cosa che non vediamo l’ora che accada.
“Tu non sei affatto semplice, amore mio. Tuttavia, lascia che mi spieghi chiaramente. Quando ti ho vista, avrei voluto entrare in quella gabbia con te, chiudere a chiave la porta e saltarti addosso, lasciando che gli altri prigionieri ascoltassero ogni gemito, lamento e grido. Avevi i capelli pieni di paglia, il viso sporco e quello sguardo selvaggio negli occhi che hai ancora adesso. Eri indomita, intatta, nonostante le manette. Un tizzone ardente. E poi hai aperto quella bocca.” Guardo le sue labbra piene. “Intelligente e diretta. Astiosa e affilata. Ogni parola potrebbe scatenare una guerra. Una guerra che sarei felice di combattere a patto che finisse con me dentro di te e il mio nome sulle tue labbra.” (Tratto dal libro)
This story follows a different couple following the ending of the first four books. You definitely have to read the first four to jump into this one. I wish that there was more build up to their relationship. I felt the author took for granted that we were closely paying attention to this couple in the first part of the series.
I love the build up to a relationship & this did not deliver. I felt the first four books were pretty solid but this went to we traveled the country together/we are attracted to one another to YOU ARE MY MATE.
The books move slow physically but not enough to actually make me believe they should be together.
Bruh! Ok to be fair I was really hype for these to to be the focus. They were one of my favorite parts of the first half of the series. Beth has been the character closest to my heart and so to see her front and center makes me so happy. On the flip side it also makes me hurt for her for every second of pain she feels. For the self worth that’s broken by this system of hate and ultimately for the heartache she suffers for thinking she’s not enough. She’s the star of the damn show and she deserves the world laid at her feet.
This one was okay. The main characters in this book sound really familiar to the main characters in the last few. Not much to set them apart. Although I do find Beth to be decently selfish and slightly irritating in this book.
Honestly disappointing and another cliff hanger. I will give the same review I always give her books. Books are entirely too short and the chapters always start off weird like you missed a paragraph or two. I enjoyed Leander and Taylor’s story better than this one even though it seems to be the same thing
“This wily female will either be the death of me or show me what it truly means to live”
I have been so excited for Beth and Gareth since “Fae’s Captive” and I was so excited reading that they were mates! There banter is so fun and their connection is undeniable. This one is definitely angsty. Gareth finally finds out that Beth is his mate then she is ripped away. We get to see him fight for her. We get to see Beth challenge her mate and fight for her friends. I love this new adventure we get to go on with these too sexy mates. I was definitely hooked from the beginning but that ending has me screaming once again. I did not see it coming, I am so excited for the next book. Gareth and Beth are so entertaining. I am loving this series.
What a flippin' blast to read. Sometimes a firl just wants to have fun and this one sure hit the spot. Snappy, snarky, fast paced and action packed....Oh, and just the right amount of heat. Go get you some, ladies. ;)
I loved Beth’s witty banter and her ability to be brave in the face of danger, some would call it a bit reckless but I found it adventurous. And Garenth’s grouchy nature hides a softness he only shows to Beth. I don’t know why I like that about these charcters but I do…..a lot. I think because it reminds me of my husband a bit, he’s grouchy to everyone else but he’s super sweet and nice to me and our kid.
For someone sho has been a slave most of her life, she sure doesn’t let it get her down. Although it’s clear she is using sarcasm and humor as a defense mechanism. At first it seems like Garenth hates her but I guess he was mad at himself for having feelings for a human. It was a good internal struggle to read about and it didn’t last too long until he realized he wanted to be with her.
The thing about these books is that almost always end on a cliffhanger and since they are short stories, I zoom right through them and end up getting irritated when they end. But the next is usually out so that placates me until the whole process starts over again.
I was so excited to continue on with the stories in this world and I am a sucker for fated mates! I was not exactly sure how I would feel about Beth because she was not my favorite character in the other books, but reading from her POV really made her grow on me. We get to see a glimpse into the trauma she has experienced and why she is so sassy and tough.
I also love the grumpy and sunshine (or sassy in Beth’s case) trope. Gareth actually reminds me of myself because he is a strict rule follower. He does things by the books and rarely goes against that. So when Beth comes into the picture, she really pushes him abs in this installment alone, I have seen growth in his character.
I have been loving this story and it might even surpass my love of the first couple! I will definitely be continuing on because, like all the other books, this left off on a cliffhanger!
Taken by Lily Archer is book 5 in the Fae's Captive Series. This book is the start of Gareth and Beth's story who met in the previous books. You could make this a standalone book, but I do feel you would enjoy this book better if you read the previous books. Beth is a human who was attracted to Gareth but his is all work and besides he has to wait for his fated mate. But then Beth is taken and Gareth start to realizes that Beth is his one. This does end to set us up for their continuing story in the next book.
Unrelenting action. When I started this book, I worried I wouldn't like it as much with the story no longer centered on Taylor and Leander, but I was quickly sucked into the angst of wanting Gareth and Beth to find their happiness together. Then, the story just keeps going, pulling them apart and putting every obstacle in their way. Obviously, at five books into this series in just a couple days, I can't stop now.
Dopo aver scoperto e letto con piacere la prima serie dedicata a Taylor e Leander, ero curiosa di leggere la storia tra Gareth, il braccio destro del re dell’Inverno, e la changeling Beth. Beth è un personaggio sopra le righe, sempre sboccata e propensa ai doppi sensi e alle allusioni sessuali. I suoi siparietti con Gareth mi hanno sempre strappato un sorriso, ma allo stesso tempo mi facevano pensare che dietro tutta quell’allegria si nascondesse altro, una sofferenza inespressa e una grande fame d’amore. Prima di essere salvata da Leander, Beth era la schiava di un nobile del Regno d’Estate che la maltrattava e la sottoponeva a ogni genere di sopruso. Nel Regno d’Inverno Beth conosce per la prima volta la libertà, ma questa è di breve durata perché viene rapita dal Cercatore che la conduce dal suo vecchio padrone. Per Beth l’incubo sembra essere ricominciato, ma Gareth arriva in suo soccorso. Il gesto inaspettato da parte del Fae suscita nella changeling stupore e curiosità. Beth non riesce a comprendere come mai Gareth che l’ha sempre snobbata e declinato le sue avances, ora sostenga addirittura che lei sia la sua anima gemella e di essere disposto a tutto pur di averla. “Credi che sia semplice starti vicino? Mi stai facendo impazzire, changeling. Il tuo profumo, la tua bocca, la tua mente. Affollano le mie giornate, i miei sogni, i miei pensieri. Ti desideravo talmente, che temevo di farti male. Tenerti a distanza era l’unico modo per conservare la mia sanità mentale e concentrarmi sui miei doveri da vicecomandante di Leander.” Naturalmente, la storia di questo volume non verte esclusivamente sulle schermaglie amorose tra Beth e Gareth, ma il suo fine è quello di gettare le basi di un racconto avventuroso che verrà sviluppato nei capitoli successivi della serie. Questo primo libro termina con un cliffhanger, ma non temete, poiché, essendo usciti anche tutti gli altri, non c’è pericolo di restare sulle spine per conoscere quale sarà il destino di Gareth e Beth. La storia è ambientata in un mondo fantasy, popolato da strane creature con poteri magici che metteranno a dura prova la resistenza fisica e mentale dei due protagonisti. Lo stile dell’autrice è sempre scorrevole e accattivante, ma la Archer come al solito non approfondisce la psicologia dei personaggi che restano abbozzati; hanno un buon potenziale ma non viene sfruttato. Ciononostante mi sento di consigliarvi la lettura di tutta la serie, perché è scritta in un modo talmente semplice che ci si immerge completamente nella lettura, perdendo il senso del tempo. Inoltre, non essendo “Rapita” un fantasy puro, ma una fusione di elementi fantastici, romantici ed erotici, è adatto alle lettrici di romance che vogliono approcciarsi in modo soft a un genere diverso.
Characters: 3,5/5 stars Setting: 3/5 stars Writing: 3/5 stars Plot and themes: 3,5/5 stars Spicy: 1/5 stars Relationship type: MF Narrator type: Dual Pov. First person: Beth and Gareth. Ending: Mystery Format read: Ebook (KU) Pace of the book: fast paced Tropes: Fae, paranormal world, fated mates, royalty. Other things to notice: Book 1-4 is about Taylor and Leander. Book 5-8 is about Garett and Beth.
This is the first book that follows Beth and Gareth’s story as the main characters! The story starts right after where the last book ended. In the winter realm.
Is it possible to read the series from here without reading the previous ones? Yes it is. (The author said so too.) The story follows another couple which where introduced in the previous books. Book 1-4 is about Taylor and Leander. Book 5-8 is about Garett and Beth.
Would I recommend it? I highly recommend to read the whole series. Why you might ask? As mentioned before the story begins right where the last book ended. And you won’t get the whole background story if you haven’t read them all.
About the book: In this book we really get to know Beth and Gareth. Especially the story of Beth’s changeling slave life. The focus in this book is the whole changeling/lesser fae life and how they’re always hunted,sold and mistreated! In this book we follow Beth who is a former slave that lives in the winter realm who is later kidnapped and brought back to the summer realm to her former masters home. Back where she’s tortured or should I say feasted by dogs. In the meantime we have Gareth who is a high fae and the winter realm’s second of command. He’s drawn to her and his feral side have claimed Beth as his mate. This book shows the great length for what a High fae is willing to risk to get his mate back.
I really enjoyed the previous 3 books about Taylor and Leander, but this story about Gareth and stupid Beth really really annoyed me!!!!!!! I mean I really liked all the characters and the story of slaves and freedom and all the structure of this world, but Beth just ruined it for me. I don't think I have ever been so annoyed about a leading character in a book. I even think that the obsidian witch is more agreeable than Beth. She was such a pervert in the previous books, so devious that she even was present at the mating of Taylor and Leander, and suddenly here she is not letting Gareth do anything to her until like 3 books afterwards!!!!! And all because of an old crook named Clotty that was never even mentioned before. I didn't like the blackmail and the stupidity of Beth...also always getting herself in trouble and getting Gareth in trouble. Her answers are not sassy, but plain stupid. I must say I hope she never returns from the Abyss. These books are also a rip off!!!! They are so short, not like other Fae books where you pay and you get a lot to read, the author is really lazy!!!!!! I don't believe in insta-love, but this is ridiculous!!!! I would keep reading even if the main characters have sex at the beginning, the tension and the blackmail and the denying is really annoying!!!! Specifically coming from a pervert like Beth!!!! From Taylor I totally understood it, it felt right cause of her background, but Beth??!!! It's just hypocrite!!!!!!! I would like to keep reading about other characters in this world, but not Beth!!! Poor Gareth, all he has to put up with just to get laid!!!! Please!!!!!!! Just not real, these books were really phoney!!!!! Didn't like them!!!!! I'm actually being generous with the 2 stars.
Again, another great story, this time exploring the relationship of Gareth and Beth. It's enjoyable and goes at an easy pace. That's the good part done with and now for the bad!! Yet again the tale ends just as it's starting to really pick up pace!! I really don't see the point as to why?!? Other than monetary gain, I do not understand ,why these books have been split into eight, when two would have sufficed and been far more enjoyable. Even four books would have made more sense, unless like I've said all along, it is the monetary gain!! Because of it came down to monetary value, then these books are far from it!! They have worked out for more expensive than 90% of the books and audio books of any other author!! So as far as money goes, are these really worth it?? Then I'd have to say, that's a huge resounding NO!! Should you really want to read them, is suggest using KindleUnlimited for them and don't bother with Audio at all!! Unfortunately I had bought both books and audio without looking at how many pages each book held!! Hence these are NOT novels, but novellas!! And no matter how good the tale, the tale just isn't worth this much!! Trust me, lesson learned, I will always check how many pages from now on!!
This is the fifth book I have read from Lily Archer and each one gets better and better. In this book, we find that Gareth's and Beth's story continues when she is snatched from the Queen's ball right under the winter realm's very nose. Gareth goes wild with emotions when he realizes Beth is his mate. The bond snapping into place after the nights celebration. Her smell permeates and draws him towards the terror that she beholds. . Lily Archer has a knack for turning enimes into lovers while building more and more into the world she has created in the fae realm. Poetic words stitched together like the wounds her characters carry create a wicked landscape of cruelty and beauty. . I. CAN. NOT. STOP. READING. Thankfully their tragic lovestory will continue. Here is hoping for a better story line in the next book for Gareth and Beth BUT knowing the way Lily Archer writes after reading five of her books, I know we won't reach a true love story until we reach the end. . 5 stars and a tip of the Nerd Girl hat! . *This review was done in conjunction with 𝕹𝖊𝖗𝖉 𝕲𝖎𝖗𝖑 𝕺𝖋𝖋𝖎𝖈𝖎𝖆𝖑 book blog.
Yet another great addition to this series. I was really looking forward to getting to know Gareth and Beth more since now the story will focus on this couple now. While you do see a return of the grumpy, rule following Gareth it was nice to see another side to him in this book. I really enjoy how well these stories are written that I can find myself picturing exactly what I am reading and falling in love with both Gareth and Beth. Beth too shows her normal self we have come to know in previous books but she also gives us a glimpse of another side of her from her past catching up to her. Overall, these stories are so well done and I keep coming back for more! Once again my only major negative is the cliffhanger endings. I am going to die from not knowing what comes next! I get so entranced by the world she has built and the well-developed characters that I never want the series to end. At least Archer doesn’t make readers wait too long before she released the next book and I for one and looking forward to seeing what’s in store next for Gareth and Beth.
Let me say that I loved Beth and Gareth in the first 4 books. Their I hate you and I'm only putting up with you because my friend loves your friend relationship was so much fun to see. That went right out the window in this book. You know that feeling of reading a new book that seems eerily similar to another story you've read before no well you're in luck because you're about to.
Beth and Gareth basically become Leander and Taylor. Their fun hate you relationship was gone within the first 10 pages and while I read a lot of overbearing alphahole fae books this one was just over the top and predictable.
For those of you that continued reading in the hopes there would be some awesome Leander and Taylor cameos you're going to be disappointed. Not only do we not see them they're barely mentioned. That means there's no continuation on their story and not a single question answered from the hoard we collected from the first 4 books.
I should've stopped at 4. Why can't I stop reading these
I was so looking forward to this book and i wasn't disappointed!!! Just like the 4 previous one is packed with action, adventure, betrayal, intrigue and red hot romance with naughty language. Gareth is high winter fae with a will of steal never deviating from his rigid stance and rules. However, all this changes when he meets Beth, a changeling. The attraction for her is constant and her mouthy personality and sharp wits enchant him. Unwavering on his resolve to keep away from her, he avoids her at all costs until the Winter realm curse is lifted and he feels the mate bond between them snap into place. But dark forces are at play and before he knows it, she is taken. Taken is the first book of Gareth and Beth's story and left me drooling for more. Fantastic plot, fast paced and entertaining. Highly recommended
I like this series but I have never really cared for Beth's character. I know she was written to be a rude, crude, smart mouth witch but I don't like her for all those reasons. I love Gareth and I know he was written to like her "sas" which is a pretty light term for it but I don't. I would have thought that the mating bond being so sacred would have tamed her intense crass but it meant nothing to her. I was hoping that I only had to read one book on their mating to get to the rest of the story but it doesn't look like it. I do like the background story forming and continuing but I got to get past Beth's character to go back to enjoying the full storyline. I did skim much of the later chapters to get to the end. I really don't like her character...Just my hang up.
I wish I could give half stars. Because this is more than three but less than 4!
I loved the first four books of this series with Taylor and Leander but one of the things that made them so brilliant was the side characters. Having a whole book focussed on just Gareth and Beth without the light banter and funny that Beth and Gareth bought to the first four books makes me feel like it's missing something!
I would have liked it if some of the phalanx had come to help! But I'm hoping they will gain a few more to their party now in the next book.
I do love Beth. She has been brilliant throughout all the books so far. It's fun to see a bit more of Gareth but I think we haven't really seen much depth from him yet.
I will definitely read on! They are such an easy read, and so fun! I love the further development of the world in this. Although the slave city is very sad!
It was a quick light read. Was actually unsure if I would continue with the series after this book because it wasn't really that great. Just ok.
Was absolutely the right choice to wait until all of the series was released to read this next arc. There isn't enough story here to justify multiple books in my opinion. To be fair though, if they were serialized in a magazine I probably wouldn't be this critical of it. If it wasn't in KU, I wouldn't have dropped the cash on it. Wait till the collected volume if you're buying outright.
The biggest issue in this book is the cuts away from action. It's like Archer would do ANYTHING not to have to write an action scene and it's really jarring.
Still, it was an ok read and I did decide to finish out the story arc.