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June 25, 2015

Taken {Dee Henderson}

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Abducted at the age of sixteen and coerced into assisting the Jacoby crime family, Shannon Bliss has finally found a way out. She desperately wants to resume some semblance of normal life, but she also knows she has some unfinished business to attend to. She has enough evidence to put her captors behind bars for a very long time.

When Shannon contacts private investigator and former cop Matthew Dane to help her navigate her reentry into society, she quickly discovers that gaining her freedom doesn’t mean her troubles are over. For one thing, her brother is the leading candidate in the race for Illinois governor, and news of her escape will create a media frenzy. For another, the ransom her family reportedly paid years earlier appears to have been a scam; no one knows what happened to the money. And then there’s the fact that Shannon’s escape involved faking her own death. If the Jacoby family learns she is still alive, they’ll stop at nothing to silence her.

If justice is to be done, and if Shannon’s life is ever to get on track again, Matthew will need to discover exactly what happened to her–even if it means stirring up a hornet’s nest of secrets.

My Thoughts:
This book was amazing! 

The story opens with Shannon meeting Matthew outside his hotel room. She tells him who she is and things begin rolling quickly. The entire book moves at a very quick pace and holds your interest with every page.

Shannon is a woman who has been through some horrible crap in the past eleven years. She has lived and worked with her captures and done her best to survive. When she finally breaks into freedom, it is apparent that she has spent years thinking through the process. She has a plan and she's not afraid to speak it.

I loved Shannon's character, and I hope that I would be able to hold myself together as well as her if I ever found myself in such a tragic event. I loved her willingness to also go after who and what she wants in her life. I left this book feeling like Shannon is truly going to be okay.

I also enjoyed Matthew. He seems like he is very good at what he does, and has worked hard to get his life back to normal following all the events of his life. I appreciated his ability to be there for Shannon, yet to let her do her thing in her own timing.

All the other characters in this book played such an important role, and fit perfectly into the story. They each had such a complex background, but I thought it was woven into the story in such a natural way.

I thought this was an amazing book and I loved every single word of it. Definitely a good read.

Dee Henderson is the author of 14 best-selling novels, including the acclaimed O'Malley series and the Uncommon Heroes series. As a leader in the inspirational romantic suspense category, her books have won or been nominated for several prestigious industry awards, including the RWA's RITA Award, the Christy Award, the ECPA Gold Medallion, the Holt Medallion, the National Readers' Choice Award, and the Golden Quill. Dee is a lifelong resident of Illinois and is active online.