Review: Taken by Cynthia Eden

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Review: Taken by Cynthia EdenTaken by Cynthia Eden
Series: Lost #5
Published by HarperCollins on November 29th 2016
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Suspense, Contemporary, Thrillers
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Source: the publisher
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In New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden’s latest novel, the Last Option Search Team (LOST) returns— and for one agent, the hunt for a serial killer just got very personal . . .
HE SWORE TO PROTECT HER . . .
Bailey Jones somehow survived her harrowing abduction by the infamous Death Angel. But while her physical scars have healed, she can’t stop wondering about a woman she helped to escape, who simply disappeared. When LOST agent Asher Young is assigned to her case, Bailey instantly feels an attraction to the intense ex-SEAL who seems to be carrying dark secrets of his own.
BUT KEEPING HIS PROMISE . . .
Asher can’t afford to let his growing feelings for Bailey distract him from his job. Only she can soothe his horrific nightmares, but the last thing he wants is for the demons from his past to ever hurt her. Bailey has gotten past his guard, and the emotions he feels for her—they’re as dark and dangerous as the past he doesn’t want to face.
COULD COST BOTH THEIR LIVES
When corpses begin surfacing—all marked with the same tattoo depicting the Death Angel’s calling card—Asher must race to stop a twisted killer who wants nothing more than to claim his next prize: Bailey . . .

Surviving the abduction and the near death experience at the hands of the serial killer Death Angel, Bailey Jones is still healing from the mental and physical scars but the disappearance of the woman who she helped escape haunts her. Everyone seems to be telling Bailey that she must have imagined the woman and to find out the truth Bailey hires the LOST agency. She can’t help but feel attracted to the agent helping her find the woman, Asher Young.

Asher was introduced in the last book, Torn where he and his bounty hunter sister has decided to join the LOST. Asher is a current LOST agent and former SEAL. Asher and his sister had a very traumatic experience when they were both quite young, which has a left a huge mark on both of them but they both dealt with the event very differently. Working on this case with Bailey brings out the memories and feelings of helplessness from the event for Asher. He also feels strongly protective of Bailey.

While I’m not going to talk much about killer since I don’t want give away anything. I will say that I really enjoyed the suspense, the killer’s backstory as well the reveal of it. The suspense was done great! I think pacing was done well as well. We get to know more about the main characters, the antagonist pretty well over the course of the book.

We didn’t know much about either of the characters going into the book and hence this works perfectly as a standalone even if you have never read the books in the series. As with all Cynthia Eden couples, Bailey and Asher had great chemistry. Not only was Bailey a great heroine, tough with a soft side. I just really liked Bailey’s character. Asher was great with her, with this past he felt really protective of Bailey with what she’d been through and of course because he felt a connection to her. They worked pretty well together searching for the woman and I liked how they were with each other when they were ‘together’.

Overall, Cynthia Eden writes great romantic suspense, taken is no exception to that and I really enjoyed this one. I looking forward to reading Asher’s sister Ana’s book WRECKED releasing May 30th 2017.

About Cynthia Eden

Award-winning author CYNTHIA EDEN writes dark tales of paranormal romance and romantic suspense. She is a New York Times, USA Today, Digital Book World, and IndieReader best-seller. Cynthia is also a two-time finalist for the RITA® award (she was a finalist both in the romantic suspense category and in the paranormal romance category). Since she began writing full-time in 2005, Cynthia has written over thirty novels and novellas. Cynthia lives along the Alabama Gulf Coast. She loves romance novels, horror movies, and chocolate. Her favorite hobbies include hiking in the mountains (searching for waterfalls) and spelunking.