Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Taken By You
(The Killer Next Door #2)
Carlie Sexton

~Synopsis ~ 
How tragic it is when a caged spirit finally finds its freedom and — entranced in its ecstasy — is invited by that freedom into a cloaked dance with danger.

In Book One of this three-part epic, Kate Simmons — young and alluring, and finally out of her cage of grief — attracts more than attention. Intoxicated by her newfound independence, a blithe Kate is on her way to finding out that around the corners of life, some life-changing eye-openers await. As the story continues in Book Two and she begins to churn a dangerously turbulent trail, it is Kate who now has to snap to, to react, to outrun, or become yet another tortured victim who vanishes down the path of wrong choice.

Having already roiled the risky waters of jealousy, Kate moves in with Neil while Roger — an enamored oddity — visits his son in Germany. Upon his return and finding Kate gone, Roger’s predator mind becomes unhitched, and then unleashed, on the hunt of a lifetime. But whose life?

Step by creeping step, even as Kate’s future closes in on her, she attends — obliviously — to her new life, working through the challenges of fresh relationships, losing family members both to death and to deceit, questioning the depth of love. 
Every path offers a choice. Every choice offers a consequence. And every consequence summons its due. As emotions swirl across fateful days and nights, some in Kate’s life will reach out to touch happiness in warm embraces, others to sever ties in bloody traces.

The stains of passion are frequently mistaken. The question here is who will be taken?

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~ Review ~ 
Taken by You is the 2nd installment in the Killer Next Door Series.  You must read Fallen For You before beginning this book.  The story picks up right where Fallen for You ended with Roger returning from his stay in Germany .  Delusions of his relationship with Kate sustaining Roger while he was away he is devastated to return home and find that Kate has left, vanished with no means to contact her. 
As chance would have it while trying to drown his sorrow, Roger meets a woman name Rose.  His plan is to use her as a substitute until he can reconnect with Kate but he later finds she may be more useful than first suspected.
Life has been great for Neil and Kate since Rogers been away.  They have grown quite comfortable in the relationship. But when tragedy strikes Kate’s family and she is forced to travel alone she learns a secret that Neil has been keeping from her.  Will their love for one another be strong enough to endure this deceit?
The depth of Neil’s feelings for Kate are limitless as shown throughout the story.  When he confesses that fear was his motivating factor for not disclosing the truth you feel for him.  I was pulling for Kate to forgive him so they could get back their hot steamy love affair.
Kate was lulled into a false sense of security while Roger was away.  But a close encounter puts her on high alert and sends her running into the arms of Neil for protection.  Although Kate needs Neil she feels guilty for bringing Roger into his life and creating such chaos.
When Kate takes a job working for Neil’s law firm she is met with animosity from Neil’s secretary Laura.  I didn’t like her from the start.  I could tell she had her own agenda as far as Neil was concerned and she wasn’t going to play nice with Kate.
While Roger is picking up his ex and his son at the airport he catches a glimpse of  Kate and all bets are off.  Roger is even more determined to get rid of Neil and take Kate for himself.  Roger’s level of deceit and complex planning had me fearing for Kate and Neil’s safety throughout the book .  Every page had me turning with angst.  Carlie lulled me into a comfortable place and then knocked me over.  Leaving me lying on the floor screaming...NO!!!!!!!  

Pick up Given to You (The Killer Next Door #3) to see how the story concludes.  Who will get their happy ever after? 

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~About the Author ~
Carlie Sexton has had a passion for reading her entire life. She loves it so that she dedicated her life to educating children. As a teacher, she has had the profound pleasure of teaching children to read and explore their imaginations through a good book. Just recently she decided to write a story that had been on her mind. Now she has several that she wants to turn into additional books. Writing has become a passion that she dearly loves.

Carlie lives with her handsome husband in Southern California. They enjoy the relaxed lifestyle that California provides. They have two beautiful dogs, but no children.

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