09 July, 2014

Blog Tour - Book Review: Taken by Koko Brown (@authorkokobrown)

About the Author:
Koko Brown is an USA TODAY Bestselling author and romance junkie who once read over 200 Zebra romance Club novels the summer before her senior year in high school.

Her writing career began at the tender age of nine when she self-published and distributed a newspaper for her fellow classmates. Unfortunately, her grade-school principal Mr. Clark didn’t appreciate the competition and put her out of business after one best-selling issue.

Undaunted, Koko continued to write and read everything she could get her hands on. She honed her writing skills as a staff writer on her college’s newspaper, writing obituaries for the local newspaper, and even teaching American Literature.

One day, while daydreaming in bed, she came up with the idea for her first erotic manuscript. Taking a hiatus from teaching, she had enough time on her hands to flesh out the story in two short weeks. A month later, she cleaned it up and sent it to Ellora’s Cave. By January, she received a revision letter from one of their editors and by March she signed a contract for her vampire erotic novel Charmed.

Koko calls the east coast of Florida home. Even though she’s a multipublished author of interracial erotic romance, she has a life. She loves to travel (three continents, 20+ countries and 38 states so far), shop in thrift stores, ride motorcycles, and volunteering.

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I was surprised how much I enjoyed reading Taken. Not that I expected it to be bad, I just don't usually go in for abduction stories. But it sounded interesting, and, I'll be honest, any book that has POC main characters in it is going to intrigue me.

The location also had an influence in my decision to read and review this book - I love to travel and also to read books set in different and exotic (at least to me) places. And finally, (as a fan of Nascar) I liked the fact that Khalid was a racing enthusiast. I actually would have loved to have this developed a little more in the book, but even this slight glimpse into Khalid's character gave him more depth.

I wasn't as enthralled with Olivia as a character - I just couldn't connect with her. I will say though, that I liked how she was independent and stood up for herself, during a time when women were viewed more as objects than people. This is, in fact, how Khalid saw Olivia in the beginning of the story. She was another woman for him to conquer and bend to his will, but that view changed by the end of the book.

It took me a while to get into Taken, but by the end I'm glad I stuck with it. It's a fast read and the encounters between Olivia and Khalid (clothed and not) are hot, hot, hot!

Taken Published: 7 July 2014 Historical Erotic Romance

Khalid Francois Duïs is a man who isn't afraid to take what he wants. And what he wants is Olivia Pierce. As his best friend's sister, she was supposed to be off limits but Olivia quickly becomes a fever in his blood he simply can't shake. He will do whatever it takes to have her with him and underneath him, even it means kidnapping.

The independent woman...

Olivia Pierce vows to never marry, instead choosing to focus on her career. But a clandestine encounter with Khalid’s threatens her resolve. Though her mind says no, her body screams yes! Her only option is to reject the the arrogant industrialist who believes a woman's place is in his bed.

When Olivia rejects Khalid's advances, he takes matters in his own hands and whisks her away to placate his obsession. From the tempestuous passion of their first encounter, across stormy seas, to a beautiful oasis in Africa, Olivia becomes his prisoner and a slave to Khalid’s all-consuming seduction.


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