Title ~ Taken
Author ~ HelenKay Dimon
Publisher ~ Intermix
Published ~ 21st April 2015
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
Wade Royer and Elijah Sterling are on shaky ground. While initially reluctant Eli is finally ready to take things to the next level, Wade is hesitant. He senses trouble coming and he’s right. Still, they know their fiercely undeniable connection—both in and out of the bedroom—is worth saving.
Then a man from Eli’s past reappears and the CIA comes calling—and they both want Eli back. With their relationship in jeopardy of falling apart and Eli in danger of a different kind, both men will have to decide what they really want—and then take it
Taken is the third book in HelenKay Dimon’s Holton Woods series. This novella also marks the first M/M installment in the series. I really had no idea what to expect going into this one and therefore had no real expectations. I have not read the prior books in this series. While I did enjoy this author’s style of writing, I do feel that a reader would get a lot more out of this book if they have read the other two books in this series in sequential order.
Wade Royer and Elijah Sterling are two headstrong and fiercely independent men who are trying to make a go at a meaningful relationship. They have deep feelings for one another but is that enough to take their relationship to the next level, particularly when the past comes knocking and suspense and danger are thrown into the mix.
While this book is marked that it can be read as a stand-alone novel, I am not sure I would agree with this. This is my predicament. I had a hard time getting into the story even though I liked the writing. If I base my review solely on the writing it would sit around 3 to 4 stars, but the story really was lacking for me because I felt like some things occurred between Wade and Elijah in the previous books that I wish I had read. We are brought into this relationship that is already in existence only to have the men go through more conflict and such to get their happy forever. I felt like I was missing some chunks to Wade and Elijah’s tale and therefore the story lacked substance for me. I can't really base the review solely on the writing because no matter how good it may have been the story still did not flow for me and I had a hard time getting into it. I chose to simply not give a rating. I do believe that fans of this series will enjoy this new installment.
All in all, I enjoyed some parts of Taken but wish I had read the first two books in the series. I certainly would have felt more of a connection with both male protagonists had I been privy to their roles throughout the series. This is just my opinion. Please take it with a grain of salt.