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taken by cynthia eden book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

Taken by Cynthia Eden is the fifth book in the LOST series (see our reviews of Torn and Shattered). With two intriguing main characters with similarly disturbing pasts, this book – like the previous four – did not disappoint.

Bailey Jones was a survivor. After all, she had survived the torture the Death Angel had put her through. She had even survived being thrown in her own grave, thought to be dead. However, nightmares of the disappearance of another of the Death Angel’s victims might just drive her crazy…well, even crazier than she already felt.

After Asher finds out that the only surviving victim of the Death Angel has enlisted the help of LOST, he is instantly intrigued. When he meets Bailey, he’s more than intrigued–he’s mesmerized. Not only is she totally gorgeous, but she’s also strong-willed. A survivor. Someone that shares a similarity to him; they both have scars, and not the kind you can see.

With the search for the other survivor underway, will the spark between Bailey and Asher dwindle and fade away? Or will the danger they are stirring up push them closer together?

I’ve read the other books in the LOST series and have enjoyed them all. Taken was no different. The book is mainly written from the perspectives of Bailey and Asher with a few chapters from the point of view of some of the secondary characters. Both characters feel damaged and watching them heal each other made the novel all the more interesting.

Just with the previous novels in this series, Taken isn’t just a romance novel. It is also a thriller! This is what made it so interesting to me. Yes, the romance between Asher and Bailey was great, but the mystery behind who is now coming after Bailey is what really kept me reading. I am a sucker for a good thriller novel, and the fact that I didn’t put the pieces of the puzzle together easily and right away was fantastic! Eden made a web so intricately woven that it had me on the edge of my seat from the first chapter!

All in all, if you love romance books and love thriller novels, this is definitely the book for you!


Bethany Kelly is currently getting her MFA at Goddard College and has a BA in English. She is a writer, editor, and stay-at-home mother and wife who spends her spare time (when she has some) reading and cooking.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Avon. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.