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Julia Latham has an abiding love for the Middle Ages, when knights were knights and ladies had to tame them. After several varied jobs, the last in computer programming, she realized her life's dream of being published with Avon Books. She lives in Central New York with her three children; her dog, Apollo; and her husband, Jim.

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Product Details

  • Series: League of the Blade (Book 4)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Original edition (March 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061433004
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061433009
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #833,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Julia Latham has an abiding love for the Middle Ages, where knights were knights and ladies had to tame them. After several varied jobs, the last in computer programming, she realized her life's dream of being published with Avon Books. Julia's novels have won the Booksellers' Best Award, and finaled in the National Readers Choice Awards and the Book Buyers' Best contest. She lives in Central New York with her three children, her dog Apollo, and her husband, Jim. Visit her website at www.JuliaLatham.com

Julia also writes USA Today bestselling novels under the name Gayle Callen.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Helen Hancox on June 18, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Set in 1486, the story opens with our heroine Lady Florence ('Florrie') Becket being kidnapped by three men. The hint is given right at the beginning that the kidnappers aren't your usual ruffians when the lead kidnapper is described as black-haired, tall, with broad shoulders and muscular arms and a low, gravelly voice. Yes, our kidnapper is our hero.

This isn't a case of Stockholm Syndrome, however; it is more that Florrie finally has the opportunity to do something she's always wanted to do - travel and see more of England. She has a weak leg which means her father has pretty much ignored her and she's been stuck at home, looking after her sisters. Being kidnapped by three knights, who are polite and solicitous of her, means that she is able to begin to almost enjoy her captivity.

Unfortunately the hero, Adam Hilliard, plans to kill her father as an act of revenge, and Florrie is his bargaining chip. However the more she learns about Adam and his mysterious upbringing at the hands of a group called the League of the Blade, the more she tries to help him. But can Florrie and Adam find something together when her father is his sworn enemy and when she is meant to become a nun?

The mediaeval setting of this story, and their long journey through England, added much to the enjoyment. An insight into the difficulties that women faced in that society was also interesting to this reader. The love story worked, in that we saw Adam and Florrie gradually getting to know and value one another. I felt that the end was perhaps a little rushed and that Adam's change of heart didn't feel entirely convincing but overall I enjoyed the story.

Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book © Helen Hancox 2009
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Melissa VINE VOICE on April 6, 2009
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I thoroughly enjoyed the beginning chapters and ending chapters of Julia Latham's latest novel Taken and Seduced. The middle left much to be desired because it just seemed to move so very slowly.

Lady Florence is kidnapped one morning as she strolls through her garden contemplating her future life in a convent. She has a limp and her father has no prospects for her. Her kidnapper is Adam Hilliard, a man who has vengeance on his mind when he takes Florrie from her home. Adam has a real vendetta against Florrie's father and he believes that having Florrie in his possession will entice the man into a confrontation.

Adam is a member of the League of Blades, a group of knights who protect the innocent. I had never read any of Ms. Latham's previous novels regarding this brotherhood and was a bit uncertain as to its origins and members. A little more background into this knightly society would have been helpful in understanding Adam.

At first Lady Florrie is angry she has been kidnapped but then she recognizes that Adam and his companions mean her no harm. Being an optimistic person, Florrie embarks on a grand adventure with Adam before joining the nunnery. Her actions have an underlying wonder and sweetness to them. It is easy to like her and Adam certainly does. He fights his feelings for her constantly and here is where the action slowed considerably. Adam and Florrie find themselves in intimate situations without really exploring their feelings or communicating their thoughts well. This happened several times in the middle of the story. Also the action and tension waned during their journey to London where Florrie's father resides. The leads never felt like they were in real peril even though there were misadventures along the way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jjmachshev VINE VOICE on May 8, 2009
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"Taken and Seduced" will be a hit for those who appreciate a less-experienced hero paired with a virginal heroine. Julia Latham continues her stories of 'the League of the Blade', a shadowy, fictional group of warriors who fight to right wrongs in 15th century England.

Lady Florence has learned to be optimistic in life. Her limp and her lack of great beauty coupled with an uncaring father mean that she is destined for life in a convent. She's not looking forward to such a quiet life and yearns for adventure. So when she's kidnapped by a group of men, she's frightened at first but quickly learns they mean her no harm. She's just a tool to get to her father...but there's no saying she can't enjoy her adventure, right?

Sir Adam is really an Earl and he's determined to see Lady Florence's father pay for his sins. Kidnapping a lady wasn't his first choice, but surely any father will fight for his daughter's freedom. But Florence is nothing like Adam expected and his limited exposure to women only compounds the problem he's having...he's having a very hard time keeping his hands off her.

I enjoyed the story of Florence and Adam very much. His limited experience with women and his confusion with Florence's actions and motivations were a joy to read. I appreciated Florence's outlook on life and her desire to experience all she could before being shuffled off to a convent. But the rest of the plot? I didn't enjoy so much. It seemed to wander in many places and, other than the romance aspect, it was hard for me to stay 'with' the story. I wanted to skip the 'other' stuff and get back to Adam and Florence.
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