- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 8 hours and 28 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Melissa Foster
- Audible.com Release Date: December 1, 2015
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B018ES3ZY2
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Taken by Love: Love in Bloom: The Bradens Audiobook – Unabridged
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Daisy and Luke are honest and straight forward with their feelings, attraction, reaction towards each other. There was no hiding, or fighting against it. I loved that they were actually dating in the beginning, That they wanted to get to know each other on a deeper level, not just to explore the physical appeal and interest they had. The passion runs high between them, the heat level is up, the love they feel for each other is deep, genuine, and palpable.
The story is set in a small town Trusty, Colorado. Melissa Foster paints an idyllic picture of the charming small town living, where gossip runs like a wild fire, where people step up, supporting and helping each other, when the need arises.
But not all is good and lovely in Trusty, Colorado. The story is a reminder how bulling can, and will, affect on people, for a long time coming.
Amongst the other issues Melissa Foster touches with Taken by Love, is domestic abuse, and how often we just look away, wishing someone else would step in and do something about it. In like manner, we see closely Luke's struggle with the abandonment issues, after his father had walked away on the family, before Luke was born.
But through all the issues, problems, and struggles the characters has to work through, the family stays strong and supportive, having each others back.
Taken by Love is not just a sweet, heart melting, and swoon worthy love story. It made me think, take a notice, and evaluate myself on many levels. I couldn't just inhale the story on one sitting, I had to stop and think about the deeper issues, that were brought up. Certainly worth the five stars I gave it, since this is a story that will stay with me.
This was a good story. I liked Daisy and Luke and their story was enjoyable. This is the first story I've read by this author and based on this I might try more of her work in the future.
Daisy is a doctor who just finished up her residency and is looking forward to starting her career. Since her father injured himself, Daisy takes some time to go home for a few weeks and check up on him while she decides which job offer to take. Daisy isn't happy about being home because she grew up being teased by cruel kids that spread untrue rumors about her, ruined her reputation and made her life miserable.
Luke is a horse breeder with his own horse farm. He grew up with a loving mother and a handful of siblings but his father was out of the picture before he was born. Luke has never felt a close connection to any woman and mostly just does one nighters, although since he came back home from college, Luke has made a point to keep his playing out of town.
When the story begins, Daisy has been in town a couple weeks and is working at the urgent care clinic while she's there. When she runs into Luke, she's a bit surprised when he seems interested in her but she's also nervous because she doesn't want a resurgence of her past reputation. Daisy knows that it's ridiculous to be so caught up in the past but she has a hard time letting go. It doesn't help when she runs into one of the people that picked on her the most and the woman doesn't seem to have changed much. Luke does manage to get Daisy to go out with him but unfortunately, Luke has his own demons to deal with so the start of Luke and Daisy's relationship is a bit rough.
TBH, I was a bit surprised at the town...the descriptions of the town and its residents in the beginning of the book made it seem like a place I wouldn't want to live in. Thankfully, it improves as things progress but the descriptions and the way some things were portrayed is the majority of the reason why I went with 3 stars instead of 4. It wasn't bad really...I think it's more that the writer's style didn't suit me so some parts didn't work for me like they might for other readers. Still, I did like Daisy and Luke and was happy to see them get together and start working towards something more permanent between them. There are some issues to work out but the story was surprisingly low angst...it just took a bit for everything to slide into place. The story ends with Luke and Daisy together and starting a HEA.
This was an enjoyable story. I liked Daisy as a heroine. It took her a little bit to get over her issues with her hometown that were caused by her past but considering what she went through, I can understand that it would take her some time and experience in her new reality to accept it. Luke was a very good hero...he had some issues but was proactive in dealing with them and didn't let them interfere with what he was trying to build with Daisy. Overall, this was an enjoyable story with good characters but it just didn't sync with me enough for me to rate it higher.
* note - I listened to the audio version of this book and the narrator did a pretty good job.
Love Luke and Daisy!
I just listened to the audible version, really enjoyed it!
I can sit at my desk and listen.
I am so happy that Daisy learned that there is no place like home, and people can really change for the better.