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Taken (Undone Book 4) Kindle Edition
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If you have followed the Undone series, you will know that Brandon Townsend III is the coldest and most detached Dominant in the bunch. I have been SO intrigued by him and pretty much have been dying for his book since the first book in the series. He was the one man of the bunch that I NEEDED to learn more about and boy did the author deliver!! Brandon was born and bred in the crème de la crème Chicago social elite scene as a trustfund baby. But ten years earlier he left the public eye to make it on his own. The result: an enigmatic and successful businessman who is intensely private about his personal and professional life. But what happens when like Brandon, Veronica Westwood decides she wants an opportunity to prove to herself that she is more than the gilded cage her upbringing provided and deems a job working under Brandon would be the perfect start? PURE FIREWORKS, folks!!
Gahhh!!! Taken was absolutely amazing. I could not stop reading the minute I started. Their chemistry was insanely hot and their emotional attachment just as crazy. It was just fantastic watching this cold and hardened man shed his protective shield and start caring deeply about someone. I just melted!! And Veronica was just perfection. She was sassy and such a spitfire that her submission was that much sweeter.
God I loved this book. I loved seeing all of the Undone characters and the tight knit family they became. It felt like I was revisiting old friends. It was just spectacular! And the most telling way I knew that this was a 5 star book? I missed the characters the minute I finished!! All in all Taken was a fantastic conclusion to the Undone series and as always I look forward to more from this author in the future. Bravo!! 5 stars!! ~Ratula
This is the fourth book in the series, and technically it can stand on its own, but the reading is richer if you start from the beginning because all the previous couples feature in Brandon’s life and romance. It ties up the main part of this series in a neat bow, and lets those heroes/heroines/friends advise Brandon through his own love tribulations. It even leaves a little doorway open for future consideration, which is a little tease that I enjoyed.
Dominance, control and submission are central to Veronica and Brandon’s romance and there are moments that edge into uncomfortable, since breath play is a big part of Veronica’s kink and the way Brandon manhandles her and the way they physically confront each other is not all gentle butterfly kisses.There are scenes that can push against some boundaries and may be a bit harder for a reader who’s perhaps a bit of a fluffy bunny….just sayin’.
However, it was just the right intensity for a character like Brandon who is about that domination with a hint of sadism. AND it was completely consensual, which mitigated any issues I had with their play.
Everything in Between. There’s nothing truly bad about this story. The first half of the story had a slight repetitive quality, since Brandon was fighting his attraction/love/hopelessly intense chemistry with Veronica. I love the push/pull in a romance, but he did protest a wee bit much (with the same exact wording) for me. Also, Brandon and Veronica are the personification of the first-world lily-white couple. Veronica is looking to break away from that rarefied air she had been partaking in with Chicago’s elite. She wants some color in her life. I appreciated that. But even the crew she ended up in is pretty monochromatic, even if their social standing wasn’t the upper tier as she was used to moving in. I really would have loved a little bit more diversity in this series, and not just supporting characters, but some actual POC as part of this circle of friends.
The Bottom Line 4 stars
Quibbles aside, I did love seeing the calm, cool and collected Dom that is Brandon finally take the plunge into love, and Veronica is the perfect woman for him and his dirty self. If you like a bit of D/s with your romance, you may enjoy this series and I’d definitely recommend it.
**ARC provided by author for review**