Book Five of 2012: TAKEN

Sophie never believed she was special. Avoiding a violent ex, she can’t remember the last time she truly felt safe. Then vampires murder her best friend and Sophie is kidnapped by a dangerously sexy shape-shifter. Zach insists that Sophie is a Shaman–someone with a rare gift for taming his savage side–and he needs her to help him save his pack. Now, with a malevolent enemy closing in, Sophie and Zach must risk everything on a bond that may be their only salvation..

TAKEN by Lilith Saintcrow is a Nocturne Harlequin book that isn’t the stereotypical paranormal smut that I find enjoyable. Usually, smut has at least one sex scene and the problems the heroine goes through really isn’t that life altering or lifelike. Saintcrow, however, changes the format by presenting readers a smut book without the sex.

Though I read smut, I find this to be very refreshing. It’s nice to have a romance book that doesn’t have a pivotal intimacy scene. Saintcrow not only gives us this, but she also has the heroine be a woman fighting her inner fear of everything. The heroine is a victim of spousal abuse. As such, she is afraid of everything, even the hero in the book.

This makes a lot of sense because, the way Saintcrow has the plot set, the hero kidnaps the heroine. Sure, he has a reason, but it’s isn’t necessarily a good one. I like the fact that Saintcrow presents us with a heroine who is a real woman and a hero who realizes he screwed up big time. Sure, there’s a spicy kiss, but that is the length of the intimacy. Most of this book is about two people trying to get to know each other, find out who has a hit on the heroine, and the heroine making her own way in life and officially not be afraid. It’s refreshing and I really liked that. Hell, the ending isn’t clear on whether or not they will stay together. All you know is that their relationship is working out.

I applaud Saintcrow, perhaps I’ll read some more of her stuff.

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