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Taken Author: Lisa Harris

Title:  Taken

Author:  Lisa Harris

Pages:  218

Year:  2015

Publisher:  Love Inspired Suspense

My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.

This is a story about a woman whose sister is murdered and niece kidnapped.  Kate Elliott doesn’t live in the city, but out in the “burbs”.  Nothing in her life has prepared her for the sudden death of her sister.  She now is determined to find her niece, but has no idea who is on her side and who might be practicing deception.  She refuses to leave the case in the hands of the authorities and pursues her own agenda to find and rescue her niece.  The police make it known that Kate needs to keep her nose out of the case and leave the investigating to the authorities.  Kate disagrees much to the annoyance of FBI agent Marcus O’Brian.

Kate is able to track her niece to Paris and Marcus, an agent with the FBI, goes with her as he is trying to discover a diamond smuggling ring with military weapons as part of the deal.  Unexpectedly, Kate is grabbed off the street and Marcus rescues her.  A ransom demand is made, but Kate can’t deliver.  Marcus agrees to help Kate due to his experience and connections.  Kate has just lost her sister and she can’t lose her niece too.  Danger abounds for these two everywhere they turn.

This is a fast-paced story with plenty of tension, action and a clean romance.  I liked all the details of the setting, the sites visited in France.  The two main characters interact well together and the romance was believable.  The twisting plot held my interest from page one to the exciting ending.  I am a fan of the writing of Lisa Harris and have read several of her other novels, which are also definitely worth reading.  The Love Inspired Suspense stories are great for quick reads on rainy days or sitting out in the sunshine on a spring day!
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