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Taken

Taken

Written by Rebecca Zanetti

Narrated by Roger Wayne


Taken

Written by Rebecca Zanetti

Narrated by Roger Wayne

ratings:
4/5 (16 ratings)
Length:
3 hours
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Released:
Apr 30, 2019
ISBN:
9781977345257
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Description

Hunter Holt might be the most stubborn ex-soldier ever born, but when he's called on to help find a lost foster kid, he jumps into action. Even if it means working with the woman who broke his heart five years ago - the woman who still haunts his dreams.

Faye Smith has spent five long years trying to get her life back on track. She knows she should've turned toward Hunter and not away from him, but they both had too many demons to destroy. Maybe now they'll get another chance - and save someone else's life too.

But first they'll have to stop arguing long enough to trust the Deep Ops team. Hunter was a lost boy himself once. In fact, he ran away from the exact same man, their monster of a father. Now he and Faye will have to unite to find the brother he never knew-and maybe each other . . .

Publisher:
Released:
Apr 30, 2019
ISBN:
9781977345257
Format:
Audiobook

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About the author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Rebecca Zanetti has worked as an art curator, senate aide, lawyer, college professor, and a hearing examiner—only to culminate it all in stories about alpha males and the women who claim them. Her novels have received a starred PW review, have been listed among Amazon’s best romances of the year, and have won RT Reviewer Choice Awards.   Growing up amid the glorious backdrops and winter wonderlands of the Pacific Northwest has given Rebecca fantastic scenery and adventures to weave into her stories. She resides in the wild north with her husband, children, and extended family who inspire her every day—or at the very least give her plenty of characters to write about. Please visit Rebecca at www.rebeccazanetti.com.


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  • (5/5)
    It has been another excellent read for both the time and the entertainment that this produces for me. Zanetti continues her irresistible Deep Ops series with Taken. Five years ago, Faye Smith needed to get her life in order and walked away from the love of her life. But needing Hunter Holt’s help to find a runaway foster teen has given her a second chance with the man who holds her heart.
    Having run away from the same abusive man, Hunter doesn’t hesitate to help find the half-brother he didn’t know existed, even when it means teaming up with the beautiful psychologist who broke his heart. But the collaboration not only means they get a second chance, but it also means working with his friend Raider and the Deep Ops group. Can they all work together to reunite the brothers?
    In this novella, Zanetti shows that you don’t need a full-length novel to get an engaging, action-packed, and sizzling romance. Faye and Hunter’s undeniable attraction and deep connection, fueled by their history, feels utterly sincere despite the story’s length. Zanetti also incorporates characters from the Deep Ops group including the hilarious Wolfe with his loveable kitten aptly named Kat and the alcohol-loving and stiletto stealing dog Roscoe.
    And get this all you Dark Protectors fans, I’m sorry if this is a tad spoiler but it must be said, Rebecca seamlessly weaves in TWO characters from that series! Oh yes, she did! I totally flipped and re-read that scene a bunch of times.
    Zanetti does a wonderful job of crafting a fascinating romance in a scant number of pages. Taken is novella #1.5 of the Deep Ops series by Rebecca Zanetti. It is a standalone contemporary romantic suspense, told from several points of view.
    Zanetti introduces us to Raider’s foster siblings and has us hunting down a kidnapping serial killer. I was lost for a moment when I met Hunter Holt and Fays Smith, but as soon as Raider and their foster mother became involved, I got the connection. Holt, Faye, and Raider all spent time in the same Foster home and their momma needs their help. Apparently, Holt has a half-brother who is in a heap of trouble.
    Raider brings Wolfe with him and gads the man just makes me laugh. I fell in love with Angus Force and his crew of misfits so any page time with them was welcome.
    While this is a novella, Zanetti gave us a full story from a second chance romance between Faye and Holt to a kidnapping serial killer who crossed state lines. We even got to spend time with our high-heel wearing, beer-loving pooch!
    The romance was sweet, and low on drama. The two have grown and clearly, there were reasons it didn’t work the first time. We see closure on the case and get our HEA.
    I enjoyed Taken, but I cannot wait for more of the Deep Ops unit. The next book, Fallen will be a full-length featuring Brigid and Raider. If you haven’t started the series it’s the perfect series to back in your beach tote!
    With a mix of suspense, humor, and romance Taken offered a nice side trip story with Raider and his family
  • (3/5)
    I read the first two books a long time ago and recently listened to them on audio to refresh myself. I was surprised that I really didn’t remember any of book 2 so it was like listening to a new book. This book deals with Alex being pulled into investigating why apprentices are going missing. Two of Luna’s fellow apprentices and friends are not the normal light or dark students since they are under the protection of magical creature instead of a mage. Mage society has rules but the number one rule seems to be is if you don’t have power then you don’t matter. Students don’t have power, so they don’t matter that much. Alex figures out the mystery by the end and saves the day by the skin of his teeth but you know that at some point some of it will come back to haunt him.
  • (4/5)
    Alex Verus is asked to look into the disappearance of several apprentice mages. Things get complicated.On par with the others in the series.
  • (4/5)
    Jacka is really getting into his stride with this book. The relationship between Alex and Luna has always felt very real and is developing nicely now that Alex has taken Luna on as his apprentice. I also really liked how Jacka introduce some of Luna's fellow apprentices and their messy, complicated relationships. I am really looking forward to reading the next instalment in this series.
  • (4/5)
    Taken is another strong entry in an already excellent series. The comparison between these books and the Dresden Files is well deserved. I can't wait to read more!
  • (4/5)
    This is the third book in the Alex Verus series (currently there are seven books released in this series). This was a well done investigative urban fantasy series. Although I never think these books are spectacular I do enjoy them quite a bit.I listened to this on audiobook and this is a great series to listen to on audiobook. The narrator does an awesome job and I would highly recommend the audiobook version of this series.This whole series reminds me of a cross between The Dresden Files and the Iron Druid Chronicles. Verus is a diviner who gets his butt kicked a lot but usually is clever enough to makes things come out in his favor in the end. Luna is now officially his apprentice and she is slowly learning to get her curse under control. There is quite a bit of characters growth for Luna in this book as well. We meet some new characters in this book; Anne and Variam are the two major newbies to the story. They were both very intriguing characters and are well fleshed out. We also meet some of the other types of magical creatures in this world (Rakshasa for one). The world-building was well done and the story is interesting. I enjoyed watching Alex try to unravel the mysteries of this big old house as he tried to prevent the kidnapping of yet more apprentices.The story is fast-paced with lots of humor throughout. I enjoy how Alex continues to use his divining ability in creative ways. The story ties up in a good place and I am curious to see where this series goes next. Although there are some elements of the story that span from book to book, the books in this series have been very self-contained.. It’d be nice to have a more interesting and solid plot that spans multiple books in this series.This is definitely an urban fantasy book; there isn’t much romance in here at all. There are some hints that there may be romances in the future but the story is pretty solid urban fantasy.Overall this is a fun urban fantasy read. I enjoyed the characters, the world, and the story. The Alex Verus series in general has been fun to listen to; it’s pretty typical urban fantasy fare but well done. I plan on continuing the series. I would recommend to fans of The Dresden Files or the Iron Druid Chronicles.
  • (4/5)
    Still reading this series and still loving it!

    I think the world building in this series is top notch with a unique world and fun, interesting characters. Three books in and I am still very interested in all the main characters and even most of the tertiary and secondary characters. Alex Verus is a great character with real dark stuff in his past and I feel that has led to his extreme need to protect people and help when he can.

    The plot to this book is pretty interesting. Mage apprentices have been vanishing without a trace and Alex Verus is tasked with finding out why. The new characters introduced with this book are universally interesting and not cliched and I found myself basically speed reading to find out where the story was going.

    Definitely recommended!
  • (4/5)
    Great book, as all in the series
  • (4/5)
    As always, top-notch. I'd love to see this series adapted for TV as a mini-series.
    Jacka always manages to keep you guessing until the very end. This series is right up there with Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files (another favorite), and I can't wait to pick up the next one.
  • (4/5)
    This was really good! I had never heard of this series until my friend Anne decided to host a read along on her blog, Books of My Heart, this year. Since the pace was set at only one book per month, I decided that I could make enough room in my reading schedule to fit this series in without too much work. That has turned out to be a fantastic decision because I have had a great time with each installment.I really like both Alex and Luna and I was really happy that this book focused so heavily on Luna and the other apprentices. It was great meeting a few new characters and seeing a little more about how their world works. Luna has now completely committed to her role as an apprentice and is working incredibly hard to meet the demands put on her. I really liked getting to see the relationships between the apprentices.I never tire of watching Alex in action. His ability to see into the future is so unique in useful as it is used in this story. I love the way he is able to make smart decisions quickly and takes responsibility for his actions. Alex is really just a great guy who is always looking to save the day and take care of those who need his help and he does it quite competently.I thought that the mystery in this book was very well done. I had no idea what was going on with the disappearing apprentices but I had a blast going along for the ride to find out. There was plenty of action and some completely unexpected antics to keep things really interesting. I love that this story kept me guessing until the very end.Gildart Jackson does a fantastic job with this series. He is the voice of Alex in my mind and I do think that he really does bring the character to life. I think that he does a great job with all of the character voices and dialogue always flowed nicely. I think he has a very pleasant reading voice and I enjoyed listening to his narration for hours at a time.I would recommend this series to others. This is the third book in the Alex Verus series which I do think would be best read in order if at all possible. I can't wait to get started on the next book in the series very soon.
  • (5/5)
    A wonderful series, now one of my favorites. If you like any urban fantasy this is a must read series. Great characters, intriguing mystery plots and a lot of action.
  • (4/5)
    Alex Verus has been given an invitation he can't refuse and his apprentice is going to be caught in magical politics again. There's ancient grudges and missing apprentices and magic workings that hamper Alex. But Alex is a survivor, and he will solve the mystery, even if the resolution may take some sideways thinking.I like Alex as a character, not sure that I'd like to meet him!