Taken (Stranded: Book 2)
Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 200 pages
Blurb: Stranded: Book Two
A Spin-off of Stranded
On the day he and Roman Capanelli were to be married, Malik Stevens wakes up in a small room with very little light. Time must be passing, because a door opens from time to time and food is left for him—that’s his only connection to the outside world. Roman is a choreographer on Broadway, and he’s waiting for Malik at the park with all their friends, ready to start their marriage ceremony. When Malik doesn’t show up, Roman is nearly heartbroken thinking he’s been left at the altar. But soon he understands that Malik hasn’t stood him up, he’s been taken.
Desperate and determined, Roman begins searching for clues to aid the police. Then, when Malik escapes, the couple continues the search until they ferret out the culprit, and in the process open up a box of secrets. An orphan who grew up in a foster home, Malik knows his father was a serial killer and his mother died of grief and shame after his father was convicted. Now it seems some of his parents’ skeletons still hang in the family closet. But was Malik’s kidnapping meant to uncover those secrets or to hide them forever?
Review: I have read a lot of Andrew Grey’s books. He has a very large folder in my kindle. Typically when I pick up one of his books I know what I’m getting into. Something sweet and beautiful.
This book, although very good, is not sweet. It’s about a couple already in love, which changes the dynamics and on top of all of that my heart was in my throat for most of the book. It’s a high intensity story with a well done mystery. This is book 2 in the Stranded series and I read it without reading the first book with no issues. I think I might pick up the first one because I enjoyed this one so much.
Malik comes from a rough past and he just wants Roman and a normal life. I love that he took his life into his own hands and escapes. You are shown insights into the past with well done flashbacks and memories. It allowed us to get to know the men as they struggle with the who and why’s.
Roman. Oh gosh. My heart was in my chest when he realized Malik wasn’t coming. Things moved so quickly. Roman was amazing. Strong when he was trying very hard to not fall apart. He is the rock.
This story is very fast moving. You will be done shortly after you start, and realize you hadn’t taken a deep breath since the beginning. I want to say more, but I don’t want to ruin the surprise of every page of this book. Mr. Grey does an amazing job with the mystery and twists and turns.
If you want to gasp for air, cry, cheer, and do some kick ass reading, pick this book up.
Reviewed by Beans
Posted on April 19, 2014, in Beans and tagged A Dangerous Past, Adventure, B List, Beans, Choreographer, DSP, Escapes, Explosions, Friends to Lovers, Kidnapping, Left at the Altar, Marriage, Mystery, Romantic Suspense, Secrets, Series, Spin Off, True Love, UK. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.