Series: L. O. S. T.

TAKEN by Cynthia Eden

TAKEN by Cynthia Eden

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TAKEN by Cynthia EdenTaken by Cynthia Eden
Series: L. O. S. T. #5
Published by Avon Genres: Contemporary, Suspense
Source: Publisher

The LOST series by Cynthia Eden was one of those series in the beginning that I wasn’t sure if I was going to read or not, but once I got started I was hooked and started looking forward to every single book just hoping the release dates wouldn’t be too far apart. Taken was a phenomenal addition to this series and I loved every moment of it.

 

Bailey Jones is a survivor of a serial killer who is known as the Death Angel. She was held captive and tortured for days when she hears the screams of another victim and tries to help only to be left for dead. After being found barely alive she informs authorities that the other victim got away, but they don’t believe her since there was no evidence supporting her claim. Now months later Bailey reaches out to LOST to see if they can find this mysterious woman and she is paired with new LOST agent Asher Young. Asher comes off as dangerous, but there is something about him that makes Bailey feel safe. The more that they look for this woman the closer they get but danger isn’t far behind them.

 

Ex-SEAL and LOST agent Asher Young might be fairly new to the team, but he is damn good at what he does. After meeting Bailey for the first time he knows there is something about her that calls to him and makes him want to protect her. But since she is a client and is still recovering from what the Death Angel did he knows he should be hands off, except that is getting harder and harder. Asher knows he can protect her and as things start occuring once they return to the site of where it all happened he believes that Bailey was telling the truth and just maybe the Death Angel has unfinished business with Bailey.

 

Taken gave me chills from the very first page, it was thrilling, heart pounding and had me double checking my locks. Bailey and Asher were such great characters. I loved how Ms. Eden had them bond over their abductions. Bailey from the start was a good person not only because she wanted to find this missing woman but she has been saving her money just to hire LOST for the job. Asher’s past was a bit on the dark side but I couldn’t get enough of him and the protectiveness he showed with Bailey.

 

I loved the whole serial killer idea that shapes this series and thought Ms. Eden put a very real spin on this story. I found the suspense build up was worth the wait and couldn’t wait to find out who the Death Angel really was. The romance was just on the okay side but I really found myself focusing more on the mystery and letting romance take the back seat, don’t get me wrong Bailey and Asher did have some hot scenes but I just wasn’t that focused on them.  The one issue I did have was the overuse of the word “lovers”, it was just mentioned so many times when it didn’t need to be. I understood that’s what they were or what they were going to end up being to one another but I did like how their relationship really started to become more to both of them.
After finishing Taken, I had trouble finding a next book to begin because all I could think about was how wonderfully written and invested I became in this story. For those who love a good romantic suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat from the beginning to the very end you won’t want to miss Taken.

 

ENEMY MINE by Karin Harlow

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ENEMY MINE by Karin HarlowEnemy Mine by Karin Harlow
Series: L. O. S. T. #2
Published by Pocket Star on 2011-08-30
Genres: Paranormal, Suspense
Source: Publisher
Reviewed by Miranda

Lovers from opposite worlds reunite in Karin Harlow’s explosive, erotic new L.O.S.T. adventure. . . . While tracking a hijacked cask of enriched uranium in Kyrgyzstan, L.O.S.T. operative Nikko Cruz is ambushed and left for dead. Which means he must be hallucinating when the only woman he ever loved—the woman he was sentenced to death for killing—comes to his rescue. Half-daemon Selena Guererro has secrets she’d kill for. The most important one, she’s already died to protect. Now she’ll do anything to keep her daughter safe. But she can’t just leave her lost love to perish. She injects Nikko with immortal blood serum, putting herself in grave danger. When Nikko comes to, he is superhuman and super pissed. The mother of his daughter—the one he thought killed their child—is alive. He wants answers. He wants blood. And despite his best intentions, he wants Selena. He traces her to a mysterious terrorist cell where the cask has surfaced. First, he must retrieve the deadly material. Then he’ll take revenge on his beautiful ex. But when nothing goes as planned, Nikko and Selena find themselves burning with desire . . . and blowing the roof off their separate worlds, human and daemon alike.

Nikko Cruz used to be Johnny Cicone. Now he’s an operative for L.O.S.T. (Last Option Special Team). A team of elite operatives that go into situations no one else would dare. His latest mission takes him to Kyrgyzstan in search for nuclear weapons. Nikko is double-crossed and ambushed. The enemy left him for dead and high-tailed it with the weapons. Nikko thinks his end is near until he sees the last person he’d ever expect; the love of his life and the woman he murdered.

Selena Guererro is half-daemon with one mission in life: destroy her father, the prince of hell. When her father threatened her happiness she had to make the man she loved think she aborted their daughter. Selena never expected Johnny to attempt to kill her but it served her purpose; keeping him and their daughter safe. She is closer than she’s ever been to having the ammunition to kill her father when she finds Johnny half dead on the side of a mountain. Selena does the only thing she can, save him and totally screw up her plans in the process.

Nikko survives but he’s changed. He’s pissed and determined to find Selena and figure out what the hell is going on. He still needs to recover those nukes and he’s content using Selena to do it. Nikko and Selena’s reunion is made of fire and ice. Find out who survives in Enemy Mine. 

Enemy Mine is a torrid, explosive mile-a-minute story. Karin Harlow fills Enemy Mine with high stakes passion and suspense. There is so much emotion between Nikko and Selena it’s ridiculous. There is so much more at stake than their lives and you can feel it on every page. I really enjoyed the dynamic between Nikko and Selena as well as the ones between Selena and Joran and Nikko and the members of his team. Enemy Mine is a fascinating and intriguing story. The L.O.S.T. series continues to be cool, complex and full of spice.

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