Friday, December 13, 2013

EM's Review - Taken by Force by Jessica Frances

About the Book

Date Published: 12/7/2013
New Adult Paranormal Romance

Eight months have passed since Zoe, Charlie, Will and Rose parted ways.

Eight months living on the run and starting new lives.

But when Zoe has a dream and foresees trouble, she knows she needs to reunite them. Can she get to everyone in time? Or will it already be too late?

Even if they can get away from P.A.G.E. again, they know what will need to be done. If they can’t survive on the run, then they have no choice but to fight P.A.G.E.

Is there a way they can get out of this alive?

Or will this be one fight they’ll lose?


My head is slammed hard against the ground and my vision wavers as pain radiates down my neck and through my spine.

The smoke slowly begins clearing around me as my head lolls to the side, dark spots assault my eyes. I see the bottom of the Christmas tree and my eyes shift. Suddenly Dana is lying under it, facing me. She is trying to tell me something, but it’s like her voice has been put on mute.

“Dana…” I mutter her name and a sharp intake of breath enters my lungs, the black spots recede momentarily. I vaguely notice there is commotion going on around me and the man who hit me is no longer holding me trapped. I know I should move, try and escape while I can, but my eyes are glued to Dana. She is still saying something to me, but I’ve given up trying to work out what it is. Instead, I stare at her and try to take in every inch of her. 

She must be fifteen now and looks so beautiful. She’s wearing a blue nightie she used to love and her bright red hair is up in a loose ponytail. She lifts her head up, resting on her propped up hand, and again her mouth shifts urgently. I watch her lips moving and gradually I realize she’s repeating something over and over again. I squint my eyes and just make out what she is saying as strong hands grab my arms and I’m hauled up onto my feet, the image of Dana disappearing. I’m dragged away from the kitchen with Dana’s words now echoing through my mind.

She’d been saying to me, “Don’t fall asleep.”

About the Author

Jessica Frances
Born and raised in South Australia, Jessica spends her days working in a bakery, afternoons catching up on lost sleep, and nights reading and writing. Writing has always been a passion of hers, however it wasn’t until Zoe appeared into her head and wouldn’t leave that she finally was able to put a story down and finish it. After writing three books, she is wondering if she should start charging Zoe and her friends rent.



My Review

Taken by Force picks up eight months from where Taken by Surprise leaves off. While I think someone could read book two without reading book one and not have a problem, I wouldn't recommend it. Book one really builds up the relationships and Book two just wouldn't be the same without that.

There was a lot to like about this book. There is lots of action and suspense. It's all written very well just like book one. I was really glad to see Zoe begin to take responsibility for herself and rely on her own strength toward the end of this story. I liked that the team got a little down time and a moment to relax before it all hit the fan. I liked reading about all the characters' childhoods and Christmas experiences. It made it a great holiday read.

There was some I didn't like. There was no success for the characters in this book. Even when they "won" there was an undertone of depression. I get that. War is not pretty. But I would have liked to see a little victory so that I could cheer for my team! And it would have made the losses that more potent. I also wish there was more timey wimey stuff in this one like the last book. While there appeared to be NONE, I have a feeling I might be eating my words in the next book.At least I hope so!

The build up to the action was really slow, but I'm totally cool with that. It allowed me to really relate to the characters. Readers just need to know that and not give up. There is payoff!  This story has some mild language and lots of steamy scenes so I would recommend it for 17+.

All in all, it is an excellent continuation of the Taken series and I'm chomping at the bit to get the next installment!

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