Taken and Seduced
Julia Latham
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Taken and Seduced
Julia Latham
384 pages
March 2009
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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Set in 1486, Taken and Seduced opens with our heroine, Lady Florence ('Florrie') Becket, being kidnapped by three men. The hint is given right at the beginning that the kidnappers aren't your usual ruffians when the lead kidnapper is described as black-haired and tall, with broad shoulders, muscular arms, and a low, gravelly voice. Yes, our kidnapper is our hero.

This isn't a case of Stockholm Syndrome, however. It's more that Florrie finally has the opportunity to do something she's always wanted to do - travel and see more of England. She has a weak leg, which means her father has pretty much ignored her and she's been stuck at home, looking after her sisters. Being kidnapped by three knights who are polite and solicitous of her means that she is able to begin to almost enjoy her captivity.

Unfortunately the hero, Adam Hilliard, plans to kill her father as an act of revenge, and Florrie is his bargaining chip. However, the more she learns about Adam and his mysterious upbringing at the hands of a group called the League of the Blade, the more she tries to help him. But can Florrie and Adam find something together when her father is his sworn enemy and when she is meant to become a nun?

The medieval setting of this story, and their long journey through England, add much to the enjoyment. An insight into the difficulties that women faced in that society was also interesting to this reader.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. Helen Hancox, 2009

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