on May 28, 2013
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From author’s website http://redgarnier.com/books/taken.php:
Luke Preston is the ultimate playboy among his billionaire friends. Every bad girl in Chicago has surrendered in his bed. Some good girls, too. But when he ends up in the hospital after an assassination attempt, his friends suggest he take a long vacation to recoup, regroup and lay off the women until the man is caught. However, when Luke lays eyes on the stunning brunette across the beach, she inspires every dark, erotic thought his mind can conjure.
Peyton Lane has always been serious and responsible and she's determined to have some fun for once in her life. And that means a deliciously, sexy affair with a stranger while she's on vacation. So when a blond Adonis named Luke crosses her path at the Cancun resort, she's determined that he will be the one. But Peyton gets more than she bargained for when Luke introduces her to a passion unlike any she has ever experienced and she discovers that behind that charming smile are secrets and a beautiful, damaged soul.
Hmm…so I kind of get Peyton’s displeasure with Luke and at the same time I don’t get it. I mean, yeah he kind of lies by omission but I think finding out the guy I’m really into is a billionaire isn’t the worse thing right? 😉 Seriously, though, it’s a tough call. I mean I get that it would be difficult to find out the guy you hooked up with is the city’s biggest manwhore, on the other hand you are only interested in a hook up so I don’t know where you can judge that. Just saying.
Also, how could she live in Chicago, work in the business world, and not know who he is or that he’d been shot recently? Even if she didn’t know about him from business, if his picture is in magazines and on billboards how would you miss that? I guess it can happen but it seemed a little weird to me. If she’d just moved to Chicago maybe?
Luke is the typical bad boy billionaire who meets the right woman and suddenly doesn’t want to be such a bad boy anymore. He really comes off as a big douchbag at first. I get the sense he was sleeping around and modeling more because he was bored than because he’s not a nice guy. Mostly because someone who is a true prick wouldn’t go to some other location by himself and suddenly become Mr. Nice/Sensitive Guy.
It’s a short read, and I liked it despite getting pretty annoyed with Peyton once they leave Cancun. She gets way too irrationally girly for my tastes. However, their affair is pretty steamy as is their reunion.
I’d label it a satisfying quickie.