Taken by Lora Leigh is a misty-eyed exploration into the human heart through a series of six, loosely-related short stories, which are thick with emotion and action, and filled with love, scorching hot sex, manly men, and feisty but innocent women.
Leigh is the author of several lines of erotic romance. This collection falls along the line of her Elite Ops or Temping Seals imprints, of strong military men and their lady loves. It was interesting the way minor characters reappeared, helping to connect the stories through the book. This technique worked well, like little Easter eggs for the reader to discover, and in no way smacked of deus ex machina.
One warning for potential readers: Leigh pens her erotic romance with extra sweetness, making this a collection that, while well-written and in line with the genre, may annoy a reader who prefers their heroines with less predictable prickliness, their heroes with less possessiveness, and a relationship that isn’t built on the characters arguing to the point where the only resolution to their incendiary differences is between the sheets. While it’s definitely hot, the formulaic nature of it can get tedious. Definitely a collection for the reader who prefers this type of romance.
St. Martin’s Griffin