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Daisy Honey fled Trusty, Colorado, after years of battling rumors sparked by her gorgeous looks and lust-inducing name. Now a physician on the brink of a promising career, she reluctantly returns home when her father is injured in a farming accident. Daisy expects the small-town girls who hurt her in the past to take cheap shots again - but she's completely unprepared for a run-in with tall, dark, and wickedly sexy Luke Braden, the only man who has ever stood up for her - and the man she's never forgotten.

Luke Braden is handsome, wealthy, and the best damn gypsy horse breeder in the Midwest. After a restless youth, he's finally ready to settle down - only connecting with women is nothing like connecting with horses, and he's never met a woman worth the energy. After an arrest in a neighboring town, Luke's past comes back to haunt him, and he realizes that his inability to find love runs deeper than he ever imagined.

A chance encounter sweeps Luke and Daisy into a world of passion. For the first time ever, Luke feels a connection, but Daisy's life in Trusty is anything but permanent, and Luke can't manage a future until he puts his past to rest.

Taken by Love is part of the Love in Bloom series. While it can be heard as a stand-alone novel, for even more enjoyment, you may want to listen to the entire Love in Bloom series in order. Characters from each sub-series appear in future books.

©2014 Melissa Foster (P)2015 Melissa Foster

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  • TR
  • 01-04-2016

Sweet and Sexy

I liked this book. the story was sweet and homey. there wasn't any bullshit angst or drama. it was just a story of two people falling i love and trying to figure out their futures. I wanted something light and I got exactly what i wanted. While there are many books in the series before this one the book can be read as a stand alone. I wasn't lost at all even with other family members being mentioned. Hi-5 to Melissa Foster!!

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Narrator 3.5 his slight southern drawl was NICE!

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  • Debbie Nutt
  • 30-08-2016

I need more

Now I have to read all the other books. The narrator pulls you into the story with ease. I kinda like how the suspense of the story was emotional. You really work through the past problems with daisy and Luke. I smiled through the whole book.

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  • Zena
  • 15-04-2016

Worth a read

Such a lovely love story about two people who've known each other for ages, went their own ways for a time and then met up again and after a while they realize that they are in fact in love with each other. There are a few ups and downs in their environment while they decide how they can make a life together and they eventually sort themselves out.
This was one of those books that is beautifully written, holds ones interest and I just hated that it ended, but there are others in this series so YAY!
The narration of this audiobook is superb. Such a beautiful voice.

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  • Tia Clare
  • 11-07-2017

A very sweet and sexy tale

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the interplay between Luke and Daisy where they were both unsure of their own worth. Luke had a past he was hiding from and so did Daisy. Listening to them finally open up to each other was so emotional.

What does B.J. Harrison bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I don't have much time for reading these days, so I would say I love to listen while doing other things. B.J. Harrison brings warmth and snark to the story which makes it all the more enjoyable.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

It's not what they say about you that matters, but who you are.

Any additional comments?

I've always enjoyed Melissa Foster's stories and Taken By Love is no exception.

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  • Tonya smallwood
  • 07-04-2016

Great journey through a budding romance

Very enjoyable and easy to follow while I was working in the gardens. The story line was wonderful and classy romantic with a twist of slight ecstasy.

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  • Michelle Eriksen
  • 29-02-2016

Fun and Sassy Romance

Would you consider the audio edition of Taken by Love to be better than the print version?

Since I hadn't read this title in print I can't answer this question, however I purchased it because it sounded like it might be a light-hearted romance that would be fun to listen to at work and it completely exceeded my expectations. I really enjoyed the story line and am not looking into more of the series.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved so many things about the story. I was looking for something fun and I found it.

Which scene was your favorite?

There is a scene in the book where the community comes together to run a clinic. I loved the whole thing.

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  • Sara
  • 18-04-2018

Sweet book that’s full of family and passion

I haven’t read and/or listened to the other books in this series. However, that didn’t affect my feelings on this book. I have read a few other books my Melissa Foster and something you can always expect from Mrs. Foster is a sweet book that’s full of family and passion. I love seeing all the love in these families. Luke was just plain southern boy perfection. You lookin for a cowboy? Melissa Foster gives us the most swoon-worthy male that I’ve read in a while… I just love a good southern’ boy though.

BJ Harrison was amazing! His sweet southern drawl pulled me right me and kept me captivated! He has this amazingly soothing voice that just makes your heart either speed right up or slow right down. It makes you want to grab a beer and sit on the porch while Mr. Harrison reads me a soft and sweet story. We get to see some of the other families, I’m sure they were in the other books. I liked them, they were fun to hear about and I’m sure if I had heard/read the book I would have loved catching up with them!

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  • ElyLibrarySec
  • 16-04-2018

Love The World Of The Bradens

Would you consider the audio edition of Taken by Love to be better than the print version?
I have the book version but haven't read it yet. That may have been a good thing. I've never tried the Whispersync for Voice before and this just may be the book that changes that.

What did you like best about this story?
This is a story about being able to go home again. Daisy Honey was unsure at the beginning but with the right incentive she may change her mind. Luke has his own insecurities but he's ready to get past it all in order to let love in.

Which character – as performed by B.J. Harrison – was your favorite?
I don't have one favorite with this one. Every character is important in their own way - even down to the secondary characters. Especially when we're trying to get to know the town of Trusty Colorado.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
There was a moment but it didn't particularly move me. Daisy lets us get to know her at the beginning of the story. She felt that she had to reinvent herself because of past misinterpretations. People, especially kids, can be hurtful and there can be consequences because of it. Daisy was stronger but it was sad because she felt that she had to change something in order to silence the bullies.

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This was my first introduction to the Bradens of Trusty Colorado. It was a great first introduction. I used to have a farm at the end of my street and this book made me wish that it was still there. They had one horse and as I was delivering papers; I would stop, say hello, and then feed said horse. I'm also a certain age where doctor's made house calls. I could picture Daisy as one of them. Mr. Harrison lets us see how much she cares about people and her first thought is to help them.

"Taken By Love" made me glad that I don't live in a small town. I wouldn't mind going for a visit but to live there you'd have to deal with town gossip. It's one thing to talk about it but it's another to be the butt of the gossip. Then I think roadtrip since I've never been to Colorado.

Mr. Harrison has a soothing voice that has you sit back and sigh. I don't mind that I can't picture what a character may look like. There's just something about his voice where I automatically sit back and listen to him bring this story to life. Once the warmer weather gets here it will be nice to sit back and have some relaxing time to do nothing more than relisten to this book. There's a farm, up the road apiece, that sells ice cream - a second thought of where to relisten. I just have to be careful about sitting downwind.

We all seem to buy the new books that come out - but why. You should buy a book because you want to. If you're following a series and need to fill in some of the gaps, remember that you can also check out your local library. A lot of them have programs where you can borrow audiobooks as well. Some have cooperating programs where you can also get them should your own library not have the title you're looking for. It would be sad that if you're following the Braden's you don't have all the books.

What's good about this author is that a lot of her books can be read as a standalone even though at times I want to experience the character's stories in order. My problem becomes with all the series that she currently has out, I don't know that I'll ever catch up. That's good too because there will always be another one ready for me. I won't have to wait for the next book to come out. But then I have another issue, how about when I want to relisten to a book. Makes me wish we always had three day weekends.

I voluntarily reviewed an Audiobook copy of this book.

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  • Kelly C.
  • 15-04-2018

3.5 Stars

Any additional comments?

I was sent this book as part of an audiobook tour. My ratings and reviews will be my own personal opinions and are in no way influenced by publishers or authors who may have sent me books to review.

Melissa Foster is another author that I have been wanting to read. I was excited to get a copy of Taken by Love on audio. This is part of a series, but can be read as a standalone. This was my first book from the author and I enjoyed this as a standalone. I will be checking out some of the other books in the series too.

I really liked both Daisey and Luke and I found myself routing for their relationship. I enjoyed how the author connected you with the characters and the story. It was relatable in several different ways. I loved the romance between our characters.

This is very fast paced, and if you decide to listen to this on audiobook you will fly through it (I do listen at double the speed).

Overall, this was better than I expected and I am happy to finally have picked up something from this author.

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  • JreaderLee
  • 05-04-2018

Enjoyed the narration

This is a sweet story of a girl who was not well liked and had lots of rumors said about her in high school. After high school, she leaves her small town and goes to college to become a doctor. She returns home to take care of her father who was injured in an accident and she help out at the local clinic, temporarily. Daisy overcoming her hurts of the past, Luke dealing with things from his past and being there for each other in the small town with everybody knowing you and being there helping each other was refreshing. While this is part of a series, it can be read as a stand alone because it is the first in the Cousins series of the extended family, the Braden’s, who live in Trusty, Colorado. This is my first book by this author as well as the narrator. I'm still not sure how I wanna rate this. The narrator did a good job voice changing, so you could tell when one character was speaking versus another. This is single narration and the sound quality was good. I enjoyed the story. It a had some ups and downs, I just didn't stay focused all the time. I just found something was missing for me and I can't put my finger on it. I found the story was a little predictable for me. It didn't have many twist and turns and that kind of lead to my struggles but the narrator did keep keep things going for me so overall it was was a good listen.