Book Review: Taken by StormAuthor: Rochelle Alers
Release Date: 8/1/2008
Taken by Storm is the third book in the series of the Whitfield Brides. It covers the love story of Simone Whitfield and Raphael “Rafe” Madison.
Simone Whitfield is a 33 year old, five foot-three inch, petite divorced florist, who is out jogging one morning and witnesses the brutal attack on her friend and neighbor, who happens to be a federal court judge. As a federal witness, she is placed in protective custody under the watchful eye of hunky lawman, Rafe Madison.
Rafe Madison is a 35 year old, six foot-three inch, two hundred and ten pound, blue-eyed, blond-haired Deputy Marshal from Kansas. Ruggedly handsome, and extremely athletic, Rafe walked away from a promising career as a pro baseball player due to domestic problems on the home front. Ever since then, he’d been sworn to “protect and serve.”
I have two words for this book: Awe – Some!
I’m not being biased because Rochelle Alers is my fav romance author. No. Not at all.
I will admit I thought there would be more action, maybe an attempt to get to Simone, or something. To me, this was just a series of family gatherings with a sprinkle of witness protection thrown in to break up the parties. I still give it a big thumbs up because of the character development. I love well-written, character driven romances. And this one fit the bill. Leave it to me to read the last book in a series, first. Ha-ha. I guess because I didn’t read them in order, I kept getting the other characters mixed up. And there were quite a few characters. Lots of family members. One of the things I like about trilogies is catching up on past couples’ stories. Seeing how things have progressed. I missed that by starting with the third book. But I loved this one so much, I don’t care about the others.
Simone is feisty, quick-tempered, and independent. She will mouth off at the drop of a hat and hunky-hunk can stop her tirade with just one word: “enough.”
Since her business is based out of her home, Rafe moves into her house to protect her until the trial. In public they pretend to be a couple so people won’t question why Rafe is following her around like a lovelorn puppy. The pretense turns into reality as Rafe quicky realizes his feelings for Simone are more than pretend.
I can’t rave enough about this book. I truly enjoyed reading about Rafe and Simone. Rafe is my kind of hero: over-protective without being smothering; assertive without being arrogant and intelligent without proving himself by spouting off the Pythagorean Theorem. And, Oh-Em-Gee, is he super-fine.
Read my review on Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/review/R329USV4IAFAKA