Taken Hostage - Ranae Rose I really wanted to love TAKEN HOSTAGE. It started out with a bang, loaded with promise, but as the story progressed, it became a little convoluted, ultimately watering down a solid story.

Upon returning from lunch, bank teller Tiffany encounters a mysterious and sexy stranger. Realizing he is out of her league, she drags herself back to work and the mundane routine that consists of her day. While standing at her counter fantasizing about the flirtations she exchanged just moments ago with her sexy stranger, she is jarred back to reality as the dark barrel of a gun is shoved in her face by none other than Mr. Psycho Sexy, demanding she fill his bag with cash. If that wasn't enough drama for her otherwise boring day, he snatches her up as a hostage.

Sweet and shy Tiffany is conflicted by the emotions her kidnapper, James, has stirred within her, but it doesn't take her long to get past her confusion. There were several missed opportunities, in my opinion, to take this book from steamy to smokin' hot. With the thoughts that were streaming through Tiffany's mind, I thought for sure Ms. Rose was gearing up for a little forced seduction, but alas, I was wrong, James had a totally willing victim.

When bank robber #2, Rolando and his cousin entered the picture, things started to go downhill with the story very quickly. There was entirely too much going on in the story for a novella, there just wasn't enough time to properly develop the characters or the story. There was no closure with the secondary characters...what happened to them anyway? The epilogue gave closure to Tiffany and James' story, but it ended abruptly and was a little too neat for my taste.

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