Monday, February 9, 2015

TAKEN by Lisa Harris

Author Lisa Harris’ Taken opens right in the thick of things. Graduate student and photographer Kate Elliot reaches the entrance to her sister’s home in an upscale Dallas neighborhood, dials 9-1-1 to request assistance, and—moments later—discovers Rachel lying at the point of death on the floor of her bedroom. The house has been ransacked, but Kate’s too distraught, initially, to fully comprehend what has occurred. When Rachel begins to recount the details of a terrifying home invasion experience, Kate’s stunned to learn the galvanizing truth. Rachel isn’t the only victim of the crime: Kate’s precious young niece, Sophie, has been kidnapped. When Rachel begs her to find her daughter—to bring her home—what is Kate to do?

FBI agent Marcus O’Brian chases big ticket bad guys for a living. Dispatched to the Dallas home of half-French, half-American businessman Chad Laurent—whose wife has just been shot and whose daughter has gone missing—Agent O’Brian is searching the lower floor of the home for answers when he detects a noise upstairs. Seconds later, he aims his service weapon at an attractive young woman who looks remarkably similar to Laurent’s wife. The sister, no doubt. But, what’s she doing at the crime scene rather than the hospital? And what’s her connection to the shady Laurent character who’s been at the center of Marcus’s year-long investigation into a diamond smuggling operation?

Immediately suspicious of one another, neither Kate nor Marcus is in the market for love. Both have been hurt in the past, and the experiences have taken their toll. But, when a common goal—the hunt for a kidnapper and would-be killer—foists them into close proximity on the other side of the Atlantic, will they find they’ve got more in common than they realized?

Ahh… Paris. The City of Lights. The city of love. The city of … murder?

Please say it ain’t so.

Author Lisa Harris has done it again—created a great story around layered, intriguing characters in a setting like none other on Earth. It’s all there—the Louvre (Museum), the Eiffel Tower, the Cathedral of Notre Dame, the fabled Latin Quarter… It’s been many years since yours truly visited Paris as a young teen, and Mrs. Harris’s grand tour for the uninitiated only whet mon appétit for more.
But, I digress…

When Lisa Harris writes a story, forget everything you thought you knew about who done it and why. In Taken, she gives the reader everything one could hope for in a quick-read Love Inspired Suspense. The bright, feisty—albeit stubborn—heroine with a bent toward the fearless. The handsome, chivalrous, take-no-prisoners hero with a penchant for showing up at the right place at the right time. A villain chasing a goal that stands in solid, compelling contrast to those of the main characters. And satisfying resolutions to the suspense, romance and spiritual arcs that drive and undergird the story throughout.

Don’t miss this read!

A licensed Georgia attorney since 1998, Sybil Bates McCormack now writes healthcare proposals during the day while lurching haltingly toward becoming an inspirational romantic suspense author at night. She's also the crazed wife of a bi-vocational pastor and mom to two bright, talented kids. They don't call her BizzySyb for nothing! You can visit Sybil at her blog, Christian Romance/Pulsating Suspense, follow her on FacebookPinterest and Twitter, friend her on GoodReads, connect with her on LinkedIn, and add her to your circles on Google+.


  1. Perhaps I'm not enough of a romantic. but I've never seen Paris as the city of love. But murder? I can see that. All those cobbled streets and back alleys, and the catacombs ...

    I enjoy Lisa Harris's romantic suspense novels, so I'll be sure to add this to the pile!

    1. Wow, Iola. I guess I always thought of Paris as the ideal place to spend a honeymoon. Perhaps I didn't miss out on much after all. LOL! Hope you enjoy the book, though... :-)

  2. Enjoyed the review, Sybil. I'll be starting Lisa's Hidden Agenda in a week or so ... looking forward to it.

  3. Hi Sandra. Thanks for your comment. I think Lisa's such a dependable author--whether working in the short and sweet Love Inspired genre or in longer fare. I hope you like the book as much as I did. Blessings!

  4. I've never read any of her books. I'm definitely going to have to check one of them out!


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