Newly qualified doctor, Daisy Honey, has returned to Trusty to support her recently injured father with every intention of not being there to stay. Reminded at almost every turn of the girls that made fun of her throughout school Daisy finds it difficult to stay in the small town, except for one thing...Luke Braden, the only person who ever stood up for her while in high school. After running into Daisy again, Luke can't help but feel an attraction to her. Up until now he'd always felt restless but since buying his ranch and starting to raise horses, he's begun to want someone to share his life with. Despite both their reservations a connection springs up between them and they can't help but start to fall for one another.
One of the things that struck me as being central to the story of Taken by Love is the theme of where home is. Its something that I think a lot of people just starting out in life and with their career struggle with (though I think as I live in the UK and I can get everywhere within a day its actually less of an issue for me but it did ring home and ring true). I loved the fact that it wasn't just a quick decision for Daisy, instead it was thought out and wasn't just because she fell in love, in fact it was probably a decision despite the fact that she fell in love. The decision didn't feel rushed and was well reasoned out.
The romance between Daisy and Luke hit go quickly. They'd always kind of liked each other, but as Luke pointed out to himself on numerous occasions, there was a real sense of connection between the two of them. Neither of them really wanted to be without the other, and missed each other when they weren't around, but it went deeper than that. Add to that that they did none sexual things with each other, like helping out around Daisy's father's farm and the relationship really felt like it had the groundwork.
I know I say this almost every time I read about a strong female character, but I really liked the fact that Daisy had a career, or at least a career goal (and I really liked the fact that her decision about her career was made based on what would make her happy as opposed to what would make her more money). Luke also had a career, and though the two were different they both seemed to understand the others needs in that area.
What I liked about Luke was that though he was a manly man (and I do mean manly...I wish the Bradens were real and lived near me, all of them sounded swoon worthy!) he had some traits which really softened him as a character, mostly his reaction to looking after his girls (aka his horses) and the way that he thought about Daisy.
I also loved Kevin's role in the book. As a male best friend to a female character the role could have become a bit antagonistic (from where Luke was standing anyway) but the author didn't feel that she needed to. Instead Kevin was more of a confidante and life long friend of Daisy, but nothing more than that. Plus Luke didn't feel the need to get jealous of him, which says a lot about his character but was also refreshing.
I really enjoyed this book, it was a good mix of characters with a plot that moved on but didn't have an outright bad guy nor any plots against the characters. This was a story about real life...well real life with exceedingly hot people!
Taken By Love
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.
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