Contemporary, Romance - novel
TBR Reviewer: Amanda
Jules Frayne finds her life turned completely upside down when a stranger shows up on her doorstep insisting on finding his missing wife - Julia Frances Frayne. Once Jules has satisfactorily convinced Gray Reynard, that although she IS Julia Frances Frayne, she is NOT the woman he married, she finds herself in a mystery of stolen identity and strange coincidences. As the two try to untangle the strange mystery of the other "Julia" and when she started using Jules' identity, they also have to battle an instantaneous lust for each other.
I really enjoyed this story with its quirky characters and strange coincidences. Jules' obsessive journal-keeping helped them unravel the mystery of the other woman, and their explosive sexual encounters made for a great read. I also really liked Sean, the investigator helping Gray find his soon to be ex-wife and the jewelry that disappeared when she did. Once all had been revealed I was satisfied with the story's end, and I felt that Jules and Gray
were a great fit. Other than a few places where I had to re-read to really understand what the author was trying to say, and some British slang or idioms that I didn't truly get, this is an enjoyable book.
Taken Identity is a quirky, hot book that I would recommend!
TypicallyCeltic, she thought ruefully, eyeing her red hair, green eyes, pale
skin that never tanned properly, and the myriad of freckles sprinkled over her
nose. Never was she going to be a page three girl—thankfully. But, as her mother
used to say, “What you've got is all yours!”
Making sure there was a sturdy umbrella handy—for poking him if need be—in its
usual place in the hallway, she slipped the chain on before opening the door as
far as it allowed. A foot immediately inserted itself into the gap.
"Congratulations," Jules said sarcastically. "A bit slow last time weren’t
you? But be warned, Mr.Reynard, that’s as far as you’ll get. An expert fixed
this chain. Now if you look to the window on your right, I’ll show you my
passport." Jules felt she could almost hear his teeth grinding. Too bad, she
had no intention of handing her passport to a stranger. For any reason.
She moved to the side of the door, where there was a small window, set in
to bring more natural light into her otherwise darkish
hallway, and pressed the photograph page of her passport to the glass.
"Satisfied? I, Mr. Reynard, am I! Julia Frances Frayne. Spinster of this
parish. Do you need anything else?"
His voice was no longer sharp. More bewildered.
"Yes, actually. I want my wife. Julia Frayne."
There was silence on both sides of the door. Slowly Jules moved to the gap
between door and jamb. When she thought about it later, she could not believe her
stupidity. Her actions went so totally against all she knew was wise. Put it down
to shock? Or the fact that somewhere, deep in her subconscious, she felt a spark
of recognition? Whatever it was, it allowed her to behave in a manner alien to
her normally cautious nature.
"Move your foot," she advised. "I need to close it slightly to get the chain
off. The door I mean, not your foot. Although that can be arranged if you step
out of line."
She saw his lips twitch, unexpected under thecircumstances.
"Are you sure you can trust me not to be an axe murderer now, then?" he asked
Jules almost laughed. "No," she replied. "But I have a very sharp heel on my
shoe, which can cause grave damage if applied correctly. And a brother who
has taught me very well how to defend myself when necessary. My knee
is well known for its stunning abilities. In more ways than one."
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