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Publisher's Summary

In my world, a bride can be given...or she can be taken.

When Winter O'Brien was given to me, she thought she had a say in the matter. She was wrong.

She is my bride. Mine to claim, mine to punish, and mine to use as shamefully as I please. The sting of my belt on her bare bottom will teach her to obey, but obedience is just the beginning.

I will demand so much more.

Publisher's note: Taken is a stand-alone sequel to Given. It includes spankings and sexual scenes. If such material offends you, please don't buy this audiobook.

©2020 Piper Stone and Stormy Night Publications (P)2021 Piper Stone

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Terrific Story & Narration🎧 Gripping & Intense!

Piper Stone delivers another powerful dark romance novel, this story is a stand-alone sequel to “Given”, it set in the same world where a secret society, the “Sacred Sect”, continues to rule and hold the power over many, including politicians. Some of their old ways were supposed to be let go but a power play is in the works again and Christian Cappodano helps set another plan in motion. That plan includes an arranged marriage between his brother Matteo and Winter O’Brien, a tradition of the sect, a council member’s daughter is promised to the son of another when they are young. A marriage made for a power play rather than love. Neither Matteo or Winter are thrilled but Matteo knows the workings for the council and the sect and the repressions if the marriage does not happen. Winter was never in the loop, so she has no clue or does she, either way she wants no part of it and tries to run but Matteo catches her every time. I loved these two together, Matteo a domineering alpha does not scare Winter who has no problem staying up for herself. There is definitely chemistry between them, she needed to realize they were both on the same side and it was all for her own good. This fast paced story is cleverly plotted with plenty of drama, angst, twists and turns, betrayals, thrilling and suspenseful moments, heartfelt and emotional moments and some hot loving and romance. Piper Stone, thank you for another entertaining and thrilling ride.

🎧📚🎧 And for the fabulous narration, Thomas Locklear is a talented narrator and versatile voice artist. He continues to bring these characters to life, giving each their own distinct voice making it easy to follow along and tell who is who. He is amazing at covering both the male and female roles. He does an awesome job portraying the characters, grasping each persona and playing the role with perfection. He sets the perfect tone for the story, captures all the character’s emotions and projects them into his performance. He is an entertaining storyteller and a pleasure to listen to. Thank you for another awesome listen!

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dark, intense

Piper Stone. What can I say? Her stories are full of mystery, lies, betrayal, steamy hot sex. And this one definitely does not disappoint. It's action packed with twists and turns.
This story is dark, clouded with bribery, a secret sect, political deals and an unwanted arranged marriage.
Thomas Locklear is a phenomenal talented voice performer. Not just a narrator. A performer of epic proportions. His portryal of Winter is sexy, sultry, soft. I was looking for a 2nd narrator for her voice. Nope, It's all Thomas. And his voice of Matteo is just wow! He just oozes confidence and sex. I was gifted this audio and offered my honest review.

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I really wanted to like this

I love me a good mofia romance and had high hopes. this is my first time with this author and narrator.
I really struggled getting through this book.it couldn't hold my attention and I almost returned it multiple time. however I am not sure if it was due to the writing or the narrator. the FMC voice made me cringe and I struggled listening to it. the rest of the voices were great but given the majority of the book is in view of the FMC. I struggled and I could not get lost in the book. I will probably get a different book by this author but differnt narrator to give their writing style another chance. However everyone has different preferences so I don't want to steer anyone away from the book just a caution for anyone that a narrator makes or breaks a book - maybe listen to a few different samples from this narrator before hand.

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wrong match

getting thru this book was hard the woman voice was awful.
not sexual or femine at all while Mateo voice was amazing captivating wrong match for main character in the woman sadly

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Absolutely the worst narration I have EVER heard.

If you are looking for a DD novel, a spanking story, or just dominant male story, THIS is NOT it. This is a really boring mafia story with no likable characters. The female gets a few beatings that end in sex. She defiantly can take a beating, but this is not spanking. She is constantly breathless and mostly brainless. He sounds like the Godfather.

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Not a fan....can't understand the reviews....

Not a fan....can't understand the reviews....I came back to read them again, thinking they were written for another story,

I found the narrator's 'whispered' voice for Winter to be distracting, his voice for Mateo kept reminding me of Sylvester Stallone in Rocky. Winter's instant lust for a man she has never spoken to and only saw as a silhouette in the shadows calls into question her intelligence. Her body "betraying" her to the man who had just beaten her and was in the process of raping her confirmed that she was pathetic. By chapter 6 I was playing the book at 1.5x speed and Winter was getting aroused by being publicly stripped and strapped....I returned the book for a credit by chapter 7.

I assume the reviews are well intended and accurate, not the product of the employees of the publisher. That said, Thomas Locklear's narration, at least in this book, is not stellar. The female lead is 'feisty and independent' but only because the author tells us that frequently. Winter behaves like a sheltered princess who is not too bright and is ruled by her libido.

Perhaps the last 10 chapters pull the story out of the muck....I can't say.

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This book. Was pretty good . I think there was a bit too much sex. And at times it just seems like he was abusing her. The narrator did a great job.

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Arranged Marriage

I have listened to other books by Ms. Stone and enjoyed them. I can't believe I saying this, but it bothers me when sex scenes are too much, or not necessary. This is how I felt about this book. I liked the characters of Matteo and Winter, although they needed more depth. The storyline was good.

Mr. Lochlear's voice for a lady is feminine , which is surprising given his normal is deep baritone. He voiced an Irish accent quite well. Same with differing New York and New Jersey accents.

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Of course it was great!

Of course it was great! Piper. wrote it and Thomas narrated it! And I love mafia stories!!!!!

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Taken

I will admit I was a little skeptical in the beginning but the story won me over, it was a good book and would listen again!

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  • Katharoo
  • 03-06-21

Another amazing thrilling book

This was a standalone sequel to the world of the Secret Sect that we were introduced to in GIVEN this book follows Matteo Cappidano and Winter O’Brien both whose families are entrenched in the Sect.

There are lies and secrets again that swirl around the two main characters as they are thrust into a prearranged marriage that was set up by the controlling members of the sect.

Again we are shown a world full of corruption at all levels and given a storyline full of angst and lust that’s so captivating that you won’t want to put the audiobook down until you are done.

Winter fights the tradition of being given to anyone in an arrangement and tries several times to run away. But Matteo is there to claim her as his own.

I really enjoyed the way this book starts with an attraction between Winter and Matteo when they don’t yet even know who they are to one another. Matteo is a true dominant and I loved his protectiveness of Winter and wow they sizzle together.

Thomas Locklear is the ultimate narrator. He continues to amaze me with all of his various voices that will leave anyone checking to see who all the narrators are and then leave you stumped because it’s all done by just Thomas. Yes the narration is that amazing! If you haven’t yet heard any of Thomas’ work you need to check out all of his audiobooks because you will need to hear all of his works once you have.

Thank you Piper for sharing this secret sect with us again and thank you Thomas for blowing my socks off again!

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  • 🎧Mandy🎧 Sawyer 🎧Audiobook 🎧Obsession🎧 Reviewer🎧
  • 03-04-21

Fantastic storyline

I really enjoyed this book. With well written characters and a non stop action storyline. I couldn’t put it down. Yet another winning performance from Thomas. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Bev
  • 03-03-21

Absolutely fantastic.

well what can I say.. yet again Thomas locklear brings a book to life. Omg the heat, the steam that comes through his words. you are an amazing man xx
Thank you Piper Stone for this wonderful book. you both work so well together. looking out for more books 👌🏾👌🏾😘😘👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿 Dark romance yummy xxxxx

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  • Fran
  • 08-14-21

Long winded

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  • mangankillarney
  • 03-19-21

Wow

Thomas Locklear voice is hot and perfect for this dark romance. Hot......

This story has a secret society, misused power arranged marriage.
If you don't like domiant men and some naughty hot spanking scenes, don't listen. This has it all. Under it all is a love story. A very exciting book.

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  • LeMiliere
  • 03-12-21

Everything to Play For

This is one of those stories where it's hard to know who is good and who isn't, who you can trust and who you can't. The storyline is intriguing and once started compulsive listening. The characters are so well-drawn and have such depth as they try to come to terms with what fate has decided is their future.

It's a story about a secret society, a society with great power which isn't always used wisely. This story deals with an arranged marriage between Matteo Cappodano and Winter O’Brien one which Winter tries to flee from but unbeknownst to her, there is no escape. Matteo is a strong and dominant man and he's not willing to let her go. This marriage may have been arranged but once he caught his first sight of Winter he knew she was going to be his no matter what he had to do to keep her safe, even if it means bringing the Sacred Sect Down

The story does have lots of heavy sex and spankings so if that offends you don't listen but the story is so much more than the sex it's intriguing, exciting and does lead to a HEA.

The narration by Thomas Locklear is wonderfully done, his talent is incredible his performance brings each character to life it's hard to realise that all of these distinctive and different voices come from one man!