Taken

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I'm one of four Willow daughters. He's the first-born son of the Scafoni family. And we have history.

For generations, the Scafoni family have demanded a sacrifice of us. A virgin daughter to atone for sins so old that we don't even remember what they are anymore. 

But when you have as much money as they do, you don't play by the rules. You make them.

And Sebastian Scafoni makes all the rules.

The moment I saw him, I knew he would choose me. Even though the mark on my sheath declared me unclean. Even though my beautiful sisters stood beside me, offered to him, he still chose me.

He made me his. And then he set out to break me.

"Intensely dark, twisted, and perversely hot! If you loved Pepper Winters's Indebted, you will love Taken." (Anna Zaires, The New York Times best-selling author)

©2018 Natasha Knight (P)2019 Natasha Knight

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"Intensely dark, twisted, and perversely hot! If you loved Pepper Winters's Indebted, you will love Taken." (Anna Zaires, The New York Times best-selling author) 

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What a thriller!

The Scafoni and Willow families have been tied together for centuries by a cursed and brutal tradition. This generation Helena has been chosen to be the sacrifice. This begins 3 years of sexual slavery and brutality by the 3 Scafoni brothers. The most brutal though is Sebastian's stepmother. Soon Helena finds herself falling in love with Sebastian. But can she trust any of the Scafoni family members especially Sebastian. If so, will he be able to save her?

The narrators did an excellent job of taking the listener into this very dark world.

I voluntarily received this Audible book in exchange for an honest review. I really liked this book. It is full of mystery, hidden truths, sinister people, twists and turns, erotic sexual scenes, superstitions, angst, who can be trusted issues, and love. It does contain a cliffhanger but the second book is there to be listened to/read. I will be listening to it right away. If you like dark erotic romance books this is one for you.

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Addictive Dark Romance

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I don't read much dark romance, but I've made an exception a few times for Natasha Knight and I have never regretted it. Her books and characters push me out of my comfort zone and are so addictive! Once I started this one, I didn't want to stop and it remained in my thoughts until I could get back to it. The premise is so intriguing and I couldn't wait to find out more about the history between the Scafoni and Willow families. I will admit that not everything made the most sense, but the pacing was good and I felt engaged and invested the entire time. Make no mistake though, this book is not for the faint of heart. There are some very difficult chapters with questionable consent and possible triggers for listeners/readers. The Stockholm Syndrome was also strong and I'm not entirely sure how much I consider this a romance. There's a scene towards the end that had me cringing due to its brutality and how much the anti-hero, Sebastian, derived sexual gratification from the entire exchange. Listeners/readers should also note that this is book 1 of the duet, so brace yourself for the cliffhanger because it's a doozy!

Michael Pauley and MacKenzie Cartwright did a fantastic job bringing Sebastian and Helena to life. Pauley's performance was especially riveting and I am always impressed by his ability to embody these morally ambiguous heroes. I think my only issue with his performance is that it seemed muffled/not as clear as MacKenzie Cartwright's. Overall a great listen and I can't wait to start book 2!

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Willow They or Won't They

I enjoyed the pacing of the story. This was a very quick listen for me because I needed to know where the story was going. The story opens on a dark note and just continues from there. It's told from duel POVs: Helena Willow the feisty iron willed young woman. She is chosen as the Willow Girl by the eldest son in the Scafoni family; Sebastian. He supplies the other POV. He is a tatted mafioso bound by rules and tradition. I had a bit of an issue fully understanding the reason for the reaping or this would be a 5 start listen for me.

The narrators are wonderful and easy to listen to.

This is definitely a dark/taboo read. There are themes of kidnapping, sadism, dubious consent and abuse. If you are sensitive to these elements this would not be the book for you. It does not shy away from the brutality.

The book does end with a cliffhanger. So for closure you will need to read book two in the duet.

I would recommend this for fans of The Indebted series by Willow Winters and Acquisition Series by Celia Aaron.

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TAKEN 😣😤

WARNING! 😣 this book isn't for the faint of heart people. This book has verbal, and physical abuse in it so if these are triggers for you than I would think twice about this one. This first book is very very dark.

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Cliff Hanger but so worth it!!

I’ll start by saying this has good narration, you cannot go wrong with Michael Pauley!! Sebastian and Helena are brought together by a centuries old “deal” between families. It is an intense, dark romance that has several twist and turns. It is classic Natasha, she keeps you wanting more. Several questions remain unanswered so it does not have a sweet ending wrapped up in a pretty little bow, but it leaves you ready to dive into book 2!!! This is an unbiased review provided through audiobook obsession review group.

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A great story!!

Angsty yet erotic, brutality yet caring. This is an amazing dark and twisted story that will literally leave you wanting more...
This book has a cliffhanger but I’m excited to listen to book 2.
The narration was amazing! I recommend this book if you’re okay with a angsty cliffhanger!

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Scafoni Family VS Willow Daughters

Taken (Dark Legacy Duet #1) by Natasha Knight is a very dark erotic romance with triggers. The Scafoni & Willow family
have history together, being tied together for centuries by a curse & a brutal tradition. A intensely, dark, mysterious & absolutely captivating listen. Oodles of details explaining certain events, however the further I delve into this duet the more questions I have. A game of cat and mouse being played by these characters. Characters are compelling as well as have complex personalities. This author intertwined a tale that includes a family curse, betrayal, criminal aspect, enemies to lovers trope, morbidly twisted, & sensuality. I'm so ready to dig into book two as this ends in a cliffhanger.

Narators Michael Paulie and Mackenzie Cartwright are new to me as I haven't listened to anything they narrated before. I revel in the naration. These two together brought the narrative & characters into existence.

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Oh So Good!!!

I loved this dark book!! Sebastian is easy to fall for. Heck I just listened to it and I am falling for him. Helena was the chosen one. Though her sisters are pure and she is not. I love her tenacity although she is in a bad place. She is a fighter.

Michael Pauley and MacKenzie Cartwright did a great job with narration!

I cannot wait to start listening to Torn!!

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I wanted to hate it

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But I couldn't. One minute I'm hating everyone in this book, Even Helena for trying to believe in Sebastian. The next I'm rooting for them and thinking up ways to do off with Lucinda. The Willow Girls have suffered for generations and I honestly hate the Willow family more than the Scafoni family for accepting payment while your own child is put through hell. I love a good anti-hero and Sebastian is the best at it. If you are not into dark twisted romance then leave this alone, not for the faint of heart. However if you like viscerally dark and sadistic it's worth a credit. Looking forward to book 2. Michael Pauley and Mackenzie Cartwright narration was riveting as I navigate through this brilliantly written story.

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I FINISHED IT!! WHICH SAYS A LOT!

Like a little kid, I can’t handle being bored. When a book starts making my ADD twitch to life or it makes me too nervous, I’m off to listen to something new. So, despite the fact that this book was a bit darker than I normally prefer... and some of the scenes REALLY pissed me off & made me wish the girl had ninja fighting skills (or a gun)...the knowledge that I finished this one tells u that it was definitely entertaining. And I didn’t roll my eyes once!! (Truly a miracle!)

Also, I skimmed over the other reviews before I wrote mine & saw some negative reviews about the narration...which surprised me because the narration was honestly PERFECT.
Now... I’m off to buy the next on! Enjoy!

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  • Terra Dorn
  • 03-30-19

Dark and powerfully seductive

If you enjoy a dark romance with broken characters and intense sexuality this book is for you! This is not your typical BDSM book. This skirts the borders of consent and delves into sexual desire and pain. The attraction between the MC's is obvious though and the storyline is fantastic! Just a warning.. Holly cliffhangers Batman!! Be ready to lock yourself in binge because you'll want to jump right into the next book!

The only part I struggled with was the narration. The female part was AMAZING! I wish she would have just just done the whole thing. Her voices for all the characters were fantastic. The male narrator, not so much. He honestly sounded almost robotic at times. His performance was forced, rushed and flat. It really threw off the flow for me when they switched.

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  • Zoeb
  • 07-03-20

Natasha at her best....Dark


Wow this is a dark one. But hey it’s what we expect from Natasha.

Following decades of tradition that one of the willow sisters will be taken by a Scafoni to do with as he pleases for 3 years, to appease a family curse.

Helena is head strong and thinks she’s got one up on the tradition, she doesn’t believe she’s the prettiest of her siblings and she’s also classed as damaged goods.

Sebastian likes a challenge, when he sees Helena he’s knows that’s exactly what he will get, he spent want easy or submissive and wants the fight.

This has twists and turns, things are not all they seem. A very good read can’t wait to start the conclusion Torn.

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  • mikki100
  • 01-30-20

This book had me living and breathing every sentence!!

The connection between the main 2 characters Sebastian and Helena is passionate, the sex is steamy, raunchy and downright dirty.! It ends on such a cliffhanger that I've already bought the next instalment.. Torn. If you like dark romances then you will love and appreciate this book just as I

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  • Lisa Hahn
  • 12-19-19

dark twisted and sexy

This is a first time author for me. This book pulled me in with the dark and twisted story. It kept me on the edge of my seat.
great narrators.
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  • Lisa Pain
  • 12-17-19

WHAT A STORY

I thought this book was exceptional the story, the characters, the narration all of it spot on. I loved the characters especially the foreboding Sebastion. This book gripped me right from the start and wouldn't let go I was totally enthralled. Fantastic book. Smoking hot......as soon as this one finished I bough the 2nd book and conclusion of the story Torn. Natasha Knight you are superb! Thank you 😍

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  • DMA
  • 12-12-19

Dark read

This is a deeply dark and twisted non-con read!
A mysterious tale which began long ago but continues in present time. Disturbingly warped characters and thrilling plot twist will keep you riveted.
warning! cliffhanger!

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  • KBT 💕
  • 10-14-19

Dark, hot ends on a cliff hanger!

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A long standing tradition between two families. When the Willow family birth a set of quads that are girls and they come of age they are offered up to the sons of the Scarfoni family who are Uber rich.
This has happened for over 200 years and Helena is the odd quad with dark hair and a rebellious streak-compared to her blonde blue eyed siblings.
When the oldest brother picks he chooses the feisty one in shackles he decides he would like a hell cat not a doormat. This book tells a story of the dark rituals of the willow girls and the scarfoni family rites. But it also shows a softer side to the couple as they slowly contemplate that there is attraction in amongst the hate!
Oh my god I so need book 2 right now to know if it is a love story or not!!?
Natasha Knight only you could turn dsrkness into a love story. Applause x
Narrators were exceptional at dragging you into the story and considering I am reviewing at 2.17am! BRAVO🤗

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  • Karen Dee
  • 09-30-19

Dark and twisted

I really liked this story by Natasha Knight. It is dark and twisty and gives you the classic alpha possessive bad boy that Natasha is known for. But there is more going on here than her other mafia books. There is a mystery surrounding this family and their tangled histories that has not been fully explained yet that keeps you guessing as to what led to the awful tradition of the taking of a Willow Girl. Of course there is the usual off the charts heat and chemistry between the the hero and heroine that is explored and leaves you enthralled. But I was most captivated by what we didn't know and what would be explored between the families in book 2. Torn. This book leaves you on the edge of your seat with a cliffhanger making you want to hurry up and one click it!. Loved the narration as usual. Torn Book 2 is definitely a ONE-Click for me!

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  • Heather North @AudiobookObsession
  • 09-22-19

Dark and intense

Fantastic listen! Dark and intense, I was drawn into the story from the first sentence. Fantastic narrators who really brought the characters and story to life. This is my first book from this author and it definitely won’t be the last, looking forward to listening to the next book of this story! I received a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review. 🎧AudiobookObsessionReviewer

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  • Ally WLbooks
  • 09-21-19

Insanely Dark & Sexy

Wow!!! This is a dark one! Captive and dubious consent in this romance! The history of these two families ha intriguing! I could.nkt get enough of Sabastian and Helena! With that cliffhanger, I am so glad I had book two ready to go! The narrators did a great job! I did enjoy listening to the female on a faster setting!
Thank you #audiobookobsessions for this copy!

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  • karen grave
  • 06-05-19

wow love this author

best hot sex scenes siince i listened to Sylvia day and Lori Leigh. mind you this author is a little darker in her own way. the plot is unfolding nicely but I think the heroine is going to go to a darker place in torn.
the male narrator sounds like he has the flu which grates a bit but his inflections are good..
looking fwd to more of this author,.
p.s. it's very alpha dark so be warned....