Wrong Way Home: Taken

Criminal Delights, Book 1
Narrated by: Wyatt Baker
Series: Criminal Delights, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
Categories: LGBT, Romance
4.5 out of 5 stars (188 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

One wrong turn. One right man.

Colin. Rule-follower. Future doctor. Witness to murder. Captive.

Taron. Survivalist. Mute. Murderer. Captor.

Like every other weekend, Colin is on his way home from university, but he’s taunted by the notion that he never takes risks in life and always follows the beaten path. On impulse, he decides to take a different route. Just this one time. What he doesn’t realize is that it’s the last time he has a choice.

He ends up taking a detour into the darkest pit of horror, abducted by a silent, imposing man with a blood-stained axe. But what seems like his worst nightmare might just prove to be a path to the kind of freedom Colin never knew existed.

Taron has lived alone for years. His land, his rules. He’d given up on company long ago. After all, attachment is a liability. He deals with his problems on his own, but the night he needs to dispose of an enemy, he ends up with a witness to his crime.

The last thing Taron needs is a nuisance of a captive. Colin doesn’t deserve death for setting foot on Taron’s land, but keeping him isn’t optimal either. It’s only when he finds out the city boy is gay that an altogether different option arises. One that isn’t right, yet tempts him every time Colin’s pretty eyes glare at him from the cage.

Warning:or adult readers who enjoy stories where lines between right and wrong get blurry. High heat, twisted and tantalizing, not for the fainthearted.

©2019 Acerbi & Villani Ltd. (P)2019 Acerbi & Villani Ltd.

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Just go with it

This book was good so long as you can embrace Stalkhome syndrome as a happy ending. Which was fine with me. It reminded me of the romance novels my mom used to read. You know the ones where the woman is taken against her will yet still falls madly in love with her abductor. The writing was good and the "now day" twist made it more relevant. The ending took a twist I was not expecting, so it will be interesting to see where the next book goes.

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Not an easy listen

More of a 3.5. This one was a little off my usual but it's pretty well written, you just kind of have to suspend reality and go with it. It starts off a bit slow and was personally hard for me to get into the narration didn't really make it easier for me but if you like darker stories this one is definitely for you.

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Great Narration, Unique Story.

I actually enjoyed how this story played out. Motivations made a lot of the more negative aspects of the characters easier to understand. It wasnt as dark a story as I thought based on other reviews and while there was some predictably I loved listening to this story.

The turning point I wish had a little more interaction other than what happens but I understand the choice. I just get involved in characters a lot.

And having more to the story after said turning point would also be enjoyable but the epilogue was a nice touch.

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First ever audio and impressed

I love K. A Merikan 's novels and this was another great one though different and I loved every minute of it. I originally started reading it but then I got the offer to review the book for an honest opinion and I'm so glad I took the leap into audio... never thought I'd like them... Wyatt Baker changed my mind in a hurry...he has this really calm voice and the difference between characters were fantastic...I also how the ALS was identified with the different tone and I believe there was a sound before they signed.
Colin definitely took the wrong way home and didn't get anywhere for his efforts.
When a sign says no trespassing in the middle of nowhere make sure you turn back...
Then again things even though things turn into a horror show who knows what will happen?
Taron just wanted to be left alone and gets landed with Colin who was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Even though he kept Colin as captive I really liked him, I understood Taron to a degree.
There was some surprises in there for me.. and I would love something more like this from the author.
As I mentioned above I listened to this audiobook to give an honest review.

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Good read

Received an ARC of this audio for my honest review. Due to having surgery I wasn't able to listen to the whole story yet. But with what I have so far I have enjoyed it. I'm not too fond of the narrator as he makes it hard to understand who is talking as his voice sounds about the same for each character. Can't wait to finish listening to it though.

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Good read. Even better listen.

I enjoyed the story. It's dark, but not as brutal as others in this collection. I enjoyed the voices of the narrator. Overall very well done.

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great

This was both a first book from this author and a first for the narrator,loved and highly recommend both.

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A wild and twisted ride

I loved this story so much that after I read it and found out an audiobook was made, I had to scoop it up and listen. It did not disappoint.

Colin and Taron are beautifully written and took me on another wild, gritty and twisted ride.

Wyatt Baker did a great job. I liked how he come up with a different speaking style for people using ASL. He really helped bring both Colin and Taron to life.

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Very intense, dark love story. Loved it!!

This is the first time I’ve listened to an audiobook narrated by Wyatt Baker and I loved what he did with this story! His voice has a really warm, pleasant timbre, but there’s also this almost harshness that he brings to his performance and at times an uneasy, angry tension which fits the story just perfectly! I loved how he did both Taron’s and Colin’s voice.

As for the story itself, it’s an incredibly intense, dark romance, and I absolutely loved it. The darkness doesn’t come solely from the violence in the story, nor Colin’s abduction, but is in large part also a psychological and emotional darkness and that’s what makes it such a gripping read. I love that the authors constantly kept the reader on their toes! The story is unnerving and unpredictable and simply very compelling.

Taron has a really skewed view of reality and is trapped in a solitude of his own making. He’s completely unprepared for Colin and how the other man will change his life. The bond that slowly, ever so slowly, develops between Colin and Taron is profound and deeply emotional, if rooted in a rather difficult, highly unusual and quite frightening situation.

This is definitely something else. Very different from anything I’ve read before. I loved the original ending and where the MC’s ended up. The way to their HEA is fraught with violence, captivity and manipulation, but it also has lots of cats, quiet camaraderie and a scorching hot physical connection.



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So dark! So sexy!

Sinister is the new sexy! Geez!!! I was on the edge of my seat the entire time!

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  • Bette
  • 08-25-20

Terrific Story & Listen🎧 A Dark & Twisted🔥Romance!

This dark and twisted romance captivated my attention from start to end. It is my first K.A. Merikan book and it definitely will not be my last, I enjoyed their writing style and the interesting and original story they created. I liked the two lead characters, yes even the captor, I found him to be the most interesting of the two. Colin the captive, is on his way home from University, he is having thoughts of how his life is in a rut, he has nothing but his studies to become a doctor, no friends to speak of and not the most caring parents. He decides to do something out of the norm and takes a different route home. That route took him off the beaten path and right into a murder scene. Taron, the captor, is in a predicament, he is not sure what to with this person who witnessed what he just did so he just he throws him in a cage in his cellar. Taron is a loner and a survivalist, it was great to learn more about him, his choice of living and what he was all about. A simple, yet complex man, there is a turn in the relationship of the two men, is it just Stockholm syndrome or is it real. I loved how everything plays out in this book, the story is cleverly plotted and there is never a dull moment. There is plenty of drama, angst, twists and turns, thrilling and suspenseful moments as well as heartfelt and emotional ones and some hot loving. K.A Merikan thank you for this terrific story. Shout out to the way you presented the use of sign language in your text, great job well done!!

Wyatt Baker is a fantastic narrator and voice artist. He was perfectly casted to bring these characters to life. He gives each their own voice and personalty as well as heart and attitude. He does a great job portraying the characters, grasping their persona completely, emotions and all. He is talented and entertaining storyteller and a pleasure to listen to. Thank you for the great listen🎧

Thank you #BlueRose #BlueRoseReview

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  • Alan
  • 08-20-20

Caged love!

Arrogant med student, Colin, loses his way one night and ends up witnessing a murder. Doomsday prepper, Talon, can’t allow Colin to go the police so decides to keep him in a cage. Surprisingly, I didn’t feel as squeamish about this as other K.A. Merikan novels. Apart from a couple of grizzly murders, the story focuses on the developing feelings between captor and captive without any torture or humiliation. Both Colin and Talon evolved over time, although neither were very unpleasant people to begin with. My only grumble: I felt the motive for the original murder was never satisfactorily explained. 🎧 Wyatt Baker gave a good narrative performance. His deeper, tougher voice makes him the go-to guy for these stories.

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  • KR Phoenix @ Books, Tattoos and Tea
  • 08-18-20

Deviously good

I love a gritty romance and Kat and Agnes are fantastic at creating morally ambiguous characters with so much more to them than meets the eye!

while this story may have started out violent and morally grey, the reasoning behind it all was much more tame. I enjoyed the steam and back and forth between Taron and Colin and I felt their connection transcend the questionable situation.

I'm not sure when this book was written but in these troubling times the situation the book ends on is very eerily similar to the current situation of a covid world - spooky

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  • Pat Johnson
  • 08-18-20

Get lost then get taken.

When your not sure your life is going the way you want take a different route- wether in your mind or literally another road .
Wonderful Audiobook always great words written by K.A. Merikan .
This is a thought of provoking read ..
I adore the smoothness of Wyatt Baker who is the lovely narrator.

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  • Acton Rudd
  • 06-13-20

Stockholm syndrome calling

Awesome performance, story a bit too dubcon for my liking. Not much going on plotwise as its almost entirely character driven but pretty sexy.

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  • Jackie Thorogood
  • 05-18-19

Gritty listening

It's dark, it gritty, it amazing I really enjoy dark books I can never get enough, how can. mute man become a killer, it drew me into this book very quickly and kept me waiting to see what would happen next. I do enjoy these ladies books a lot, this has to be up in one of my favourites, Wyatt Baker voice was a true fit for this story he owned the story and characters, truly outstanding. One I will be listening to again. Definitely recommended if you like gritty books.

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  • Thais Dematte
  • 04-15-19

Best audiobook 2019 so far!

Audio: 5 stars
Story: 5 stars
Heat Level: smoking hooooot
HEA? HELL YEAH

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I was hyping this book since the day I lay my eyes on it. That said, I was afraid I woudn't like because of it. To much expectations, you know? But - thank goodness - I was wrong. This was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.

So, like the most, I was skeptical about the mute MC. I couldn't see how it would work. But it did, K.A Merikan did an amazing job. When the story begins, you feel the emotions through Collin's eyes. And man, I was scared when the axed killer appeared. And he didn't talk! He look like some animal (a bear actually) and I couldn't see him as a person, neither did Colin. And that terrify me. I kept thinking How the hell would this work? He is an animal, not a human being!

The more time passed, more confused I got about Taron's intentions. I mean, he killed a guy, why not killed Collin? And boy, I was antsy as shit. LoL The revelations about Taron's intentions was explored slowly, but not the boring way, the good way. It was real, nothing rushed. Collin was a great MC too, even conflicted about his abductor, he never stops thinking about leaving. Which was only natural. I mean, you are held prisoner, beaten and treated poorly, even though was good moments, why would you stay without your freedom?

And, well, I love cats and I love them more than most humans. Taron love cats more than humans, so... Can you hate a guy who risk his life to save a kitty?! I can't, sorry. LoL Collin can't too and I end up relating so much with him, it was hard. I was conflicted as he was.

As you can see, K.A. Merikan did an amazing job writing this book. I could immerse deeply into the story, the characters. And they connect so well *sighs*. Also, this is a showing not a telling one, which I appreciate thank you very much.

Oh, this isn't much dark (I think?), at least not for me. The romance itself crashed the dark themes with an axe (see what I did there?). I mean, it was dark, but nothing psychological with lots of angst and humiliation, that kind of stuff. I guess the MC's choices was less than moral, that's the darkest parts in my humble opinion. But hey, I love cat's and I can't blame Taron or Collin for making them!

Taron is the sweetest killer in the world \o/

PS: Wyatt Baker sexy voice was a sweet addition to this beautiful book <3