Taken by the Beast
Natasha Knight
Stormy Night Publications
December 2013

This story begins with Kayla about to be beaten and gang raped by her boyfriend Todd and his buddies. This was interrupted by a huge wolf, suddenly in their apartment attacking the men. It was bloody. Kayla, as you can imagine, is dazed, very confused, terrified and hysterical. The wolf’s attack wasn’t a quiet one and the neighbors are calling the police. The wolf changes into a naked man and she faints. The wolf is really a shifter named Elijah. He’s been keeping track of our girl for a few months at least and couldn’t just let Todd do what he was about to do. He slings Kayla over his shoulder and escapes into the night. Every time she regains consciousness she either screams or fights to get away. Who can blame her really? He feels the need to spank her into submission whenever she disobeys him, which is regularly, and she in turn feels the need to do stupid things which bring them into danger continually.

The first half of the book seemed to be an emotional struggle between the two of them. She was beginning to like her punishments, but she was still afraid and unsure of what was really happening. Elijah had shared that his pack had been decimated some years before and not only his parents and brothers had been killed but so had his wife and child. He had been held captive for a while before he managed to escape, so he was just torn with grief from the loss of his family. Kayla had been orphaned when she was eleven and grew up in an orphanage. When she was with Todd, she was working and taking college classes. Todd destroyed her laptop before the ‘event’ shall we call it, and Elijah took her with only the clothes she was wearing.

Ms. Knight has given us a very intense story. I will admit I almost stopped reading before the end of chapter one. Please don’t get me wrong, I read a lot, and have read many bondage/sadomasochism books of different genres, be they gay erotica, heterosexual erotica, ménage and shape-shifter. Normally, I am completely into the stories. I feel the second half of this book was very different. From the tenth chapter on, I couldn’t put my Kindle down! I also grew to not hate Kayla as much as I did in the first half. The good news is Ms. Knight actually gave us a Happy Ending. She also sowed the seeds for the second book of this series, which was a nice step. Sigh. So, in the end, I didn’t hate this book as much as I thought I was going to, but I also didn’t love it.

Overall rating: 312hearts
Sensuality rating: Mildly Sensual
Reviewer: Teresa T.