Stolen by Shiloh Walker
Date Read: October 2012
Genre: Romance, Suspense
This thrilling and super sexy novel from bestselling romantic suspense author Shiloh Walker will appeal to fans of Allison Brennan and Linda Howard.
Shay Morgan has stayed hidden for a long time. Living a reclusive life in Earth’s End, Alaska, she’s as far away as she can get from the trauma of her childhood and the man who hurt her long ago. But terror takes over Shay’s life yet again when an unknown stalker steals away the fragile peace she’s built for herself—targeting not only her but the one man who’s ever managed to get past the walls she’s built around herself. Elliot Winter has lived through being falsely accused before—it ruined his military career. Now it’s happening all over again. And this time, his accuser is a twisted impostor who’s targeting his ex-girlfriend, Shay. Despite a fierce mutual attraction, Shay and Elliot broke up because Shay couldn’t let her guard down, couldn’t let Elliot in. But now they both need to trust each other to confront a psycho who seems to know all their secrets.
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Read for Review (Edelweiss)
Overall Rating: 3.50
Story Rating: 3.00
Character Rating: 4.00
Fall Funk Reviews (Quick and Dirty because I am in a Review Writing Funk)
First Thought When Finished: Stolen started off very strong but kind of lost its way towards the end.
What I Thought of the Story: Stolen has a fantastic premise and the first half delivers. I was totally sucked in and couldn’t wait to see how it unfolded. Unfortunately about half way through the story lost its gusto and just didn’t quite live up to the first half. Shiloh Walker is an outstanding writer so even though the story was lacking something at the end, her writing was spot-on and engaging. It is hard for me to put into words what didn’t work for me without spoilers (which I won’t give).
What I Thought of the Characters: Shay, Elliot, and the setting of Alaska were perfect for this story. Shay was a sympathetic character and while I never “loved” her, I felt for her. Elliot was the kind of hero that you want to fix and make life better for. I love stories set in Alaska so Shiloh totally won me over with the setting.
Final Thought: Stolen will work better for some readers more than it worked for me. My problem with the storyline is very “reader”-centric (meaning specific to me). The writing was excellent, engaging, and smart.