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Title: Taken Identity
Author: Raven McAllan
Release Date: Jan 25, 2012
Genre: Romantic Suspense/Mystery
Publisher: Noble Romance publishing
Posted: July 6, 2012
Heat Level: 1
Imagine someone ringing your doorbell, requesting to speak with you, but upon seeing you, he denies that you’re…you. That’s how Julia Frayne feels when she answers the door to a man asking for his pregnant wife, Julia Frayne…who is certainly not her. Intrigued by the idea of someone living with her own identity, she lets the man in and they both officially introduce themselves. Gray Reynard met and married his wife, who called herself Julia Frayne but who
we now know is not, two years ago and she has now disappeared. Thinking she’s pregnant, he frantically searches for her and finds the real Julia Frayne instead. Both Gray and Julia are confused why anyone would steal Julia’s identity and decide to investigate the truth. They hire a private investigator and also go through Julia’s diaries to discover what happened. The close
proximity Gray and Julia share during their journey to seek the truth and set things to right forms a special bond and eventually leads to a deep and caring relationship.
Firstly, I want to say I was expecting more from this story. The synopsis implies, at least to me, that there would be chasing and bullets, sex and betrayal, and, of course, passion and love. This story, however, was completely different from my expectations. It is a quick, easy, simple, and fun contemporary romance. It had an interesting plot, sweet characters, and little
to no drama. It was actually written in a very wry and witty tone.
There wasn’t a huge development in the story but instead just a progressive cooperation to discover the truth. Both Gray and Julia were likeable-but naïve- characters. Julia doesn’t really worry too much about her stolen identity and Gray doesn’t seem to grasp the gravity of a missing, pregnant woman. In fact, neither character appears too concerned over why Julia’s identity was stolen. The two do eventually decide to cooperate with each other to learn the truth. There is a moment where I was surprised when Julia mentions that she keeps a
diary of her life. Honestly, I didn’t really expect someone nearing thirty to still keep a diary. The story literally consists of Gray and Julia meeting up for lunch or dinner, going through her diary, or him talking of his prior experience with "Julia." Even though they felt an attraction and began sleeping together, I never got the sense that they felt an attachment or possessiveness towards the other. To me, they came across as just friends with benefits.
With the setting, I think Taken Identity by Raven McAllan had far more potential than this. While it wasn’t a bad story, it was a bit of a letdown. If you’re looking for a light and breezy read, then I’d recommend this story. If you’re looking for a complex story full of angst and
danger, I’d give this one a pass.