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Taken by the Enemy

By: Jennifer Bene
Published By: Blushing Press
Copyright: ©2016 by Blushing Books® and Jennifer Bene
20 Chapters / 80,000 Words
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4.5 Out Of 5 (4.5 on 16)   |  Write a review
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Emmie had spent her life pampered, sheltered, and mostly unaware of just how bad things were inside and outside of the city that she called home - but when reality comes knocking, Emmie must choose between staying and suffering, or running and breaking a promise that could break her heart.

After fleeing the city in the dead of night, Emmie expected the hazards of the forest, but she never thought she would run into real danger or be brutally taken by one of the raiders who had been banished outside the walls. She never thought she would be tied up and forced to submit to their rules, and she never planned to find herself kneeling before their leader - no matter how gorgeous he was. 

Lucian had spent most of his adult life figuring out how to protect those banished by the corrupt men inside the city, but when he meets Emmie, he doesn’t just want to keep her safe, he wants to claim her - body and soul. But once he does, and she despises him for it, how can he possibly show her what life can be like when she’s really and truly free, and how can he show her that a good life might be possible with him? 

In ‘Taken by the Enemy’ readers are taken on a dark journey of discovery where the truths that Emmie has held close since she was a child are turned inside out, and she discovers that the enemy she’s been raised to fear may just be her salvation. Will she be able to bend to Lucian’s demands for obedience, and the harsh ways in which he enforces them, so she can discover a world where real peace is possible? Or will she turn away from the people who can save them all just to protect her heart?

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Chapter One 

The decision was made.

It was practically done – but before she could slip out the window, that bright smile caught her eye and guilt twisted in her gut like a knife. With a sigh, Emeline eased back from the windowsill and took the few, short steps to her desk. Bright blue eyes. Always so stunning, always the talk of every party. Nothing like Emmie’s own hazel eyes that couldn’t bother themselves enough to be interesting. The dark hair in the photograph shined, her own barely behaved. There was the beautiful girl in the photograph, and above it in the mirror… the runner-up, the second thought.

She had been a poor replacement anyway.

Lifting the frame in shaking hands, her thumb traced the face for the last time. “I’m so sorry,” she whispered, and the splash of a tear across the glass shook her from her trance.

Apologies get you nowhere, action takes you everywhere.

Emmie brushed the tears from her cheeks and put the picture back down, but the idea of losing it was suddenly intolerable. She could leave everything, she was leaving everything, but this piece she would keep. In a clumsy rush, she flipped the frame over and tore the back off, trying her best to stifle the harsh breaths pistoning inside her chest before she second-guessed herself for the millionth time. She folded the picture over once and shoved it into the back of her pants, and then she was back at the window.

This time she didn’t look back. She couldn’t. There was no point.

Turning to her stomach, Emmie slid out of the window slowly until she had the frame under her fingers and her feet sought purchase on the bricks below it. How many times had she done this with effortless confidence in earlier years? Where was that sense of invulnerability when she needed it more than ever?Rolling her eyes at her own reticence, she took a deep breath – and let go.

The short drop felt much longer than she remembered, and her heart leapt into her throat before her shoes slammed into the small awning above the door on the ground floor. Her landing on the narrow space was messy, and she had to stifle a scream when the weight of her backpack almost sent her tumbling backwards onto the pavestones. Emmie threw her body forward and she pressed herself against the house that had been her home for twenty years. Raising her eyes, she saw the soft gray bricks extending up another two floors, past the room that had been hers since she was a toddler, and above that? Only sky. Dark, inky night speckled with a thousand stars, smudged with random clouds that floated silently across it. Free.

Free like she was about to be.

She swallowed and sat down on the awning, pushing off to land with a huff of breath on the stones below. The moon was barely a sliver in the sky, and it left plenty of shadows on the property as she raced towards the wall. An orange tree had always been the easiest route over, and it still was. It was only a matter of moments before she was walking with a forced calm through the narrow streets.

She had a fifteen-minute window. Fifteen minutes for a chance at a real life.

Even though it was important for her not to look hurried, to not draw attention, she picked up the pace. She kept her head down, let her hair fall into her face as she adjusted the pack on her back, and she walked steadily to the outer walls of the city. It was shocking when she found the guard post empty. Some part of her had expected her weeks of reconnaissance to fail her at the last minute, to prevent her escape, but there it was – empty.

The skin across her shoulders prickled with the urge to turn and look back even though she knew the house wouldn’t be visible. She was too far from that area of the city, just like she’d planned, but the need to turn around still rushed her. Instead, she climbed the ladder to the tower, hand over hand, her fingers wrapping around the cool metal until the wind whipped her hair as she reached the top. Removing the rope ladder from the tower’s emergency kit was too easy, as was attaching it to the wall and climbing down. No alarms, no shouts, no one coming to stop her at the last possible moment. When her foot touched the soft earth, a voice inside begged her to climb back up, to rush across the city, to sneak back into bed before dawn – but she had decided.

The decision was made.

And when Emeline Anne Daniau turned around to see the forest laid out before her like some fairy tale landscape, there were no more questions inside her. The forest was lovely, dark, and deep – and she had promises to break.

 

Penny Gwen on 04/17/2016 11:39am
The story is a bit brutal and the punishments are abusive. Definitely not for the faint of heart. Emmie runs away to avoid an arranged marriage to a terrible man. She is saved by the leader of the exiled, who spanks her, rapes her, and then kidnaps her to his secret village. She slowly falls in love with Lucian despite not being able to reconcile the villain in him with the hero.
Penny Gwen on 04/17/2016 11:39am
The story is a bit brutal and the punishments are abusive. Definitely not for the faint of heart. Emmie runs away to avoid an arranged marriage to a terrible man. She is saved by the leader of the exiled, who spanks her, rapes her, and then kidnaps her to his secret village. She slowly falls in love with Lucian despite not being able to reconcile the villain in him with the hero.
WrennB on 04/05/2016 09:24am
In Taken by the Enemy the protagonist Emmie is a sheltered, but feisty young woman who refuses to be intimidated by her controlling father, the leader of the gated city they live in. She finally reaches a point where she can no longer tolerate her father’s abuse and runs away to the forest that exists outside the walled city. Outside the city exists another community of people who were banished for various reasons and exiled there by Emmie’s father; they all fear and despise him. These outsiders have to forage for food and any other comfort they can find, the group is led by Lucien who is well respected, but slightly inflexible. Lucien rescues Emmie while she is hiding in the forest and from this encounter the story of their relationship evolves. I enjoyed this book; the storyline was different and held my interest. I have read a lot of dark erotica and although this book was a bit on the dark side I didn’t consider it to be overly dark, I also felt there was more of an actual story line than sex scenes. Any dark scenes were well integrated and relevant to the story.
WrennB on 04/05/2016 09:24am
In Taken by the Enemy the protagonist Emmie is a sheltered, but feisty young woman who refuses to be intimidated by her controlling father, the leader of the gated city they live in. She finally reaches a point where she can no longer tolerate her father۪s abuse and runs away to the forest that exists outside the walled city. Outside the city exists another community of people who were banished for various reasons and exiled there by Emmie۪s father; they all fear and despise him. These outsiders have to forage for food and any other comfort they can find, the group is led by Lucien who is well respected, but slightly inflexible. Lucien rescues Emmie while she is hiding in the forest and from this encounter the story of their relationship evolves. I enjoyed this book; the storyline was different and held my interest. I have read a lot of dark erotica and although this book was a bit on the dark side I didn۪t consider it to be overly dark, I also felt there was more of an actual story line than sex scenes. Any dark scenes were well integrated and relevant to the story.
Redrabbitt on 04/02/2016 07:37pm
I was drawn into this dark erotic story with a corrupt government system, evil men controlling people, a system that exiled people from the city without a fair trial, leaving them to die. People inside the city were told those that were exiled were no more than wild animals. Emmie is being forced into a marriage to a sadistic man and flees the city to the forest, but dangers lurk with wild animals. Saved from a wild boar and captured by exiled warriors is like jumping from the frying pan into the fire. The plot kept me captivated and the pages turning with the resourcefulness of those in the village that had been rescued after being exiled. There are rules and order in the camp, and everyone is expected to pull their weight. Emmie is in for a rude awakening as she is belligerent, mouthy and has to learn a new way of life. From the village to the city, this story will take the reader on a roller coaster ride that is intense and raw, including rape, dubious consent, course language, spankings, anal play, but it offers a dark story that also has loyalty, determinations, survival and love stories too.
Redrabbitt on 04/02/2016 07:37pm
I was drawn into this dark erotic story with a corrupt government system, evil men controlling people, a system that exiled people from the city without a fair trial, leaving them to die. People inside the city were told those that were exiled were no more than wild animals. Emmie is being forced into a marriage to a sadistic man and flees the city to the forest, but dangers lurk with wild animals. Saved from a wild boar and captured by exiled warriors is like jumping from the frying pan into the fire. The plot kept me captivated and the pages turning with the resourcefulness of those in the village that had been rescued after being exiled. There are rules and order in the camp, and everyone is expected to pull their weight. Emmie is in for a rude awakening as she is belligerent, mouthy and has to learn a new way of life. From the village to the city, this story will take the reader on a roller coaster ride that is intense and raw, including rape, dubious consent, course language, spankings, anal play, but it offers a dark story that also has loyalty, determinations, survival and love stories too.
Good bedtime reading on 03/31/2016 12:26am
This story is set in the future where Emmie the daughter of a rich ruler is escaping her fate of marriage to a sadistic husband. Over the safe city walls she becomes entangled in the machinations of The Exiles from the ruler. Emmie's new fate is to blend in with her new existence, harsh though it is by obedience and submission to the leader Lucian. However, their relationship doesn't go as planned as others see her as an intruder and a negotiating tool to return to the City. This is a fast-paced pager-turner not only about the relationship between Emmie and Lucian but about corruption and the harsh realties of life whether it's priviledged or the edge of civilisation.
Good bedtime reading on 03/31/2016 12:26am
This story is set in the future where Emmie the daughter of a rich ruler is escaping her fate of marriage to a sadistic husband. Over the safe city walls she becomes entangled in the machinations of The Exiles from the ruler. Emmie's new fate is to blend in with her new existence, harsh though it is by obedience and submission to the leader Lucian. However, their relationship doesn't go as planned as others see her as an intruder and a negotiating tool to return to the City. This is a fast-paced pager-turner not only about the relationship between Emmie and Lucian but about corruption and the harsh realties of life whether it's priviledged or the edge of civilisation.
AGS on 03/28/2016 05:58am
I found this book to be very well written. It is definitely not one for someone that is faint of heart because there are many situations in which the main character, Emmie, faces violence towards her that is not consensual. I loved the interactions between Emmie and Lucien as they are both strong and smart but willing to compromise with each other when needed. I found this book to be very thought provoking and full of interesting characters and situations and would recommend it. This is also the first time that I have discovered this author – but will not be the last.
AGS on 03/28/2016 05:58am
I found this book to be very well written. It is definitely not one for someone that is faint of heart because there are many situations in which the main character, Emmie, faces violence towards her that is not consensual. I loved the interactions between Emmie and Lucien as they are both strong and smart but willing to compromise with each other when needed. I found this book to be very thought provoking and full of interesting characters and situations and would recommend it. This is also the first time that I have discovered this author but will not be the last.
SH on 03/28/2016 04:58am
This is a well written book with quite a story however, the story has a dark edge which may be a trigger for some. If you are looking for wine and roses this probably is not the book for you. I was hooked from page one and had to keep on reading. The story drew me in and offered adventure, action, suspense, betrayal, some steam and romance. This is a new author for me and I look forward to reading her next release.
SH on 03/28/2016 04:58am
This is a well written book with quite a story however, the story has a dark edge which may be a trigger for some. If you are looking for wine and roses this probably is not the book for you. I was hooked from page one and had to keep on reading. The story drew me in and offered adventure, action, suspense, betrayal, some steam and romance. This is a new author for me and I look forward to reading her next release.
Firefly on 03/26/2016 03:15pm
This is fairly fast paced and a bit brutal. Even though Emeline appeared to come from a privileged background in reality it was a harsh existence. Emetine found it difficult to control her temper which made it difficult to avoid punishment/discipline for disrespecting the senior members of the group outlaws. She redeemed herself in the end and won the trust and gratitude of the group.
Firefly on 03/26/2016 03:15pm
This is fairly fast paced and a bit brutal. Even though Emeline appeared to come from a privileged background in reality it was a harsh existence. Emetine found it difficult to control her temper which made it difficult to avoid punishment/discipline for disrespecting the senior members of the group outlaws. She redeemed herself in the end and won the trust and gratitude of the group.
Margaret Corcoran on 03/26/2016 01:05pm
I have to admit that I read this story in one day. It is hot scary and exciting. The writing is descriptive. The characters are well rounded and very human with lots of faults. And the sex is spicy. There is a lot of abuse in this story so it is not for the feint hearted. I really enjoyed this story and I highly recommend it. WI4T5
Margaret Corcoran on 03/26/2016 01:05pm
I have to admit that I read this story in one day. It is hot scary and exciting. The writing is descriptive. The characters are well rounded and very human with lots of faults. And the sex is spicy. There is a lot of abuse in this story so it is not for the feint hearted. I really enjoyed this story and I highly recommend it. WI4T5

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