One night as Rose Crawford steps out of a bar, she gives no second thought to lifting her hand to signal for a cab. After all, it’s the responsible thing to do.
A common occurrence.
Far safer than walking several blocks, alone, in the dark.
A familiar-looking yellow taxi with black, faux-leather seats, running meter on the dash, and a smiling driver pulls up to the curb.
Rose slides in. Gives the driver her address…
But she never reaches her destination.
Instead, she finds herself captive, at the will of a man who isn’t a driver, but a bona fide psychopath.
Trapped in a taxi she can’t escape, Rose begins to panic. As the miles between her and safety grow, hope dwindles. It isn’t until someone else joins her in captivity that her spark of hope is rekindled.
Derek is strong, capable, and surely together they can fight their way to freedom.
Then Rose finds out exactly why she’s been driven into hell. Derek may be an unwilling captive, but he isn’t going to help her.
In fact, he’s there to do the exact opposite.
Note: This book is a stand-alone novel not an interconnected series.
I haven’t read the previous installments in the Take it Off series but the synopsis of this book has somehow caught my interest and I also love to read interesting romantic thrillers. I liked the idea of the story because it built a lot of suspense in the plot. My only issue with the story was the execution of the second half where things got predictable and dragged at the end. The story began with a great start and I really liked it but when it came to the second half, it slowly went downhill and I didn’t cared what happened to the characters. Nonetheless, it was an interesting read and after reading this you’ll definitely think before getting into a taxi.
After having a fun night with her friends at the bar, Rose is waiting alone for a taxi and when she’s finally picked up by a taxi, she hadn’t thought that he doesn’t have any intention of taking her home. When rose finally realizes that she was being kidnapped, she panics and tries to call for help from her phone but somehow the signal is blocked thanks to her kidnapper’s skills and fear overwhelms her because she feels so helpless. Rose doesn’t know why some psychopath wants to kidnap her and when the kidnappers brings another captive, she feels a bit relieved to find that he is someone she knows who might help her escape but when she finally learns why they are both being kidnapped in the first place, she doesn’t know whether she could trust him or not.
Rose and Derek are definitely interesting characters but It was hard to connect with them. I really liked Rose. She is a strong character who fought every time when she was in captive and never lose the hope. Derek is a great guy who is quite protective towards Rose and during their captive, he wouldn’t hesitate to sacrifice his life to save her. As for the romance, the chemistry between Rose and Derek is pretty great. Rose has a crush on Derek but she never told him about it. When they are both kidnapped, together they develop a deep bond and becomes more closer. There was so much angst in their relationship when the kidnappers finally reveal their plans and their escape solely depended on their trust for each other.
Despite the issues, the plot was interesting but the first half seemed more suspenseful than the second half. As the story progressed in the second half some things became predictable especially the mastermind behind the kidnapping. The kidnapping and the escape are the only parts that I liked in this book because later on the story was dragged which I felt unnecessary and eventually I have lost my interest in it. The pacing is good except for the ending which was quite slow. It has great writing and I’m glad that the story was told in Rose and Derek’s POV.
Overall, it was a good romantic thriller but it isn’t one of my favorites. Even though I had some issues, I would definitely recommend it because so many readers has loved this book and who knows maybe this is more to your liking than mine. Seriously, If you like to read this, give it a try.
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