I've loved romance novels since...like forever. I read across most subgenres of romance. I also write fantasy/paranormal and new adult romance.
Rosie meets Johann when she and a friend try to pull off a prank in his bookstore. Johann grabs her and chains her up in the basement. Worst meet-cute ever, right?
And, yet, this is Charlotte Stein and she is amazing. So what starts out kinda scary gets pretty funny. (And then super hot!)
There's a tiny gothic vibe throughout the novella and Johann reads like a hero who could be from another time. He's basically described as a werewolf in a cardigan. Rosie is adventurous and a little damaged but sexually empowered. In one of the sweetest lines, Johann tells her she doesn't know what she's worth. The guy is a sweetie. And by sweetie, I mean he's also a beta Dom. If that type exists. Yeah.
Taken was delightful, weird, and sexy.