I generally have a book list that I use to find my reads, but sometimes, I just pull a book that looks interesting off the library shelf and hope for the best.

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Such was the case with Alma Katsu’s The Taker, but I have mixed feelings about this book.

On the positive, I did like the story and found the book hard to put down.  It follows the story of Lanore, a girl living on the Western frontier of Maine in the early 1800s.  She is from a poor family, and the love of her life is Jonathon St. Andrew, son of the town’s founder and namesake.  But, Jonathon does not quite feel the same way.  He is an Adonis who attracts everyone’s attention, both male and female, and he can, and does, have any female he wants.

When Lanore becomes pregnant by Jonathon, who has no intentions of marrying her despite their deep friendship, her family sends her off to a Boston convent to have the baby and give it up.  Lanore does not plan to do this, so she wanders through Boston, only to be picked up by a group of well-dressed people and taken to the home of Adair, a rich European prince.  After that, her life will never be the same.

Interspersed throughout Lanore’s and Adair’s story are some chapters in present day St. Andrew’s that briefly follow Lanore and her interactions with a local doctor, Luke.  Yes, Lanore’s story takes place both in the early 1800s and 200 years later in modern St. Andrew, Maine.

The story kept me guessing and was intriguing, so I liked that.  I found out the book is the first of a trilogy (which actually has six books in it, go figure), so I’d love to see how the story continues.

BUT, and this is a big caveat, there’s just way too much sex in this book.  I almost stopped around page 300 because I really couldn’t take anymore, but I wanted to know how the story ended.  This reminds me of the old Clan of the Cave Bear series that had the same problem.  While I’d love to know what happens in the rest of the trilogy, part of me is concerned that the next books in the series will just get more raunchy.

I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.

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