Hostage (Criminals & Captives, #2) by Annika Martin & Skye Warren
Rosa's rating: 5 of 5 iScream Cones
"But without the darkness, there's nothing left inside me. I'm hollow."
#MindBlown is how I feel after reading this incredible book. This series has made it to my #Favorites list which only applies to a very small percentage of books that I've read. I'm very drawn to broken bad boys, and this series has my cup and my heart running over. While Prisoner and Hostage are part of the Criminals & Captives series, they can be read as standalones. They take place during the same time period and share some characters. I guarantee that reading either or both will have you joining the crew and hanging on every word.
Stone has hardened his heart out of necessity. He doesn't trust anyone other than his brothers. He's learned this the hard way. He uses women to scratch an itch, and names aren't even necessary. He has something more important on his mind, vengeance. He wasn't looking for her, she found him. She saw too much. She witnessed his crime and she became his obsession. He knew it was a risk to let her live, but for the first time, taking a life didn't feel right. She didn't deserve it like the others. She deserved so much more than him, but he couldn't stay away from her.
She was at the wrong place at the wrong time. Hiding out from her obligations, resting her fake smile muscles. She wasn't looking for trouble, but she found it. Trouble that she couldn't lie her way out of or smile through. Trouble with striking green eyes that compelled her to forget her own name. Trouble that followed her into her dreams and became her obsession.
The forbidden attraction between the dangerous man and the dutiful daughter was breaking all the rules. Yes, even criminals have rules, they have to be careful to protect their freedom. They can't risk sharing secrets and especially not feelings. And dutiful daughters wear the latest fashion and receive the most sought-after invitations. The two don't go together. One seeks to remain hidden and the other is always the center of attention. But you know what they say about opposite's attracting, right? Well, what they say about obsession is true also, and the attraction between them might be the last thing either of them want, but it's beyond their ability to contain. And this reader was guilty of standing by with a match ready to ignite the sparks bouncing between them. But alas, my services were not required. Chemistry took care of it, BOOM!
These authors are magic together and I hope they continue to collaborate. Separately they have devious minds, when they put their heads together, they become word wizards. They stirred their cauldron of spells and kept me entranced from beginning to end, unable to look away, unwilling to put it down. As the suspense built and the passion flared they took me on a ride, but they didn't have to tell me to drive, this reader was a willing captive ready to go wherever they directed. I'll be anxiously awaiting our next encounter, engine running, no GPS required. The line forms here...