“Hostage” by Skye Warren and Annika Martin

I know what you’re thinking… two books, one after the other, which I actually liked?! Believe me, sometimes I surprise even myself 😉

I’m on a serious Dark Romance binge because I read too many of them 😩 I can’t help it that they’re the most interesting to me though 💁🏻‍♀️

Brooke is today’s female MC – she’s the daughter of socialites that seem to be getting in a dire financial situation lately, but not so dire that she’s not having her ‘Sweet Sixteen’ birthday party…

They can never know that the great Carson Development empire is crumbling, little by little, and that this party is a lifeline.

Brooke seems to be aspiring to be the perfect daughter, or maybe even forced. Nevertheless, one little societal error gets her overwhelmed, and she needs to get out of that room of blitz and fakery.

The back alley is such a common place to escape to get a breather, but what if you aren’t the only one using it?

Suddenly there are loud thwaps and thwocks and guttural groans of pain. Hair rises on the back of my neck.

What comes from it is poor Brooke getting kidnapped and forced to drive wherever Stone (the male MC) orders her to. For the next two years they’ll be playing a game of cat and mouse – dangerously teasing each other and wondering what the fuck they’re actually doing – why can’t they stop seeing each other?

Let’s be honest, Skye Warren is one of my favourite writers, and she never let me down before. Her books are very well written, and with such realistic grittiness it’s a pleasure to read. I really loved this book: the sombre atmosphere, the relationship between the main characters, the focus and beautiful description on their emotions…

I kick and fight for all I’m worth, but he just clutches me harder. My pulse races. It’s the weirdest thing, somebody killing you while they’re holding you so tightly.

It was all done very well. I can’t praise it enough.

I did categorise it as a Dark Romance, mainly because Stone kidnaps (or is the appropriate term carjacking? 😂) Brooke and tries to kill her at first (that’s food for Dark Romance right?) but you guys should know me by now… this book was pretty tame for me in that aspect, but it still didn’t take the shine off it 😉

Stone did have a bit of a humorous side which was gleeful to see, and it also added more depth to his character:

I’ll feed her before I kill her. It’s the most messed-up thing I’ve done in a long time.

“But,” you may ask, “If you loved it so much why not give it five stars?”

Ah! It’s hard to describe, but for me 5 stars would be absolute love and devotion to that book… it has happened before, but alas, this book didn’t make it in the list ;D

Well, what can I say? I’m hard to please 🤷🏻‍♀️

See you all next time!

Peace and love 🌈

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