He seethes with raw power the first time I see him—pure menace and rippling muscles in shackles. He’s dangerous. He’s wild. He’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.
So I hide behind my prim glasses and my book like I always do, because I have secrets too. Then he shows up in the prison writing class I have to teach, and he blows me away with his honesty. He tells me secrets in his stories, and it’s getting harder to hide mine. I shiver when he gets too close, with only the cuffs and the bars and the guards holding him back. At night I can’t stop thinking about him in his cell.
But that’s the thing about an animal in a cage—you never know when he’ll bite. He might use you to escape. He might even pull you into a forest and hold a hand over your mouth so you can’t call for the cops. He might make you come so hard, you can’t think.
And you might crave him more than your next breath.
4 Captive Stars
I like my kidnapping books. I know, it’s the whole damsel in distress thing, I just love it. So when I got the chance to read Prisoner, I had to snatch it up.
I like dark reads. The really gritty, cringe worthy kind and I wouldn’t call Prisoner a dark read (despite the cover), there’s plenty of drama and action to keep you on your toes.
There were two main things that worked for me in Prisoner, the writing style (fast pace) and it’s mostly dialogue based writing.
I loved Abby. She’s nerdy, she’s cute, she’s the kind of girl you want to sit and have coffee with. I like how she’s really shy and you can tell she wants to break out of her shell, but doesn’t. She’s nervous teaching at the prison, which she should be.
Grayson is in prison for killing a cop. He’s served two years and has been plotting his escape since day one. He has an instant attraction towards Abby, but that doesn’t stop him from using her to escape, even if that means he makes her his prisoner.
They say there are two types of fear – the kind that has you running far, far away, and the kind that shakes you so deeply that you can’t look away.
I can’t tell him no. Some people have a relationship that’s sunshine and roses. Ours is darkness and vengeance.
I loved the beginning. I liked the interaction between Abby and Grayson. Having the prison as the back-drop added some nice forbidden element to the relationship. Abby gets so flustered teaching and it’s cute to see Grayson tease her and get under her skin.
The book shifts when Grayson escapes and he keeps Abby as a hostage. There’s plenty of tension and push back on Abby’s part. She’s conflicted with her attraction towards Grayson , but understands she needs to get away from him.
I love the sexual tension! Grayson is steamy and very dominate. Let’s just say I enjoyed reading the parts when he overpowers Abby.
I liked Prisoner. I like a good kidnapping book and even though I said I love a fast pace book, I did want some more character build-up on Grayson’s part. I know the authors try to touch on some of his past issues, but I never fully connected to Grayson, not on a deeper level anyhow.
Also, I felt like the middle ending was kind of crazy. There’s a lot that is thrown out there and I felt like some of it could have been edited out. It just added too many elements, but that’s just me. I am sure many would disagree.
Like I said, Prisoner isn’t a dark drama, but it’s plenty drama and if you are a fan of kidnapping books, then try this one.
Annika Martin is a New York Times bestselling author who loves writing stories about criminals – some of her tales are dirty and fun (kinky bank robbers!) others are dark and intense (Prisoner collaboration). She also writes gritty, sexy romantic suspense and urban fantasy as RITA-award winning author Carolyn Crane.
Skye Warren is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of dark romantic fiction. Her books are raw, sexual and perversely romantic.
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