Hostage (Criminals & Captives, #2) by Skye Warren
Published by Indie on January 30, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Dark, Romance
I NEVER KNEW WHEN HE'D COME TO ME. ONLY THAT HE WOULD.
I’d never even kissed a boy the night I met Stone. The night I saw him kill. The night he spared my life. That was only the beginning.
He turns up in my car again and again, dangerous and full of raw power. “Drive,” he tells me, and I have no choice. He’s a criminal with burning green eyes, invading my life and my dreams.
The police say he’s dangerously obsessed with me, but I’m the one who can’t stop thinking about him. Maybe it’s wrong to let him touch me. Maybe it’s wrong to touch him back. Maybe these twisted dates need to stop. Except he feels like the only real thing in my world of designer labels and mansions.
So I drive us under threat, until it’s hard to remember I don’t want to be there.
Until it’s too late to turn back.
HOSTAGE is a dangerous standalone romance by New York Times bestselling authors Skye Warren and Annika Martin. It’s set in the same world as PRISONER, but can read separately!
Hostage was exactly what I needed to get out of my book funk. It’s dark, dangerous and absolutely addicting. It can be read as a standalone but it does have some of the same timeline that Prisoner does. So I recommend at least reading Prisoner afterwards so you can Grayson and Abby’s story as well.
Brooke stumbles upon Stone when she is sixteen years old. That’s when he first takes her hostage. Immediately, she feels some type of pull towards him. Sure, there’s fear but there’s something much deeper than that. Something about his darkness that masks over what she see’s as beauty.
“His smile is like nothing I’ve ever seen. As if he has so much hate and anger in him that it flipped over to a kind of evil beauty.”
He feels that pull as well, thus starting his obsession with her. For years, they play this cat and mouse game that ultimately binds them together. Brooke just might be the light that Stone needs, even if he doesn’t see that.
I was hooked from the beginning with this story but what I love the most about it is that it’s oddly healing. It’s hauntingly beautiful because there is so much evil, hate and violence but in the end, there is love, healing and growth. It’s always been there but it has taken a long time.
Stone…my man. *Sigh* I’ve wanted his story from the moment we met him in Prisoner. He was the leader, the tough, strong one who held the group together. He was their law. Yet you could tell that he puts up a front and that he was hurting more than he ever let on. In Hostage, we get to know him. Understand his needs and where is head is at. While it’s dark, there’s definitely more to him and all it took was Brooke and a lot of time to knock down some of those steel walls. My heart ached for him every minute and it weeped with joy whenever anything good graced him.
I also liked Brooke. While she might come off as the rich girl on the surface, it’s clear that she’s had her own struggles in life and there’s something different that speaks to her. While she has the right amount of fear towards Stone when he first takes her hostage, she always shows strength and continues to show her light. She stuck up for herself when needed and she fought hard for Stone when he needed it.
If you are looking for a dark romance that will hurt your heart but ultimately mend it to a better shape than it was before, then Hostage is the book for you. It will hurt. It will be ugly but it will be beautiful.