Published by Indie on August 24, 2016
Genres: Dark, Romance
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When I opened my eyes, I was in a cell, my body covered in bruises.
Not a jail.
I’d been kidnapped and imprisoned.
I wasn’t alone. I shared the cell with Garin Woods, the man I’d loved since I was a kid.
The man I couldn’t be with because of the secret. A man who would kill me if he found out what that secret was.
Someone wanted to torture me.
One of us deserved it.
It wasn’t Garin.
This is my first Marni Mann book. I have seen some of her other work and even have it on my TBR list but haven’t gotten to it. I’m not sure why I’ve waited so long to read her work but when I read the blurb to Prisoned, I knew it was time. My exact thought when I read it was that it was time for me to read a solid dark read. My favorite type of books. I’m happy to say that I was not disappointed. In fact, the book was actually different that what I was expecting, which turned out to be a good surprise.
Kyle Lane, Garin Woods and Billy Ashe grew up together in a very tough environment. They had to learn early on to panhandle, sell drugs and be involved with rough crowds in order to survive. They were inseparable until one fateful night forced Kyle to distance herself and eventually remove herself from their lives. For twelve years she’s had to face the reality that she left behind her best friends, one of them the love of her life. When she is forced to go back home, she quickly realizes how difficult coming back is. To face the consequences of that one night and what her leaving left behind.
Garin Woods always protected Kyle when they were younger. He did whatever he could to keep her safe and watch out for her. When she left twelve years ago, he had no idea why. He’d lost his best friend and the girl he’s always loved. When she shows back up in town, he too is forced to deal with the pain and emotions of what her leaving did to him. Will she ever be able to penetrate his cold heart towards her?
This book had so many twists and turns in it that I could hardly guess what the actual truth was or what was happening. It played with my mind and kept me on the edge of my seat. I actually picked it up late one night and read about two pages before I put it down. I don’t know why. Probably something as simple as just being tired. So the next morning I pick it back up and I devoured it. Read it in one sitting.
The bond between Kyle and Garin is almost impenetrable. No matter how long they have been separated from each other, the pull never goes away. Their story is raw, powerful, heartbreaking and yet hopeful. It isn’t pretty. I think that’s what makes them so relatable. They fight for what they want.
“I don’t want to look at them, Kyle. I want to look at you.”
Overall, I enjoyed this book. I promise you that it isn’t necessarily what you think it is when you read the blurb. DO NOT let it scare you away if any of us calls it a dark read. While there are certainly some dark tendencies and their story is raw and gritty, there’s enough light that I believe people who normally wouldn’t go for this type of book will be pleasantly surprise.