Hostage (Criminals & Captives, #2) by Annika Martin & Skye Warren
Title: Undefeated – Hostage
Series: Criminals & Captives, #2
Authors: Annika Martin & Skye Warren
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: January 30, 2018
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!
It’s him or me. It’s stand here and let a man die, or do something—for once in my life, do something that’s not wearing a dress and smiling and getting it all wrong.
So I run out there. I watch myself do it, like a movie almost. “Stop it,” I yell.
The attacker just keeps on, a dark storm, all fists and fury. My presence means nothing to him. My words don’t touch him. It’s as if I’m yelling at thunder.
My heart beats out of my chest. I’ve risked everything, come out in the open, but it’s not enough. I stamp my foot to get his attention, crushing gravel beneath my mother’s Louboutins.
“The cops are coming,” I say.
The man stills and looks up. It’s a shock when it happens, even though I’ve been trying to get him to see me. His eyes seem to blaze into my chest, hot and bright.
Breathless, I back away.
He stands, leaving the man in a groaning, whimpering heap.
I retreat slowly, showing him my phone, as though that might protect me. “Cops are coming,” I say again. A lie. I couldn’t punch in the code.
He’s coming at me, expression unreadable. He’s a few years older than I am—late twenties, maybe.
My back hits something hard. The van.
He keeps coming. I try to spin and run, but he grabs my arm and slams me back into the van. “Where do you think you’re going, little girl?”
I stare up at him, panting.
His warm breath is a feather on my nose; the heat in his eyes invades me. He grabs my hair and tilts my head back, forcing me to stare into his face, as if he’s trying to read my eyes.
A moment later, he looks up at the night sky. He seems almost wolfish, and I’m conscious, suddenly, of my bare neck so close to his snarling mouth. I wonder if he’s staring at the moon. It’s like he’s going to howl or something.
Then I get it. He’s listening for sirens.
“You’re a little fucking liar.”
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…
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Skye Warren is the New York Times bestselling author of dangerous romance such as the Endgame trilogy. Her books have been featured in Jezebel, Buzzfeed, USA Today Happily Ever After, Glamour, and Elle Magazine. She makes her home in Texas with her loving family, sweet dogs, and evil cat.
Annika Martin loves fun, dirty stories, hot heroes, and wild, dramatic everything. She enjoys hanging out in Minneapolis coffee shops with her writer husband, and also likes birdwatching at her bird feeder alongside her two stunningly photogenic cats, especially when she should be writing. She’s heavy into running, music, saving the planet, taking long baths, and consuming chocolate suckers. She’s worked a surprisingly large number of waitressing jobs, and has also worked in a plastics factory and the advertising trenches; her garden is total bee-friendly madness and her most unfavorite word is nosh or possibly fob. A NYT bestselling author, she has also written as RITA award-winning author Carolyn Crane.