That’s how long it took me to find her.
Five years after my world shattered, leaving me a scarred and broken man.
By then, the girl I knew was gone. In her place stood a woman. One who looked like an angel. An impossible, beautiful angel.
I killed for her. Soaked my hands in the blood of those who hurt her and rescued her from hell.
But hell has a way of following you. Becoming a part of you. Maybe the only part you recognize.
I had every intention of bringing her home. Setting her free.
I swear I did.
But the men who kidnapped her all those years ago weren’t done with her yet. They’d stop at nothing to get her back. And I’d kill any man who tried to take her from me.
She calls me her avenging angel.
But I know the truth.
I’m no angel.
Because even as I tell myself I’m protecting her I know one thing for sure.
I am a monster, too. No better than them.
Because just like them, I’ll never let her go .
Author’s note: Stolen is Dante Grigori’s story and although a standalone, would be better enjoyed after reading With This Ring and I Thee Take.
Series: Linked to: To Have and To Hold Duet
My Rating: ★★★★
Natasha is one of those authors whose books you go into already knowing that its going to be fire. And she didn’t disappoint. We met Dante in With This Ring, and by the time I Thee Take rolled around, I absolutely hoped that Natasha intended on giving us his story. She just had to. So, when Natasha posted a teaser about Dante’s book, a squeal that could rival that of a 6-year-old girl on their birthday was heard from my house. And I don’t have a 6-year-old in my house.
You need to read With This Ring and I Thee Take before you read this book. I know sometimes authors say that, but you still manage to muddle your way through anyway. This is not the case here. This story is written assuming that you have.
After the darkness that was visited on their family, Dante has never stopped searching for Mara. Ten years into it, another woman finds herself facing a fate Mara wants no woman to ever endure. This woman happens to be Dante’s brother girl. When he almost gave up, he finally catches a lead that leads him right to her doorstep after six long years of searching. Fifteen years of horror, abuse finally comes to an end; the physical aches at least, but are the internal wounds ever going to heal?
This book starts right at the rescue and focuses on the after math of it. While I enjoyed the book, I have to say I was disappointed in that the book focused solely on the after effect. I just wanted to live those fifteen years with her, experience the angst, the pain, the turmoil that she went through. Yes, I’m a fucked-up bitch.
I very rarely say this, but I really wish it would have been a duet. It would have allowed room for those fifteen years, let the chemistry grown between the couple naturally and the events on the final pages to be fleshed out a bit. I felt like after the suffering she went through, she really fell for Dante rather easily. Yes, I know they had history, but still.
It kills me to rate it this way because I love Natasha’s work, but I expected/wanted to live those 15 years with the characters. I’m not a fan of off-the-pages event.
Nonetheless, there are some secondary characters in this story that I really hope get a story. And as usually, Natasha did the damn thing.