Skye Warren and Annika Martin have come together to write another wonderful, dark, twisted, and hot read. Hostage is the second book in the Criminal & Captives series, but it can be read as a standalone book. While it does intersect in places with the first book, you don’t need to have read it to enjoy Hostage and know what’s going on.
Brooke is the quintessential poor little rich girl, or at least that’s what it looks like. In reality, her parents are being swans, floating around looking serene on top of the pond while their feet are paddling furiously under the water to keep them afloat and moving along. They are in trouble financially, but in their circle, if you admit it, you are a pariah. No one will do business with you, no one will invite you to all the right parties, so on and so forth. That means that her sweet 16 party is not about her at all. It’s all about keeping up appearances and public relations. Her parents have invited hundreds of people, most of whom she has never met. Her parents have drilled poor Brooke in everyone’s names, businesses, etc. Our poor heroine doesn’t even get to enjoy her birthday. When she goes out to get some air, it gets even worse.
Standing outside where she can just be Brooke for a little while, she hears the sounds of someone getting the shit beaten out of them. She decides that she’s going to go investigate it and see what’s going on. What she finds is a young man a few years older than her beating up another man. She tries to make him stop, but instead, she gets shoved into a van, along with the beaten man, and dragged to a burnt out hulk of a house.
Stone had no intention of anyone seeing him beat the guy, least of all a beautiful 16-year-old girl. However, once she’s seen him, he has to do something, and that’s to shove her in the van so that he can take care of her later. But first, he has a job to finish. He drags the man out of the van at the house and takes care of business, after telling Brooke to stay still. He plans to take her to the river to dispose of her, but something about her changes his mind. He can’t do it. Instead, he makes up a story for her to tell the cops that has nothing to do with him.
Over the next few years, Stone randomly shows up out of nowhere, climbs into her car and tells Brooke to drive. She never knows when it’s going to happen, or where they are going to go. However, that doesn’t stop her from doing it.
This book has some seriously dark aspects in it. It also has a lot of hope and love. Woven into all that dark is a truly epic love story, which is no less than I would expect from these two ladies. There are hints of betrayal which is hard on everyone, but the results are worth it. Reading the two books back to back is going to be something epic, and definitely the way that I’m going to have to read them, every time. Because let’s face it, they are totally awesome books.
I like that there is more closure to certain aspects of the past, but I hoped that the person involved with that would’ve been either less involved in it or done something about it prior, but at least they did something about it, so better late than never, I guess.
I think Brooke is really good for Stone. He really was like his name. Without having her around, I think that he would’ve probably turned into a real rock or broken completely apart. She brings the lightness and love that he needed to have, so it works out really well. He also gives her the strong love and affection that she needs to have, so they pair together really well.
OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. We have a lot coming up today and tomorrow, stay braced for everything. Meanwhile, happy reading!