Stolen by Jay Marie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I don’t even know what to say about this book. I really don’t. I’m not sure it’s fair to refer to it as a dark romance… the dark part is accurate, but… there is no romance to be seen. I have read some pretty dark romance, but this just went too far for me. This makes Captive in the Dark look like a fluffy 1950’s courtship. EDIT: this author has stated that this book, and series, are not to be considered dark romance. They are intended as an erotic thriller, or similar. And I have to agree that while there are parts of these stories that are hot, the overarching situation is that Darren is the devil. He is not redeemed. He is not redeemable.
This is a VERY violent story, including graphic and horrible violence between the two main characters, especially him towards her. The things he does- I don’t see how he could ever be redeemed. The only HEA I can imagine at the end of this series would involve his fiery death coupled with her escape. Or, perhaps him going away to a supermax prison for life without the possibility of parole where he would live the rest of his days in a cage without any control over his life. What he does to her the first time he gets her alone… I hope she eventually gets her wish and kills him.
He can’t come back from the things he’s done, particularly because he is painted as a sociopath incapable of feeling emotion.
FYI, triggers are everywhere in this book- lack of consent (multiple instances), extreme physical violence, mental/emotional terrorism, human trafficking.
While I have reviewed this book, I am unable to rate it. I am too conflicted.
Update: after further consideration I am adding a rating of 5-stars. This book made me upset, it made me sick, and it haunted me. But, that makes it a great book if it can leave such a lingering impression. As such it deserves five stars.
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Stolen by Jay Marie