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- Print Length: 435 pages
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- Publisher: Gray; 2 edition (December 16, 2016)
- Publication Date: December 16, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N95HZ0Z
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From the beautiful cover alone I immediately one-clicked knowing Blaire was going to fulfill my dark needs. At least I'd hoped. While content was indeed dark, I got the feeling Blaire was leaning more on the edgier romance side. I won't say it was insta-love, but the attraction between the 2 main characters right away had me worried that I knew the path it was going down. Man was I wrong. It did take quite awhile for Blaire to gain speed but once it did it didn't let loose. Anita did a great job creating characters that I could feel and connect with. The story kept me enthralled and on edge knowing a ball was going to drop. The last 25% of the book was intense and gloriously violent with plot twists and revelations that were unexpected. Damn good book!
Side note: Charlie's use of the word "wanner" almost killed me. I'm racking my brain trying to remember his ethnicity in the book (Hispanic & European?) but am pretty sure it wasn't backwoods hillbilly. He still remained a total badass character regardless.
After I read those, I found myself delving into more of the human trafficking and the men who seek to prevent and punish these deplorable human who exploit men, women, and children for their own gain. After Nashoda Rose, as most of you who are avid readers know that after you finish a novel, there are recommendations of other similar books or authors, which brings me to Anita Gray.
Wow, I never heard of her, and even looked for other books by her, and I so hope she reads these reviews, and know that she has a faithful and true audience already. The relationship between Blaire and James...so beautiful, yet so haunted and fragile. The same can be said with her feelings, and uncomfortable emotions she has for Charlie.
Maksim...although this character is horrific, Anita Gray does an excellent job in having the reader delve into his character, the subtle nuances of his 'faithfulness' to Blaire and vice versa.
I don't want this book to end...in fact, since I am reading it on my Kindle, I am at 98%, which is the start of the Epilogue, and I...CAN...NOT...BRING...MYSELF...TO....FINISH....! I don't want this love story to end, and YES, it is a love story, in spite of! So, before I commence the Epilogue, I've purchased Charlies POV, which I believe is about 26 pages, and probably dedicated to his idea of Blaire and what he feels for her, and then I will read the Epilogue, and anxiously await Anita Gray's next novel!
Blaire was taken at a young age and subjected to horrific abuse. She was brainwashed and conditioned, both physically and mentally, to be the a slave for Maksim. Over time, she became his fiercest protector and most treasured possession. Despite her petite frame, she is more lethal than men twice her size.
When a rival crime boss, Charlie, enters the scene, it is clear that he is different. He doesn't fear Maksim the way that others do. In fact, Maksim seems to be afraid of this newcomer. Their actions hint at a complicated history and it seems that Maksim may have betrayed Charlie in the past.
As repayment for past transgressions, Charlie asks to borrow Blaire from Maksim. He is in need of her expert hacking skills for a job that he has planned. Although, his keen interest in Blaire makes it clear that he is interested in far more than her computer skills.
To Blaire's astonishment, Maksim agrees to Charile's terms. Before she can voice her protest, she is drugged and taken to be Charlie's captive. Soon, she is forced to feel things that she's never experienced before and everything she knows is called into question.
Little by little, Blaire and Charlie's relationship evolves into something entirely new to Blaire. Charlie treats her with kindness, which she had never experienced before. She battles between the feelings that she has and those that her conditioning tell her that she should have. She is beginning to fall for Charlie, but knows that this is the ultimate betrayal of Maksim, the man she has been groomed to protect and cherish.
Eventually, Blaire and Charlie must face the light. Blaire's time with Charlie comes to an end. Betrayals and their consequences come to pass. Things go from bad to worse in the blink of an eye.
Reading Blaire's story, I found myself enjoying this atypical captivity story quite a bit. Blaire wasn't weak or even innocent, by any stretch of the imagination. She was a conditioned, hardened killer. Yet, she was vulnerable at the same time.
If dark stories with abuse do not appeal to you, then this is one that you'll want to steer clear of. There are graphic accounts of sexual, physical and mental abuse in this book. Heed the warning in the book's disclaimer.
If you enjoy dark stories, like I do, then 'Blaire' might prove to be just the book that you're looking for. It is different from the plethora of other captivity-themed books out there. I enjoyed it quite a lot and will be reading the next book in the series when it is released.
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