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Angela is an American college student in Cancun enjoying a mini vacation with her sorority sisters. Trusting a local man whose beauty is only skin deep will turn out to be the start of Angela's nightmare.
After taken as a prisoner and explained how her former life no longer existed she was left with little hope.
'I had a choice to make. Failing this test would mean death. Passing would mean sexual slavery.'
The moment she picked her choice the breaking of her spirit began and her need to survive became her number one priority.
'Everything I thought I knew about myself and life, all of my views, shifted and changed in that room on that day. Ideas of privacy and entitlement and freedom slipped away. The meanings of strength and weakness morphed and failed to matter anymore. All that mattered was survival with minimal pain.'
Colin was a young teen boy when his parents were murdered and his younger brother stolen and sold into slavery. Colin's life mission was to find his brother and bring justice to those who killed his parents. Years later he was hired to rescue Angela.
As Colin sets out to rescue Angela the lines between saving her or making her his own began to blur. He began to think of her as
'His. His to protect. His to save. His to...pleasure.'
The story is dark and difficult to read, yet disturbingly erotic and impossible to put down. In spite of her horror, Angel is able to maintain her spirit, her courage and inner voice to prevail. Both of the main characters were extremely well developed, realistic and engaging, the story was fast paced and tension inducing.
My heart and throat were gripped as the events unfolded and Ms. Field's depiction of the survival of the human spirit is one not easily forgotten.
I know I am still thinking about it and this is one book that I will be re-reading.
This is where you have to decide what works for you and I like my hero and heroin to be exclusive. I understand it was the authors way to add sensuality and intensity to the story but it just killed me to think of me as Angelia and seeing the man I loved enjoying favors from another. Some would probably disagree so it's really a matter of what your taste is. It was a very dark book at times and very sad at others but the ending kind of saved it. The thought of spending the rest of your life looking over your shoulder really was'nt a happily ever after but there were some glimpses of hope surrounding them.
I gave it 4 stars because it was a well written book but I highly caution anyone to look a little closer and to take everything into consideration before purchasing. I think if I had known quite how tense it was at times I may have reconsidered but after I bought it I forced myself to keep reading. I just don't see myself ever reading it again.
I can buy Stockholm syndrome. The heroine being conflicted about her feelings for her 'owner' since he held power over life and death and she was in a situation where even the smallest acknowledgement of her needs or wants became disproportionately valued. However, once free and supposedly more emotionally strong, her continued delusions became not only disappointing but also unrealistic. She seemed to need to cling to the idea that an international crime lord and pimp was in some way honorable.
Maybe the author meant for the reader to recognize that insanity as proof of the heroine's continued damage but it's unlikely. I feel like we were being directed to view their slave/master relationship as 'special'.
The main character's ability to disassociate the continuing treatment of her supposed friends who remained in a terrible situation with the character who put them there triggersis one of my hard limits. The book lost me.