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"Stolen Soulmate is a true masterpiece." @it.sgottabethebooks
"Her words are masterful. It's also hot as hell. Like scorching off the pages hot!" Wicked Dreams and Reads
"I said Heartless Hero was my favourite read of Mary's and 2019. But Stolen Soulmate has just topped it." Rumi
"Stolen Soulmate is not your average adult bully book." Goodreads
"My heart aches in my chest. Literally, sitting here rubbing the place where my heart once was because Mary Catherine Gebhard ripped it out." Musings of the Modern Belle
"Grayson Crowne is the epitome of bully. From now on when I think of bully romance, Grayson will be who comes to mind! Stolen Soulmate definitely raised the bar in romance for me and is def a top read this year, possibly one of my top reads of all time!!!!" @southernbooknerd93
"Mary Catherine is a damn GENIUS!!" @readingmama_2019
"Mary Catherine Gebhard is the queen of bully romance!! If you enjoy bully romances, this book is a must-read." Living My Best Book Life
"If you enjoy dark bully romances with an alphahole that you'll love (for the most part) and that will give you all the emotions, then this is the book for you!!" Goodreads
- File size : 2143 KB
- Publication date : February 27, 2020
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 436 pages
- Publisher : Unglued Books (February 27, 2020)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B0845ZC8X7
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,250 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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Story and Gray are pure fire burning all around them, they are deep angst that leave you breathless, they are deep emotional connection, and they are absolutely perfect together, I swooned so hard with their scenes.
Their path is not easy, my soul hurts for them and the pain that they have to face.
Gray ... sigh ... is a lonely and misunderstood boy, even though he is cruel and sometimes I hated him, I loved his possessive and sweet side. And Story is his perfect complement, so brave, so loyal. Gahhh, I love them!!
I don't have enough words to explain how much I love this story, even though half of the time I wanted to throw my tablet out of the window, my mind keeps spinning around of the characters, I'm insanely obsessed with them.
Stolen soulmate was such intense roller coaster that I obliterated all my senses, I still feel it so deep under my skin, in my blood, I don't think I'll ever recover. It's a ride of epic proportions that will undoubtedly leave an indelible mark on my heart.
Grayson Crowne has broken my heart, he melted my heart, ripped out my heart. I should hate everything about him. He is cruel, controlling, and seems to lack empathy where most people are concerned. But there is so much more to him than what he allows others to see. Underneath the composed layers of cruelty is a good guy worthy of our sweet beautiful Story, I just know he is in there.
However, the Gorgeously Cruel sexy and devious Grayson Crowne somehow still managed to capture the heart of Storybook Hale. She is all that's beautiful and good in this world, yet life continues to take dump after dump on her. She just wants to do her job and blend into the background, never putting her heart at risk to be crushed again, like it was before by someone in a social class high above her.
Gray really is just awful, but you know there’s a decent guy, whose heart isn’t a frozen block of ice, a sweet gentle and tender guy underneath the horrible top layers. If he would just let Story peel away the layers and unveil the man she knows lies beneath.
Storybook is sassy and ballsy and the perfect one to snap back at Gray. She evokes feelings and emotions in him that bother him on so many different levels.
I love her combative attitude with him. In a world of beautiful people, She has this understated sexiness and sweetness he can’t help but be drawn to. Story knows there is more to Grayson than he allows everyone to see because she has been watching him, fantasizing about him for years. But how many times will she allow him to hurt her before she walks away for good? Or will she allow herself to become a part of history repeating itself?
I love the emotional beat down this book served me! One moment smiles cover my face at the banter between these two characters and then in the next chapter I’m literally devastated at the cruelty one of my loves is enduring! Yes, Yes, Yes!
This is Dark, and Cruel and Angsty and Super Sexy. It’s full of twisted characters, secrets and lies that will have you wanting to chuck your kindle across the room.
*I voluntarily reviewed an advanced complimentary copy of this book!
My Cr8zysockbookblock blog wrap up for this book!
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐⭐- Dark fans, this for y’all loves!! This starts off with hawtness!! if you are looking for some sweet, sappy love story that makes your heart go pitter patter, this ain’t it! It has its moments, but mostly you are going to get back and forth banter, heat, frustration, angst. All the amazingness I FLOVE! ♥️🔥♥️🔥
🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥-The fact that they fought like hell the way they did not for so long made this so much hotter when they threw down. HOLY god!! 🧨So many times I didn’t know if they were about to fight or well… um you know🤭!🔥🥵🔥
🌪Cliffhanger Warning-🌪🌪Cliffy Baby!! Be ready to set that count down for book two.
🔫 Trigger Warning-This is a dark romance and does have scenes of bullying and cruelty. If you are bothered by things of that nature this may not be the book for you. If you have concerns you can PM for more information.
Grayson was so much more complex than I first believed him to be. Seeing how he carried the weight of the world on his shoulders and all the expectations of him Grayson quickly endeared himself to me. In spite of his cruelty at times I couldn't help but hold out hope that he would find something that truly made him happy.
Story was such a resilient young woman who stole a bit of my heart. I loved her tenacious and sassy spirit. The way she was willing to sacrifice for those she loved and all that she endured made me want to engulf her in a giant hug.
The push and pull throughout this book kept my emotions constantly wavering. The angst that saturated this story had me constantly on the edge of my seat. I became so riveted by Grayson and Story's tale that my emotions were a jumbled mess. My poor heart has yet to recover from the brilliant and poignant masterpiece that is Stolen Soulmate.
Top reviews from other countries
This is my first read by Mary Catherine Gebhard. I’m seriously conflicted. I enjoyed reading this book, which was a REAL SLOW BURNER. But then again, I hated many other things about it. For me, it lacked ‘believability’ and was a bag of contradictions. I’ll explain.
A very modern story with very stone age undertones
First off, the bullying that Grayson put Story through harked back to slavery times and made for very uncomfortable reading for me. The story is set in the 21st Century, yet in parts, I had to stop and wonder is it a historical romance? How could the Crownes and their ilk get away with oppressing and treating their house help the way they did?! And in this day and age, who actually calls their house help a servant?!? The arranged and forced marriage thing also didn’t ring true given the time it’s set in.
Very unlikeable H/h and supporting characters
I felt Grayson was spineless and only cared about himself, flip-flopping and playing mind games not just with Story but his so-called fiancee. I agree, there were glimpses of a sensitive nature but overall, I couldn’t stand him. But I also loathed Story, Lottie, Grayson’s siblings and friends in equal measure. I felt Story and Lottie were pathetic and weak with the way they continued to desperately hanker after Grayson the playboy. Story, in particular, turned my stomach with the way she literally lay down and begged Grayson to abuse and use her. She was either stupid and/or a glutton for punishment.
Why Story didn’t just leave beggars belief!
As far as I understood, Story went to the same schools as the Crownes, I take it fully paid for by her wealthy ‘owners’. This tells me that she had some form of education, yet she kept wondering where she would go if she were to leave, like as if she had absolutely no other alternative, which I refuse to believe.
An undeclared cliffhanger - gggrrrrrr!!!
I ABSOLUTELY HATE cliffhangers, especially one I stumble on right at the end of a book. If there’s one thing I’d put to authors, it’s never to neglect to disclose to the reader all the vital information they need to know, including if a book has sequels. I now feel like I’ve been duped and because I do want to know how it all ends, I’ll have to buy the next book. If this were a standalone HEA, I’d likely not ever read books by this author again.
Would I recommend this book? I think I would because it’s as infuriating as it is gripping. I was personally gripped by the appalling things I was reading and actually wanted to find out more. What that says about me, I honestly don’t know. I’d say you’re best reading it and making up your own mind.
Good God almighty!! This book! What a brilliant, intense read!! So thrilling, dark, cruel and, yet, so insanely beautiful.
"The difference between me and him: those who were born with the right to have, and those with the right to want."
Story Hale is a servant in the Crowne household. She's been invisible, going about her work, for years. Then one stolen moment and a shocking secret changes her life, and then she's suddenly making a bargain with the devil.
"There's a need. A possession. Growing inside me like a weed. I didn't like them touching her. I don't like anyone even looking at her."
Grayson Crowne, notorious tabloid playboy, makes a mistake that might cost him his heart's desire. There's no way he's going to let a lowly servant make a fool of him, even if he can't get the taste and feel of her out of his mind. So he's going to make her pay. However, what starts out as an almost win-win-for-him agreement, slowly becomes an obsession. This daring girl spears him with her beauty and her honesty.
"You're starting to take up too much space inside me. I don't think there's any other way to get you out."
God, Grayson Crowne! I hated him, I loved him, he made my heart bleed and my knees weak. His alpha ways and his possessiveness thrilled me. I almost felt sorry for him, caught up between a woman he's always loved and a woman who's wedged under his skin. The final scenes in the book totally broke me.
Story is just such an immensely strong and candid character. Gray and the emotions he evoked in her became her weakness. She soldiered on in the face of cruelty and judgement. My heart broke for her, too!
"The more I touched Story, the deeper she sank. She was ink in the water of my soul, spreading, changing the color and make of me."
I had a massive book hangover after reading this story. One moment I was hopeful and the next I was despairing. I felt wrung out emotionally bouncing back and forth between Gray's coldness and cruelty, and then his heart-melting thoughtfulness and complex vulnerability. Sometimes, it felt like he had no control over himself. He knew what he should and needed to do, but, where Story was concerned, there was an irresistible compulsion to own, possess, and protect her. It was an absolutely thrilling, absorbing read.
Story is a servant, she’s a misunderstood quiet person who really just wants an easy life and to get on with her job. She’s shy and reserved at the best of times but she’s also a character I can relate to. Everything she does is to make her family’s life easier, she would happily take all the pain and misery just so that her family doesn’t have to experience it. She grows in confidence as the book progresses but she’s still very lost and she knows her time is limited with Gray. She knows he is destined for something different and that his future doesn’t involve her.
Gray, he is an enigma, he uses Story as a plaything, just because he can in the beginning. However, as the story advances his feelings for her become entangled. He has to fight for what he knows he ‘should’ do and who he ‘should’ be with against what he really wants and the person he really wants to share his life. To say this book is intense is one way to phrase it. I found myself completely enthralled with this book. There are so many moments of angst and drama in this book, I could not stop reading, I was completely addicted to this story and I refused to stop until I had read every single word. It does end in a way that sets it up for the next book Forbidden Fate. I need it now, May cannot come fast enough!
Stolen Soulmate by Mary Gebhard is the second book in the Crowne Point series. I’m breathless, I’m out of control, I think my brain, my heart, maybe even my tears are stuck in the Crowne Point world. WTAF! I can’t read any other books until I find out what happens next (okay! Sorry! Too far! I take it back). But still that’s what this book does to you, it drives you crazzzyy.
Grayson is an alpha-hole of epic proportions. How can someone with such a big heart be so cruel???? I got whiplash from his 2 faces alone, was he cruel or kind? a bully or a lover? He would push story away only to draw her back in again, all the while crushing her heart at the bottom of his shoe.
Story was so frustrating, she was helpless and she wore her heart on her sleeve. She bent over backwards giving more and more of her heart to Grayson. She was drawn to him like a moth to a flame, all the while getting burnt by the fire. I was screaming at her to stand up to him, show him your better than him, but she continuously shattered her heart with her hopes that he would change.
There’s nothing I dislike more than a helpless heroine BUT! Mary wrote this book sooooo well, I couldn’t help being addicted, hooked, sucked in. She wrote it so beautifully, she tore my heart to pieces. If there’s any book where I want to climb inside and shake the heroine, and maybe a few other characters, this is it!!
Other than that I love Gray I feel he is a misunderstood character (I know what I said above but that's my anger towards his choices) but his alpha personality and his love for his family always seem to win. Even though he has feelings for Story he decides to NOT act on them.
I love Story, I love everything about her except her willingness to do everything the Crownes demand of her.
It does have a Victorian feel to the story, in a way that the character act, speak and arranged marriages that happen inside it thise castle walls.
I need to read the final installment for me to really give a proper review of the story as it spans over more than one book, but overall I give it 4* so far.