He seethes with raw power the first time I see him—pure menace and rippling muscles in shackle.
He’s dangerous. He’s wild. He’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.
So I hide behind my prim glasses and my book like I always do, because I have secrets too. Then he shows up in the prison writing class I have to teach, and he blows me away with his honesty. He tells me secrets in his stories, and it’s getting harder to hide mine. I shiver when he gets too close, with only the cuffs and the bars and the guards holding him back. At night I can’t stop thinking about him in his cell.
But that’s the thing about an animal in a cage—you never know when he’ll bite. He might use you to escape. He might even pull you into a forest and hold a hand over your mouth so you can’t call for the cops. He might make you come so hard, you can’t think.
And you might crave him more than your next breath.
“Sexy, dark, and thrilling. I loved every second of it!” ~ New York Times bestselling author Katie Reus
“Dark, sexy, and intense, Prisoner is an emotional ride that does not let go until the end. I loved it!” ~ USA Today bestselling author Kristen Callahan
4.5 STAR REVIEW
Talk about one hell of a chance meeting!! A stunning display of deliciously wrong and wickedly right!!
“Everybody would say we’re wrong in everything were doing. But we don’t feel wrong to me.”
Prisoner drew me right in. I was hooked from paragraph one. The blurb is exceptionally terrific and heading into the book I was content on reading from our heroines POV. I was surprised and excited that I got to hear from the Hero, too! Dual POV books are my absolute favorite! Being able to dive into the mind of alpha men is priceless! Authors Skye Warren and Annika Martin shattered the glass ceiling with this one!! It’s gritty, raw, sexy, intense, and powerfully intriguing. The subjects in this book are unthinkable and are handled with such finesse and delicacy. And the characters… Where do I even start?! Abigail and Greyson both have pretty disturbing pasts. As the story progressed, more is revealed. More heartbreaking than the one before.
Abigail is assigned to teach a class on creative writing. But not just any class… A class full of convicted men in prison. My initial thoughts on Abby were that she was demure, shy, a goody-goody. She seemed timid. I was wrong. She’s incredibly strong and courageous. Not afraid to fight for what she wants. She’s intelligent with more than just book smarts. Abby had an unbelievable street sense from a troubling and traumatic past. And when she sees Greyson for the first time… She knows she shouldn’t feel pulled and attracted to him. She can’t help but to truly admire him. The angst-ridden journey she takes is grand. I felt waves of emotions as she struggled to deal with Greyson’s past and come to terms with hers. The remarkable part of this character is her patience and caring nature and eventual loyalty to this man. This man she is, at times, humiliated by the way he made her feel.
“The feel of brutality that hangs about him is compelling and…somehow beautiful.”
Greyson is behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit. He’s committed crimes, just not the one he was convicted of. He’s got a sordid past, to say the least. But much of his suffering, albeit not outwardly portrayed, is horrific. Maddeningly unthinkable. When he joins Abby’s class, it’s with a hidden agenda. But as he spends more time in her presence he finds it hard to keep his hands to himself!! And what man whose been in prison for two years wouldn’t? Sure it’s the intensity of the sexual tension exploding between them, but it’s also more. There is so much more to this connection, this feeling he was having than just the physical. The road to discovery of those feelings is brilliantly written! Looking back, I’m still not sure why I was such a fan at certain times. Times when Greyson acted without remorse or regard to how Abby was thinking or feeling. His story is gut-wrenching. The revelations he had about Abby…about himself are positively profound.
“I never felt like I wasn’t enough before Abby showed up. Pissed of, yeah. A fucked-up stranger in the world, yeah. But never like I wasn’t enough.”
Ahhh!!! There so much I want to say, but I’m not a fan of spoilers! I read this in just a few hours. It’s not a short novel but I just couldn’t put it down! The relationships formed, the intense nature of content, the brilliant writing… the list goes on! Although this book ended at what I would say was an HEA, the series continues!! It was fantastic to watch two broken souls heal each other. To have it all unfold in front of me. All the ups and the inevitable downs. TERRIFIC!!
Skye Warren is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of dark romantic fiction. Her books are raw, sexual and perversely tender. For those new to her work, consider the bestseller Wanderlust or Don’t Let Go.
“Dark, disturbing, haunting, and beautiful, Skye Warren will take you into the depths of depravity but bring you home, safe in the end.” – Kitty Thomas, author of Comfort Food
“Skye Warren is a true mistress of dark and twisted love stories.” – The Forbidden Bookshelf
“Be prepared to fall in love with one very scary monster.” – Romantic Book Affairs
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Annika Martin is a New York Times bestselling author who loves writing stories about criminals – some of her tales are dirty and fun (kinky bank robbers!) others are dark and intense (Prisoner). She also writes gritty, sexy romantic suspense and urban fantasy as RITA-award winning author Carolyn Crane. Sign up for her nifty release alerts at AnnikaMartinBooks.com