Still Missing by Chevy Stevens

Book Description:

Published: July 6, 2010

On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a 32-year-old realtor, had three goals—sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever-patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she’s about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all.

Still Missing interweaves the year Annie spent as the captive of a psychopath in a remote mountain cabin, which unfold through sessions with her psychiatrist, with a second narrative following the events after her escape—her struggle to piece her shattered life back together and the ongoing police investigation into the identity of her captor.

Still Missing is a shocking, visceral, brutal and beautifully crafted novel.

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Once I started listening to this book I found it almost impossible to stop because after reading the blurb I knew what was coming and felt edgy waiting for it to happen.

It starts out so innocently, a young realtor doing her job showing a house on a slow day, packing up her things when a van pulls up and a man with a very friendly smile asks if he can see the house. Annie, tired and ready to get home, almost says “no”, but gives in and that one decision would change her life FOREVER.

She’s kidnapped and taken to a remote cabin, hours away from her home town. There she is raped repeatedly and put on strict schedules, when and what she can eat, when she can pee, when she can bathe,what to wear etc. There is no way out of the cabin and every cabinet and door is locked. She gets pregnant, gives birth (basically all on her own) to a daughter, who the “freak”(that’s what Annie calls her kidnapper) names after his mother. In her mind and heart, Annie gives her another name, which we find out at the end.

It goes without saying that the “freak” is seriously unstable and we find out he was sexually abused as a child and that he has killed before and gotten away with it. He’s not happy that the baby is a girl and gets very upset when she cries and won’t quiet down. In his mind she is showing him disrespect. The baby catches and severe cold and he refuses to admit she’s sick and the baby dies while in his care. He takes her away and Annie never finds out what he did with her. The baby had lived one month.

There is a turning point and a surprise twist  in the story and I won’t say what they are  (you’ll have to read the book) but they are doozies and change the direction of the whole story.

Although the story does not end with a HEA, in my mind I added one last  chapter and gave Annie at least the HOPE of a future with happiness made possible for her. She deserved it.

Fantastic book!!!

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Owned (Decadence After Dark #1) by M. Never

Book Description:

Published: September 29, 2014

“I like you collared, baby. I like you naked, I like you mine.”

Ellie Stevens has lusted over Kayne Roberts since he first walked into the import/export company she works for a little over a year ago. As Expo’s most important client, Ellie has always kept a safe distance from the man with the majestic blue eyes – until temptation finally gets the better of her. Impulsively, Ellie invites Kayne to one of Expo’s infamous company parties her flamboyant boss is notorious for throwing. Unbeknownst to Ellie, the god in the Armani suit isn’t just the suave entrepreneur he portrays himself to be. Underneath the professional exterior is a man with a secret life, dark desires, and nefarious contacts.

In a hidden corner of a trendy New York City lounge, the spark kindling between the two of them ignites. Unable to resist the sinful attraction, Ellie agrees to leave with Kayne, believing she is finally bedding the man of her dreams. Little does she know when she walks out the door, she’s about to be Owned.

***Content Warning***
Owned is a dark erotic romance. Please pay close attention to the use of the words dark, erotic, and romance. It has intense sexual situations, a Master/slave relationship, mild abuse, and some violence. Reader discretion is advised.

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I have to get over feeling guilty about reading erotic romances/dark erotica, but I’m not there yet.

This book was fantastic and the author could have left out half the sex scenes and it sill would have been fantastic but not near the PLEASURE to read.

Ellie has known of Kayne for a year or so because of her job but has never, to her knowledge, attracted his attention. Little does she know that he noticed her from their first meeting and he wanted her, Finally she asks him if he’s going to a party being thrown by her boss and he says he’ll go if she is going to be there. Kanye notices a business associate coming toward him so send Ellie off to fetch drinks. Javier, a drug and slave trafficker says he like to take Ellie for his own, so Kanye jumps in and tells him that she already belongs to him. Now he has no choice but to kidnap her and make her submit and be his slave/pet. He drugs her and takes her to his huge palatial whore house.

There she will remain to be brought to the point of breaking being humiliated,left chained to a bed,in total seclusion,naked, and made to have sex whenever Kanye wished, He hates what he’s doing to her but at the same time loving it. He loves to punish her with spankings using paddles, crops and straps. He loves to make her cry. He’s a real bastard. He collars her and tells her she is his KITTEN, a pet and at times she is made to crawl on all fours.  She is stubborn and refused to submit and she is beaten many times. Kanye tells him best friend, Jett, who also works with him , that he’s doing it for his own good. While all the training is taking place Kanye falls in love with Ellie and Ellie finds herself falling in love with Kanye.

After a month, she is pretty well beat down and does everything he says and the sinister Javier is bringing the BIG BOSS  in from outside  of the country for a meeting about drugs Kanye knows that after the party being held in honor of the drug lord, everything will change.

Javier kills his own drug lord and takes Ellie, who he has been lusting for since he first saw her, and shots Kanye in the shoulder. Then all hell breaks loose and men in black bust in and start shooting..

When all is said and done we learn Kanye is a covert agent and has been working undercover for the last six years to bring down the drug lords and the slave traffickers. Ellie finds out about this from Kanye and once her collar has been removed with a bolt cutter she leaves and says she never wants to see him  again.  End

I loved this book and I’m anxious to the next installment in this series to see how they get back together, because I know they will.

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Faith by Terry Towers

Book Description:

Published: November 25, 2014

Emily

I had no idea the wickedness that lay beneath his angelic features and pleasurable touch.

I wanted one night out to be wild and crazy; to be like all the other young women my age. I’d been living such a sheltered life that when a new group of friends took me to a nightclub for some drinks and dancing – nothing overly rebellious, considering – I jumped at the chance.

And you can imagine my surprise when the sexiest man at the club, heck, the sexiest man I’d ever set eyes upon wanted to spend some alone time getting to know the plain Jane daughter of a pastor! I jumped at the chance. Most of the other young women regularly left with men they’d just met and nothing bad ever happened, so what were the chances it would turn out badly for me?

I had no idea…

Tanner

I had no idea she’d challenge everything I believed about myself and make me feel.

My job is simple – train them and break their spirits without shattering their minds, which isn’t the easiest task, I assure you. But I’m the best at what I do.

But now The Organization I previously worked for is gone and I’m a freelancer – of sorts. And I couldn’t be happier. I used to have to abide by their rules, follow their protocol, but not anymore. The lives and minds of the women are mine to do with as I please.

Unfortunately for Emily Fennel, the daughter of a small-town pastor, she’d caught my attention. She was so pure and virtuous, she’s the light in contrast to my darkness and she’s going to be my greatest accomplishment.

People thought I was a monster before…

From the Author

Please Note: This is a dark romance novel, it contains themes of violence and mature situations that may upset some readers. While some people may feel it was over the top, please understand that in order to really appreciate the mental/emotional journey Tanner and Emily take I felt the book needed to start at its darkest point.
Review –
Though this may be a dark romance novel I found the ending to be too unbelievable.  I won’t say what the ending was but for all that went on in the story it’s just not plausible, at least, to me.
I also found it to be very predictable. Preacher’s daughter kidnapped and held hostage by a sex crazed dominant  who uses her and abuses her only to have her fall in love with him.  It seems like I’ve read this somewhere before.
I enjoy reading but sometime it’s like WHY AM I DOING THIS?
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Nowhere Blvd by Ryan Notch

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Published        December 28th 2011         by Amazon Digital Services, Inc

Eleven year old Spencer Williams mysteriously re-appears in his bedroom after having been missing for two years. The story of where he’s been is one no sane person would believe, a tale of being kidnapped by a creature out of legend and taken to a strange underworld. A place where missing children the world over are subjected to horrible experiments by the original boogie man, the living nightmare known as Smiling Jack.

Spencer keeps his secrets, happy to have been the only child ever to have escaped the clutches of Smiling Jack and his minions. With his nightmares fading into the past, Spencer returns home and tries to live a normal life. But when his baby sister goes missing, will Spencer be willing to take the ultimate risk to save her?

Review –

It took me some time to get into the book and each page seemed harder and harder to turn.  I just never really cared for it. Maybe I just read it at the wrong time.  Perhaps I’ll go back and read it again someday.

Panic by Sharon M Draper

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Book Description

Release date: March 12, 2013
This gripping and chillingly realistic novel from New York Times bestselling author Sharon Draper shows that all it takes is one bad decision for everything to change.Diamond knows not to get into a car with a stranger.But what if the stranger is well-dressed and handsome? On his way to meet his wife and daughter? And casting a movie that very night—a movie in need of a star dancer? What then?Then Diamond might make the wrong decision.

It’s a nightmare come true: Diamond Landers has been kidnapped. She was at the mall with a friend, alone for only a few brief minutes—and now she’s being held captive, forced to endure horrors beyond what she ever could have dreamed, while her family and friends experience their own torments and wait desperately for any bit of news.

From New York Times bestselling author Sharon Draper, this is a riveting exploration of power: how quickly we can lose it—and how we can take it back.

Review –

Believable plot, nicely developed characters, intense and raw, but now too much and as easy read. What more can a reader ask for?

This was my first reading of anything by the author but it won”t be my last.

Michael Vey, The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans

Product Description

My name is Michael Vey, and the story I’m about to tell you is strange. Very strange. It’s my story.To everyone at Meridian High School, Michael Vey is an ordinary fourteen-year-old. In fact, the only thing that seems to set him apart is the fact that he has Tourette’s syndrome. But Michael is anything but ordinary. Michael has special powers. Electric powers.Michael thinks he’s unique until he discovers that a cheerleader named Taylor also has special powers. With the help of Michael’s friend, Ostin, the three of them set out to discover how Michael and Taylor ended up this way, but their investigation brings them to the attention of a powerful group who wants to control the electric children – and through them the world. Michael will have to rely on his wits, powers, and friends if he’s to survive.

Review –

This was the first young adult book that I have read in a while and it was great.  My husband bought this book and read it first and passed it off to me because he knows I like books with subject matter that is a “little out there.”

The characters are so real and the relationships between them are priceless.  I believe that anyone who reads it can identify with someone.  When I came to the end  I was disappointed – I wanted it to go on and on, but I guess I will just have to wait for the next installment.

 

Great Book!

 

Plan B by Joseph Finder

Product Description

An original short story by Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author of Buried Secrets and Vanished. “Plan B” finds private spy Nick Heller in Barcelona, Spain on a rescue mission. The target: a walled compound with state-of-the art-security. The object: a teenage girl, held against her will. The plan: get in and rescue the girl and then get out — without tripping an alarm or alerting the army of guards. But even the best designed plans can go wrong. Which is why Nick Heller always has a Plan B.

 
 
 
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This story was offered FREE on Audible.com so I gave it a try and I’m glad I did.  It was my first time to read or listen to, in this case, a story by Joseph Finder and it was excellent.  Fast paced, just enough description, and strong characters make this a gret choice.