February 27. 2014
Madeleine Abducted (The Estate #1)
5 Stars ★★★★★
Blurb ~ She was meant to be his destruction…
A pawn played in a perilous game between father and son…
Yet, her strength was more than either man could imagine.
As Maddy learns to save herself…
She becomes the one thing that could set the son free.
Madeleine Clark was raised to become a concert cellist. Sheltered and naïve, she remains hidden behind her music, a protection from the world around her. On the night of her first solo performance, Maddy accepts the admiration of a stranger and finds herself captive in a cruel and twisted power struggle between a sadistic father and his son, Aaron.
Seemingly dangerous and uncaring, Aaron manages the business operations of his father’s estate. Wanting nothing to do with the slaves kept at the Estate, Aaron refuses to take part in the deeper depravities of his father. Despite his resistance, Aaron’s father ‘gifts’ him with a petite, brunette woman he can’t refuse.
A bond forged in conspiracy and deceit, Aaron struggles to save Maddy by teaching her to survive in the world in which he’d been raised. An unlikely union, Aaron soon learns that great strengths can exist within small packages, while Madeleine learns that love and light can exist in the darkest of places.
5 Jaw Dropping Emotionally DARK Stars
Even days later my mind is still all kinds of Fu*ked up from Madeleine Abducted. I’ll admit I knew it was going to be dark but I was not expecting what I got nor how much I would absolutely love this story. Dark romances have become all the rage recently. I wouldn’t mistake this as a romance though and there are many scenes that will make a sane person cringe, but if you’re one of the crazy ones who likes the dirty side of life, men who kill, take charge and live the life of crime where women mean little to them than this may be just for you. Don’t be mistaken though, there is a love story going on but it is in no way normal or always reciprocated.
Madeleine is an accomplished cello player. Even with her remarkable skills she prefers to bask in the lonely and sorrow filled notes of her music. She doesn’t like to be the center of attention so finding herself hidden behind her cello is better than being center stage. When we first meet her she is performing a show and showcasing her own piece, one filled with so many dark and haunted emotions, it calls to members of the audience and gives them a sad look into her lonely recluse lifestyle.
One audience member in particular is captivated by Madeleine’s performance. The shy Madeleine is given a rose from the most mesmerizing man she’s ever seen. Considering Madeleine doesn’t so much as date, the fact that she noticed a man is a big deal. Madeline’s minds is all a jumble when she is kidnapped leaving her performance.
From this point forward Madeleine is thrust into a new world. A world where slaves exist and women are treated worse than trash in a place better known as The Estate. Madeleine is gifted to Aaron as a birthday gift from his father. Aaron is the Estate’s assassin, a job to which is well sutured and enjoys. But being gifted Maddy and being told to train her as slaves inside the Estate is Aaron’s greatest challenge.
This is seriously an amazing read. Emotions are all over the place as people need to play their roles and behavior properly. Maddy is beaten, assaulted and mind-fuc*ked numerous times all while being scared out of her mind. Many times her pain is brought on straight from Aaron’s hand so acclimating to her surroundings is no easy feat. There is no Stockholm Syndrome here and the developing passion is earned and not taken as most men in the Estate would have. It’s hard for Maddy to make sense of anything in her new life. She’s supposed to be trained as a slave, to which performing sexual acts is a guarantee, yet for innocent Maddy she’s in for more surprises than she ever imagined, especially as she becomes closer with the tortured Aaron.
Overall I refuse to give too much away about this book. I can definitely understand that many people will not be suited for this type of book. It is graphic at times and deals with many serious issues such as rape, slavery, murder, betrayal and more so tread with caution. Otherwise if these things tempt you and you enjoy a dark read with more twists and turns than a race track, this is certainly for you. Aaron has many Q like qualities (from Tears of Tess) but I assure you he stands out all on his own as a tormented, twisted man. And Xander gets a story now too, excuse me while I fan-girl myself to death!!! This book will stick with you for while but you won’t regret it.