Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Prisoner by Skye Warren & Annika Martin Review Tour

He seethes with raw power the first time I see him—pure tattooed menace and rippling muscles in shackles. 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 volunteered 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.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Prisoner takes no time to build the story, and we are thrust directly into it from the 1st page. Abigail, an undergrad student, is teaching a writing class for prisoners. Upon entering the correctional facility, she sees an inmate who affects her, like no other man.
Grayson finds out, from his cell-mate, that the writing class will be publishing (anonymously) the inmate's vignettes on the internet. This is the opportunity he's been looking for!!
The chemistry between Abigail and Grayson is quick to develop and it's intriguing, unfortunately I never really "felt" a connection toward either character.
As a riot erupts in the prison, Abigail is fleeing the grounds and is noticed by a certain escapee and the story REALLY starts.

If you have a problem with kidnapping, or dubious consent sexual matter, this story may bother you, but I will say this isn't super dark or gritty – and may be a starting point to get into the "dark" genre.

The 1st half of the book was fast paced, and I loved every minute of it. It had suspense, it had action and excitement, and my adrenaline was flowing.
The 2nd half of the book was more subdued, it was important to the story – but I personally didn't enjoy it as much. There was less detail of what was going on, and it seemed a bit disjointed.

After everything is said and done, I really enjoyed the 1st part of story, the 2nd was ok, and the ending was excellent!

This book had me on the edge of my seat from the very beginning! I read this book in one sitting; I had to see what happened. The chemistry between Abigail and Grayson can be felt through the pages as you are reading. The story builds up quickly and takes you on a wild ride, along the way I fell in love with Grayson and was pulling for him to have a happily ever after. This story might be disturbing to some, it has kidnapping and dubious consent but there is a reason for it in the story. I really enjoyed this and can’t wait to see what is next in the series.

Characters: The characters were well written and believable.
Sex: Yes
Religious: No
Would I recommend to others: Yes
More than one book in the series: Yes
Genre: Dark/Thriller
Would I read more by this author: Yes

We jump straight in with the two lead characters meeting at the prison where Grayson is an inmate and Abigail is teaching a writing class.

The story switches between Abigail and Grayson's points of view, which on the surface are very different. I like that we go into the story with no history about either character and their pasts are revealed to us throughout the story.

This is a real page turner. I kept reading and I couldn't wait to see what happened next. The story has good action and suspense. The authors convinced me to take the ride with the characters. I really enjoyed it. Prisoner is well worth a read.

Very nice first part in a new series, and nicely written. World building was great during the first part and the prison scenes, and quite a wild ride later while on the run. The synopsis really caught my eye on this one, and the cover art was so tempting.

Grayson is locked up in jail for killing a police officer when he sees his ticket out. Miss Abby Grayson teaches literary for the prison, and she is going to publish a literary magazine of the work of the prisoners in her class. Grayson, who is unable to use the Internet or to phone the outside world, sees this as an opportunity to get a message to his boys.

I was impressed at the detail these authors used to really make this storyline believable and to make it work. So engrossing I didn't want to put it down. Overall entertainment is four stars.

Fascinating read which keeps turning expectations upside down. In a market where it is not difficult to see a formula in much romance writing, this definitely steps well outside the boundaries, and tests the readers' beliefs. I like to be challenged, and to be persuaded to suspend my beliefs, so this works for me. The setup is clever, as is the way in which our feelings are manipulated into feeling first one thing and then another. I recommend that you read this with an open mind and make sure that you have nothing else urgent that you need to do, as it is a page turner.

Annika Martin
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 collaboration). She also writes gritty, sexy romantic suspense and urban fantasy as RITA-award winning author Carolyn Crane.

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Skye Warren
Skye Warren is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of dark romantic fiction. Her books are raw, sexual and perversely romantic.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Prisoner by Skye Warren & Annika Martin to read and review for this tour.

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