Jun 16, 2016

Hold You Against Me by Skye Warren Review

By: Skye Warren
Released May 31st, 2016

From New York Times bestselling author Skye Warren comes a sexy new standalone in the Stripped series...

Once upon a time the daughter of a mafia king fell in love with a foot soldier.

This fairy tale didn't have a happy ending.

My sister and I barely managed to escape alive, and we've lived in relative hiding ever since. I'm safe now, but I can never forget the boy who gave his life to save mine.

Except there are whispers that he's still alive. And he's fighting a war.

Even knowing the risks, I have to find him. I have to find some way to protect him, the way he protected me. But he isn't the boy I left behind. He's a violent man. A criminal. And he's been waiting for me--the final pawn in a dark game of survival and love.

Clara is the daughter of the head of the mafia family. But Clara's life was far from the mafia princess life that movies and TV shows. But one night Clare and her sister Honor managed to break free of her family's chokehold but she had to leave the one Man she loved with all her heart behind and the man she lost...Giovanni Costas.

But a man she once thought was dead has taken her home and she is being forced to marry him. Gio tells Clara that he is not that young boy and more and that she would hate the man that he has become, but Clara can't stop wanting the man she lost.

But now she is back in Las Vegas with a man whom is like her father, missing her sister and trying to find a away to escape, but is everything is as real as it seems???

To begin with this book deals with elements of physical and sexual abuse and is not for people under the age of 18 years.

I am a huge Mafia romance fan, but I can honestly say that I have never read a book quite t like this. I will point out that I have not read any other books in the series but to tell you the truth, it honestly doesn't matter. The author gives you everything!  The writing and the plot are thrilling and surprising. I loved Gio's character, even after he changes from the sweet boy into the hard and deadly man, I can't help but respect the character. I will admit that I felt that Clara's personality was too submissive in the beginning, but after the horrors she suffered becomes unveiled, I can see that her character is actually one of a survivor and so is Maria's.

I really enjoyed this book and it has inspired me to go back and read the rest of the series.

I give Hold You Against Me 5 stars.

Something moves me gently, constant and rhythmic like waves. I’m warm. There’s something soft curling around my arms, wrapped inside my fists. Padding beneath my cheek that smells like home.
An unnatural darkness weighs down on me, keeping me from waking up—a demon’s whisper in my ear. You’re warm, you’re safe. Sleep.
But something is wrong.
I remember falling asleep, so suddenly, remember drinking water that I hadn’t filled. And I remember the phone call from Amy telling me that Giovanni’s alive. Impossible.
Awareness pricks my skin like a cold breeze. Wherever I am, I’m not alone.
I blink rapidly, forcing my eyes open. They adjust to the darkness quickly, taking in the tinted windows on either side and the wide leather bench curving beneath me. I’m in a car. A limo, to be exact. And it’s moving.
On the opposite side of the long space, a large body reclines. I can see the wide stance of his legs, the pale white of his shirt. A suit jacket tossed beside his hip. His face is hidden in the shadows of the vehicle.
I was raised by the head of the Las Vegas mafia, the capo. I grew up around guns and violence, so I know when a man is armed. It’s the way he holds himself, the warning shimmering around him like a dark halo.
This man is armed and extremely dangerous.
Every muscle in my body tenses. My mind still swims in thick water, because I must have been drugged. He drugged me, this faceless man. Why did he take me? It won’t be anything good, that’s for sure.
Even worse, I suspect this has something to do with my past, with my family. It’s messed up that I’d rather be taken by some random psycho. But at least then I’d have a chance of getting away.
“Who are you?” I demand, my voice hoarse from whatever drugs they gave me.
There’s a long pause, the weight of his regard as heavy as a finger trailing down my neck.
“Have I really changed that much, bella, that you don’t recognize me?”

Skye Warren is the New York Times bestselling author of dark romance such as Wanderlust and Prisoner. Praised as a “true mistress of dark erotica”, her books have been featured in Jezebel, Buzzfeed, USA Today Happily Ever After, Glamour, and Elle Magazine. She makes her home in Texas with her loving family, four dogs, and one evil cat.

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