Review: Abducted by K.I. Lynn

Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via Enticing Journey Book Promotions.

Abducted is a standalone dark romance from bestselling author K.I. Lynn and is part of the multi-authored Sinister Fairy Tales Collection. This modern-day re-imagining of the classic Beauty and the Beast fairy tale is given the mafia treatment, making for an even more suspenseful read. We meet a twenty-two-year-old woman named Belle working as a stripper, but what many didn't realize was that she was Arabella Santoro, daughter of Maurizio Santoro, consigliere of the Ferrante family. When she's abducted by sex traffickers, she realizes that the men who have taken her work for the same family her father does, but they don't seem to realize her real identity--not even the man who has claimed her for himself: la Bestia--the Beast. Twenty-nine-year-old Domenico Mancini is a capo, a man who has had blood on his hands and makes no apologies for it, knowing his role in the family. With each rose petal he plucks, Arabella wonders if she's to be sold to the highest bidder when there are no petals left or if a different fate awaits her. To regain her freedom, blood will be shed and secrets revealed, no matter what the cost.

As always, K.I. Lynn knows what the heck she's doing when it comes to dark romances, with that edge-of-your-seat development and pacing that makes you want to keep turning from one page to the next, needing to find out what awaits the main characters. Arabella was a revelation of a female main character, learning to adapt to her circumstances while remaining authentic and real. Yes, there was fear and trepidation, but she had backbone and perseverance as well. When it came to Domenico, I confess that it took quite some time for me to see him in a softer light, which isn't necessarily a shock considering he was someone who wrapped himself in violence, no thanks to his position in the family and his own personal history. I did, however, love the connection between Arabella and Domenico from the beginning and the mystery regarding all the ties that ensnared the two of them and who was truly behind Arabella's abduction and the motive at play. While this is part of a multi-authored collection, Abducted can very much be read on its own, and if you love dark romances, this is a good one. 4.5 stars! ♥

Release Date: 05 May 2020

Date Read: 05 May 2020

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