Prisoner (Criminals & Captives, #1)
by Annika Martin and Skye Warren
He seethes with raw power the first time I see him—pure 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 have 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.
Emma - 4.5 Crowns
Book 1 in the new Criminals & Captives series.
I am a Annika Martin and Skye Warren virgin. I haven't read any books by either author and I am not even a huge fan of the whole captive type scenario if I am honest. That said, when I read the synopsis for this book it seriously appealed to me. It sounded dark, dangerous and very erotic.... hell yeah I thought, lets crack on.
This is a story of animal attraction, a story of two opposites drawn together by a similar darkness - This is Abigail and Grayson's story.
Abigail Wimslow is a English student and for one of her final assignments she finds herself in a correctional facility leading a writing class for 16 inmates. On her first day she encounters a prisoner that leaves her feeling uncomfortable in every way. His look strips her bare and she feels exposed by him even in the most briefest of situations.
Grayson Kane is 4 years into a stretch inside for the murder of a Policeman. Ironically the one crime he has ever been accused of that he didn't actually commit. Cut off from his crew and desperate to seek vengeance on his enemies, he soon realises that the woman he encountered in passing might just be useful. Bribing his way into her writing classes, he needs to twist a tale so well that will not just get him into a publication via the writing class but that will also speak to his crew so they can help him escape.
When the opportunity arises to break free, Abigail finds herself caught up in a very precarious situation with an extremely dangerous man. Secrets will be told, connections will be made and vengeance WILL be sought.
WOW!! Watch out guys, this is an explosive read. It is fast paced, it twists and leaves you surprised at every damn turn it makes.
Abigail.. What a woman. The changes she makes throughout this book are amazing. she is one strong chick. Fighting her own demons from the past, she deals with her situation and owns it. You worry that she will crack on each turn of the page, but oh no, she absorbs it and it makes her even tougher. I like her. You learn things about her past and realise that she is not that different to Grayson after all. Maybe that is the connection she feels with him, whatever it is he becomes an addiction. Is it just Stockholm syndrome? you will need to read and come to your own conclusions.
Grayson... is one seriously dark and dangerous dude. He has endured truly abhorrent circumstances and they have made him into the person he is. He see's himself as barely human, and his need for retribution drives him and his crew's lives. Abigail makes him ask questions of himself, she makes him want to protect and possess her and she provides him with a light that was snuffed out many years ago. He will do things that will make you want to hate him, and you may well feel that; I couldn't though. He is a fine example of an anti-hero but I couldn't help but to feel his pain, the damage of the past and I so wanted him to prove that he could be a better man for both himself and Abigail.
I warn you now in the strongest terms that this books covers many sensitive subject matters both in terms of what has happened in the past and what happens in the present. It won't be to everyone's taste but if these type of subjects, violence and darkness don't offend you, you will love this book.
A very well written, dark, gritty read. I will certainly be looking at both authors back catalogues and will look forward to reading the next instalment in this series. I hope we get to read some of the crew members stories. I think they will be as equally fascinating and absorbing as this one - a great read!!
Kelly- 4.5 Crowns
"Prisoner is a deliciously dangerous, compelling and sexy read!" - Kelly, Perusing Princesses
“Two hundred pounds of masculine danger wrapped in all that beauty. Even in chains, he seems vibrant, wild and free, a force of nature - it makes me feel like I’m the one in prison. Safe. Small. Carefully locked down.” - Abigail Winslow
I loved every minute of this story, even though certain scenes in the past tense are deeply disturbing, it gave Prisoner its darker edge and made me appreciate how Grayson Kane went from man to inmate, ID 85359. The abhorrent circumstances of his past, pave way to a future encased in chains. But there is hope that comes in the form of his Brothers - the others who walked through hell beside him, and came out the other side angry, bitter and thirsty for vengeance, and a sweet girl with glasses and a penchant for reading.
Abigail Winslow is an English student on an assignment. The idea of teaching a class of convicted criminals the craft of writing a vignette for The Kingman Journal to appear online is enough to make Abbey run for the hills, but with the support of her college professor, she overcomes her fear and gradually makes great progress with the men who find solace in her classroom, writing becoming a new outlet. Her assignment is almost complete, but she still can’t get her mind off the man who holds the power to render her speechless. That is until said inmate goes from perfect student to kidnapper and convicted felon on the run.
Abigail is in a very precarious position but she remains strong throughout her incarceration, but she never believed she would feel for the man wielding a gun to her head. Things go from bad to worse when Stone, the leader of Grayson’s ‘family’ wants to tie up all lose end and has no qualms about pulling the trigger. What started as an escape, turns into a fight for survival and a mission to put end to the devil who started it all…
Yes, this is an unconventional love story of sorts and it does have a few very hot bedroom scenes, with one bordering non consensual but I wouldn’t necessarily class this book as dark erotica. It reminded me a little of Prison Break with a captive twist, and heart, and I couldn’t put it down!
There are a few very scary characters in this book but none more so than Stone. He put me on edge and I really hope he gets his own book because I want to get inside that crazy and break it down.
Prisoners has many unforeseeable twists which makes it a well thought out and refreshing read, and I’m very much looking forward to continuing with this series.
If you don’t mind dark subject matters then this is definitely one to read!