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.
* I received an ARC of this book, from the author, in exchange for an honest review. *
For me, Madeleine Abducted was a book of two halves. Although the prologue and first few scenes were amazing – totally had me hooked, very dark, evocative and promising of a gritty, emotional read – I found myself struggling with the rest of the first 50% of the book.
The things that made me struggle? First off, descriptions. At numerous points, the description of seemingly pointless observations was just so in depth! For me, too in depth and over-described, to the point that I found myself skimming over certain parts.
Also, occasionally, throughout the whole book, in dialogue and narrative, conversation seemed to be a little too formal to be believable to me. I also found the pacing of the story to be a little slow…
BUT the story really picked up for me after the 50% point! The pace really picked up, there was more action, and Aaron ‘The Executioner’ Carmichael really grew on me!
From the start of Madeleine Abducted, I really liked Madeleine. I could definitely sympathise and empathise with her! She was in a place where everyone could be made to feel sorry for her, but she never really felt sorry for herself. She was so brave and strong and never managed to be broken down, no matter what was thrown at her – and there was a fair bit!
I warmed to Aaron pretty quickly too! Although he was a thief, a liar and a murderer, when he was with Maddy, he was different. Controlled, respectful, and at times, actually very sweet!
The bond that grows between them is slow building, resulting in something beautiful, and although there were a few points that I didn’t understand, or agree with a decision that Maddy had made, overall their relationship did feel true to me.
My favourite quote from possibly the entire book was, “I have no idea why you’re frustrated, you’ve taken me to the place where I most want to be; you’ve take me into your arms.” I loved this! So sweet!
The climax to Madeleine Abducted was quite simply, brilliant. I was gripped, totally enthralled, and couldn’t have wished for a better ending!
While the first half of the story left me some-what dissatisfied, the second half left nothing lacking. I am definitely looking forward to and, will definitely be reading the next book in The Estate series – Xander’s story! I really loved him throughout Madeleine Abducted, and can’t wait to see more of him!
***Review originally posted at www.nerdgirlofficial.com***