⚠ This book contain minor teasers!
• BLURB •
Cinderella said to be kind, have courage, and always believe in a little magic.
To survive in my world, you have to be dead inside, be on guard at all times, and never dream of the impossible.
You never dream of anything because you don’t just get to stop working for the Polish mafia.
But you can be stolen from them.
Well, kind of.
When Gabriel Demir, head of the Turkish mafia, attacks my boss, I’m caught in the crossfire.
I’m taken captive, interrogated, and soon find myself in the position of maid again. Only this time, it’s for the Turkish instead of Polish.
This time it’s for a dangerously attractive man and not the insane one I’ve known all my life.
This time I find myself fantasizing about my boss instead of dreaming of ways to escape.
This time I’m not threatened with pain and death but with pleasure.
But can I step out of the maid’s uniform and into a ballgown?
Do I dare cross that line just for a moment in the spotlight?
• MY REVIEW •
“He might not be my prince, but he’s definitely my savior.”
I am in love with Stolen By A Sinner! 👏👏👏 We’re only halfway through this series and it’s already phenomenal, and the two previous books have been addictive as hell… but this one just hits a little differently— it’s extra special.
Everything was on point, from the initial premise, to the expectations, to the overall execution of the storytelling! It may sound simple enough for a book to coincide with its synopsis but there’s plenty of cases where it ends up becoming a bit of a hit and miss, and you’re left with a story that headed in a completely unsuspecting direction. Heard had undertaken a Cinderella tale set in a modern Mafia world and ended up not only delivering but surpassing all expectations. I honestly cannot stopping re-reading it. The stories, the developments, and ugh… the characters have all but consumed my thoughts, and I don’t see it fading away anytime soon.
Right from the very beginning there’s already a vivid sense of uneasiness and fear as Lara takes us into her depressing, isolated world. Although it was still early days into the story, it was already such a pivotal period of Lara’s personal story, as it provides both an understanding of her circumstances, and ultimately the backstory to the main narrative between Gabriel and herself.
Such a winning pair of leading characters that complement each other so well. Gabriel is the next Mafioso in the series to share his story and believe me when I say he’ll leave his mark on your heart, but Lara’s character growth is utterly moving, to say the least. She’s very much the focal point, with the majority of the storyline revolving around her. With her youth, lack of life experiences and relationships, she’d been severely conditioned to accept her standing on top of constantly keeping her wits about her.
There’s nothing arrogant about Gabriel’s strength and authority, yet he’s undoubtedly a powerful, intimidating-as-hell hero who willingly (and effortlessly) slipped into a solid supporting role for his heroine. I found it to be such an intriguing dynamic getting to witness such a gradual, genuine relationship form between that two through patience, compassion, and acceptance. As the story progressed you can literally see trust building, that made their entire relationship all the more heart-warming and realistic as it evolved.
It’s a pretty harsh and emotional read. I’d lost count of how many times I either welled-up with tears or downright blubbered. You can’t help but be heartbroken for Lara and all that she’s endured. It’s such savagery and a deep sense of loneliness. It touches on mental health and wellbeing, and reflects on multiple societal and economic issues. Don’t take Heard’s warning of this book lightly, as it contains serious triggers and intended for readers 18+ only.
But in saying that, for readers who have no issues with sensitive subject matter, I cannot recommend this book enough. It’s my first ever Turkish Mafia romance, but what also attracted me to the story was the Cinderella-themed synopsis. So, if you enjoy any of the following romance sub-genres and tropes, I really think this one will be to your liking! 😊
“If you want me to be your prince, I’ll be your fucking prince, baby.”
- Modern-Day Fairy tale
- Age-Gap Romance
- Captive Romance
- Opposite sides of the tracks
- Workplace Romance
- Cross-Cultural/ Interracial Characters
- Romantic Suspense
- Dark Mafia Romance
- Slow-Burn Romance
There’s such a well-written cast of characters included that seriously elevated this book to heavenly status! I haven’t loved an entire group of people (albeit, fictional) in a very long time. This is the type of support system dreams are made of. They brought about friendship, strength, loyalty, and also displayed a deep contrast between Lara’s and Gabriel’s worlds. And if that wasn’t enough, the additional light-heartedness and much needed (but surprising) comic-relief was the cherry on top of an epic fairy tale romance story!
What I’ve quickly discovered with each book in this series is that I really enjoy (and look forward to) getting to learn another language. It may just be a few words but the way Heard has incorporated diversity and culture into these books added another layer to the world-building and almost transports its audience to new travel destinations. It also makes her characters and their world a lot more fleshed out.
Stolen By A Sinner is journey worth experiencing for yourself. It’s an emotional rollercoaster— you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll swoon, and then you’ll cry some more. It’s a standalone novel in The Sinners Series but it’s a complete story—epilogue and all!
It’s easily one of my favourite reads of 2022!
Thank you Michelle Heard and Candi Kane PR for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! 🧡
🔔 Interested in reading Stolen By A Sinner? Grab your copy here: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon AU | Amazon CA
⌚ Start the Sinners Series!
Book One: Taken By A Sinner by Michelle Heard
Book Two: Owned By A Sinner by Michelle Heard
⛪ Read the Saints Series!
Book 1-4: The Saints Series by Michelle Heard
Book Five: Tears Of Salvation by Michelle Heard
Happy reading, guys! Catch you in my next one! Xo
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