Thursday, October 31, 2013

MADELEINE, ABDUCTED by M.S. Willis: Review, Giveaway and Extras






MADELEINE, ABDUCTED (The Estate #1)



A Dark, Erotic novel








Synopsis:


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.


Excerpt:


Finding her voice, Maddy spoke out of turn, not thinking about the repercussions her words could elicit.  “I would prefer you call me by my name.”  She peaked up at him through her lashes.  “Maddy, I would prefer that you call me Maddy.”

Aaron stopped with his bare back turned to her, taking several minutes to finally respond, he asked, “What makes you think you are allowed to ask that?  If I wanted, I could call you slave…”  He turned to face her, the contours of chest perfectly shadowed, his strength unquestionable.  “…or whore.”  His swagger was slow as he approached her, a hunter skilled in pursuit.  “Would you prefer those names to ‘Mouse’?”

Sucking her bottom lip between her teeth, Maddy fidgeted with her hands, refusing to look Aaron in the eyes.  She could feel his gaze touching her skin, his perusal of the woman barely half his size.  The heat of his body rolled off of him as he circled her.  It was the feeling of a soft blanket and lustful threat wrapped around her at the same time.  When the deep resonation of his voice occurred again, she cringed, fearing he would strike out at her for the incorrect answer.  “Why do you dislike the name I have given you?”

Continuing to fidget, Maddy trained her eyes on her feet, not daring to look up into the endless green she knew stared down at her.  Gripping her under her chin, Aaron pulled her face up to look at him, his eyes searching hers for the answer to his question.  “You will speak when I tell you.”  Dropping his hand from her face, he took a step back placing distance between them.  “Now answer me.”

Her heart pounded against the walls of her chest, her throat constricted, making it difficult for her to breath.  Fear consumed her as she stood in the shadow of the man who’d taken at least two lives that day.  Barely a whisper, her voice squeaked out the answer to his question. “Because a mouse is a furry little rodent, something detested.” 

Aaron stood thoughtful and silent above her.  When he didn’t respond, Maddy quietly added, “I guess it’s better than Xander’s name for me.”

Laughter bellowed out, causing the toned muscles of Aaron’s broad chest to flex and relax before her eyes.  The sound of his amusement so real, it caused her to want to smile in response to seeing a piece of his mask falling away, revealing parts of him not witnessed by many people.  Containing himself, Aaron’s eyes sparkled as he asked, “And what, exactly, is Xander’s name for you?”

A scowl creased the fine skin between her eyes, her mouth pulled into the pout of a sulking child.  “He calls me ‘cricket’…an insect.  It’s odd that you both refer to me as nothing more than a common household pest.”

Aaron’s smile faltered as he looked down upon the beautiful girl who didn’t fully understand her role.  “No, Madeleine, you are not a common household pest…”

Maddy looked up at him, anticipating what he would say next.



For a fleeting second, he looked genuinely amused, but his expression was quickly replaced with indifference and contempt as he stated, “you are lower than even a pest in your role as a slave.”


Review:


Star Rating: 4 stars

Heat Rating: Dark, Intense, Gritty HOT!


Madeleine, Abducted is one of those books that you almost feel dirty reading and enjoying, but at the end you don't care what it says about yourself because the story was just that damn good (messed up and very disturbing, but good).  This story won't be for everyone, it was violent, raw, degrading, intense but more than that, it is a powerful story that will  leave you reeling.  M.S. Willis is a fantastic writer, I have read and enjoyed all of her books and I truly believe this woman can create stories that will linger on your mind and in your heart for days (if not weeks) afterwards.  Her talent at story-telling is amazing.

Madeleine, Abducted will not be for everyone.  This book goes beyond a dark, erotic novel and explores depravity, rape and power hungry men mixed with insanity and violence.  There were points that I even cringed (and that takes a lot!) and almost had to stop reading to take a break from the all the turmoil.  I know, it sounds bad but when you get past the dark you see the lightness shining out from this story and you get to experience how one woman can change the people around her and eventually, an entire network.

M.S. Willis proves to me me, again, that she is a master at story-telling; she creates strong characters and describes such brutal circumstances so realistically that you almost forget you are reading a book not watching a movie.   What is most fascinating about Madeleine, Abducted is that it wraps you up so completely in a dark story, but gives you glimpses of moments so beautifully touching that you can't help but become lost in this world craving more lightness.  I found myself stunned, shocked, horrified and hopeful many times during this story. It takes talent to take such a dark tale with characters that are drowning in evil and make the reader root for them, hoping that they will be able to find their way out of all the darkness, and M.S. Willis has this talent.

This is definitely a story you need to read without being spoiled, so I am not going to talk about the characters or plot.  If you can handle dark, erotic novels with a level of violence that are typically found in horror books, then I highly recommend Madeleine, Abducted.  M.S. Willis is an instant buy author for me and with this new series it still proves true; I will read (and truly enjoy) anything she writes.  Go 1-click Maddy and see what really happens behind the doors at The Estate.


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Meet the Author:



M.S. Willis is a romance novelist whose debut novel, Control, was released in 2013.  Although currently writing in the romance genre, Willis has plans to expand her literary pursuits into multiple genres and has no fear conquering difficult subject matters in her writing.  Willis is a native Floridian who is also a photographer and musician.  When not absorbing herself in written, visual or musical expression, Willis is an adrenaline junkie, a ‘closet’ video game enthusiast, and an avid outdoors person and nature lover.



Visit M.S. Willis on her author page:  www.facebook.com/mswillisbooks

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