Stealing Beauty by Julia Sykes
Release Date: January 15th
Genre: Dark Romance
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As the most notorious, sadistic drug lord on the west coast, I thrive on power and control. Valentina loathes me as much as I despise her. That doesn’t stop me from kidnapping her, stealing her away for myself.
Over the years that have separated us, hatred has festered in my heart. The girl I once loved is all woman now, and she thinks she belongs to someone else.
Her defiance tempts and torments me, and I’ll never tire of devising devious punishments to keep her in line. She can’t escape my cruel touch and harsh discipline.
No one will take her from me. I’ll kill anyone who tries.
Valentina was always meant to be mine. Nothing will stop me from possessing her, body and soul.
Lita T’s Review: 4 stars
Stealing Beauty by Julia Sykes. This book picks up 10 years after Stealing Innocence which is the prequel to this book. Valentina has been living a life of hell being the wife of Hugo. She is dead inside and she doesn’t know how much more she can take. At Vicente’s wedding she comes face to face with Adrian. He didn’t keep his promise and come back for her. Adrian has become cold and hard. In America he has made a name for himself. He has embraced the drug trade. Now face to face with Valentina, his young love, he sees happiness on her face. How could she!! Adrian ends up taking Valentina. All he needs to do is get her out of his dad and Hugo’s territory in Columbia and back to his territory in California. Their journey to safety is this story. I do say that I liked the first book better. This story was not what I expected and because I had my own ideal of what I wanted the story to tell it didn’t live up to it. Regardless to that fact, I still enjoyed this story. Something about Adrian made me swoon. He was protective but extremely savage. His pain/pleasure needs were really sexy. A truly good story. Would love to know where they go after the end of this book. 4 stars.
Tanya Rae’s rating: 4 of 5 stars
Stealing Beauty is book 1 in the Stolen series. There is a prequel to this book Stolen Innocence which is free now but, I don’t know for how long and not necessary to read however, it does have some history you might be interested in.
This is Adrián Rodríguez & Valentina’s story. Valentina was sold to Adrián’s father Vicente, by her brother. She was young when she was forced to marry Hugo (Vicente’s right hand man.
Adrián had befriended Valentina & had protected her when he could. His father sent him to the states to mind his drug business to get him away from Valentina. Now Adrián is back after being gone for 10 years. He is not the boy he was when he was sent away. He is a hard and ruthless man that has been a drug lord in California.
Valentina didn’t know that Vicente had sent Adrián away. She thought he was gone by his own choice so she blamed him for abandoning her.
Wow what an ending! Warning there is a pretty brutal but, well-deserved scene very close to the end.
There were some very hot sex scenes but, I felt some of it was forced not in the good BDSM way but, in the writing of the scene. It is a very good story that grabs your attention from the beginning to the end. 4 stars for me.
Next up will be Sofia and Mateo’s story. Pretty Hostage and I can’t wait to read their story.
About Julia Sykes
Julia Sykes is the USA Today bestselling author of the Impossible Series. She has always kept dark stories tucked away in her mind, so she was thrilled when she discovered that other people actually want to read them. Her books blend romance, suspense, and BDSM.
You can usually find Julia in Starbucks with a venti iced coffee clutched in her hand (two pumps of mocha, liberal half and half). If she’s not in Starbucks, you will find her with a glass of prosecco in hand, probably reading Harry Potter. Again.
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