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Escape from Paradise

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Author: Gwendolyn Field

Published: June 26th 2013 by Gwendolyn Field

Format: Kindle Edition , 322 pages

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Language: English


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When college sophomore Angela Birch sneaks from Texas to Mexico for Spring Break, she believes the worst that can happen is her parents finding out. Wrong. The worst is falling for the ruse of handsome, alluring Fernando. One spontaneous choice whisks Angela across the world to the pseudo paradise of Spain’s Mediterranean Riviera where she has another choice to make: live co When college sophomore Angela Birch sneaks from Texas to Mexico for Spring Break, she believes the worst that can happen is her parents finding out. Wrong. The worst is falling for the ruse of handsome, alluring Fernando. One spontaneous choice whisks Angela across the world to the pseudo paradise of Spain’s Mediterranean Riviera where she has another choice to make: live cooperatively as one of billionaire Marco Ruiz’s slaves, or die. * * * Colin Douglas’s future was seized and choked when deliberate tragedy struck his Scottish family at the age of sixteen. He spent his remaining youthful years infiltrating the U.K.’s crime world, seeking power, control, and revenge, all leading to a position as an undercover agent. With nothing to lose, Colin accepts the seemingly impossible job of rescuing America’s famous missing girl, Angela Birch. Colin knows that to enter a snake lair, one must become a snake. It turns out to be a mission which will put his desire for control to the ultimate test, and make him wish for things he never knew he wanted. *AUTHOR'S NOTE* Escape from Paradise is a work of fiction intended for adult readers, containing graphic sexual scenarios and strong language.

30 review for Escape from Paradise

  1. 4 out of 5

    La-Lionne

    It's my longest rant yet, so you better fasten your seat belts ;-). ***WARNING SPOILERS*** Did not get it and did not like it. I haven't found anything that made much sense to me. Although my reading buddies, and quite a few of my GR friends, enjoyed the story, I did not. I did not like and couldn't connect to any of the characters in the story. I think my biggest problem was the writing and author's limited vocabulary. Don't worry, irony is not lost on me, I know I'm not the one that should be po It's my longest rant yet, so you better fasten your seat belts ;-). ***WARNING SPOILERS*** Did not get it and did not like it. I haven't found anything that made much sense to me. Although my reading buddies, and quite a few of my GR friends, enjoyed the story, I did not. I did not like and couldn't connect to any of the characters in the story. I think my biggest problem was the writing and author's limited vocabulary. Don't worry, irony is not lost on me, I know I'm not the one that should be pointing that out, I don't have the broadest vocabulary out there, but I read a lot and I know a good thing when I see it ;-). I didn't like the writing, it was too simple for this type of story and for my taste. A lot of the times our heroine, Angela, sounded more like a 14 year old boy rather then 20 year old collage student. The way she described surroundings and people was both comical and annoying. There were too many "boobs" and "crotches" for my liking. "But he only wanted to inspect my boobs for himself." "Quick glance at her boobs told me they were not real." "It was strange and distracting sitting across the table from Perla's boobs." "She cupped her hands under my boobs." "I closed my eyes and squeezed my boobs." That last quote cracked me up. She sounded like a teenage boy who woke up one morning in a woman's body and started rubbing himself. I don't know, maybe it's just me, but I didn't like the way she used the word, and that she used it at all. No one past age 14 should use a word "boob" in a serious conversation. And then there were crotches: "The crotch rubbing." "To my horror she stared right at my crotch." "His face went to my crotch." "Too many weird dreams and nightmares and waking up with my crotch throbbing." "I pushed my hips against the hardness at his crotch." "My crotch was (…) and (…)." "As my crotch continue… (…)." I found Angela to be too vulgar for a beat down slave. She suppose to be this broken woman, who was captured, held against her will, abused and dehumanized. More often than not she sounded like it wasn't that big of a deal. I was annoyed when she, while "waiting" to be raped, managed to ogle men in the room and analyze their physical features, who's hot and who's not. Sometimes she even described some of her abusers as hot, attractive, nice and sexy. "With that hard-on and the serious look on his face, he was attractive guy." Yeah, they all look smoking hot when they are about to rape a woman. There must be something attractive about a man who thinks that a woman is less worthy than a dog. How in a world can she find him attractive when he is about to brutalize her?! I don't understand why author felt the need to point out that Angela's rapist was attractive. Who would want to be raped by an ugly guy, am I right *major eye roll*? It was ridiculous and completely unnecessary. First Angela says: "But in real life there was nothing sexy about rape." Finally, a thing that we both agree on. But then, later, she starts saying things like: "Oh shit. This was so hot." "I didn't hate it, I kind of liked it." "It was nice." or "Sexy", or "Hot" "And then his shirt came off. Oh, yes, yes, yes." Honey, did you forgot that you suppose to be a victim here? "The most perfect [email protected] in existence." WTF? That pissed me off to no end. I seriously doubt, that a persona in her situation, would say something like that in real life. "This guy was seriously hot." "Nobody who came here was ever hot." Oh, you poor thing. There weren't any hot rapists? Would that have made your slavery easier, to be raped and beaten by a hottie??!! Come on! So that was Angela. Now let me tell you about another piece of work name Colin (or Collin, apparently author haven't made up her mind about the name yet) Douglas. It's a Scottish name and should be spelled with one "l", but sometimes he was Collin and other times Colin. I didn't find anything interesting about either of them :-). He is undercover agent extraordinaire. He doesn't have any formal education, but is the best undercover agent on the field. One day, he gets a job offer, after finding his brother and impressing the hell out of agency with his story. "I'm offering you the opportunity to become an undercover agent with MI-6." Just like that. Does that agency have any requirements at all? All he did was told them how he found his brother and boom, the job is his. He could have been telling them fairytales and talking out of his ass. They just took his word for it. "He was smart, unlike many of the uneducated idiots on the streets." We have quite high opinion about ourself, don't we? Remind me again, where did you got your "education", smartass? Wasn't it on the very same streets, among thugs, that you now looking down on? He gives all new meaning to the phrase "Chick magnet". "Women of all classes flocked to him." "He couldn't seem to escape the women he'd been with, even here in Spain." [image error] What is it about this guy? I didn't get it. But wait, it's not just women. "Colin was use to men eyeballing him." Self-absorbed and self-centered much? I mean, who is this guy??? At the age of 28 he is thinking about retiring. He feels like he achieved everything there was to achieve, got filthy rich and is done. Very attractive quality in a man: a man with no plans and no ambitions. Real catch. He desides to take one last job, to find a missing woman, Angela. You don't really know how he menages to get to her, but next thing you know, he is sitting with Señor Acosta and asking if he knows a place where he can find a woman who won't nag him after sex. "I need a woman, but I don't want to have to listen to her after we [email protected], aye?" Colin said he was willing to pretend and say anything that that dude wanted to hear to get closer to Angela. But how is that pretending if it's who you really are? "It wasn't that he disrespected women - it's that he couldn't afford any emotional ties in his life, and no matter how clear he made his intentions, there was always someone pushing for more." How is that any different from what he said to Acosta? Moving on. I thought he was completely unprofessional and a douche. The moment he saw Angela he couldn't make out a coherent thought. His crotch was itching and his d!ck was twitching. It suppose to be an erotic love story! What kind of BS is that? He is going to save her, by raping her. OMG! He get's there, with no back up, in a foreign country, and manages to save her. It takes a week of [email protected] her, but he gets the job done. "It was the sacrifice they'd both make for her freedom." "He was doing it to save her." Here, I would have loved to read about him being more conflicted, about it feeling wrong. He had a few doubts, but then, he was all: "He wanted to touch - to see if her skin was as smooth as it appeared, her hair as soft." "He slumped into the chair he'd occupied the previous night, hell bend not to remembering the erotic encounters." The dude finds rape erotic! WTF? "Colin could see the allure in that for the first time in his life." Wow, just wow. Anywho, he saves her and brings her to Scotland to reunite her with her parents. And the weirdest thing happens: suddenly, she doesn't know how to function in real world. What? She acts like she was kept in a cage for two years. She doesn't know if she have to crawl or walk, she doesn't know how to eat. She was walking around slave quarters and eating there just fine, but all of a sudden, she is lost. You gonna say she was broken and didn't know how to function in real word, I will say BS. Both Marco, her owner, said that he wasn't able to completely break her, and Angela herself, has said that she didn't feel completely broken and knew what was what, and I didn't get the vibe that she was broken. So what the hell? Yes, Colin found and brought his brother home, but he also completely failed to save him in every other way. If you've read the book, you'll know what I mean. I wouldn't be surprised if Angela would end up looking for comfort in the bottom of a vodka bottle too. Colin kicked the psychologist lady to the curb, because she was pressing Angela too hard. What a hero. She wasn't that great either, but still. "I know this is going to be difficult, Angela, but I need as much information as you can possibly give me about what happened from the moment you were taken to the moment you were rescued. Can you do that for me? This kind of information will aid our organization to help others in similar predicaments." Uhm, excuse me, lady psychologist, one of "others" that you so desperately want to help, is sitting right in front of you. Why don't you start helping this one? How do you even got this job? Back to Colin. This agent extraordinaire has some serious super powers that would make superman jealous. He manages to find Fernando (the guy that kidnapped Angela) and kill him in only 48 hours. The only thing he knows is that he was spotted in Thailand. Now, trip to Thailand from Scotland is a 10 to 12 hour flight. Population in Thailand is almost 70 million. He manages to find Fernando without breaking a sweat. The shop owner points him to some girls, one of them recognizes him from the picture, and next thing you know, he is shooting him between the eyes. 48h later "Honey, I'm home." Now that's a super power. Take that Clark Kent! It's unrealistic. Author could have done a little research and the whole chapter would have been fine. Cole ended up looking like a Speedy Gonzales. I know it's fiction, but what makes me connect to books and characters in them is that there is some amount of truth in them, even if it's just little things. I thought that the whole book was one unrealistic scene after the other, from the conversations between characters to descriptions of the situations they were in. It's a no, no and no from me. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Even though I didn't like the book, I enjoyed reading and discussing it with my RB :-).

  2. 4 out of 5

    Georgia ♥

    Normally I would start this, as I do with all my reviews with my rating and a witty comment. Forgive me, in this case I just can’t. Starting this review, I am not even sure how many stars I am giving the book. Bear with me, while I am putting my tangled thoughts in writing, hoping to make sense out of the chaos that is my mind and my broken heart. I promise that by the end, as it is always the way with life, people and books, all will make sense. "Every little moment of comfort was something t Normally I would start this, as I do with all my reviews with my rating and a witty comment. Forgive me, in this case I just can’t. Starting this review, I am not even sure how many stars I am giving the book. Bear with me, while I am putting my tangled thoughts in writing, hoping to make sense out of the chaos that is my mind and my broken heart. I promise that by the end, as it is always the way with life, people and books, all will make sense. "Every little moment of comfort was something to savor. In the end, those things were like ghosts in my hand. No substance. Nothing to hold. Nothing to keep." There are some aspects in life, hidden beneath superficial beauty and money. An ugly side that you think, only happens to others, in movies, HELL, to everyone except from you. People are dealing in people, in pain, in sex. Human trafficking, sex slavery, drug dealing. A reality that we refuse to acknowledge, a battle against the darkness of the soul, that as persons we have already lost because we refuse to actually do anything to stop it. What is paradise for you? A place that we lost in the beginning of time and we are fighting tooth and nail to earn back or this part of your soul, tranquil and beautiful where you hide to protect yourself from reality, from evil and nightmares? There is no paradise on earth, only what we make of our lives. Angela, a young American woman on vacation in Mexico, is brutally yanked out of her life and forced into slavery. Raped, beaten, abused and controlled mentally and physically. She will lose her innocence and self, in a world that women are objects meant to submit and used by men and money. But when she will lose hope once and for all, a small beacon of light will show her that maybe there is a chance to make it back not sane, never again, but at least alive. "...even within all the ugliness of the world there was beauty. Some of it needed to be pulled from the dirt and dusted off, given wings." Conall McCray, the spoiled rich kid was yanked out of the partying and wasting his family’s money away in drugs. An unimaginable tragedy forced him to become Colin Douglas. A man to be feared, a force to be reckoned with. An MI-6 undercover agent undertaking the most heinous missions, investigating the most twisted crimes. A shadow that will succeed by any means necessary, because he knows what becomes of a person even after escaping a nightmare. He is watching his own brother every day lose the battle against the memories. "It is better to try than to hope." A despicable crime against humanity, 2 broken people and a bond forged in the hell that is another’s man paradise. Who will make it alive and is there life after night’s darkest and longest hour? Out of anyone’s comfort zone, dark, twisted and brutally realistic this book is a train wreck that you can’t pull your eyes off. I am numbed and shocked, driven out of my mind and skin. It doesn’t pull any punches or glosses over events. And despite or because of that, I have to applaud it. Gwendolyn Field could have taken the easy way out. Write this book without the gritty details. I think she could have pulled it off and she would have definitely satisfied more readers. But she didn’t and I respect her. Life isn’t easy. Life is slaves, bodily functions in buckets and rapes, drugs and murders. We are lucky for the lives we have and we tend to forget that. It takes a book, a movie, a story in the news to remember that all around the world, we are in the minority that is privileged. I understand everyone that dnf’ed or is hesitating to start this one. It’s not easy and it’s certainly not pretty. The events are horrifying and I repeatedly braced myself and took a few breaths. But it made me think and it’s on my mind ever since and that’s a sign of a great book. 5 STARS

  3. 4 out of 5

    Christine Wallflower & Dark Romance Junkie

    5 Captivating Stars!!! While on holiday with friends, the unspeakable happens to Angela Birch. She is taken, raped by a man she thought could be trusted and thrust into the dark and brutal world of slavery. The man who treats her like his property, is a prominent citizen, kept safe because everyone has a price, even the law. And so begins her systematic conditioning, she is broken down, molded in to the perfect slave. But deep down, Angela always hopes, she never gives up believing that her parent 5 Captivating Stars!!! While on holiday with friends, the unspeakable happens to Angela Birch. She is taken, raped by a man she thought could be trusted and thrust into the dark and brutal world of slavery. The man who treats her like his property, is a prominent citizen, kept safe because everyone has a price, even the law. And so begins her systematic conditioning, she is broken down, molded in to the perfect slave. But deep down, Angela always hopes, she never gives up believing that her parents will find her. Everything I thought I knew about myself and life, all of my views, shifted and changed in that room on that day. Ideas of privacy and entitlement and freedom slipped away. The meanings of strength and weakness morphed and failed to matter anymore. All that mattered was survival with minimal pain. She does what she must to survive, her pride no longer mattered. There is no room for pride when one has no control over their own life. Her emotions are not her own, she feels what her master wants her to feel. She is his puppet and he does whatever he wants with her. I knew I was just a body. I was ever aware. The way eyes followed me with hunger, even Marco's men. My body was not mine. It belonged to whomever paid the high price to rent it. Or it was gifted to business partners of Marco's as a thank you Until Colin Douglas a man with secrets and a terrible past, sets foot on the "paradise". Colin has one goal in mind, bring Angela back. No matter what it takes. Even if it means losing himself in the very world he is trying to protect Angela from. He begins to questions his own morals, always conflicted about his actions. But he has no choice, to be found out would be the end of him and Angela. This is a book about the real subject of slavery in a modern world. It is a story with a happy ending, it's gritty, raw and heartbreaking. It is about survival, it gives survival a whole new meaning. It made me think.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Aestas Book Blog

    Any fans of Captive in the Dark out there looking for a new dark read?? 'cuz this is it! Dark. Dark. Dark!! Both erotic and disturbing, Escape From Paradise was captivating roller coaster that kept me glued to the page. When Angela sneaks off to a tropical vacation with her friends, she thinks the worst thing that can happen is her parents finding out. But she was wrong. So, so wrong! On her last day in paradise, she meets a gorgeous man who romances her, takes her out dancing... and kidnaps her.  Any fans of Captive in the Dark out there looking for a new dark read?? 'cuz this is it! Dark. Dark. Dark!! Both erotic and disturbing, Escape From Paradise was captivating roller coaster that kept me glued to the page. When Angela sneaks off to a tropical vacation with her friends, she thinks the worst thing that can happen is her parents finding out. But she was wrong. So, so wrong! On her last day in paradise, she meets a gorgeous man who romances her, takes her out dancing... and kidnaps her. She wakes up on a boat where her kidnapper hands her off to his father who is a sex-slave trader. Given that she is an American, they can't risk her going to the authorities so she is kept against her will and forced into their lifestyle. "I had a choice to make. Failing this test would mean death. Passing would mean sexual slavery. Both options were inconceivable." Across the ocean, Colin hadn't had the easiest life either. When he was sixteen, his parents were murdered and his little brother went missing while he was out partying. Several years later, he managed to track him down only to find him just a shell of who his brother used to be - drugged out, brutalized, and mindwashed. From that point on, Colin devoted himself to helping others in similar situations. So when Angela's photo came across his desk, he made it his new mission to find and rescue her. He couldn't save his brother but just maybe, he could save her. But in order to rescue her, he had to go deep undercover... do things he'd never imaging doing. He had to become the very thing that he was rescuing her from. So.... *deep breath* where to begin? The first words that come to mind when I think about this book are: dark, twisted and uncomfortable.... but, holy hell I could. not. stop. turning. the. pages. Before anything else though, I feel you should know that I actually had an issue with the beginning of the book and the way that she was taken because seriously... what person in their 20's doesn't know it's a bad fucking idea to take a drink from a strange man in a club while on vacation and then go out back to his secluded car to fool around? I mean, really? I felt horrible for her because no one, no matter how naive, deserved what happened to her ever but I still feel the need to mention my frustration about that part. But at the same time, that was the only frustrating thing that happened in the entire book so I was willing to overlook it and just move along with the story. And move right along it did. Angela was basically thrown into a nightmare scenario having no choice but no comply with this lifestyle. "I know this is difficult, but it does not have to be bad. You must come to terms, pretty girl, with the knowledge that your life will never be the same. You will never return home. You belong to me now, and I will treat you well. But, I cannot trust you, I will have to dispose of you. Do you understand that?" Gah! I just felt horrible for her!! She was very strong though as a character and you see her go from this sweet, innocent college girl to this woman who understandably did what she had to to survive in this twisted world. You really experience everything with her. Such a feeling of violation! "Ideas of privacy and entitlement and freedom slipped away. The meanings of strength and weakness morphed and failed to matter anymore. All that mattered was survival..." This book upset me in many places although interestingly, it was different than some of the other 'darker' kidnap/captivity books I'd read because there was no Stockholm syndrome going on here. No mind fuck. The hero of the story wasn't one of her captors and I liked that because it made the book on it's own a bit among these kinds of stories. But I certainly cringed and shuddered my way through more than one scene. There were some parts that made me absolutely sick to my stomach. Definitely uncomfortable. But... again, could not put it down! "My body was not mine. It belonged to whomever paid the highest price to rent it." Just to clarify here though - this isn't so much a gritty book. Yes, it's dark and twisted but not in a gritty way because she was actually being kept in a very luxurious place and treated well (all things considered) as long as she was compliant, submissive and did everything and anything she was told to do. Now here's where the angsty part comes in... The hero, Colin, has to go undercover, right? To rescue her and all... ohhh the things he has to do to save her!! *clutches heart* I swear half the time I didn't know if I should be fanning myself or cringing because don't forget though that this is a romance. Colin and Angela had a very clear and strong connection. Granted their situation prevented them from acting on it right away but it was there almost from the start and you definitely root for them from the first time they laid eyes on each other. Their scenes were just so heart-breaking and intense... "You." She spoke quietly. "You're not… you didn't even want to do those things." …. "I did the only things I could think of to save you." I thought the way the story was told was really interesting because while it told both POVs, hers was in first person and really put you right in her head and his was in third person which basically gave you his side while still being an observer. I though the author did a really great job of that. Also, it was cool that his side of the story (since he was Scottish) was told with all sorts of 'Scottishisms' thrown in that made it become very much 'his' voice. Again, I really liked that. Overall, I started out unsure but ended up loving it. The characters were very compelling, the scenarios were intense, the story was captivating and it was nearly impossible to put the book down. I need to rate the book in sections. I give the first part 3 stars (because seriously, she walked right into the kidnapping), but then I quickly warmed up to 4 stars and there certainly several point in the book that were almost 5 star-worthy so overall, I'd rate it about 4 - 4.5 (closer to 4.5 though) and would say that I really enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it for anyone looking for a book that will push the limits of your comfort zones and yet still give you a romance you can believe in and root for. "Even within all the ugliness of the world there was beauty. Some of it needed to be pulled from the dirt and dusted off, given wings." This is a standalone Adult novel with a completely resolved ending. 4.5 stars **Casting image above taken from author's Facebook page. **************************** For more of my reviews, book news and updates: ✦ Main blog: Aestas Book Blog ✦ Facebook Blog Page ✦ Twitter

  5. 5 out of 5

    Gwendolyn Field

    This book is not meant to glorify the horrors of slavery in any way. It's meant to show the strength that one can possess under those circumstances, and the power of hope. If you want to see my "cast" please visit my Facebook page. :) Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gwendo... Chapter One is available for preview! http://www.gwendolynfield.blogspot.co... This book is not meant to glorify the horrors of slavery in any way. It's meant to show the strength that one can possess under those circumstances, and the power of hope. If you want to see my "cast" please visit my Facebook page. :) Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gwendo... Chapter One is available for preview! http://www.gwendolynfield.blogspot.co...

  6. 4 out of 5

    xrysa

    When I started reading this book, I knew exactly with what I was dealing. I had this wrong impression that after TDD I had the guts to read any dark and twisted story out there.So this book left me wondering; was it a bad story or it's me that I can’t read books like this one?Many of my friends enjoyed this book so I want to believe that it's me and not the book .It turned out to be an utter disappointment as I couldn’t connect with the heroine, which is bad , VERY BAD! So here's the story. Our MC When I started reading this book, I knew exactly with what I was dealing. I had this wrong impression that after TDD I had the guts to read any dark and twisted story out there.So this book left me wondering; was it a bad story or it's me that I can’t read books like this one?Many of my friends enjoyed this book so I want to believe that it's me and not the book .It turned out to be an utter disappointment as I couldn’t connect with the heroine, which is bad , VERY BAD! So here's the story. Our MC , Angela decides to go on a trip at Mexico without her parents’ permission .In the beginning we see that she feels guilty but her sorority friends cheer up her mood. So far we read about 20 years old girls having fun in a new city. Then Angela meets a good looking and friendly stranger who is obviously TOO good to be true. Well things didn’t turn out in her favor so they kidnap her. Unfortunately , now she is in the hands of a pervented man who is doing terrible things on her. The story so far was good, I wasn’t thrilled but I liked it and then the downhill started. I felt so bad for Angela , I swear I did but after a point I didnt even care BECAUSE she seemed that she had already given up. That's what annoyed the heck out of me. She didnt try to escape ,yeah yeah I know she couldn’t but at least make an effing effort. I felt that she had accepted her life or maybe the life that was waiting her a couple of days after her abduction. If survival without pain meant obeying , that's what I would do. Hey dearest didnt your momma teach you that we should fight for our life? That we dont get what they serve us in that silver plate? Well her dumbness knows NO BOUNDS. Here's one of the stupidest moments. (...)I began feeling sexy and I craved eyes on me. Darling , did you forgot your place?You are supposed to be a captive there. People were treating you like you were an animal .And now you feel SEXY when your future rapists were setting their eyes on you? Seriously ? I'm feeling disgusted. Here's another good one. But in real life there was nothing sexy about rape. Like when we read in books about raping we turn on and think it's pleasant -_- We also have this Colin (or Collin?) guy. He is obviously the savior. I liked him in the beginning because he was supposed to be the one who would save her. Doesnt that make him a hero? Of course it does , but he is no different from the others .I knoooooow he was doing his job but it was sick as f*ck. My last question. Why her a$$ was so precious?? And her punishment was to get it f*cked ?And I felt bad for her because it was the only thing that wasn’t raped one her? And then we read that she enjoyed it. Let's skip all the other events and focus on the book's ending. Ooooor maybe we shouldn't. See here's the thing. He saved her but he doesn’t have to (view spoiler)[get married to her. (hide spoiler)] It's so unrealistic, at least that's what I thought.I mean they were actually feeling things for each other? Sorry, I didn’t get that vibe :/ Two stars only because it wasn’t a DNF for me.It could have been worse but I'm glad I finished it even if I skip many pages. You can read La-Lionne's review with whom I agree a lot about this book :)) I'm anxiously awaiting for Pavlina's and Alex's review. Hurry up girls :P

  7. 4 out of 5

    Farah *Professor Dean's Beauty*

    Fan-Fucking-Tastic!!! Have you ever read a book which literally blew you away to a point where you cannot express your emotions in writing?? Well this is definitely one of those for me. Firstly, I would like to applaud Gwendolyn Field for this exceptional book. I cannot believe that this is a debut novel and for this I truly believe she deserves a standing ovation!!! The story will engross you!! I literally read 3/4 of the book in 1 sitting till some crazy hour in the morning but the truth is... I.CO Fan-Fucking-Tastic!!! Have you ever read a book which literally blew you away to a point where you cannot express your emotions in writing?? Well this is definitely one of those for me. Firstly, I would like to applaud Gwendolyn Field for this exceptional book. I cannot believe that this is a debut novel and for this I truly believe she deserves a standing ovation!!! The story will engross you!! I literally read 3/4 of the book in 1 sitting till some crazy hour in the morning but the truth is... I.COULD.NOT.PUT.IT.DOWN!!! The story is about Angela, a girl who goes to Cancun Mexico for a weekend break with her girlfriends without telling her parents. After a fun fill weekend Angela meets a stunning guy- Fernando He is sexy charming and Angela feels that since its her last day in Cancun she's going to have some fun with him. Little does she know that life as she knew it would never be the same again... Struggling to accept her new fate Angela must make a decision... Embrace the fact that she is alive and she is now Angel, let go of her past life, accept, submit and Survive... ***************************************** Colin Douglas's life as he knew it was snatched away from him at the age of 16. Since then his main goal is to get the remainder of his family back and fight crime. When Colin is takes on the job of finding the missing girl Angela, he has to face the ultimate test. If you like dark books like our famous Dark Duet series than this book is for you! Its brilliantly written, dark, very sexual and amazingly stunning! "within all the ugliness of the world there was beauty. Some of it needed to be pulled from the dirt and dusted off, given wings." GO.ON... Read it!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Kyle

    4 1/2 Stars ”I refused to let it all be for nothing. Because even within all the ugliness of the world there was beauty. Some of it needed to pulled from the dirt and dusted off, given wings.” This story is heart breaking, brutal, tragic, parts were just out right disgusting and so hard to read but on the other hand it was captivating, exciting, suspenseful and emotional. The story is about a young college sophomore on a sneak trip to Cancun, Mexico with her girls. On her last day of vacation A 4 1/2 Stars ”I refused to let it all be for nothing. Because even within all the ugliness of the world there was beauty. Some of it needed to pulled from the dirt and dusted off, given wings.” This story is heart breaking, brutal, tragic, parts were just out right disgusting and so hard to read but on the other hand it was captivating, exciting, suspenseful and emotional. The story is about a young college sophomore on a sneak trip to Cancun, Mexico with her girls. On her last day of vacation Angela Birch meets Fernando Ruiz who changes her life’s path forever. Angela finds herself in the most beautiful villa, known to most as “paradise” but to her it’s hell for she is trained to be a sex slave. Full blown sex slave so readers be warned! She is collared, she crawls, she is feed like a pet and is punished. Angela is known as “Angel” and she must learn how to survive this world. The villa is owned and run by Fernando’s father, Marco Ruiz who has constructed this “paradise” and works on breaking Angel and owning her. The book is told in alternating povs of Angela and Colin. Who is Collin you may ask? Well he has endured extreme loss and single handedly saved his brother from a life as a sex slave and is drawn to the missing American girl Angela Birch and sets out to rescue her. A connection is made, there are sparks and feelings when the two meet and lines blur for Collin... “'Somewhere along the line in these few short days he'd stopped thinking of Angela as Marco's, and started thinking of the girl as his. His to protect. His to save. His to...pleasure." Will Angel ever fully be free? Will Collin's rescue attempt be successful? Will he be able to walk away? Will someone make Luis crawl a hallway just once!! Overall, a good dark read with a hea and it’s a stand alone book so who could ask for more! Side Note: I would love for JOSEF to get his own book. I loved his character I’m sad that I don’t know is fate ~ Pretty Please!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤

    buddy reading with Kristina,Alex and La-lionne

  10. 4 out of 5

    ❥ KAT ❥ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books

    5 HOLY SHIT STARS FROM ME!! Someone please tell me what the heck I just read!! I was so not prepared for this mind fuck that was zooming through my head.. Move over "Captive in the dark" and make room for "Escape from Paradise" this was gritty, dark, with hotness galore for good measure!! Just keep in mine if your a prude *coughs* or a nun, move along this book ain't for you, as the subject matter is pretty full on as it does deal with kidnapping, rape, submission etc you name it I think th 5 HOLY SHIT STARS FROM ME!! Someone please tell me what the heck I just read!! I was so not prepared for this mind fuck that was zooming through my head.. Move over "Captive in the dark" and make room for "Escape from Paradise" this was gritty, dark, with hotness galore for good measure!! Just keep in mine if your a prude *coughs* or a nun, move along this book ain't for you, as the subject matter is pretty full on as it does deal with kidnapping, rape, submission etc you name it I think this book has covered ALL those TABOO subjects!!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    BR with Her Grace, Pavlina *loves Derek* and Kristina on July 4th!! :D This will not be an ordinary review. This will be more like a statement of defense-review, if you will; an attempt to bring forth arguments in favor of a book that my 3 reading buddies did not like as much as I did. So here goes nothing, girls! :D I've listed below the issues (written in italic text) my reading buddies identified in their reviews and I'll try to argue against them with quotes from the book. Let's start with Her BR with Her Grace, Pavlina *loves Derek* and Kristina on July 4th!! :D This will not be an ordinary review. This will be more like a statement of defense-review, if you will; an attempt to bring forth arguments in favor of a book that my 3 reading buddies did not like as much as I did. So here goes nothing, girls! :D I've listed below the issues (written in italic text) my reading buddies identified in their reviews and I'll try to argue against them with quotes from the book. Let's start with Her Grace’s review, because she has the most: 1. I think my biggest problem was the writing and author's limited vocabulary. I didn't like the writing, it was too simple for this type of story and for my taste. My answer to you, Your Highness, is that not all books can be like Captive in the Dark. I agree, the writing wasn’t extraordinary, but it wasn’t horrible either. I can't quote fragments that I thought were poetic or rich because this would take too much time and frankly, writing this defense-review has taken me almost an hour (ok, 2 hours) already, so let's just agree to disagree on the writing. 2. A lot of the times our heroine, Angela, sounded more like a 14 year old boy rather then 20 year old collage student. The way she described surroundings and people was both comical and annoying. There were too many "boobs" and "crotches" for my liking. No one past age 14 should use a word "boob" in a serious conversation. The word "boobs" only appears 6 times, but I understand why it would annoy you so much. It does sound juvenile, but the last time she uses it is around 34%. After this point, she uses "breasts" and "chest", so we can assume she's grown up a bit. :) 3. I found Angela to be too vulgar for a beat down slave. She suppose to be this broken woman, who was captured, held against her will, abused and dehumanized. More often than not she sounded like it wasn't that big of a deal. I was annoyed when she, while "waiting" to be raped, managed to ogle men in the room and analyze their physical features, who's hot and who's not. Sometimes she even described some of her abusers as hot, attractive, nice and sexy. As far as I could see, the only abuser she describes as "hot" is Colin, because, as she puts it: Looks meant nothing to me after falling for Fernando’s ruse. If you can find some quotes where she actually says that some of the patrons are hot, please share! :P 4. I don't understand why author felt the need to point out that Angela's rapist was attractive. The reason she says "Oh shit. This was so hot." in this scene is because Josef is there with her in the room and as we know, she's attracted to him. "I didn't hate it, I kind of liked it." "It was nice." or "Sexy", or "Hot" "And then his shirt came off. Oh, yes, yes, yes." "The most perfect [email protected] in existence." As far as all these quotes are concerned, they are for Colin, whom she feels connected to, and not for any of the patrons/abusers, so I'll just let them slide, like I did in Caleb's case. :P 5. About Colin He is undercover agent extraordinaire. He doesn't have any formal education, but is the best undercover agent on the field. One day, he gets a job offer, after finding his brother and impressing the hell out of agency with his story. I beg to differ. Here's Colin’s history: As soon as he’d been brought to live with foster parents in the city of Glasgow, he’d begun the double life once again, became a university student, studying art, while in his free time he made his company with the less savory undercurrent of the city. In his years without money he’d earned respect the old way—inciting fear. In order to infiltrate the crime world, he’d had to become a criminal. Colin’s paintings began to garner attention with their passion and edge. As he sold them in his early twenties, making a name for himself among elite artistic circles, he used the funds to quell his taste for high-end drugs. Colin worked out his extra aggression in the weight room; however, the muscle he did have was well-defined and allowed him to move quickly in a fight. By the time Colin was twenty-two, his ruthless temperament had earned him the respect of seasoned thugs. He’d worked his way through the worlds of crime, beginning with drug rings, and moving to the more serious circles of human trafficking. Within a year of gathering his inheritance, Colin’s manipulation of his criminal counterparts came full circle. He rented out nightclubs and took people on spontaneous flights to the Caymens. Colin learned names of the most elusive kidnappers in UK crime rings, and he heard rumored places where captives were held. At twenty-three Colin ventured to London on a lead. He was brought in as a potential buyer and taken to see the slaves. He finds Graham. That’s when Colin knew saving his brother from captivity was not enough. He would bring the fuckers down, and spend the rest of his days finding people like them, and making them pay. His opportunity soon came in a different form than he’d expected...a legal form. One thing Colin and the authorities agreed on was not to make Graham McCray’s rescue public, especially since he’d been found by Colin and not the government. Colin was grilled for information, and the local police brought in MI-6 agents, personnel of the Secret Intelligence Service. "But you would be an informant for us. You’ll be thoroughly trained in weapons and defense, but you’ll report to me and only me. Few will know of your involvement, and you’ll be paid in cash." Explanatory enough for you? :D 6. Just like that. 7. Does that agency have any requirements at all? Do I need to bring more arguments that Colin's training at the Agency actually existed because the author mentioned it? :P 8. All he did was told them how he found his brother and boom, the job is his. He could have been telling them fairytales and talking out of his ass. They just took his word for it. Nope. :P It’s the Secret Intelligence Service. If they don’t know stuff about people, then I don't know who does. 9. At the age of 28 he is thinking about retiring. He feels like he achieved everything there was to achieve, got filthy rich and is done. Very attractive quality in a man: a man with no plans and no ambitions. Real catch. If you started doing this shit at 20, you’d be done by 28 too. :P 10. He decides to take one last job, to find a missing woman, Angela. You don't really know how he manages to get to her, but next thing you know, he is sitting with Señor Acosta and asking if he knows a place where he can find a woman who won't nag him after sex. Colin said he was willing to pretend and say anything that that dude wanted to hear to get closer to Angela. But how is that pretending if it's who you really are? "It wasn't that he disrespected women - it's that he couldn't afford any emotional ties in his life, and no matter how clear he made his intentions, there was always someone pushing for more." How is that any different from what he said to Acosta? Well, Colin took a drag, holding the filter between his thumb and middle finger, and shook his head. "They try to hold me down. Bother me all the fucking time." That was actually true. He isn’t pretending here. He's admitting it. 11. I thought he was completely unprofessional and a douche. The moment he saw Angela he couldn't make out a coherent thought. His crotch was itching and his d!ck was twitching. It suppose to be an erotic love story! What kind of BS is that? He is going to save her, by raping her. OMG! Come on, he didn’t actually rape her. He simulated it at first! 12. Here, I would have loved to read about him being more conflicted, about it feeling wrong. He had a few doubts, but then, he was all: "He wanted to touch - to see if her skin was as smooth as it appeared, her hair as soft." "He slumped into the chair he'd occupied the previous night, hell bend not to remembering the erotic encounters." The dude finds rape erotic! WTF? Like Caleb and Noah from Never Have I Ever didn’t? :P 13. Anywho, he saves her and brings her to Scotland to reunite her with her parents. And the weirdest thing happens: suddenly, she doesn't know how to function in real world. What? She acts like she was kept in a cage for two years. She doesn't know if she have to crawl or walk, she doesn't know how to eat. She was walking around slave quarters and eating there just fine, but all of a sudden, she is lost. After 2 years of being trained to be a slave, yeah, I'd think she'd be confused about how to behave now. That could be a perfectly plausible reaction after such a traumatizing experience. 14. He manages to find Fernando (the guy that kidnapped Angela) and kill him in only 48 hours. The only thing he knows is that he was spotted in Thailand. Now, trip to Thailand from Scotland is a 10 to 12 hour flight. Population in Thailand is almost 70 million. He manages to find Fernando without breaking a sweat. The shop owner points him to some girls, one of them recognizes him from the picture, and next thing you know, he is shooting him between the eyes. 48h later "Honey, I'm home." Now that's a super power. Take that Clark Kent! It's unrealistic. Author could have done a little research and the whole chapter would have been fine. Colin asks the Agency for help (see around 84-85% in the book, the process is explained), so it shouldn't have to be hard finding the bastard: See what you can dig up on Fernando Ruiz in Asia before we meet. Let's move on to Pavlina's review: 1. I didn't like Angela...for me she was so stupid...she could do something...but no she do whatever they told her...she didn't bother to resist -.- Here's a nice, long quote that contradicts your affirmation :P: I had a choice to make. Failing this test would mean death. Passing would mean sexual slavery. Both options were inconceivable. If I fought against this, how would they choose to kill me? How long would it take? I’d never been good with pain. The very idea of that man attempting to take the life from my body filled me with an almost paralyzing fear. I wanted to be the tough kind of person who could choose death, but everything inside me screamed to live. So when Luis gently pulled my ankle, I let him. With a sinking feeling I acknowledged that screaming would get me nothing but a bed at the bottom of the ocean. I didn’t think I could ever have feelings of acceptance about this situation, or be content with my lot the way the others seemed to be. But I could fake it, just to get me through until I was rescued, and then I’d put it all behind me. It couldn’t be too much longer now... 2. About the sex scenes..For me I think it was too vulgar...the scenes with the other men.. I don't think anybody expects rape to be described as erotic and not vulgar. :P And from Kristina's review: 1. She didn't try to escape ,yeah yeah I know she couldn’t but at least make an effing effort. Please see the quotes under Pavlina’s first comment. 2. Here's one of the stupidest moments. I began feeling sexy and I craved eyes on me. This happens after quite some time. She changes/adapts, which is something to be expected, if she doesn't want to go insane. Time was a funny thing. Small changes over a long course of time could go easily unnoticed, until one day you look up and realize you’re not the same person anymore. At all. And all those small changes added up to something big. After six months in the villa I had changed. Others might call it "giving in" or "caving", but I called it adaptation. Survival. In my early weeks I mourned every small change I noticed in myself. It started with my body. And then there were the bigger changes—the mental changes. Like how comfortable I began to feel in my own skin, walking or crawling around naked. But it was worse than just feeling comfortable…I began to feel sexy, and I craved eyes on me. 3. My last question. Why her ass was so precious?? And her punishment was to get it f*cked ?And I felt bad for her because it was the only thing that wasn’t raped one her? I think I’ll save my answer to this little question for when you’re older. :) Unless Her Grace or Pavlina would like to explain it to you now? :D ----------------------------------------------------------------------- To sum up, I liked this book. I'm gonna give it 5 stars just to mess with you girls because it was disgustingly graphic, depressing, realistic (to some extent) and, in my opinion, not at all erotic. I couldn't feel the eroticism in it, even when Angela was with Colin. This book had a chilling effect on me. Well, girls, I hope my defense-review will make you realize that now, even though I hope you bring counterarguments. Also, please don't take anything in here as evil or offensive on my part. :D I enjoyed our BR very much and I'm looking forward to the next!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Carla Bulian

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I didn’t give 5 stars because of thoughts of the female character while she was captive. It seems she was enjoy the situation about sex. I don’t know... But the rest of the story was beautiful. I liked a lot.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lise *friends don't flag*

    5 +stars! Wow! This was book number 108 for me in 2013 and one I will not soon forget. It is one of those hmm… other readers are liking it and it is only .99 cents, so let me give it a go. Damn… I could not put this book down even though it had some very disturbing and graphically sickening moments, I still read it liked a crazed woman. I just had to know how Angela/Angel could endure what she did and how Colin could or would be able to save her. The author created a setting and characters that j 5 +stars! Wow! This was book number 108 for me in 2013 and one I will not soon forget. It is one of those hmm… other readers are liking it and it is only .99 cents, so let me give it a go. Damn… I could not put this book down even though it had some very disturbing and graphically sickening moments, I still read it liked a crazed woman. I just had to know how Angela/Angel could endure what she did and how Colin could or would be able to save her. The author created a setting and characters that jumped off the pages and into my head as well as heart. I felt for all of them, even the bad guys. I lived in the slave quarters with Angel, Josef, Jin, Mia and Perla. I felt the slave collar around my neck and the hunger for sustenance, freedom and love. Every time Marco walked into a room, I felt like I had to get on my knees with my head down. Geesh… I became consumed by this story- Angela and Colin’s story. “I need you to be my master. I don’t know what I’m supposed to do” Mr. Colin Douglas the Scottish dark artist/special agent is high up on my hero list. He is broken, bad and beautiful. He vows to avenge what happened to his family years ago, the death of his parents and kidnapping of his younger brother. Colin takes on the last mission of his career as a special agent and that is to find and free Angela Birch. What he did not expect was to fall for her. “What had he done? He’d never been so furious with himself, but at the same time, her image was stuck in his mind, spreading its golden softness, and he couldn’t stop his hand. She was fucking everywhere.” So… all you out there that enjoy a deep dark disturbingly delicious read with WTF moments up until the very ending... pick this book up. “But what he didn’t realize was that nothing was perfect. Nothing except love.”

  14. 5 out of 5

    Amy | Foxy Blogs

    Angela and Colin are two people whose lives have been stolen from them. They are living in different parts of the world but their paths are going to collide together by the unfortunate events that stole their freedom. Angela is an American college student in Cancun enjoying a mini vacation with her sorority sisters. Trusting a local man whose beauty is only skin deep will turn out to be the start of Angela's nightmare. After taken as a prisoner and explained how her former life no longer existed Angela and Colin are two people whose lives have been stolen from them. They are living in different parts of the world but their paths are going to collide together by the unfortunate events that stole their freedom. Angela is an American college student in Cancun enjoying a mini vacation with her sorority sisters. Trusting a local man whose beauty is only skin deep will turn out to be the start of Angela's nightmare. After taken as a prisoner and explained how her former life no longer existed she was left with little hope. 'I had a choice to make. Failing this test would mean death. Passing would mean sexual slavery.' The moment she picked her choice the breaking of her spirit began and her need to survive became her number one priority. 'Everything I thought I knew about myself and life, all of my views, shifted and changed in that room on that day. Ideas of privacy and entitlement and freedom slipped away. The meanings of strength and weakness morphed and failed to matter anymore. All that mattered was survival with minimal pain.' Colin was a young teen boy when his parents were murdered and his younger brother stolen and sold into slavery. Colin's life mission was to find his brother and bring justice to those who killed his parents. Years later he was hired to rescue Angela. As Colin sets out to rescue Angela the lines between saving her or making her his own began to blur. He began to think of her as 'His. His to protect. His to save. His to...pleasure.' SERIES: No cliffhangers. Spinoff

  15. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth (Liz)

    I will admit, I didn’t have any idea what I would get when I began reading Escape From Paradise by Gwendolyn Field. It’s simple truth that when I start a book by a new or new-to-me author, I may not connect with it for a variety of reasons. That was SO not the case with Escape From Paradise! This story explodes out of the gate and grabs you very early on. I guarantee, once you’re reading, it’s nearly impossible to stop!! One thing I thoroughly enjoy—and without any shame, I might add—is well-writ I will admit, I didn’t have any idea what I would get when I began reading Escape From Paradise by Gwendolyn Field. It’s simple truth that when I start a book by a new or new-to-me author, I may not connect with it for a variety of reasons. That was SO not the case with Escape From Paradise! This story explodes out of the gate and grabs you very early on. I guarantee, once you’re reading, it’s nearly impossible to stop!! One thing I thoroughly enjoy—and without any shame, I might add—is well-written, dark erotic romance. Escape From Paradise is exactly that. This book isn’t so dark that it overwhelmed my emotions and left me unable to continue. It walks that fine line and provides a perfect balance of dark and light. The situation which Angela finds herself in is interesting, especially as Marco Ruiz, the slave owner, is not written as a total super villain. This makes for a different type of relationship between he and Angela, as opposed to the other slaves, and at moments I almost wondered if, in his own way, he was trying to protect her. However, he is, indeed, a villain and a slave owner, and the relationship is precariously delicate. When Colin is introduced into the equation, he’s deep undercover for MI-6, attempting to rescue Angela from this slaver. The attraction between them is present from the beginning, and it causes Colin great issues with his conscience as he knows why he’s there and Angela does not. He hates the thought of taking advantage of her. Things do get out of hand between them several times before the rescue takes place, and it affects them both in very different and yet similar ways. The chemistry between Angela and Colin is combustible from the start, and I confess that I love a storyline like this where the man is fighting himself and his desires, trying to hold himself back. The sexual tension ramps up quickly in a situation like this, and I could feel that as it happened. Their attraction for one another is not fully explored, in the traditional manner, until the rescue is complete. This only adds to a certain build-up. To put it plainly, these two are HOT, HOT, HOT together and set the pages aflame!! For me, though, what makes this story is the writing, the depth of the characters, and the emotions which flow throughout the book. Even the hottest sex scenes and/or the darkest plotlines won’t cut it without the aforementioned. It’s a week or so after finishing this story, and I still find specific scenes popping into my head, and, for that reason alone, I had to up my rating from 4.5 to 5 Stars. When I’m unable to let a story go, to let characters go, and when I find myself vividly recalling scenes and dialog, I know I’ve read a fantastic book!! I actually often wonder what became of the characters after that last page, though there is no cliffhanger. I’m hopeful that Graham, Colin’s brother, will get a story next, and that the author will revisit Colin and Angela, as well!! I highly recommend Escape From Paradise for those who love a dark erotic romance with great characters, an exciting storyline and, of course, sinfully sexy love scenes! 5 Darkly Sexy Stars **ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review** For more reviews, please visit Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews or visit us on Facebook.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Pam Godwin

    Disturbing. Shocking. Nauseating. And written with powerful emotion. There's romance weaved in the end, but the bulk of this gritty tale focuses on a Texan girl's experience as a slave. It's a not a long read. I read it in one sitting, but the plot is meaty. You're immersed in the hopeless situation and your head will throb as it forces you to think and try work out how YOU might endure. This is a story of greed and selfishness. A miserable, confronting experience, one I probably wouldn't read aga Disturbing. Shocking. Nauseating. And written with powerful emotion. There's romance weaved in the end, but the bulk of this gritty tale focuses on a Texan girl's experience as a slave. It's a not a long read. I read it in one sitting, but the plot is meaty. You're immersed in the hopeless situation and your head will throb as it forces you to think and try work out how YOU might endure. This is a story of greed and selfishness. A miserable, confronting experience, one I probably wouldn't read again. There are a couple contrived plot elements toward the end with her parents and the villain that might have you questioning how it concludes, but this didn't deter me from rating it 5 stars. I highly recommend it to lovers of dark erotica. The writing is polished and engaging and prose is passionate.

  17. 5 out of 5

    *J* Too Many Books Too Little Time

    4.5 Dark-Real-Sexy Stars!!! BRAVO!!! BRAVO!!! Loved this dark, sensual, scary, entertaining, and emotional ride! Escape from Paradise is Angela's story. Angela was a sophomore in college when she heads to Cancun, Mexico with three of her BFFs. Angela lied to her parents about where she was going. On her final day in Mexico, Angela meets the handsome Fernando Ruiz in a coffee shop. Later that night at a club, Fernando proceeds to drug, rape and kidnap Angela changing her life forever. Fernando tak 4.5 Dark-Real-Sexy Stars!!! BRAVO!!! BRAVO!!! Loved this dark, sensual, scary, entertaining, and emotional ride! Escape from Paradise is Angela's story. Angela was a sophomore in college when she heads to Cancun, Mexico with three of her BFFs. Angela lied to her parents about where she was going. On her final day in Mexico, Angela meets the handsome Fernando Ruiz in a coffee shop. Later that night at a club, Fernando proceeds to drug, rape and kidnap Angela changing her life forever. Fernando takes Angela to his father, Marco Ruiz where she becomes one of his sex slaves, held captive on an isolated island paradise ...."sold" to his patrons for their entertainment, reduced to an object of affection, and punished for not obeying her Master's command. "Everything I thought I knew about myself and life, all my views, shifted and changed in that room that day. Ideas of privacy and entitlement and freedom slipped away." At once resisting the lifestyle of a slave, Angela has now begun to accept her fate. She develops bonds with her fellow captives. Everyday brings less and less hope for her survival and freedom and more and more acceptance that this will be her new life. She is in a constant battle with her mind and body. "Time is a funny thing. Small changes over a long course of time could go easily unnoticed, until one day you look up and realize you're not the same person anymore. At all. And all those small changes added up to something big." Enter Colin Douglas. Colin's family was killed and his brother was kidnapped and sold as a sex slave when he was teenager. He vowed to find his brother and avenge the death of his parents. He goes "under-ground" infilitrating drug and sex rings in search of his brother. Colin is later hired to find Angela. He spends 15 months posing as an artist before gaining access to Marco Ruiz. Colin must "become" what he has always loathed. In order to gain Marco's trust he has to present himself as a willing participant in Marco's game. Enjoying the pleasures that his paradise provides. Including Angela! Colin struggles with his attraction for Angela and not wanting to "take advantage of her". Their encounters together are heart-breaking, yet sensual....hopeful, yet painful. When time is almost up, Colin finally gets his best chance at rescuing Angela. At this point, I was literally GLUED to my e-reader. Just when it looks like Angela's escape will be easier then Colin expected....BAM!!!! Oh shite....Colin makes a potentially deadly mistake. Colin and Angela are forced to make choices...choices that could change everything about their life going forward. Will Colin be able to save Angela from captivity? Will she ever be the same again? Was what Angela and Colin shared more then just your hero saving the girl? Will Angela and Colin ever be "free"? You MUST read this gripping, fantastic story and find out. "I refused to let it all be for nothing. Because even within all the ugliness of the world there was beauty. Some of it needed to pulled from the dirt and dusted off, given wings." I loved that this was told from alternating POVs. Being able to feel the pain and suffering that Angela experienced and the internal stuggles that Colin battled made the story that much more real and entralling. This was full of suspense and twists and turns and I couldn't put it down. This was a standalone with a HEA...and an epilogue. I think the only thing keeping it from a full five stars would be that I felt that the ending was a bit rushed. I also wanted more Josef! I would have liked to have known what happened to the other slaves. Overall, a fantastic read that I highly recommend.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Anja

    WOW! This book was I can't believe that this "treasure" was sleeping on my kindle for such a long time! *judging myself* It was dark but at the same time so fukcing beautiful! Simply perfect for my little dark heart WOW! This book was I can't believe that this "treasure" was sleeping on my kindle for such a long time! *judging myself* It was dark but at the same time so fukcing beautiful! Simply perfect for my little dark heart

  19. 4 out of 5

    * Meli Mel *

    *** 2.5 - 3 Stars *** Angela Birch has taken a secret trip with her friends to Cancun, Mexico. There she meets a handsome man named Fernando, who invites her to go dancing with her. Next thing she knows, she has been kidnapped and is no longer in Mexico, but on a boat heading to Spain where she is will be introduced into the world of sexual slavery. Colin Douglas life isn't perfect. In his youth, he tragically lost his parents and his younger brother went missing. His revenge fueled him all those *** 2.5 - 3 Stars *** Angela Birch has taken a secret trip with her friends to Cancun, Mexico. There she meets a handsome man named Fernando, who invites her to go dancing with her. Next thing she knows, she has been kidnapped and is no longer in Mexico, but on a boat heading to Spain where she is will be introduced into the world of sexual slavery. Colin Douglas life isn't perfect. In his youth, he tragically lost his parents and his younger brother went missing. His revenge fueled him all those years he spent looking for his brother. That is what eventually led him to become an undercover agent. His next assignment is to locate Angela Birch and to bring her back home to her parents. When I read the first chapter of this book quite a while back, I was so intrigued and couldn't wait for this to be released. The beginning of this book really hooked me. But as the story progressed, I unfortunately couldn't connect with the characters completely. I felt like the story was being told to me, rather than letting me experience what was happening along with the characters. Maybe if things had been described a bit better, it might have made it more engaging. I didn't quite like Angela, to be honest. She was not so bright, and her friends were no better. In fact, they were terrible friends in my opinion. Who lets their friend hang out alone with a stranger, in a club, in a foreign country? They should have been keeping tabs on each other. I felt absolutely horrible for everything Angela was going through. I was sickened by it all. But again, I struggled to really connect with her. I wanted her to fight, but I knew she couldn't, at the same time I still wanted her to just do something. Soon, I found her becoming okay with her predicament, or it seemed like she did. I felt like she was giving up too quickly. Some things were moving too fast for it to be believable. I couldn't fathom some of things Angela would notice or care about. Shouldn't she be repulsed? She seemed at times too casual about it all. I just didn't really understand her, despite having her POV. Colin interested me from the start. He was introduced with a back story and from that, I knew I wanted to know more about him. He was on a mission to rescue Angela from captivity. Okay, I did like Colin, but I felt a bit conflicted about him, just like he was feeling about himself. He seemed was the good guy that had to act like a bad guy to try to save her. I kind of questioned their relationship a bit. They fell so fast for each other, I wasn't sure it would work, or if it was just the situation they found themselves in that thrust them together. I still am not sure if I can believe in their relationship. I feel like they still have so much to move on from. The sex was quite disturbing to read. The rape scenes weren't overtly descriptive but it still made me feel completely ill for her. Even when she was having sex with Colin, I still didn't feel 100% right to me because she seemed to be moving too fast. She still needed to heal, they both did. Marco I hated completely. I never really warmed up to him and felt so bad for all of the other slaves, because they had accepted thier lives as it was. They didn't seem to have any hope or want to escape. I wanted to know more of what ended up happening to them, but I didn't get to know. Overall, I really tried to love this book and I am saddened that I couldn't like it more. Maybe it was just me, I don't know. I felt that the story needed to be further developed in some scenes. And some parts were just not believable to me. The ending was just okay for me. Well, I just hope that if you decide to give this a try, that you will enjoy it more than I did.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Didi

    THAT WAS.... DARK DISTURBING EROTIC WOW. I LOVE kidnapping stories. Like crazy. And then add an element of dark to it? winner every time! This was a dangerous, heart-pounding and scary story. Scary because this shit actually happens. An innocent vacation to Cancun turns into a deadly capture of an innocent college girl. She is thrust into the world of sexual slavery and it's horrendous to witness. I really liked everything about this book. The first half was more of a what led up to Angelas' capture an THAT WAS.... DARK DISTURBING EROTIC WOW. I LOVE kidnapping stories. Like crazy. And then add an element of dark to it? winner every time! This was a dangerous, heart-pounding and scary story. Scary because this shit actually happens. An innocent vacation to Cancun turns into a deadly capture of an innocent college girl. She is thrust into the world of sexual slavery and it's horrendous to witness. I really liked everything about this book. The first half was more of a what led up to Angelas' capture and enslavement, including her awful conditioning and subordination at the hands of a ruthless yet incredibly powerful business man--Marco--and secret slave owner. I thought the author did a wonderful job of laying down the foundation for the reader to understand the gravity of Angela's situation. You saw how she was broken down and re-created to fit the mold of a submissive slave. It was crushing and overwhelming to see her slowly shed her independence and spirit to become a vessel for the highest bidder. And then the second half. SHIT. Colin Douglas, posing as a wealthy artist looking to liven up his work, is introduced to Marco and is given the lucrative chance to stay at his seaside paradise where he runs a tight, pleasure-bound slavery ring. These slaves belong to Marco and he uses his discretion in allowing guests to sample the goods, so to speak. Colin must work fast to find and rescue Angela and his chips all fall to Marco's retreat. From then on it is a race to the finish! I was practically holding my breath during the second half never knowing what the hell was going to happen. Could Colin pull it off? How? There are so many characters here and they are truly interesting while never taking away from the story. The twists and turns are endless and it truly made for an exciting reading experience. It even got to a point where you think everyone is in the clear till BANG!! You're surprised again and asking more questions! Highly recommended read for those looking for a dark and deliscious captor tale, but prepare for some highly graphic and uncomfortable situations. Awesome!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Pepper Winters

    Well written and I loved the insight into Collin's headspace. Overall a fantastic dark read :)

  22. 4 out of 5

    Johanna

    ~~~5 DISTURBINGLY DARK, EROTIC, & CAPTIVATING STARS~~~ Why would anyone want to leave paradise? Because this is not your typical paradise, behind this facade lies unspeakable acts of cruelty to the human body and soul. These are not ordinary walls...these walls hold secrets of power and dominance. Escape From Paradise is a wicked dark read about circumstances, survival, and hope. Hope is necessary. Without it, you feel dead The story is portrayed in alternating point of views between ~~~5 DISTURBINGLY DARK, EROTIC, & CAPTIVATING STARS~~~ Why would anyone want to leave paradise? Because this is not your typical paradise, behind this facade lies unspeakable acts of cruelty to the human body and soul. These are not ordinary walls...these walls hold secrets of power and dominance. Escape From Paradise is a wicked dark read about circumstances, survival, and hope. Hope is necessary. Without it, you feel dead The story is portrayed in alternating point of views between the hero and heroine. Escape from Paradise commences with college sophomore Angela Birch sneaks from Texas to Mexico for Spring Break, she believes the worst that can happen is her parents finding out. Wrong. The worst is falling for the ruse of handsome, alluring Fernando. One spontaneous choice whisks Angela across the world to the pseudo paradise of Spain’s Mediterranean Riviera where she has another choice to make: live cooperatively as one of billionaire Marco Ruiz’s slaves, or die. * * * Colin Douglas’s future was seized and choked when deliberate tragedy struck his Scottish family at the age of sixteen. He spent his remaining youthful years infiltrating the U.K.’s crime world, seeking power, control, and revenge, all leading to a position as an undercover agent. With nothing to lose, Colin accepts the seemingly impossible job of rescuing America’s famous missing girl, Angela Birch. Colin knows that to enter a snake lair, one must become a snake. It turns out to be a mission which will put his desire for control to the ultimate test, and make him wish for things he never knew he wanted. This book is not for the faint of heart. If you love the DARK DUET series then this stand alone novel is for you. It is dark, graphic, with uncomfortable situations that will leave you SPEECHLESS. LOVED every dark minute of this book and will be recommending this to anyone who will listen to my ramblings. P.S. I would like to commend the author for doing an outstanding job! Escape from Paradise will forever be ingrained in my mind.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kirsten

    4-4.5 stars! Angela Birch never thought when she lied to her parents about taking a trip to Cancun, that she might not return home. Who would have thought that the handsome local that she'd met would drug her soda, and her freedom would then cease to exist. Now property of Marco, she joins the ranks with other sex slaves and must get used to this new life. No privacy, no freedom, and performing sexual activities with the patrons of a beautiful Spanish villa. When Colin Douglas was sixteen 4-4.5 stars! Angela Birch never thought when she lied to her parents about taking a trip to Cancun, that she might not return home. Who would have thought that the handsome local that she'd met would drug her soda, and her freedom would then cease to exist. Now property of Marco, she joins the ranks with other sex slaves and must get used to this new life. No privacy, no freedom, and performing sexual activities with the patrons of a beautiful Spanish villa. When Colin Douglas was sixteen, his ten year old brother was abducted from their home while Colin was away at school. After years of searching for him, he finds his broken brother under the thumb of the vicious underground sex industry. With news of his efforts, Angela's parents are willing to pay him handsomely to try to find their daughter. After a great deal of searching, he has finally got a lead that Angela may be in the hands of Marco Ruiz. His only way to get to her will be to infiltrate the guarded villa under the guise that he is a guest, looking for some no strings attached sex. When Colin's instincts were right about where Angela is, he has very conflicting feelings about what's about to take place. This is a girl he is supposed to be rescuing, but he can't let on that he is there for for that reason. He needs to play along, use her body, and hopefully not get himself caught...or killed. Will Colin be able to help Angela escape? And then what? He can't help but have feelings for the young and beautiful captive. This was a pretty good dark romance. Even though this trope usually has the same recipe, I found that this one had some great originality. For starters, it wasn't the captive falling for her captor, which I liked (view spoiler)[ and secondly, as a slave, Angela and the other slaves were treated pretty well as long as they abided by the rules. This probably made me have my own Stolkholm-y feelings, as I liked Marco as an owner. No, he was not always gentle. But he cared for Angela in a special way, and did have a sort of respect for his human property. (hide spoiler)] I usually appreciate the story more, and have more respect for the heroine when they fight their circumstances. However, I have to say, that I was not too annoyed by Angela accepting her fate rather early. It was probably a smart choice, considering she didn't really have any options. In doing this, I think she kept her wits about her predicament. I also thought the inner battle that Colin was faced with was interesting and very real. I cannot imagine what it would be like to go into a situation to save someone in such a dangerous environment, yet have to (and want to) take advantage of doing things to her that go against his mission. Marco also owned some other slaves. Three other females and a male, Josef, who all shared a quarters together. Josef and Angela bonded and I believe he was able to help her transition into her new life. The second book in this series will be dedicated to his story. There was a few edge of your seat moments, and I have to say there was something that happened near the end that totally shocked the hell outta me. All in all, a really good story that that I really enjoyed. If your not opposed to some dark situations, I would recommend you read this.

  24. 5 out of 5

    S.R. Grey

    Edit 10/14: I am upping this rating from an original 3.5 stars to 4.5 stars. And the reason is this: the more I think about this book---that I read back in July---the more I CANNOT forget it. Yes, some of the scenes are rather, um, disturbing. But this story has stayed with me, which is always a sign that the book was overall-amazing. So, my takeaways: Escape from Paradise is well-written and holds your interest, but some parts are extremely dark and hard to read. I'd classify this book as VERY Edit 10/14: I am upping this rating from an original 3.5 stars to 4.5 stars. And the reason is this: the more I think about this book---that I read back in July---the more I CANNOT forget it. Yes, some of the scenes are rather, um, disturbing. But this story has stayed with me, which is always a sign that the book was overall-amazing. So, my takeaways: Escape from Paradise is well-written and holds your interest, but some parts are extremely dark and hard to read. I'd classify this book as VERY dark erotica. Escape from Paradise made Captive in the Dark look like a PG-rated tale, and Consequences a damn Disney story, just to put things in perspective. That being said I remember not being able to put it down. I grew to love the characters so much, and my heart went out to them. I will definitely be reading more from Ms. Field. Final thoughts: The story is riveting, well-executed, and a page-turner. Pick it up, but remember (lol):

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    Well, once again I have found an author to put on my auto buy list! I thoroughly enjoyed this dark and erotic story. Yes, at times I thought it could have been a bit more darker than I expected; but on the whole it was a story that held me captivated. The reason for my four star rating was that I didn't care much for Angela not meeting up with her hero until almost 40% of the book. I know the way the book was written was necessarry, especially to get a bit of Colin's history, and also to be told Well, once again I have found an author to put on my auto buy list! I thoroughly enjoyed this dark and erotic story. Yes, at times I thought it could have been a bit more darker than I expected; but on the whole it was a story that held me captivated. The reason for my four star rating was that I didn't care much for Angela not meeting up with her hero until almost 40% of the book. I know the way the book was written was necessarry, especially to get a bit of Colin's history, and also to be told what captivity was like for Angela; but I do prefer to have the couple meet quite early in any book that I read. In saying that though, I loved every minute of the connection that these two shared once they did come in contact with each other. To begin, Angela is from Texas and has lied to her parents about where she will be vacationing with her friends. They end up in Mexico instead of camping, and behave like any single young women do when they are out to have a good time in the tropics. Unfortunately, Angela hooks up with the wrong person and ends up raped, stolen, and taken to a place called, Paradise. This place has slaves, and is there for every man's perverted pleasures. Angela is thrust into a world that changes everything about her and what she has been brought up to know. She now has a Master and punishment if she disobeys His rules. She becomes a new person, and goes from Angela to Angel and is there for men's pleasures only. No longer does she have a say in anything she does, and she quickly needs to adapt to her situation or make her life way more difficult for herself and others. There are four other slaves with her, and she finds comfort in having them around to share in her torment. Colin Douglas is a man who has been through hell early on in his life. At age sixteen his family was torn apart buy criminals. His parents were murdered and his brother Graham was sold into slavery. Colin made it his mission to find his brother and bring him back. When he does rescue his brother; he finds Graham a shell of who he was. Graham is damaged and will probably never be the same again. Colin has so much anger over this that he makes it his life mission to destroy the criminals that are responsible, whether directly or indirectly to his brother. He eventually is approached about Angela, and asked to work under cover to try and get her back to her family if she is alive. What he never saw coming, was his attraction to this girl and also some deep,dark, hidden desires that he has within himself. I loved the interactions with Angel and Colin. I felt for him, because he was really battling his true desires and his responsibility to Angela and her family to bring her home. He felt if he gave in to his desires, he would be taking advantage of her and his guilt was a mile wide. Then there is Angel who can't understand why he doesn't want her, and feels like she is failing as a slave. The sexual tension between these to is through the roof; but their attraction isn't all about sex..there is also this attraction that Colin take care of her and possess her in all ways. I am also very intrigued about Colin's brother Graham. I can tell that guy has been to hell and back, all from the age of ten. He has many demons he is suffering, and I am hoping that we will get his story and that he will find a HEA..\ This book will not be for everyone. If someone is not into a book about slavery and forced sex, then do not read it. If this kind of thing doesn't bother you, then I strongly suggest you give this author a try. Considering this is her first book, she did an amazing job and I look forward to what she has in store for the future!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Candace

    When Angela, a college student from Texas, lies to her parents and sneaks off with her sorority sisters for some fun in the sun in Cancun, she never could have known the horrors that awaited her. Lured to a club by an attractive young man, everything she's ever known is changed in an instant. Raped and forced into a life of sexual slavery, this book tells her story as she tries to survive the horrors of her new life. Posing as a patron, undercover agent Colin is sent to rescue Angela. In doing s When Angela, a college student from Texas, lies to her parents and sneaks off with her sorority sisters for some fun in the sun in Cancun, she never could have known the horrors that awaited her. Lured to a club by an attractive young man, everything she's ever known is changed in an instant. Raped and forced into a life of sexual slavery, this book tells her story as she tries to survive the horrors of her new life. Posing as a patron, undercover agent Colin is sent to rescue Angela. In doing so, he risks losing himself to his darker desires. Gaining the trust of Angela's powerful master, Marco, is no easy feat and Colin must cross lines he'd never imagined. Every minute of his time at the villa he's fighting a battle with himself, wondering if the end justifies the means or if he is just as cruel and depraved as Marco and the others. This story is NOT for the faint of heart! It is dark, gritty and disturbing. It is a harrowing account of her experiences during her two years of captivity, detailing the sexual, physical and psychological abuse she endured as she tried to survive. Her ability to not lose herself entirely was amazing given the treatment she endured. I was in awe of her inner-strength. If you can handle it, I'd highly recommend this book. It was outstanding!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lucinda - I JUST LOVE TO READ

    5 STARS WOW, Gwendolyn Field where the hell did you come from... first of all I have to say: WELL DONE!!! I don't think I have every read a book that gave me so many emotions! This is a about a very difficult subject and I have to honestly say by 24% I thought I'm not going to make this. I'm going to stop, it is to much. But Christene and Soraya told me to just go on it does get better... If you look at my status updates the people must think I've lost my mind haha. I've screamed, I've cried, 5 STARS WOW, Gwendolyn Field where the hell did you come from... first of all I have to say: WELL DONE!!! I don't think I have every read a book that gave me so many emotions! This is a about a very difficult subject and I have to honestly say by 24% I thought I'm not going to make this. I'm going to stop, it is to much. But Christene and Soraya told me to just go on it does get better... If you look at my status updates the people must think I've lost my mind haha. I've screamed, I've cried, I've sat on the edge of my seat but wow this book was awesome! 70% in the book I was so shocked at Colin I had to stop reading for 10min just to continue reading because I was too scared to continue haha! To date this was my hardest book to read but I made it! hie hie! This was really awesome! Thanks to Christene, Soraya and Farah encouraging me to finish it, it was worth it. And to Farah that MADE me read this book, thanks girl :) Over and out. x

  28. 5 out of 5

    ~♡AB♡~

    4.5 stars, Great debut from Gwendolyn Field. Whilst on Spring Break in Cancun, Angela is kidnapped and taken to Spain and ends up living in a beautiful paradise with Marco and his 4 other sex slaves. Angela is broken down, humiliated and forced to live a life of servitude. Scottish Special Agent Colin, is tasked with finding her and bringing her back to her parents but in order to do so has to infiltrate Marco's paradise and become one of the very men he despises. When Angela and Colin meet, they a 4.5 stars, Great debut from Gwendolyn Field. Whilst on Spring Break in Cancun, Angela is kidnapped and taken to Spain and ends up living in a beautiful paradise with Marco and his 4 other sex slaves. Angela is broken down, humiliated and forced to live a life of servitude. Scottish Special Agent Colin, is tasked with finding her and bringing her back to her parents but in order to do so has to infiltrate Marco's paradise and become one of the very men he despises. When Angela and Colin meet, they are conflicted in their feelings, it shouldn't feel good but it does. I really enjoyed this book, it was disturbingly erotic in places and although there were a few typos it didn't detract me from the story at all.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Amber Rose

    “I refused to let it all be for nothing. Because even within all the ugliness of the world there was beauty. Some of it needed to be pulled from the dirt and dusted off, given wings.” I thought I was prepared for this book. I been wanting to read it for weeks now, I was in a mood for something dark that would push my bounds. This did push me, pushed me like no other. I am not sure what type of person this makes me but it was so good!!! This book is amazing. Yes, its AMAZING . This book is n “I refused to let it all be for nothing. Because even within all the ugliness of the world there was beauty. Some of it needed to be pulled from the dirt and dusted off, given wings.” I thought I was prepared for this book. I been wanting to read it for weeks now, I was in a mood for something dark that would push my bounds. This did push me, pushed me like no other. I am not sure what type of person this makes me but it was so good!!! This book is amazing. Yes, its AMAZING . This book is not for the faint of heart. I will stress that with you. This is a book for those who like dark erotic books and can handle it. If you can not handle rape and imprisoned sex slaves than this is not your type of book. Since I love dark books this is right up my alley. ************************************************ Angela is in Cancun Mexico for Spring break for 3 days with her 3 friends. Angela's parents do not know where is she at. No one knows where she is at but the four of them. On her last night there she meets Fernando. He is handsome Angela, has taking a liking to him. Everything is going great until Angela get's a special drink and goes to his car for some action. Next thing you know she is feeling weird and knows something is up. He is going to rape her and God knows what else is going to happen. Next the lights go out and she is passed out! People were right about Karma-she was a bitch, because only a bitch would be this cruel. Waking up Angela is on a boat. She is scared and not sure what is going on. Marco comes in and tells Angela that she cannot go home, she will be his sex slave or dies. Wanting to stay alive and do whatever she has to do to live and maybe someone will come and find her. But sadly that is not the case. Everything I thought I knew about myself and life, all of my views, shifted and changed in that room on that day. Ideas of privacy and entitlement and freedom slipped away. The meanings of strength and weakness morphed and failed to matter anymore. All that mattered was survival with minimal pain. Angela is a sex slave now. She takes are of Marco's patrons at his villa in Spain. If she does not do as she is told and be a good slave then she will be punished. There are other sex slaves with her also, they are very loyal to their Master, and do whatever it is he ask of them. That is all I am going to say regarding the story. I feel if I mention some things or some people than it will giveaway the story. We don't want that. But I will say this book is very captive in the deals and does not let you hang there in the back watching. I felt everything that Angela was going through. Her pain, pleasure, joy, anger, sadness, hope, and fear. There are so many emotions. Mrs. Field has done a incredible job showing you in the life of a Angela as a sex slave. Simply incredible so, glad I read this book. It is still lingering around in my mind. This is the type of book where it will always be with me.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Review posted at: Swept Away By Romance Dark, Brutal, Intense, Gripping, Riveting, Sexy and Unforgettable! Story Rating ~ 5 Stars Hero Rating ~ 5 Stars Heroine Rating ~ 5 Stars Heat Level ~ 5 Stars Ending ~ 4 Stars Overall Rating ~ 5 Stars OMG! What a story! This book did not just grab me, it put a strangle hold on me and it never let go. This story was dark, brutal, intense, gripping, riveting, sexy and totally UNFORGETTABLE! It took me on a journey that I never expected and it was AMAZING.I can hardly Review posted at: Swept Away By Romance Dark, Brutal, Intense, Gripping, Riveting, Sexy and Unforgettable! Story Rating ~ 5 Stars Hero Rating ~ 5 Stars Heroine Rating ~ 5 Stars Heat Level ~ 5 Stars Ending ~ 4 Stars Overall Rating ~ 5 Stars OMG! What a story! This book did not just grab me, it put a strangle hold on me and it never let go. This story was dark, brutal, intense, gripping, riveting, sexy and totally UNFORGETTABLE! It took me on a journey that I never expected and it was AMAZING.I can hardly believe this was Gwendolyn Field's first full adult romance novel, because quite frankly this book is as good as it gets and holds a place as one of my top reads for the year! This book is about a young woman named Angela who goes against her parents’ wishes and goes to Cancun for spring break with a few friends. While there she meets a gorgeous Hispanic guy named Fernando. Turns out that he is a very bad guy, and he ends up drugging, raping and then kidnapping her. He brings her to his father Marco on his boat and his father is furious with Fernando for kidnapping an American girl. The only thing Marco can do at this point is take her to his villa in Spain, and make a sex slave out of her, or kill her if she gets too out of hand. Once they reach the villa the story took a shocking turn. The things Angela went through were horrific, but the whole time she did her best, because she knew if she did not adjust that she would be killed. I usually don't care for this type of story linr, but this one was so good that I could NOT put the book down. I kept saying to myself… just one more chapter, and that turned into 2, and 3….I had a hard time walking away for a while. Colin, the hero, has his own story going on at the same time, and it’s a dark and interesting one too. He is hired to go undercover to find Angela. It takes a long time for him to finally get into the villa. Once there, he's glad to find that Angela is there and very much alive. When these two get together each scene gets more and more erotic and I found myself squirming in my seat. Colin is trying his best not to take her under these circumstances, but there are cameras everywhere and he knows that they are being watched at all times. With each time they are together, their bond grows stronger and stronger and their attraction to each cannot be denied. There is some action when the escape takes place and I was glued to the book. I loved that entire scene. But that is not where the book ends, and there was much more afterwards that took place. The ending was bitter sweet. There is an epilogue that went brings the reader into the future and it left me with an overall satisfied feeling. If you can handle an AMAZING and very dark adult romance, I HIGHLY recommend this book. I know without a doubt that this book will be on my mind for days, it was THAT GOOD!!! * A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

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