hope-restrainedTitle: Hope Restrained (The Estate #2)
Author: M. S. Willis
Genres: Romance, Dark
Release Day: January 30th 2014
AMAZON US | AMAZON UK
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She was meant to be his assassin. A forced player in a rivalry within The Estate. Yet her loyalty was to no person but herself. When Hope is taken captive by Xander Black. She becomes the one thing that can ensure Aaron’s reign.

Raised within a rival crime network, Hope Delacroix wanted nothing to do with The Estate. A fierce warrior, Hope is given no choice but to kill Aaron Carmichael. Caught in her attempt, Hope is captured by Aaron’s top guard in an effort to discover who sent her.

Ever loyal and protective, Xander Black’s sole objective is to defend Aaron and Maddy. Willing to do whatever is necessary, Xander gives in to darkness in order to force information out of Hope.

As Xander enslaves Hope to break her down completely, he learns that in the two years since Joseph Carmichael’s death, dissension still exists within The Estate.

 

3 stars!

“I find it ironic that your name is Hope… especially considering that you have none.”

The Estate is back with another book this time, Xander’s story. The premise of the story was pretty much the same, The Estate is ruthless and sadistic and bloody. But with Joseph gone, there is kind of no point to it without the main villain. In Xander’s story I hoped for an equally strong story – like Madeleine Abducted – and even though I really liked it, this one lacked a few things.

I had a hard time trying to figure out when the events were taking place, how long after the first book and how long between different phases of the book. Throughout, I often wondered about it, especially since some POVs were those of the girls – Hope and her sister – that within their drugged state had no idea of the time frame. Maybe that was the goal of the author but the first book didn’t have this issue.

There was a case of ista-love, which I kind of hate at this point, unless it is – somehow – justified, in this case it was not. I couldn’t connect to the characters, I was actually looking forward to more Aaron/Maddy scenes as the story progressed. And that is bad. Overall it was a good read, it lacked a few key points but if you liked the first book then you should read this one, and definitely Joseph Fallen!

other books in the series

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