Review: Prisoner (Criminals & Captives #1) by Annika Martin, Skye Warren

December 3, 2014 Review 1

Review: Prisoner (Criminals & Captives #1) by Annika Martin, Skye Warren

He seethes with raw power the first time I see him—pure menace and rippling muscles in shackles. He’s dangerous. He’s wild. He’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.

So I hide behind my prim glasses and my book like I always do, because I have secrets too. Then he shows up in the prison writing class I have to teach, and he blows me away with his honesty. He tells me secrets in his stories, and it’s getting harder to hide mine. I shiver when he gets too close, with only the cuffs and the bars and the guards holding him back. At night I can’t stop thinking about him in his cell.

But that’s the thing about an animal in a cage—you never know when he’ll bite. He might use you to escape. He might even pull you into a forest and hold a hand over your mouth so you can’t call for the cops. He might make you come so hard, you can’t think.

And you might crave him more than your next breath.

Title: Prisoner
Author: Annika Martin, Skye Warren
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Wanderlust
Series: Criminals & Captives #1
Published by Self
Source: Author
Published: October 23rd 2014
Pages: 414
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Stars: five-stars
Flames: three-flames

I have had author Skye Warren on my authors-I-want-to-try bucket list for quite some time. When the chance to read one of her books presented itself, I jumped. I was not disappointed. Prisoner was a absolutely fabulous book. Deeply emotional, I was hooked from the very beginning following along the hard journey Abigail and Grayson take. I as I progressed through the book I realized quickly, this book certainly was not playing out how I expected. I originally thought this would be a total bad boy/innocent good girl kidnapping served with a side of Stockholm Syndrome. However, things aren’t always what they seem. There a whole dark side to this book (see my warning below) that slowly unfolds that has me questioning, who really is the bad guys? Grayson’s crew??? Are they really bad? I understand their motives, once their story is revealed. And as harsh and cruel as they are, there’s still this child lost innocence that has me almost want to give them a hug. Almost.

Now I have two dilemmas to address. First Flame ratings. Abby and Grayson do have sex. It’s is written in a very tasteful matter and not of the over-the top gratuitous way. That, however, is not what I am concerned about. Normally when I rate the Flames of a book, it’s based of what the sexual contents that are contained within the pages. Since no real details are given, I’ve decided instead of upping the flames, to provide you the reader of my review a warning. There are hint of dubious non-con sex with minors that are eluded to thorough the story. I’m not going to provide details because frankly it would ruin the plot line. However, I will say if that is something that bothers you, you may want to reconsider reading this book. My second problem is the genre. I know a lot of folks are calling Prisoner either Dark Erotic or NA. I personally find it is neither. Yes there is darkness and there is sex doesn’t automatically make a story DE. In addition just because of the age of the characters (college ages) and the story contains sex also does not throw a story into the NA genre. IMO, Prisoner is neither of these. If there was a Drama Romantic Thriller field, that is where Prisoner belongs.

Flame rating and genre issues I have aside, Prisoner is a book worth reading. I’m glad I was given the opportunity to try something by Ms. Warren and as a bonus also to discover Ms. Martin as well. These are two authors I will continue reading and suggest other to try them out. And, since I see this is going to be a series, continuing to read these authors will not be a hardship for me because this is a series I will be following.


One Response to “Review: Prisoner (Criminals & Captives #1) by Annika Martin, Skye Warren”

  1. mlsimmons

    I’ve read a ton of books by Skye Warren and loved them. This is my first experience with Annika Martin (as her or as Carolyn Crane, though I just finished my first Crane book). I just love this type of story.

    You are right that it doesn’t fit in the dark erotica category, but I think it is getting put there because of the dark nature of the story and all the talk about non-consensual sex and kidnapping. Great review and explanation about the genre issue.