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USA Today Bestselling Authors Maggie Ryan and Alta Hensley join forces again to bring you the second novel in this action-packed, romantic suspense trilogy full of bad boys and the women who love them.
Stryder Steele, along with his two brothers and father, lives by one code: Help all in need. Even if it means saving those who walk among the most sinister criminals in the world. Known as The Black Stallions, their mission is simple – provide rescue and safety to the innocents drawn into the evil depths of the underground.
Zoya Morozova has been kidnapped and ready to be sold at an underground human auction in Moscow. Being sold to the highest bidder, she has no idea her life is about to change when her new Master is the dark and mysterious… Stryder Steele.
Bad boy Stryder remembers the pain of being unable to save another but he’ll put his life on the line to save this beautiful Russian farm girl. When he buys Zoya with the purpose of rescuing her, he has no idea that she may have the power to rescue him as well.
Flown to The Black Stallion Ranch, and with the help of Zoya and the knowledge of the human sex trade she has, can the Steeles put together the pieces in time to save all the innocent women who had been sold to the monsters of the underground, or will they lose to the mastermind of it all?
Publisher's Note: This book contains graphic sex and BDSM elements.
Stryder takes off almost right where Maddox leaves off. If you haven’t read Maddox, I would make sure you do that beforehand. While it’s not strictly necessary per say, you may find yourself feeling a tad bit lost about situations if you don’t. This book is well-written and covers an extremely difficult topic in human trafficking. It’s certainly not for the faint of heart. And like book one, there were definitely some things I struggled with. But overall, I did enjoy the book.
Zoya is a sweet, naïve young woman. She often acts immature and I think that gives us a glimpse of her age. Stryder is calculating, determined and always in control. The two of them together have some smoking hot chemistry and it isn’t long before they set fire. The characters are well developed, Stryder has more of a backstory than Zoya but both of them have flaws, strengths and insecurities. The secondary characters are just as developed. I’m still in love with Jennie. I think she’s hilarious and adds some much needed comic relief to the suspense.
Now for what didn’t work for me. There were points were Zoya was giving attitude that I felt didn’t exactly fit with her story. I’m sorry but if I’d been through what she had, I wouldn’t be going around calling him names and getting into his face. Secondly, the Stryders practice Domestic Discipline. And there’s an instance where this occurs and for me it’s dubious consent. He mentioned it the night before, she thought he was joking and when it actually happened she said stop but he didn’t. It was before a D/s relationship was ever entered into between them and that’s the only time I think DD should be used.
That being said, it is an enjoyable book. Others may enjoy it a lot more than I did. However, after now reading two of them, I’m unsure if I want to finish the series. I want to see the conclusion of the intrigue but I’m not sure that’s enough to keep me reading. -Peace and love, Buxom J
About the Authors:
Alta Hensley is a USA TODAY bestselling erotic romance author who has had #1 top-selling books in Dark, contemporary, BDSM, erotic science fiction, humor, and historical. She writes the naughty… and then the cure for it.
Being a multi-published author in the power exchange genre, Alta is known for her dark, gritty alpha heroes, sometimes sweet love stories, hot eroticism, and engaging tales of the constant struggle between dominance and submission.
A USA Today and #1 international best selling author, Maggie Ryan has been writing stories as long as she can remember. She enjoys writing both contemporary erotica as well as historical books set in ages past. She loves developing characters that are able to tell their own stories. Her heroines are multi-faceted women who are strong, intelligent and capable in their own right but find a deep need to share their lives with those strong, sexy and dominant alpha males that capture their hearts. Her heroes recognize the gift of submission for the gift it is, loving and protecting the women that offer that gift. She enjoys sweet, romantic stories with just a taste of domestic discipline as well as one that explore the harsher D/S lifestyle. She also enjoys writing age-play stories set both in Victorian era where women didn't have a great deal of power in their lives as well as in today's present time where women still find their happiness is greatly enhanced in offering the gift of submission. Her hope is that you settle back in your favorite chair and allow her books to entertain you and let you escape into another world.