That’s how long it took me to find her.
Five years after my world shattered, leaving me a scarred and broken man.
By then, the girl I knew was gone. In her place stood a woman. One who looked like an angel. An impossible, beautiful angel.
I killed for her. Soaked my hands in the blood of those who hurt her and rescued her from hell.
But hell has a way of following you. Becoming a part of you. Maybe the only part you recognize.
I had every intention of bringing her home. Setting her free.
I swear I did.
But the men who kidnapped her all those years ago weren’t done with her yet. They’d stop at nothing to get her back. And I’d kill any man who tried to take her from me.
She calls me her avenging angel.
But I know the truth.
I’m no angel.
Because even as I tell myself I’m protecting her I know one thing for sure.
I am a monster, too. No better than them.
Because just like them, I’ll never let her go .
Author’s note: Stolen is Dante Grigori’s story and although a standalone, would be better enjoyed after reading With This Ring and I Thee Take.
Stolen: Dante’s Vow is a bit of a hard story to review. The story and its characters were good and interesting to learn more about; however, the pacing was much slower than I was expecting from a dark, mafia-type romance. Upon reflection, I think the pacing is probably due to so much of the backstory and details relating to the characters’ circumstances happen in the To Have and To Hold duet. There are minor explanations about the previous events in this book, and while I found it enough to gain a basic understanding, I would recommend reading the duet prior to Stolen: Dante’s Vow (although, this book is listed as a standalone technically).
Despite the more easy-going pace, Knight still delivered a great dark romance filled with intrigue and sexual tension. Knight is fantastic at creating really well-developed antiheroes and I loved learning more about Dante is this story. The heroine, Mara, was also an interesting character as she overcomes quite a lot in this book and has to discover her own inner strength. These two were perfect for each other and I loved seeing their relationship grow.
Overall, I found this to be a decent read and a great addition to Knight’s work. The only thing I would reiterate (and not necessarily as a bad thing, just as a point to consider) is the pacing was slower than I’m used to for dark romances so it took me a bit to get my head around that. This story packs a lot of emotion and character growth into it and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to dip their toes into the darker romance genre. For readers already familiar with dark romance, definitely pick up the To Have and To Hold duet first for a more in-depth understanding of Dante and Mara.
Disclaimer: Thank you to Give Me Books PR for the arc in exchange for an honest review.
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