My rating: 5 of 5 stars
He is greedy. He will take it all. He’ll take everything from me . Inside and out, he will own me. Destroy me. Decimate me. And when he’s finished, there will be nothing left of me.
I discovered Natasha Knight's work this year and with each new book, she doesn't cease to amaze me. Disgraced was my favorite so far but Captive Beauty dethroned it.
This standalone is a modern interpretation of Beauty and Beast, with a mafia / underworld organisation background.
In order to save her brother, Cilla makes an offer to Kill: he'll own her for the next month. I know, it maybe sounds like déja vu but I absolutely loved the author's approach.
The tone is definitely dark and perfectly balanced. The intensity of the situations, stressful, sometimes hopeless kept me enthralled all along. I couldn't stop reading, needing to know how the story would eventually unfold, and most of all needing to know more about the characters.
Cilla is a strong and witty young woman (personally, my favorite kind of heroines). She faces Kill, a controlling and ruthless boss of the New-York underground. And as intimidating and dominating he is, Cilla fights back and stands for herself (and her brother). She is trapped but still pushes his buttons and defies him every chance she gets. No need to say, sparks went flying, and even the humiliations didn't break her.
"As much as I want to hate it, hate his domination, hate my submission, it turns me on."
But there is so much more than it appears! Both are multi layered characters, with back stories that took me by surprise, revealing secrets, and vulnerabilities.
“I’m no hero, not yours . Not anyone’s. I’ve never aspired to be one.”
The storytelling is excellent as ever; fast paced, this book is steamy, explosive, with tender and raw scenes. I highly recommend it to livers of this genre. Enjoy!!!
*I voluntarily reviewed an ARC copy of this book. Thank you!*
View all my reviews