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Posted November 5, 2013
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THIS IS MADELEINE AND AARON’S STORY ABOUT THE STRUGGLE BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL, BUT HOW WE LEARN TO
BALANCE THE TWO TO SURVIVE...
Madeleine Abducted begins as Madeleine Clark, a mousy concert cellist, is preparing to perform her first solo concert. Performing her
solo piece was difficult for Madeleine because she uses her cello and music to hide her from a world she finds that she needs
protection. Madeleine can express her feelings and emotions she does not have the courage to say through her music, but she was
not the only one who felt the music rapture her soul to another world. With a rose in hand, she meets Aaron Carmichael, a cultured and
sophisticated man with stunning green eyes, and ebony silk black hair. Madeleine sense more than the most beautiful man before
her, but her senses are mix with gracefulness, power, strength, and a lethal edge of evil. As every rose has a thorn, Aaron is the
Executioner and son of Joseph Carmichael the head of the Estate. Joseph is evil, sadistic, and wants nothing more than to take
anything Aaron loves and turn it into something dark.
Madeleine’s abduction is a cruel and dangerous game Aaron’s father is playing with him, causing Madeleine to be sent to The
Estate in preparation for presentment. However, The Estate is a dark place where slaves, assassins, prostitutes live along with
Joseph and Aaron. Joseph is preparing to bestow Madeleine to Aaron for his twenty-fifth birthday as his slave, but Aaron continuously
struggles to avoid his father’s darkness. When Joseph presents Madeleine to him, the only thing Aaron can do is play the game his
evil father has force him to play. Even though, Aaron lives on The Estate and is The Executioner, because of his expertise with the
blade, Aaron does not take any part of the slavery and rapes occurring on the property. Aaron is able to survive on the property,
because his best friend Xander, Aaron’s childhood friend, and guard, plan to change The Estate for better future without evil doings.
Madeline understands Aaron is now her master and she is now a slave, but the two learn to trust and start to discover new findings in
each other. They also find a common thread bounded not by chains, but a thread creating a binding of beautiful souls rather than the
dark cruelty they were force to live in. Will Madeleine be able to submit and surrender her life to stay alive? Can she trust Aaron to
protect her in his evil father’s game or is she just a pawn in their game? Will Madeleine be able to chase away all the demons in
Aaron’s, so he could learn to love again? Will Madeleine have enough courage and strength to fight for her freedom and justice or will
she hide behind her instrument and music?
Author M.S. Willis romance novel, Madeleine Abducted, has done an AMAZING job writing a BEAUTIFUL DARK ROMANCE STORY that
will capture your attention immediately and find yourself unable to put the book down. You will also experience a roller coaster of
emotions from feeling SCARED, SAD, SUSPENSEFUL, SHOCKED, and SYMPATHETIC. Madeleine Abducted is the first novel in The Estate series, but M.S. Willis will not have us to waiting too long to find out what will happen
next at The Estate, because she is currently writing the second book in the series, Hope Restrained, the story of Xander Black, Aaron’s
best friend. I rate M.S. Willis’s novel in The Estate series, Madeleine Abducted - 5 AMAZING STARS!
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Posted March 2, 2015
This is a book that I’ve wanted to read for a while but never got around to it. Needless to say, when the review opportunity came up, I was all over it. And now that I’ve finished reading Madeleine Abducted I don’t know how to write the review.
From the first chapter, Madeleine’s fragility is apparent. She’s that friend that you do your best to shelter because she’s too sweet, too naïve, and too vulnerable that you don’t want her exposed to the wrongs of the world because you like how genuine she is. That she is abducted on the night of her first public performance, after actively avoiding them for so long, made me want to rail at the universe. But her abduction is only the beginning of her descent into h*ll and what follows is a terrifying tale of physical, mental, and sexual abuse as Maddy learns that her worst fears were not the worst things that could ever happen to her. But within her new world, she finds someone to cling to … her Master. Maddy’s reliance upon Aaron aka Master isn’t because of Stockholm syndrome as much as it is a case of the lesser of the evils surrounding her. That he wasn’t directly responsible for her abduction and had no desire to make her his slave, made it easier for her to trust him.
Make no mistake, even though Aaron wasn’t interested in making her his slave does not mean that he isn’t a bad man, because he is, just in a different way. Aaron was put in a precarious situation where he was forced to train Maddy even though he didn’t want to because if he didn’t, one of his father’s men would and he knew that she wouldn’t survive it. While Maddy was the abductee, I found myself feeling sorry for Aaron for what he had to do to insure Maddy’s safety. While I anticipated that Maddy would help heal Aaron’s darkness (not cure it though) and that Aaron would help Maddy become stronger, I found myself thrown for loop after loop by the evil machinations of Aaron’s father. I felt Aaron, Maddy, and Xander’s pain each and every time someone knocked on Aaron’s door because you just never knew what that madman had up his sleeve. Madeleine Abducted is dark erotica and Ms. Willis proves once again that she cannot only write really hot sex scenes, but that she can create characters who share an intense connection in spite of the circumstances. Madeleine Abducted is a great start to The Estate series and cannot wait to read the rest of the series. Despite how much I gleefully enjoyed his demise, I am looking forward to reading Joseph Fallen to learn what events created the madman.
I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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Posted October 22, 2014
Was hoping for better . Reviews seemed to portray a much darker picture than actually happens. It was actually frustrating. All of a sudden slave loves captor. If you are actually looking for a dark romance. I recommend bang by bk blairWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 10, 2014
Posted March 26, 2014
MS Willis warned me this was a dark novel and boy was it! But I loved it!
Madeleine has lead a very sheltered life, but on the night of her very first performance in front of an audience instead of a sound studio she meets a fan, Aaron. She's thinks he's gorgeous, but at the same time she's very shy.
Unbeknownst to Aaron, his father has decided to surprise him with a gift for his birthday. Aaron has never really been interested in the slaved at the estate and Aaron's father has finally found the perfect gift. Madeleine. His father abducts her and presents her to Aaron at his birthday party.
Aaron knows this is all just a game to his father. He can't let Madeleine go for fear of both the consequences from his father and the authorities. He must train her to be a slave or risk the wrath of his father.
Madeleine is so shy from leading her sheltered life, but Aaron quickly realizes behind all that shyness is a fierceness he wasn't aware of. A will to survive and she may be his undoing.
This story was beautifully written. I could not put it down! I've realized I have a penchant for dark novels. This book ranks up there with Aleatha Romig's "Consequences" and CJ Roberts "Captive in the Dark". I absolutely loved it and would recommend it to all of my friends!
Posted March 25, 2014
Posted February 21, 2014
I absolutely loved this book. I know it says they can be read as stand alones but I wouldn't recommend it. Without reading Joseph Fallen I wouldn't have understood the full magnitude of The Estate and the situation Aaron was truly in. Definitely not the ending I was expecting, loved it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 29, 2014
Posted January 4, 2014
This book includes slavery and rape...the victim falls in love with the villian in the most improbable fashion as well. It has truly vile descriptions of murder and torture....I can't believe anyone could read or enjoy this. I could't get through it and wish I had read reviews before I purchased.
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Posted December 8, 2013
I feel like I should start this review off saying, that if you enjoyed M.S. Willis’s Control series, THIS BOOK IS NOTHING LIKE THEM! There are parts of this book that are graphic, disturbing and overall just creepy. This is also the first book in the series! By that I mean, there is a lot of background information that you are being told, which is why at certain parts the story seems to drag along. But if you go into this knowing that it is the first in the series, then you will be able to understand the beginning of this story better.
In an effort to be completely honest, I didn’t like Madeleine at all in the beginning of the book. There was just something about her that made me want to smack her a few times because of her actions and her personality. It wasn’t until about halfway through the book that I started to like her, because of her ability to stand up and help Aaron when he needed it. Now Aaron’s character he is a different story. There were times where I completely enjoyed him, but other parts where I didn’t really understand his actions.
I think that there could have been more background on both of those characters in the sense that we don’t really know WHY Aaron is the way that he is today. What happened that caused him to take that path in life? While there was some information about The Estate, there wasn’t a ton of information about how it started. I’m hoping that in the future books, we will learn more about that.
The story itself was really interesting to follow along; it was a different twist on the Master/slave relationship than many that I have read. Unlike some of the Master/slave with a dark twist books out there, this one has a very minimal rape scene in it. And I enjoyed the fact that it only had the 1 scene. The relationship that progresses is one that is consensual later on in the book.
Overall I did enjoy this book and I would recommend it to others!
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Posted November 1, 2013
“She is light while I am darkness, she is raw beauty and so blessedly pure while I am nothing more than a poison to humanity.She deserves her life far more than I deserve mine.”
Madeleine Abducted is a uniquely woven tail of a young woman's journey into slavery and her beautiful captor's fascination with her.
We a have Madeleine Clark; a beautiful, shy, successful cellist player. On the night of her first solo performance, Maddy's life takes a turn for the worst.
Maddy is suddenly thrust into a world of darkness, sadistic, and cruelty, its a life in which she must endure to survive. Along with being captured she finds herself in a cruel and twisted power struggle between sadistic father and son, Aaron.
Her life hangs in the balance of this man.
Seemingly dangerous and uncaring, Aaron manages the business operations of his father's estate. Wanting nothing to do with the slaves kept at the Estate, Aaron refuses to take part in the deeper depravities of his father. Despite his resistance, Aaron's father gifts him a petite, brunette woman he cant refuse.
A bond is forged in conspiracy and deceit, Aaron struggles to save Maddy by teaching her to survive in the world in which he's been raised. An unlikely union, Aaron soon learns that great strengths can exist in small packages, while Madeleine learns that love and light can exist in the darkest places.
Madeleine learns that there is goodness and light in Aaron's soul and she is willing to sacrifice her freedom in order for him to cleanse his soul. In the process, of learning her role as slave she gets to learn more about Aaron's cruel past and his predicament. As the days turn into weeks, Maddy gets to learn and understand Aaron, and finally succumbs to her true feelings pertaining to Aaron. It also helps that their sexual interludes are HOT & SEXY...
My thoughts: Madeleine Abducted is a good dark read for those of you seeking something gritty and different. It has HOT sexual scenes that leaves you imagining you could be Madeleine Clark. This tale is different from most Stockholm syndrome novels, it is done intricately well, and quite original. My little rant is that the story is told through a 3rd person perspective which in my opinion is harder to connect to the characters. Also, the constant dialogue flip flopping between different characters. I love to have different POV's but this one is a bit messy and all over the place..............
Posted October 30, 2013
Star Rating: 4 stars
Heat Rating: Dark, Intense, Gritty HOT!
Madeleine, Abducted is one of those books that you almost feel dirty reading and enjoying, but at the end you don't care what it says about yourself because the story was just that damn good (messed up and very disturbing, but good). This story won't be for everyone, it was violent, raw, degrading, intense but more than that, it is a powerful story that will leave you reeling. M.S. Willis is a fantastic writer, I have read and enjoyed all of her books and I truly believe this woman can create stories that will linger on your mind and in your heart for days (if not weeks) afterwards. Her talent at story-telling is amazing.
Madeleine, Abducted will not be for everyone. This book goes beyond a dark, erotic novel and explores depravity, rape and power hungry men mixed with insanity and violence. There were points that I even cringed (and that takes a lot!) and almost had to stop reading to take a break from the all the turmoil. I know, it sounds bad but when you get past the dark you see the lightness shining out from this story and you get to experience how one woman can change the people around her and eventually, an entire network.
M.S. Willis proves to me me, again, that she is a master at story-telling; she creates strong characters and describes such brutal circumstances so realistically that you almost forget you are reading a book not watching a movie. What is most fascinating about Madeleine, Abducted is that it wraps you up so completely in a dark story, but gives you glimpses of moments so beautifully touching that you can't help but become lost in this world craving more lightness. I found myself stunned, shocked, horrified and hopeful many times during this story. It takes talent to take such a dark tale with characters that are drowning in evil and make the reader root for them, hoping that they will be able to find their way out of all the darkness, and M.S. Willis has this talent.
This is definitely a story you need to read without being spoiled, so I am not going to talk about the characters or plot. If you can handle dark, erotic novels with a level of violence that are typically found in horror books, then I highly recommend Madeleine, Abducted. M.S. Willis is an instant buy author for me and with this new series it still proves true; I will read (and truly enjoy) anything she writes. Go 1-click Maddy and see what really happens behind the doors at The Estate.
Posted October 29, 2013
Before reading 'Madeleine, Abducted', M.S. Willis sent me a note about this book containing a lot of very bad, bad stuff. And I'm not only pertaining to the erotic theme of the novel but the wickedness of the story. I'm disgusted, furious, and mentally shaken from the scenarios I read. I have never read a book that made me feel so helpless. To be honest, I almost did not finish the book but my curiosity of how Aaron and Madeleine's relationship will flourish in such an immoral environment got the better of me.
After Madeleine's successful solo concert, she was abducted by unknown men, and woke up in a dark place naked and shackled with hazy memory of what happened. Little did she know that her life will forever change.
Aaron is a son of a ruthless and powerful criminal. He has seen his father succumbed from the evil of the Estate, and he doesn't want to be a part of it. Not until he faced the most difficult decision of his life: Madeleine!
When reading this story, I can't decide whether to love or hate Aaron. He treats Madeleine so badly it makes me sick, but when no one's looking (especially Madeleine) he's this tormented guy who's torn between protecting the only person who gave him hope through her music or annihilate his father who brought this situations upon them. It's a pretty interesting, twisted story of love in the most unexpected circumstances.
M.S. Willis' writing is exquisite! I feel as though I'm reading a story from an author who published 50 novels! I would want to read more of her work in a different genre.
This book will stir your psyche and will leave you wanting more. Again, this book is not for the faint of heart. If you're the type of reader who enjoys a challenge, then this one's for you!
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Posted October 23, 2013
I was hesitant to read this book because of the subject matter, the dark nature. I am glad that I didn't pass it by. While the story is disturbing, the complex characters and Ms. Willis' deft hand gave the story a light and a hope that allows you to absorb the dark subject without getting overwhelmed by it. You learn that while monsters do exist, that some are monsters by creation not by nature and even the most damaged can be redeemed. You also learn that strength of will and character can be hidden in the smallest, least assuming of people.
Posted October 21, 2013
5 well earned stars for this author even though this book was almost too dark for me because sexual slavery by sadistic people is my worst nightmare. But, I do love dark romances and this one kept me rivited. My only complaint is I would love to know the location of the estate and the age of the H&h. My first book by this author but wont be my last.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 21, 2013
This is a very dark and disturbung story but it was very well written and i was hooked after the 3rd page. This kind of story isnt for the the faint of heart but i very much enjoyed it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 17, 2013
I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.
This is a gripping story! I loved it!
Madeleine Clark is an introverted character, who shines when she plays her cello. I liked this character very much. She has an inner strength that I think surprises herself, never mind me! I shudder to think what I would do in her situation, but she keeps her wits about her and overcomes some major issues to come into her own.
Aaron Carmichael is a very dark character. He is not necessarily a nice man, but he does have a conscience. He is a brutal killer, but when he is "gifted" Madeleine by his father, he finds himself in the role as her master and protector.
This is not the easiest of books to review, because there is so much I want to say, but cannot because of spoilers! This is a story that completely captured my attention from the first page until the last. I struggled to put it down, and was rather put out when I had to! This story is told through three points of view, Maddie's, Aaron's and Aaron's friend and bodyguard, Xander. This is not the nicest of stories out there, as there is violence and abuse, not to mention kidnapping in it, but it also brings to life the real dangers that women face, like being kidnapped and used as slaves. Aaron may be a dark character, but his father is a total monster! I shuddered at reading about his depravity! This book has some shocking scenes that made my blood run cold, but it is the interaction between Aaron and Maddie that had me having hot flushes! Talk about steamy - and that's not including the bedroom scenes! It was interesting to see how their relationship developed. Although, the thought did cross my mind that psychologists would have a field day with this book and say that Maddie had a serious case of The Stockholm Syndrome! However, I think that Maddie and Aaron are both victims of Aaron's father's brutality and make a fantastic couple. I hope they have a long and happy life together!
M.S. Willis has written a compellingly dark romance that took me on an emotional rollercoaster ride. I love her writing style, which can be brutal in content, but it's fast paced and exciting to read. She is one of my favourite authors, and I am looking forward to reading the next book in the Estate series.
As this book deals with some highly disturbing themes (sexual abuse and violence), I do not recommend this book to readers younger than 18 or those of a nervous disposition. However, I do recommend it if you love gritty romances with strong heroines. - Lynn Worton
Posted October 15, 2013
“She was a slave to his lust, while he was a slave to her pain.”
I am in absolute love with M.S. Willis’s Madeleine, Abducted. If you’re a reader looking for a chilling, all-consuming, dark romance—this book is it.
Before I keep going on about this book, you should know that this book is graphic and violent to the max. Willis left no stone unturned when detailing scenes of rape, murder, slavery, and other graphic themes. So, if you’re not one who can handle extreme situations, tread carefully while reading this book. Madeleine, Abducted is not your typical, fluffy, generic love story.
Willis tells us a chilling and enrapturing story of a young woman who gets kidnapped after her cello performance one night. A timid and shy girl, Maddy is taken to The Estate and her whole life is turned upside down when she learns she is to be a “gift” for The Estate owner’s son’s birthday. Aaron wants nothing to do with his father and his business, but he can’t escape his father’s grip. When he accepts his father’s “gift”, Aaron’s resolve gets tested and his true nature gets revealed. Maddy is then left to figure out who to trust, and how to survive.
“You may be one of those monsters, but there’s something else inside you, a kindness that you didn’t have to show me.”
This story is told in the third-person, but it swaps views between Maddy and Aaron’s eyes. Beautifully written and absolutely vivid. I could see everything that surrounded Maddy and Aaron, but the most important thing was that I felt every single emotion evoked by the characters. Personally, I think that is a hard feat to accomplish when a story is told in the third person, but the descriptions and language used totally consumed me. I kid you not-I read this book in one night because I just could not put it down. Incredibly addictive.
Now, I am a lover of dark and gritty romances. I go out of my way to look for new titles that follow this theme—which is how I found this book, by the way. However, this book is brutal! No doubt about it. Even I found myself at times wanting to skip over some scenes because I didn’t think I could stomach it. The only reason why I powered through it is because I thought they were incredibly important at depicting the truth about certain characters’ lives and expectations.
Like I said before, this book is not a generic love story.
“Dream of me, Maddy. See me as I want to be; not the nightmare who torments you, but the devoted and mystified man who worships at your feet.”
The hero is so flawed and corrupt to the point that if I hadn’t known and seen how powerful his love is, I’m not sure I would have liked him. BUT, that’s the thing about Aaron. At first glance, he is a monster, but when you experience his true soul—and that’s how I see Aaron, as soulful—you see a side of him that is good. Unfortunately, all that is good about Aaron is hidden to protect himself from his father. In the end, however, his true inner strength—not the physical kind—broke free from his father’s rein. Except for Aaron to get to where he got, he needed Maddy.
Maddy is one of a kind. In the beginning, I thought to myself, “Ok this girl is not going to make it if she’s this shy.” But like with Aaron, first glances aren’t always what they seem. The evolution of Maddy was incredible to read and witness. You could practically feel her strength palpitating through the text of the book. Maddy, though, has this quiet sort of strength. You don’t see it until she absolutely needs to use it. Almost like a secret weapon, Maddy hid her power and strength until the time was right. And when that time came, she helped Aaron overcome and conquer his demons as well as finding her own escape.
“I hope there is a day when my touch does not disgust you; that, rather, you can smile when my hands rubs along your body.”
While this book was incredibly violent, it was also incredibly erotic and sensual and down-right sexy. Both characters elude sex appeal in their own way, and when they both come together, their chemistry ignited. It totally leaves you all hot ‘bothered as a reader, but completely sated as well.
The book’s progression was slow-building. It hints to this bigger drama, but the first 60% of the book is mostly about Aaron and Maddy’s evolving relationship. When it finally came to the climactic ending—which I loved—I don’t know, it kind of left me wanting to know more about how this “Alliance” that gets alluded to came about. See when the book starts, Aaron already has this “plan” to take over The Estate, but you don’t really see it or understand it until the end. Either way, I loved the ending. I also love that although it can be read as a stand-alone, Xander(an important secondary character) will get his own story in the next installment, Hope Restrained.
“I stayed for vengeance, yes; but I also stayed for you.”
Overall, this book went beyond my expectations and it is truly a 2013 Must Read for me. I can’t wait to read more of Willis’s books.
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