She was meant to be his assassin
A forced player in a rivalry within The Estate
Yet her loyalty was to no person but herself
When Hope is taken captive by Xander Black
She becomes the one thing that can ensure Aaron’s reign
Raised within a rival crime network, Hope Delacroix wanted nothing to do with The Estate. A fierce warrior, Hope is given no choice but to kill Aaron Carmichael. Caught in her attempt, Hope is captured by Aaron’s top guard in an effort to discover who sent her.
Ever loyal and protective, Xander Black’s sole objective is to defend Aaron and Maddy. Willing to do whatever is necessary, Xander gives in to darkness in order to force information out of Hope.
As Xander enslaves Hope to break her down completely, he learns that in the two years since Joseph Carmichael’s death, dissension still exists within The Estate.
“I find it ironic that your name is Hope…especially considering that you have none.” ~ Xander Black
In case you are not familiar with M.S. Willis' The Estate Series let me fill you in. DARK! DARK!! DARK!!! She is known as "The Queen of Dark". The first book in the series is Madeleine, Abducted and then comes the prequel Joseph Fallen. Both of these are very dark and wonderful books that you should read. Now for Hope Restrained. I fell in love with Xander in the first book in the series. Now that may sound strange but I just thought there was more to him than what he was letting on. I was right he could be a softy when he wanted to be but yet he was still badass if you ask me. Hope was strong in her own way but she was a little nerve racking to at times. It made her character good because you didn't know if she was going to be strong and kickass or if she was going to just be weak and give up. There were parts that were really bad and had me cringing and asking why am I reading this? Of course if you read Madeleine Abducted or Joseph Fallen then you know that M.S. Willis has a way of sucking you in and not letting go. Same thing with this one. I can't wait for the next book to see what happens next at The Estate.
"And this is where I'm supposed to be polite and tell you mine?"
"Not if you don’t want to. Xander will find that out. He's very resourceful. I'm only here to remove the lead from your body. We'd hate for you to get an infection. Aaron is particular about that."
"He likes to keep his slaves healthy?” Hope laughed. “That's new."
The woman's eyes flicked up from the supplies she was gathering for a brief second. A blush fell across her cheeks from an unspoken thought. Eventually, after seemingly gathering what she required, she looked up again. "You’re not being kept as a slave.”
She stood from the table and crossed the distance, antiseptic and a cloth held in her hands. "I'm going to clean you up first, then we'll see what we can do about the bullet."
"Surgery will be difficult, don't you think?" She shook the chains. "Given that I'm chained and all."
The woman angled her head when she asked, "Would you like me to remove them?"
Suspicion tore through Hope's body at the suggestion. She wouldn't kill the woman if freed, but she would silence her in order to escape. Playing on Maddy’s sympathies, she responded, "Yes - please. I’m afraid of what they will do to me, afraid that they’ll…" She let her eyes fall, desperate to appear scared and nonthreatening. Looking up again, she continued, “…I’m afraid they’ll hurt me or rape me. Please help me get free.”
Straightening her head on her shoulders, Maddy took a few more steps, smiled and shrugged. "No problem. I'll ask Xander for the key when I'm done cleaning you up." Another smile.
Hope’s shock turned to frustration. "He'll never give them to you.”
"I know, but if you're going to make impossible demands, I'll offer impossible responses."
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M.S. Willis is a romance novelist whose debut novel, Control, was released in 2013. Although currently writing in the romance genre, Willis has plans to expand her literary pursuits into multiple genres and has no fear conquering difficult subject matters in her writing. Willis is a native Floridian who is also a photographer and musician. When not absorbing herself in written, visual or musical expression, Willis is an adrenaline junkie, a ‘closet’ video game enthusiast, and an avid outdoors person and nature lover.
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