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Tortured by a Horrible Secret by Sandra Sookoo
Releases August 28, 2018
My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤
Spice Level: 💋💋💋
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Will the bonds of love prove stronger than a man back from the dead and bent on revenge?
Miles Lawrence Hawkins, the fifth Earl of Archewyne, is determined to retire from life as a king’s man. Working clandestine cases for the Crown might be in his blood, but keeping his family safe is a more paramount concern. When he and his wife are kidnapped, the chances of escaping slip away, especially when the man behind the insane plan is his brother, Nigel, who has been assumed dead for years.
A mysterious note arrives following the unexpected death of her father blaming her husband for that event, and the Countess of Archewyne wonders what game is afoot. Doubts and fears add to growing ennui when Emmaline lands in a world of pain and confusion. A masked captor makes hideous demands unless she and the earl provide classified information. Through it all, she clings to her love for her husband while biding her time.
Physical and emotional torture continues until the reason is finally revealed—to lure the Duke of Rathesborne into the web to answer for his alleged crimes against Nigel. As their world tilts on the whim of a mad man, they both battle to survive. Nothing short of a miracle can put their lives back together again or repair the damage gained in captivity, but fighting for the future is well worth any cost.
Trigger Warning: Some of the content found in this book may be triggering and/or sensitive. Physical and mental abuse, sexual violence, sexual assault and attempted rape/abuse may be some of the topics mentioned within the pages and might illicit a strong or potentially harmful emotional response.
Sandra does it again with another breathtaking adventure and story of love beating the odds. The emotions hit you from page drawing you into the story and not letting go. I was so worried about her and Miles because of that note that I didn’t see their kidnapping coming until it happened. The whole time they are held captive was another emotional rollercoaster. Between them willing to die for each other, knowing the secrets, and the torture they were going through I was holding my breath at every turn. I was really afraid of what would happen during another one of Sandra’s amazing fight scenes. So much going on and the details that keep you on the edge until the end. Nigel was truly evil and crazy and he may be the villain to top all villains. When it came to the end there were still many emotions. I was sad, relieved, happy, and amused with how their lives were going to change and that his decision was made for him.
Emmaline is in a bad place in her mind because of everything that has happened. I was hurting for her as she was going through everything from the start and cheering her on. She continues to be a favorite with how she’s strong, but also still a human and not immune to things. When that spark returned to her I wanted to jump up and down. Especially when she put on a show.
Miles is still trapped in that mindset of their work puts them in danger and afraid he will lose his wife. I love that his humor still comes through no matter what and that he doesn’t give up. He also was going through his own emotions because of everything, but his love for her would not let him give up. I feared he would have to make a decision he shouldn’t, but it all worked out.
I wanted to help Peter so much and loved seeing Jonathon again.
I agree with the trigger warning of this book. It is a pretty intense book and the emotions and many of the scenes could be triggering to some readers. To give you an idea of how intense scenes are I would say its up near Outlander level. Not as graphic, but the emotions are there and details are still intense.