by Piper Stone
“King’s Hostage” is a tumultuous story that really did grab my attention and hold onto it. Michael is a merciless mafia widower responsible for raising his 2 young children while upholding his obligations to the Family. Daniella is an innocent, kind-hearted schoolteacher who ends up caught in situation she never caused or expected. She ends up in the custody of Michael and totally at his mercy as each of them try to figure out who can be trusted and who is an enemy.
There is non-stop action in the story. Be aware that their initial sexual encounter is not really consensual even though she is attracted to him. The high-stakes, high-pressure situation that they are in leads to a quickly developing relationship between Michael and Daniella. As the story goes on, each of them finds aspects of their own personality that they didn’t even realize existed. There are some D/s elements to the story, but nothing overly outrageous, and it fits with their personalities.
The secondary characters are great, especially his children and the family dog. The HEA is hard won, although in some ways it comes about almost too quickly when latter part of the story does escalate. Overall, I enjoyed the story and I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series.