Book Description

**Trigger Warning: This book is dark. It contains rape, abuse, sexual assault, violence, and strong language. This book is not suitable for readers easily offended by realistic tellings of human trafficking, those that do not wish to read about hard topics, or readers under the age of 18. If you want a feel-good, sexy read, this is NOT the book for you. Stay does not fit neatly into one genre. It’s part erotica, part dark romance, and part suspense thriller. It is a dark, gritty, and harrowing tale about finding love in the darkest of places. Read at your own risk. ** 

"I felt like I was walking to the end of a plank precariously hanging over shark-infested water. When I jumped, sharp teeth would rip into me and the cold water would steal my breath away. The monsters would take everything from me, leaving me shivering and naked in the water. The only difference was that tonight I would be pulled from the icy darkness and forced to do it again. There would be no release from death, only pain.” 

Home after her first year of college, Adeline Miller is looking forward to a stress free summer filled with reading, working on her blog, and spending time with friends. But all that changes in an instant when she is witness to something terrible, something she wasn't supposed to see. 

Beaten, drugged, kidnapped. 

Adeline Miller is ripped from her innocent and carefree life and thrust into darkness, into a world full of pain and horror. As a sex slave, she is forced to do horrible things, and have horrible things done to her. One of her captors has a past as dark as the world she is now living in. Will getting close to him mean freedom? Or will he pull her deeper into the shadows? 

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Book Review

I didn't want to read this book... I really didn't. I won a couple of books at a FB party from Emily Goodwin and since I'd never read any of her works I asked her to send me anything she liked. After the author sent me this book I read the blurb and my honest reaction was I don't want to read something so depressing. I read the other book she sent me and I quite enjoyed it, then I wondered if I should give this book a go.

I began reading and three chapters in I wanted to never touch it again. I managed to stay away from it for four days. The scenes of human trafficking, kidnapping, and violence would come back to haunt me. Every night I literally had to push them away from my mind before I could sleep. Then I manned up and read the whole book. I still couldn't take the treatment of the girls. I know she touched just the tip of the iceberg, but it was so well written that I really had nightmares.

When I finally finished the book I was so grateful for Jackson and Addie. I am glad that Emily gave them a happy ending, but I am haunted by the thought that there are still so many victims out these who never manage to escape. Who exist in a never ending cycle of exploitation and don't even have the hope of ever being rescued. It gives me goosebumps just thinking about them. In an ideal world we would rescue all of them and give them a second chance at life. Unfortunately the world we live in is far from an ideal one.

I have to give credit where it is due, the book is beautifully written and describes an underbelly to polite society that is downright scary. That said, I wish I could get the image of Phobe's broken, bloody body lying on the cemented floor of the cold basement out of my head.

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