This story was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review
by The Book Enthusiast.
Alex has been living a nightmare for many years now. Abuse
at the hands of her step-brother Zachary who believes himself to be in love
with her. Obsessively so, so much that he will ruin anyone else who even tries
to get close to her. That is what happened to Rafe Mason. He got too close and
ended up spending eight years in jail for a crime that he did not commit. Now
he is out. And he wants revenge and he wants Alex.
Rafe comes after Alex, kidnaps her and takes her to a
cottage where he puts her in a cage in the basement. He is trying to break her
just like she broke him. The only problem is that Alex is already so very
broken on the inside. She has been living with her own quilt for the part she
played in his prison sentence and she hates that Zachary is so in control of
her life. She is deathly afraid of him.
Rafe is horrible to Alex, keeping her in the house naked,
barely feeding her and simply treating her horribly. He so badly wants answers
to explain what had happened and why but Alex is simply to afraid of Zach to
The story was filled with emotions. The pain that Rafe and
Alex have endured over the years was heartbreaking. He has gotten more bitter
since he has been in jail and is a harder and tougher man now. He is not afraid
to be mean to her to get the answers that he needs.
This story was very hard to read. Amazingly done, very dark,
very compelling, it pulls on your heartstrings to think of what these two had
suffered because of one person. Zach. He is just evil. And then I realized it.
The title is Condemmed #1. And then I got to the end. THE CLIFFHANGING, wow,
never saw that coming. Looking forward to, and dreading book #2, does that even
seem possible. 5/5.
I’ve been obsessed with Rafe Mason since I was thirteen. The messed up part about this story is that I still want him, even now.
Now that he's holding me captive on an island.
Rafe has his reasons for doing what he's doing, and if I'm honest, I can't blame him—I’m the girl who sent him to prison for a heinous crime he didn't commit.
But now he's free and the tables have turned...now he's the one driven by obsession.