Friday, March 24, 2017

Random Release & Review . . . Anson by Alta Hensley & Maggie Ryan


Anson by Alta Hensley and Maggie Ryan is LIVE and #FREE with Kindle Unlimited!



USA Today Bestselling Authors Maggie Ryan and Alta Hensley join forces again to bring you the third novel in this action-packed, romantic suspense trilogy full of bad boys and the women who love them. Sinister…passion…freedom.

Anson Steele, along with his two brothers and father, lives by one code: Help all in need. Even if it means saving those who walk among the most sinister criminals in the world. Known as The Black Stallions, their mission is simple – provide rescue and safety to the innocents drawn into the evil depths of the underground. Natalia Alvarez has been sold to the leader of one of Argentinian’s largest drug cartels at an underground human auction. Being sold to the highest bidder, she is now nothing more than a possession of Juan Montez and hidden away deep within the walls of his South American compound.

Anson Steele has been on the hunt for Natalia since the day he first saw her at the auction and helplessly had to watch her while not being able to do a thing about it. But he has made it is life’s mission to find this woman and pull her out of the depths of hell at whatever cost. She will be his save one way or another. With the backdrop of the mission being the unforgiving jungles and the dangerous streets of Argentina, and escaping a foreign country near impossible, is Natalia doomed to be locked away forever?

While fighting against a powerful drug cartel and their ruthless leader, will Anson Steele be able to rescue Natalia before it is too late? Will they both be able to find refuse in The Black Stallion Ranch and put this awful nightmare behind them? Publisher's Note: This book contains graphic sex and BDSM elements.

**My Review**
3.5 stars

This is my first book by these authors and I think it was well-written and the story flowed well. Anson was a man who was drawn to a woman and felt that he needed to save her at all costs. He was determined to have her safely in his arms and would do anything to make that happen. I liked that the authors were able to build up the surroundings and give a clear picture of Argentina, its surrounding areas. I liked that they didn't sugar coat any of the story. 

I liked that Anson wasn't afraid to let Natalia know how he felt about her. He was drawn to her and he told her exactly why without worry of how she would react to it. He was honest. I liked their banter. Once Natalia realized that he truly wanted to help her and wasn't just another sick man looking to take advantage of her, they were able to develop a really good chemistry.

Things I didn't like:
It took me a long time to actually get into the book. There was action and mystery, but none of it pulled me in until roughly 35-40%. With that, I wasn't able to connect with the characters. I didn't feel the emotion I should have felt from a woman who was "broken" or "defeated." Natalia commented several times that she'd failed her mission and with the mission she set for herself I felt that it should have been gut-wrenching, but that emotion didn't come across in the book. I also felt like the situation with Montez was predictable. They didn't make sure it was finished and I don't see that as something someone like Anson would have done (although getting out of there alive was key, there was plenty of opportunity to end it). I also feel like the cover model wasn't a match to Anson. The book described Anson with blonde hair, blue eyes and yet the cover depicts otherwise.

Overall, I liked the book and would read more from the author.
**I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review.**

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About the Authors:

Alta Hensley: 
Alta Hensley is a USA TODAY bestselling erotic romance author who has had #1 top-selling books in dark, contemporary, BDSM, erotic science fiction, humor, suspense and historical. She writes the hot, dark, and dirty romance. Being a multi-published author in the romance genre, Alta is known for her dark, gritty alpha heroes, sometimes sweet love stories, hot eroticism, and engaging tales of the constant struggle between dominance and submission. 

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Maggie Ryan: 
USA Today and #1 International Best Selling Author in Victorian, Historical, Contemporary and Western Romance.
Fantasy is a world that offers endless possibilities. Whether you travel back in time to take a journey to the cobblestone streets of London, enjoy the modernity of our contemporary age, or step through a portal to some future yet to be discovered, every letter of every word offers infinite possibilities. I love to write stories that take a reader on a journey, one they can disappear into, to experience what might have been or what is to come! My hope is that you settle back in your favorite chair and allow my books to entertain you as you escape into another world. Whichever you choose, I wish you Happy Reading! 

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