5 Star Book Review: HOPE RESTRAINED (The Estate #2) by M.S. Willis (@mswillisbooks)

February 20, 2014 Adult, Book Review, Dark Romance 0

*Warning*: The Estate series by M.S. Willis is extremely dark. If you don’t like dark books, then these are not for you…


About the Book


Hope Restrained (The Estate #2) by M.S. Willis

She was meant to be his assassin
A forced player in a rivalry within The Estate
Yet her loyalty was to no person but herself
When Hope is taken captive by Xander Black
She becomes the one thing that can ensure Aaron’s reign

Raised within a rival crime network, Hope Delacroix wanted nothing to do with The Estate. A fierce warrior, Hope is given no choice but to kill Aaron Carmichael. Caught in her attempt, Hope is captured by Aaron’s top guard in an effort to discover who sent her.

Ever loyal and protective, Xander Black’s sole objective is to defend Aaron and Maddy. Willing to do whatever is necessary, Xander gives in to darkness in order to force information out of Hope.

As Xander enslaves Hope to break her down completely, he learns that in the two years since Joseph Carmichael’s death, dissension still exists within The Estate.

“I find it ironic that your name is Hope…especially considering that you have none.” ~ Xander Black




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My Review



My Rating: 5 *very dark* stars!

“She was decadence hidden within a recalcitrant package, a force to be conquered and a predator to be tamed.”

I will warn readers again: The Estate Series is incredibly dark. There is rape, torture and unspeakable violence. I love dark books, and it takes a lot to make me squirm, but these books do. With that being said, I loved this book. My favorite of the series so far, it is a wonderful package of violence, crime, horror and sex, tied with a bow of wonderfully fucked up romance.

Hope is one of my favorite types of female characters: an assassin; an assassin who will stop at nothing to complete her mission. She’s as bad-ass as they come, as deadly as Aaron and Xander. AND, she’s a masochist, turned on by her own pain. Beautiful, deadly, damaged, and the perfect match for the sexy Xander. Surprisingly, she’s darker than even him, and it is he that must be her light. At first they battle as enemies, but their relationship morphs and they heat up the pages with both action and sex. “She was a woman designed to ache for the sadist hidden inside him.”

The story is action packed, fast-paced, sexy, and depraved. At once horrifying and beautiful, the story keeps the reader glued to the pages, even when you really want to look away. We get to see plenty of Aaron and Maddy from Madeleine, Abducted, and I loved to see more of them and their relationship as they work tirelessly to continue to dismantle the evil of The Estate. Though this book could be read without the other books in the series, I highly recommend the rest of the books. They’re awesome and your experience with the story and characters will be much deeper. I can’t wait for more from this series!

“He connected with her, like a puzzle piece finally finding its match. A man who enjoyed to grant small bits of pain and a woman who needed it to feel like she was alive.” 

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.


About the Author


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M.S. Willis is a romance novelist whose debut novel, Control, was released in 2013.  Although currently writing in the romance genre, Willis has plans to expand her literary pursuits into multiple genres and has no fear conquering difficult subject matters in her writing.  Willis is a native Floridian who is also a photographer and musician.  When not absorbing herself in written, visual or musical expression, Willis is an adrenaline junkie, a ‘closet’ video game enthusiast, and an avid outdoors person and nature lover.

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