Series: Stranded #2
Genre: M/M Romance, Contemporary, Mystery
Published October 28th 2013 by Dreamspinner Press
Length: 200 pages
Rating: 5 Stars
On the day he and Roman Capanelli were to be married, Malik Stevens wakes up in a small room with very little light. Time must be passing, because a door opens from time to time and food is left for him—that’s his only connection to the outside world. Roman is a choreographer on Broadway, and he’s waiting for Malik at the park with all their friends, ready to start their marriage ceremony. When Malik doesn’t show up, Roman is nearly heartbroken thinking he’s been left at the altar. But soon he understands that Malik hasn’t stood him up, he’s been taken.
Desperate and determined, Roman begins searching for clues to aid the police. Then, when Malik escapes, the couple continues the search until they ferret out the culprit, and in the process open up a box of secrets. An orphan who grew up in a foster home, Malik knows his father was a serial killer and his mother died of grief and shame after his father was convicted. Now it seems some of his parents’ skeletons still hang in the family closet. But was Malik’s kidnapping meant to uncover those secrets or to hide them forever?
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4.5 Stars rounded to 5
Malik gets kidnapped on his marriage day to Roman. Roman, of course, freaks out but relentlessly tries to rescue Malik and keep him safe. After Malik escapes, the couple still have to deal with the kidnapper turned murderer.
The plot is engaging and keeps the reader in a guessing game as to who is the culprit and the motive of Malik's kidnapping. I love how innovative Malik is and how he escapes a locked room by skill and some luck. And there are definitely surprises left in the second half of the book.
The only pacing issue is the part of the story after Malik is rescued. Malik is stressed and paranoid and needs to find out more about his father's side of the family that's withholding answers. This part of the story drags a little and makes the story too slow.
I love the commitment the MCs showed towards each other and the trust they put in. Roman never quits or doubt their love for each other. He breaks down when he's left at the altar but pushes himself to be useful to rescue Malik. He's always willing to shoulder Malik's pain and emotional turmoil. They make a perfect couple and balance each other.
Overall, this is an amazing story filled with danger and kidnappings but it's still largely a romance. I love their happy ending and how all the loose ends are tied. This story cements the fact that relationships with trust and bonding is something to treasure in times of hardship.