Title: The Bandit (The Stolen Duet #1)
Author: BB Reid
Release Date: November 1, 2016
A missing legacy, a stolen son, and one dangerous secret changed everything for them…
SHE STOLE MY PROPERTY
I’ll never forget the night I caught her sneaking around my place. She thought she could steal from me and get away with it, but I have no intention of letting her get away at all. Mian Ross has a lesson to learn, and I’m going to be the one to teach it to her.
HE STOLE MY SON
I’ll never forget the night I made the second biggest mistake of my life. It was supposed to be a simple job, but it quickly became so much more–one that cost my freedom and cost my son. Angel Knight became my worst nightmare… and now, he’ll never let us go.
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Angel is a monster.
Mian isn’t from too different a world but she has been forced into doing things as a literal last resort because life is not just about her anymore. It’s about her young son too. A single mother, destitute and desperate, will do anything for their children.
This story is told from dual perspectives and we find out about the two main characters in their past and present settings. We see that Angel is no angel in real life but was tested to his limits when tasked with the protection of a young Mian who was – and still is – akin to a siren’s call to him.
But he doesn’t know how else to treat her apart from the conditioning he’s received and the upbringing he had from his powerful, but not in the right way, father.
What we come across is a tale of unrequited love, a story of how times change and a telling that things aren’t always as rosy as we would love to believe.
There is an element of true darkness to this story and one that BB Reid tells oh so well. Having read everything that she has released to date, I truly never know where her storytelling will take us, I mean – that ending?! And the fact that it was left THERE…..I was stunned speechless. I needed more and still need more right now. I am excited to see where the second – and final – instalment will take us and what will ever become of Angel and Mian. Can they ever see past their past and look forward to a future?
“It’s for you.” He extended the phone, but it might as well have been a bomb.
“Take it,” he demanded through clenched teeth.
He snatched the phone back and stabbed the screen. “You’re on speaker,” he informed. There was nothing but silence while my heart pounded in my chest.
So much for lucky breaks.
“Ever the disobedient one…” I felt my blood drain when I recognized the refined voice. It was deeper now–stronger. “Even when you’re in my house uninvited.”
“You have something that belongs to me.”
“You expect me to believe that?”
I shrugged to hide the tremble, but then remembered he couldn’t see me. “Believe what you want.”
“There are consequences to bad decisions.”
“I’m sure I don’t know what you mean.”
“But your father would, wouldn’t he?”
I sucked in a breath and tried to talk myself out of being afraid. There was no way he could know my father had anything to do with this. “My father is none of your concern.”
“Wasn’t it your father who sent you?” I didn’t answer that. I wouldn’t. “If you won’t answer, maybe I should ask him myself.”
“No!” His silence shattered my armor. “My father didn’t send me.” My voice begged him to believe me. It was only half the truth. If he had a choice, I wouldn’t be here, but I gave him none.
I waited, but only silence followed. I looked to his two henchmen who listened to our exchange with curiosity and confusion etched on their perfect faces.
“I’ll see you soon.” He didn’t say more. The line disconnected, and I was left feeling as if fainting would erase everything that just happened.