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Stockholm Syndrome (Stockholm Syndrome #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  1,194 Ratings  ·  229 Reviews
During a botched jewel robbery, a teenage Lottery heir unhappy with his home life becomes a willing hostage for the gang of thieves. Pip Valentine craves excitement, drama, anything that'll get him away from his family, especially because the ransom is going to hit them where it hurts - right in the bank account. The gang leader who grabs him round the waist as a human shi ...more
Paperback, 441 pages
Published June 8th 2009 by LuLu
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4.5 Stars.

Holy Hell.....two of the most fucked up characters I've read about but I loved it!

First of all the title is a bit misleading....this is definitely not a stereotypical Stockholm Syndrome book but what I will say is that once I started reading this I couldn't stop.
The writing is superb and just draws you's,witty,sad,violent in places and has a bittersweet vibe that makes it both sweet and hopeful.
These two are so dysfunctional but yet you can't help routing for them.

Valentine is
Dec 12, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kinky as fuck.

The core conceit was enthralling... the first 10-20 times it was illustrated.

It should have ended at page 60, but it didn't, and I spent the next 140 hoping something would happen besides the same stuff that happened in the beginning.

It's not a bad book, exactly; it's just...

*waves inarticulate hand in the air*

I did spend two days masturbating with it, of course—it is rather excellent offbeat erotica, after all—it's just not...

Just too...

Well, that's all it is.

As Gertrude Stein o
Jan 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, male-authors
3.5 psychotic stars.*****Review completed January 26, 2014

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I was in a piss-poor mood when I started reading Stockholm Syndrome and ready to deal with something “dark”. I mean it can’t get any worse, can it? I did like it a lot but it didn't wow me. What especially appealed to me was the good and engaging writing. Compared to my last read, Stockholm Syndrome was a major improvement. I went into the story without having high expectations and also without any preconceived notions. In hindsight I mus
Jenni Lea
I’ve completely cracked.

I’m in serious need of therapy right now. This book… I don’t even know how to describe what this book is, what it did to me, how it made me feel. This book was sick, demented, disturbing, sad, frightening, twisted and utterly mental. It was also sweet, funny, endearing, heart warming and deep. I enjoyed the hell out of this book! I want – no, I NEED more. I will have more! Thank you Sir, may I have another?

This one is, without any kind of doubt, one of the best books I've read this year. Now all I have to do is wrap myself up in latex and sing Bad Romance until sunrise.

You better have solid moral compass engraved on your brain because this is not a book to learn from and even less to get inspiration from in real life. This is far from being a role model in relationships and society in general, unless you are a wannabe sociopath, in that case, this is made exactly for you.

What does make i
Brilliant, hilarious, heart breaking, original and absolutely nuts!

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From the Blurb:
Stockholm Syndrome is an unconventional love story where opposites attract like bullets, Russian Roulette is foreplay, and a hand closed tight round your wrist is as good as an "I love you". Sometimes you find your missing jigsaw piece in the weirdest circumstances. And sometimes you've got to really force it into place through sheer stubborn will...

This story is so completely unexpected; a crazy, intense ove
Emma Sea
Original review, June 2011

I found this whole series extraordinary, amazing. I lack superlatives for how I felt about all three books.

Although they have MCs who are gay men, in (and out of) a relationship, I would not classify these as m/m romances, because this genre brings with it expectations about the way the plot will be handled. These are not cookie-cutter stories.

For starters, it's very British. I don't just mean the setting, but stylistically; how the relationships are handled. Did you
Nov 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am floored, heartbroken, pissed, exhilarated, shredded, and hopeful. Hands down the best m/m book I've read. Period. No questions asked. This book is not for everyone (domestic discipline, some daddy/boy kink, violence). This book is apparently hard to get (it is not on amazon--follow the books link to get the PDF copy, and you'll need to download the version of Adobe required for this book). But I urge EVERYONE to read this book. I'm moving onto the sequel now because I don't think my heart c ...more
This book just simply blew my mind, it's so well written and flowed perfectly. I fell in love with Lindsey and Pip and I'm desperate to find out what happens next after the way things were left. Looking forward to getting started on 17 Black and 29 Red.
Dec 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beware! Kinky Quicksand Ahead

This is one deliciously messed up story. Both Pip and Lindsay are winging it, desperately trying to figure out what this is between them. It ain't Stockholm Syndrome, but it's got some seriously loose screws and one or two may have fallen out completely.

The writing is snarky and hysterical--it is embarrassing how many times I wanted to snip a quote and had to restrain myself.
"You are not deep and complex. You're the most 2-D person I've ever met in my life. Miyazaki
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
There are attitudes and personalities and events and actions that I hate in real life but that make the stuff of my dreams in fiction.

Lindsay takes Valentine as a hostage during a robbery gone wrong, but Valentine - the son of a couple who has won millions of pounds in the lottery - begs to go with him and his gang. The plan changes from robbery to a voluntary kidnapping with ransom, but when the ransom is received, Valentine wants to stay with Lindsay, and Lindsay can't send him away.

There's a
Mar 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.75 Stars

Valentine description
Lindsay description

This book grabbed me completely by surprise, because there is no real Stockholm Syndrome in it. It really wasn't what I was expecting and I found it original and completely refreshing. It's not perfect, but I enjoyed it a lot.

The history involves two completely opposite characters that stick/repel together like magnets. Lindsay and Valentine have nothing in common, and have a big age gap, they begin their relationship in surreal circumstances but each one provides wha
Dec 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes to laugh and cry while reading
I haven't finished this book yet but I feel compelled to write a review. The blub for this book does nothing to promote it and that's a shame because I think it's a bloody brilliant book. Despite it's title, it's not about a kidnap victim with Stockholm syndrome and unlike what the blurb says, it's really not 400+ pages of gay porn. Oh, don't get me wrong...there is plenty of hot sex but that's not all there is. There are compelling characters in this character driven story that you can't help b ...more
...believe me, I'm all too aware that IT'S ABOUT BLOODY DAMN TIME.

Stalled at 65% for now.
Smith Barney
Literary Stockholm Syndrome (LSS) is a highly complex psychological phenomenon in which readers express empathy and sympathy with positive feelings towards their reading material, sometimes to the point of defending and identifying with it.

These subjective feelings are generally out of proportion to the actual crap content of which they're reading, essentially mistaking some fictional 'stories' as being reeeeally inordinately f'ing good.

The FBI's Useless Database System partnered with Amazon &
May 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-read
This was absolutely nothing like I had expected it would be. But it was incredible!

I think this book contains the oddest M/M relationship I have ever read about, but they might just be one of my new favourite couples. They shouldn't work together at all, but for some reason they're just perfect for each other.

I have to admit that the storyline was completely random. I could never guess where the book was going or how it would end.

There are some huge twists that I swear to god you would nev
Elsa Bravante
No rating, DNF al 40 %, me encantan las películas de Almodóvar, John Waters, los hermanos Coen y David Lynch, y ha habido muchos momentos en que me ha recordado a ellos. Pero, siendo fan de ese surrealismo en la pantalla, me temo que cuando se traslada al papel me aburre. Podría seguir leyendo, pero he curioseado hacia delante y veo que el surrealismo sigue, y a mi me gusta más el toque de realidad, me cuesta mucho trabajo vincularme a personajes que no me creo, y aunque me gusta, no me creo a P ...more
Jul 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.... what a relationship and what a cliffhanger. If you're reading this book for a plot, forget about it. This is the first leg in the 3-part journey of 'Pip and Lindsay'. They will make you laugh, cry, cringe, gag, roll your eyes, sigh, shake your head, giggle and smile. I recommend that you plan on reading all three installments of this series to appreciate the big picture. The 2nd and 3rd books are considerably shorter and by then you will sop them up like a Sham-Wow.
Feb 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: various-romance
I feel almost shell-shocked at the end of this book. What an incredible, harrowing, addictive story. It's like American Psycho meets Bonnie & Clyde directed by Guy Ritchie.

This book is way more than just an m/m romance. It's a train wreck in progress. It's a psychological drama. It's creepy and sickening. There's way too much sex. The MC's are a nightmare. And that ending!!! OMFG I couldn't believe what Pip did. I feel completely shattered but I am also SO GRATEFUL there is no HEA at the en
Kynthos-the-Archer (Kyn)

DNF at 11%. I've tried. I had actually wanted to go beyond 20% to see if things would work out for me and if the writing would improve, but unfortunately it kept grating on my nerves ever since page one. I might try again if I have nothing better to do.

What didn't work for me:

1) Writing Style - it sucks! 
- The narrative structure is a mangled piece of framework. To sum up, it was inarticulate.
- Spent half of the time trying to figure out who is talking, who said what. It's a major distraction, a
Sep 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a train wreck waiting to happen. You know from the start that the trains will meet head on, and smash against each other at high velocity. There will be no survivors...but you cannot help but read on and watch it happen. It's genius!

The relationship is sick, Lindsay is just so typical in his reactions and at the same time completely unpredictable. Pip is a wonder unto himself, the best developed character I've read in a while. So many contradictions in one body/mind combination it made me d
Jun 27, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Little twat!

^^^ That is one of the nicer terms of endearment from MC Lindsay to MC Valentine (aka The Kid)...

So, I shared a status update at 30% that stated "This is nasty, sexy and sweet in equal measures. I'm surprised." .

At 45% I was wondering if there was anything else to the story other than sex. It seemed to me as though despite some entertaining character traits and lots of sex there wasn't really much in terms of the plot.

There's a lot that can be said about the psychological behavior b
Jan 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, abuse
What I know for sure after reading this novel: I want to be a gay man if that's how much sex they have in a monogamous relationship and I'd really like a BJ.

In all seriousness, I thought the writing and story telling was fantastic. It made me feel and clench and gnash and smile and laugh and hurt. These are my general thoughts:

This book is harsh and genuinely, sweetly, tender.

I both love and hate Lindsay in equal measure. (Leaning towards hate after reading the last chapter)

Pip is predictable an

1.5 Stars: I'm only rounding this up because something actually started happening in the final few chapters.

For starters I think I had my expectations way too high for this book. I expected more of a plot driven story. Unfortunately, despite what’s implied in the blurb and Lindsay's criminal profession, 90% of the book was about Pip and Lindsay’s relationship and the first 50% was all sex, which I didn't even think was that great. I thought Lindsay would bring Pip into his little gang of robbers
Insanely amazing... that's how I describe this book! It's crazy, kinky, hilarious, hot... It's a roller coaster of insanity!

Pip and Lindsay are the most crazy couple that I've read about! They are so different, each one of them with his own crazyness... but they are good together... something that really seems impossible.

The ending is so unexpected that I was shaking while reading it!

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Good God!

This book was on a whole different level.


I loved the language/voice, I loved the relationship, I loved the humour, I loved my discomfort, I loved my arousal, I loved the setting, I loved the characters, I loved every goddamn thing about this book.

I am writing this review one minute after having finished and I am reeling...funnily enough not even from all the spanking, Russian roulette, homemade BDSM, D/s, daddy sex either, but from that last section from Pip's point of vie
Feb 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, adored-otps
No sé qué decir... Le falta argumento (la lectura se me hizo un tanto cuesta arriba) y la relación entre Lindsay y Pip es, cuanto menos, complicada (eufemismo donde los haya), pero es que engancha como pocas.

Muy bien escrito, en mi modesta opinión. Ver cómo Lindsay va descubriendo y reconociendo sus sentimientos por Pip es precioso, y algo que el autor relata muy bien.
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Karen Wellsbury
Messy, big, conflicted, glorious, frustrating, loving, heart breaking. Onto book 2..

if you read this when it was written, did you know it was part of a trilogy ?
Angela Bee Bee
Oct 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Angela Bee Bee by: Em
Shelves: present-tense
I'm not a fan of present tense, although here, it adds urgency and humor. The third person perspective makes you feel like a little bird is sitting on your shoulder whispering how Lindsay feels thru various vignettes with his tart, sweet, lithe little glitter pirate. Oops, wrong book.

I got these two. I get the humor, Lindsay is reluctant but yet absolutely adores his insane not boyfriend.

They hide out for most of the book, then the action picks up at 80%…and we shift to Pips pov and the ship hit
Crys Harris
May 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Umm.. wow? This book is funny, intense, disturbing, ridiculous.. all of the adjectives frequently applied to Pip Valentine, the main character.

The author has created two incredible characters, using both definitions of the word. The meeting is completely implausible and the evolution of their relationship is disturbing and insane. This is supposed to be an urban romance, but it's really a strange, warped fairy tale. None of those things matter. The writing is superb; it either flows or it's chop
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“You were always saying you were gonna shoot him," he mutters, but it's kind of half-hearted. "Stupid fucking little tit, he needs a bullet in his head. What do you keep him round for, anyway?"
Because he makes me laugh. Because, fuck knows why, he adores me. Because he needs somebody to look after him and nobody else knows how. Because everything about us is wrong and I never ever want to be right. Because I wake up in the morning and see him sleeping next to me with his stupid dyed hair and his stupid painted nails and his stupid toy monkey and I remember I love him so much I don't know what to do, I love him I love him I LOVE HIM.
“Valentine clears his throat. "So. Why can't you just say it?"
"Say what?"
"You know what."
"It's hardly the time or place."
"It is if you're dying."
"I can't."
"You're a dick. Just fucking say it!"
"I can't! I'm... English."
"What am I, a Martian? I say it all the time. I know you love me, why can't you say it?"
"If you know, then why do I have to?"
"You're missing the point a bit."
"I took your bullet, you little twat, don't you dare question whether I love you."
"Yeah, but you could say it."
The throb of the gunshots is pounding all down his arm and body. The pain's so bad he wants to cry, like he's five and he's skinned his knee coming off his bike.
"Je t'aime," he says, through gritted teeth, to shut the kid up. "Je ne sais pas pourquoi. Tu es... complètement bête, tu t'habilles comme une pute travestie, je hais ta musique, tu es fou, tu me rends fou, mais je suis fou de toi et je pense à toi tout le temps et je t'aime, oui. Tu comprends? Je t'aime. Seulement... pas en anglais. Je ne peux pas."
Valentine's shifting about like he's uncomfortable. "I ain't got no idea what you just said but I think I need to change my pants."
"Maintenant, ta gueule.”
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