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(Stronger #1)

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  516 ratings  ·  119 reviews
Warning: This story is for mature adults only. It contains violence, mature and explicit content and non-consensual/dubious, graphic sexual activity that some readers may find upsetting. This is a dark erotic thriller, not to be confused with a dark romance.


This was never supposed to happen to me. I was smart. I was strong. I was a fucking first degree black belt for
Published August 11th 2015 by Jay Marie
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Jay Marie KDP recently took the kindle version off the market because they said they found material in it that violates their content guidelines. I'm working…moreKDP recently took the kindle version off the market because they said they found material in it that violates their content guidelines. I'm working with them to try to get the book back up, but they're not very good at communication. It should be back up in the next couple of days. You can still find the paperback on Amazon and the kindle version is still available on Smashwords, Nook, iBooks, Kobo, and Oyster. I will update everyone as soon as the book is back on Amazon Kindle.

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Feb 03, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Very well written
Badass heroine
Plot was superbly directed

Jaden, a 25-year-old postgraduate student is abducted and held by a sadistic human trafficker. Imagine his surprise when he realizes she is in fact, a mixed martial arts expert. Yeah, Jaden is one badass female.

A heartbreaking book that portrays human trafficking in a stark and utterly realistic view. Not for the faint of heart.

Overall: A fast-paced, thoroughly engaging book. Can't wait to read book 2
Trigger warning
3.75 stars

Genre: Erotica
Setting: Detroit, Michigan
POVs: (view spoiler)
Action: 5/5
Triggers: Yes. (view spoiler)

Jaden Wilder was leaving law school one evening when she was attacked, abducted, and transported to an undisclosed location. She fought bravely for her life prior to being stolen away, but once captured, reality hits her: she's being held prisoner in a cage
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4 No Love In This Book Stars!

Girl who can kick some ass - check
Girl who can take a beating like a man - check
Girl with sassy mouth - check
Girl who refuses to submit - check

Man that kidnaps and sells girls - check
Man that can deliver some pain - check
Man that is sexy even though he's an asshole - check
Man that can't help but want the sassy girl who can take a beating - check
Man that will kill in a heartbeat - check

Well I was all on this book thinking that there was just three of them but after
Kim BookJunkie
You might think you like, "dark" erotica but you won't know whether you really do or not until you read this book. STOLEN is the definition of, "dark"! If you're the type who claims to dislike, "senseless violence" in your books, don't bother reading this one because there's a lot of violence and for those who aren't into depraved fiction, it won't make any sense. For me though, what happens in STOLEN defines what a truly, "dark" book is. This book is sick, disgusting, depraved and twisted = ...more
Carla Bulian
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jun 09, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 ish Stars

This has dark subject matter, and it isn't a romance.

A girl gets pulled into sex-trafficking when she pisses off a guy in a bar. She then meets the 'Owner' who sells girls, but he hasn't done it to her just yet.

I didn't always like the girl, and the guy is just an awful person. But somehow the story kept me interested. I'm looking forward to book 2 to see where the story is headed.

This ends on a cliffhanger.
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I can't say enough good things about Stolen! Ok so yeah this story is NOT for everyone. I mean it. I'm not going to say DO NOT READ IT, because as soon as I say it, someone will see it as a challenge and read the book. Said person would be traumitized and therefore raise hell about the book and leave a bad review.

Warning: Stolen is pitch black. Stolen deals with a subject not really discussed in polite society but is so blantant in execution, I cannot fathom why it’s not discussed more. Human
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

Jaden wakes up and finds herself in the middle of her worst nightmare. She's been kidnapped and is locked in a cage in a room full of more caged women. When she's taken to meet the gorgeous Owner, her fears are confirmed when she's told they're all going to be sold as slaves to the highest bidder at auction. Jaden is determined not to give up and plans on escaping.

Jaden is unlike any woman the Owner has ever seen. She's tiny and beautiful, but with her martial arts background, she's a
This was so sick and twisted but good! Not sure why I liked it as has so many triggers but somehow it works!
I really don't know what to rate this book. On one hand I couldn't put it down, but on the other hand it was choc-a-block full of triggers, dark (human trafficking) and IMO a tad too realistic. I like to suspend disbelief in my reading but this book felt real and made me feel uncomfortable.
I could only wish I were as strong as this heroine....physically and survive this type of situation. There were times though, that I was yelling at my kindle, telling the heroine to sit her arse
Cécile Smits
It's a dark and depraved world Jaden is dragged into,the world of human trafficking and she has to find a way to survive it in one piece....Fighting with everything she has,Jaden tries to find a way out,away from the owner that punishes defiance with brutal violence.....My heart racing,i was on the edge of my seat until the last page. I have to know what happens to Jaden...So now i'm going straight to Survival. And hope i will survive the ride.....
Marlena Brooks
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book kept me on my toes every step of reading. The suspense was awesome and the story itself was amazing. I look forward to reading J. Marie's 3rd book. I am left in suspense awaiting for her next book. I have never read books as I have J. Marie's that have kept my attention as her books have. I highly recommend that you read her book!
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Banned Book...Jayden is one tough girl, she will never give up hoping to become free again and sometimes her stubbornness and toughness gets her the attention of the Owner, he wants her submission but knows he will have to hurt her...two words belt buckle...he understands what she is going through and how hard it's for her to give up her submission, but that's what he likes about her the challenge...For dark readers who love a strong female, she's a fighter and you root for her all through this ...more
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sweating over here....Wow! BRILLIANT!

Oh so dark, twisted and so real! I LOVE IT! I was hesitant on the abduction part....who was I kidding, no was wasn't. I headed straight in knowing I would find something I hated but loved at the same time. I love the two main characters so different but really alike. Can't wait to read book 2! 5 Stars!
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
WARNING: This is not ROMANCE its a psychological thriller.

Its violent, cruel and gritty!!!
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dark
Why has it taken me so long to read this book? Like seriously one of my friends should have known I’d love this book and tell me to read it lol

I read this in one sitting. Went to bed with my kindle and a bar of chocolate and devoured it- the chocolate and the story. I could not put my kindle down.

How amazing is Jaden? She wakes up in a cage and already she has her head screwed on. She was scared but didn’t show it. I absolutely loved how feisty and strong she was.

After that ending I’m so
Stolen doesn't really stand out in the genre of dark romance/ erotica. It's pretty similar to Captive in the Dark, except for the fact that the heroine in this novel is a total badass (which I really appreciated).

I may eventually finish the series, but I don't feel compelled to do so at the moment. Maybe when the fourth book comes out.

Nevertheless, I do recommend this novel, especially considering if you buy it part of the proceeds are given to an organization that helps the victims of human
Fre06 Begum
I know why I took her off my favourite shelf
Bre Hood
Warning! This book contains disturbing situations, strong language, graphic, sexual content, some forced, some not. If darkness scares you, then you should probably move on. If you are up for a dark, exhilarating, dangerous read, sit back and enjoy!

This book! WOW… Where to begin… This is an erotic thriller series about a girl who’s been abducted and forced into the savage world of human trafficking. Jaden wakes up, literally, in her worst nightmare after being drugged and stolen away from a
Finally! A heroine who actually is STRONG and KICKS ASS (literally). I loved Jayden...she was the hero in my eyes for all 3 books.
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How can’t I said that I love the book but at the same time hated.

The story is strong and is about a world that is really tragic but real, is sad that this things happen in real life and are hard to read.

But this is fiction and is dark, is well executed. The story traps you from the begging. Every line you read is waiting to know what is Jaden to do and the reaction she is gonna get.

I have to say that the rape scenes were awful because is rape but are really well executed in this book.
This is
Barbie Hamilton
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I picked this book up on one of those freebie posts not expecting much. Really this storyline is usually a DNF for me or an extreme case of rage which makes me feel miserable enough to only read light fluffy romantic books for a few days. I must say the character of Jaden gave me quite a bit of hope with this one though. She caught my imagination with her fierce will to survive and escape. Usually in this scenario the victims can't really fight back with any true strength and have almost zero ...more
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book from this amazing author, I agree with her when she says this book must not be confused with a dark romance.

I love dark books and this book is certainly that, and so much more. I was pulled in to the story line from the very beginning and although this book covers dark, depraved topics I was hooked.

This book will not be to every ones taste but if you like strong women then this book has one. She is mistreated, manhandled but she will not be beaten.

I cannot wait for the
Mona williams
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
wow this book was really dark. she was kidnapped from a great life. now she is going to be sold for sex slavery. only the owner has other ideas. he wants to beat her into submission. she is a fighter and he gets off on pain and tears. its a must read for sure.
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jay Marie wrote a very well written and realistic book about human trafficking. It is a book about a very strong heroine who is caught up in a nightmare. What would you do to survive? We all think we know what we would do, but do you really? The writing in this book is genius. It is not sugarcoated and this is a dark read. Sometimes the details of an ordeal are necessary so you can feel what the characters are feeling. I highly recommend this book and Jay Marie deserves a lot of credit for ...more
Kim Whitehead
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow!! What an intense and heart pounding book!!
This was a really good book, very dark, but written very realistically. You can imagine that this is what these girls actually go through when they're taken.

I really liked Jaden, she was one strong chick! I could tell from the very first page that she was a survivor, and would fight thru anything. I love a strong heroine! There were times when I just wanted to yell at her to shut up, when she would just provoke the owner, but I don't know how I would react in the same situation.

All in all, I
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is so much more then just a dark read...It is a story of an AMAZINGLY strong woman's survival after she is snatched from her everyday life and placed in pure hell!!!

J. Marie has written a book that has completely and utterly BLOWN MY SOCKS OFF!!! I literally read this book in one sitting...REFUSING to put it down!!! I was grabbed from the very beginning and 1000% invested in Jaden's fight for her own sanity and survival. I instantly connected with this young woman and felt like I was
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Jay Marie has been writing since she first learned the alphabet, but it wasn’t until 25 years later that she finally decided to take the deep plunge into the depths of publishing. Her written work conveys the darker side of writing, bringing in to light what most may shy away from. She has a passion for writing strong female characters with a brain that can override their sex drives, deliver one ...more

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