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Pretty Hostage

(Captive series )

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4.34  ·  Rating details ·  116 ratings  ·  60 reviews
“She’s yours now.”

With those three words, my boss gives me a gift: permission to kidnap and keep the woman I’ve wanted for years.

Ever since we were teenagers, I’ve denied my desire for Sofia. Despite her father’s involvement in running our cocaine empire, Caesar Hernández has carefully sheltered her from the brutal realities of our world. She’s always been far too innocent
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Published November 12th 2019
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~~ 5 MESMERIZED BY MATEO STARS! ~~

“She was mine now.”

Oh. My. Freaking. God. I knew after reading STOLEN BEAUTY, the previous book in the Captive Series, that Mateo and Sofia’s story was going to be magnificent. But this deliciously dark mafia romance left me COMPLETELY AND UTTERLY ENRAPTURED!

THE PREMISE:
Sofia’s nefarious father , Caesar Hernandez, has kept his little princess sheltered for years but life as she knows it changes forever after Caesar crosses merciless crime boss
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TheSassyNerdBlog
Woah...
This is my first book by this author. I had heard of her before... So many great things too, and I have a couple of her other books on my kindle... But she's been that "Oh I will read her next" kind of authors and when you finally make it through half the ones you needed to, there is more added to the forever growing pile. So to finally read one of her books, and as expected... LOVE IT, I am kicking myself for not reading them sooner.


This book had me by the balls... I was at this
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Mali Mor ❤️ The Romantic Blogger
Unfortunately, I couldn't finish this book...
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I wanted to read it because of it's intriguing blurb. If there's something I really like - it's a tough, big, dangerous alpha man - who has intense feelings for the heroine from the start.

And although Mateo was a hot Alpha, just the way I like them - he was a bit (too much) of a creeper...

"𝐇𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐭𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐦𝐞, 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐦𝐞 𝐥𝐢𝐤𝐞 𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐚 𝐧𝐞𝐰 𝐩𝐞𝐭.
𝐈 𝐝𝐢𝐝𝐧’𝐭 𝐥𝐢𝐤𝐞 𝐢𝐭.
𝐈 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝𝐧’𝐭 𝐥𝐢𝐤𝐞 𝐢𝐭.
𝐁𝐮𝐭 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐫𝐫𝐞𝐝 𝐥𝐨𝐰 𝐢𝐧 𝐦𝐲 𝐛𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐲, 𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐦𝐲 𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐬."

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Demetra Georgiou
Wow, won't even cover it!!!

Have you ever read a book that kept you up late at night, because all you wanted to do is read one more page?
Well, here you have it.
Perhaps it has to do with me and what I'm looking in a mafia romance, but that book had everything.
The heroes' chemistry was electrifying, Mateo never stopped having all the qualities of a romance hero despite his brutal physique and somewhat forbidding persona, but he was genuine and true throughout the novel.
Sofia on the other hand,
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Judy Robichaud
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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PRETTY HOSTAGE BY JULIA SYKES IS E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G.!
5 "HANDS OFF! MATEO IS ALL MINE" STARS!!!!
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GAH!!! Get ready to get your dark romance book on!!

I apologize in advance. This is one of the longest reviews I’ve ever written but I have tons to say. Kindly bear with me. First, I was so very excited to have received an advanced reader copy and voluntarily reviewed this book.

EEEEP…. Let me start off my review of Pretty Hostage by author Julia Sykes by clearly
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KittyLuvr
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ah, Ms Sykes is the Mistress of Heart Wrenching Cartel romances & proves it once again in 'Pretty Hostage' the latest in her 'Captive' series. And while the reader doesn't necessarily need to read the previous books, IMO it is highly recommended. Each subsequent book in this series builds beautifully to the next, the reader tantalized to proceed to find out what happens to secondary characters.
This story focuses on Mateo (Adrian's enforcer/bodyguard) & Sophia (Valentina's college
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thehotmesslibrary
Nov 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Pretty Hostage by Julia Sykes is a story between Mateo (a cartel enforcer) and Sophie (a pawn in her fathers’ game) of trying to push out Mateo’s boss and bring in a new boss. It really doesn’t go to plan and Sophie is given to Mateo to look after until her father is made to pay for his indiscretion. Mateo has had feelings for Sophie forever but he has a dark side which he thinks isn’t going to work with the virginial, princess Sophie.

Sophie has been lied to and kidnapped but does have feelings
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Mtve41
Abandoned as of now. Half way through. This is a well written book and first time reading this writer. I’m impressed and for that alone I might have just given it 5 stars.

I was expecting a typical mafia romance. But this seems to touch other subjects like bdsm etc. I steer clear of those and do not enjoy. For anyone who does, I’d recommend this writer! I couldn’t put it down once i started reading. Mateo was an uber alpha and Sophia seemed sweet. I was falling for Mateo for however much I read
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Sharon
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I highly recommend reading the Captive Series as well as Stolen Innocence and Stealing Beauty before reading this book. Of course, it can be read as a standalone, but I much prefer to read the characters in order so you can better understand their journey.

The main characters of Pretty Hostage are Sofia and Mateo. Sofia’s father, Caesar Hernández, isn’t quite who he appears to be, and when he makes a move to take more control of the cartel from Adrián Rodríguez, Adrián takes his daughter, Sofia
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Kari Hansen
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sofia is an innocent who is unaware of her father’s business dealings but now finds herself caught in the crossfire when the powerplay engineered by her father is an epic fail. She has been taken by Mateo as revenge against her father but is about to find out that he has always wanted to claim her and isn’t about to set her free.

Mateo knows that she deserves a better man than he but fate has brought her into his life, and he will protect her from everyone but who will protect her from him?

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Sissy's Romance Book Review
PRETTY HOSTAGE by Julia Sykes is the story of Sofia and Mateo and is a part of the Captive Series.
Mateo has had feeling for Sofia from afar. Sofia's father Caesar Hernández has kept her sheltered the life that he leads. In addition she has lived a sheltered protective life that she is about to be taken from. When Caesar does the unforgivable to Mateo's boss Adrián Rodríguez, Caesar is about to pay. Adrián tells Mateo to take Sofia hostage and to keep her. Mateo gets his time to claim Sofia for
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Sissy's Romance Book Review
PRETTY HOSTAGE by Julia Sykes is the story of Sofia and Mateo and is a part of the Captive Series.
Mateo has had feeling for Sofia from afar. Sofia's father Caesar Hernández has kept her sheltered the life that he leads. In addition she has lived a sheltered protective life that she is about to be taken from. When Caesar does the unforgivable to Mateo's boss Adrián Rodríguez, Caesar is about to pay. Adrián tells Mateo to take Sofia hostage and to keep her. Mateo gets his time to claim Sofia for
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Paula D
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mateo has had feelings for Sofia for a long time. When Sofia’s father messes up and Mateos boss tells him to keep her that’s exact what he plans on doing. Sophia is basically a princess and has no clue what her father truly is. Being kidnapped and lied about her whole life changes you. But can Sophia believe Mateo and be in this new world? Intense romance that has you swooning hard for Mateo. Only thing I felt was the ending was rushed and wanted more! 4/5 stars
Avephoenix
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Mind-Blowing Stars!!

This book was gritty, edgy, addictive, seductive, twisted, highly emotional & insanely amazing. So, if you like Submissive/Dominant Dark Romance with passion and roughness , this is the book for you!

Just beware, if you enter, you're doing it are your own risk, because anything could be possible in this pages, so don't comeback crying "wolf", after you have been warned!!

As for me, I really did enjoyed this fabulous, and emotional roller coaster of a book.
Lynda
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*There are no spoilers in this review.*

I strongly recommend reading the Captive Series as well as Stolen Innocence and Stealing Beauty before reading this book. The relationships and events in this book are specifically related to everything that happens in the prior two books in this universe. But, as always, I advise to read all books showing the same group of characters so that all the nuances of their relationships can be clearly understood by fans of the series.

There are five books that
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Claire Cronin
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another darkly gripping, violent and sexy read from Julia, this is Mateo and Sofia's story, though it can be read as a standalone it you want more of a back story and understanding of the other characters involved in here you should ideally read the Captive Series, Stolen Innocence and Stealing Beauty before this one.

Mateo has been consumed with Sofia for a long time, and after a power play from his boss Adrián he is given Sofia to keep and watch over to ensure her father, Caesar, is kept in
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Jennifer Pierson
I feel like I have some serious issues, because when an alpha-hole and/or antihero comes around like Mateo, I stay enraged while wanting to hurt them the whole story, and yet, I can't stay away. See, Mateo has had a thing for Sophie for some time, and when her father betrays Mateo's boss, who won't lay down for anyone, Mateo is told to kidnap her & keep her, which makes him very happy. Sophie is naive, as her father has always kept her in the dark about his business dealings, and after she ...more
Sharon
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
4.4 stars
Finally, readers have Mateo and Sophia’s story and what a tale it is. It can be read as a standalone but I recommend reading Stolen Innocence, Stealing Beauty and the Captive Series as some characters make an appearance here. Mateo comes from a poor neighborhood and has worked his way up and out to become a bodyguard/right-hand for his boss Adrián, a drug lord. In the course of his duties, he came in contact with Sofia, the daughter of Caesar who controls another leg of the drug
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Pretty Hostage starts right where Stealing Beauty ends. So you need to read that story if you want to have an idea of what is going on. BUT to get into Pretty Hostage, you don't need to, so it is up to you. Although Stealing Beauty is free right now, so you have nothing to lose. :)

So on to Pretty Hostage. This whole series is a story on strong women and men that have a hard life but will protect them with everything they have. Sofia is young and does not know about her father's dealings. But
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Ga Books LoverX
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a solid 4.5 outta 5 star read! The blurb gives you an idea about what is going to happen and then it throws you straight into the mix. I thought this was an excellent dark romance where the captive might not be a good man, but he will be the best man for the one that he cares about and in this case it is sweet Sofia.

When Mateo gets the one thing that he wants more than anything-Sofia, it is not as easy as he thought it would be. There are rules and structures and she is not as docile
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Terri Trawets
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Strong, powerful, forceful Mateo has obsessed over Sophia for years. Now, she has been drugged and captured to ensure the release of Valentina, the wife of Mateo’s boss. Mateo has always restrained his feelings in deference to her innocence and naivety. But, now she has been given to him! His dominant, perverted side threatens to erupt, but he wants more. He wants her trust and her obedience and eventually her willing submission. Therefore, he is willing to move slowly and carefully.

Whether a
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Stephanie Rushlow
Julia does it again.... Mateo is one of the bad boys you just can’t help but want. Sofia has always keep her thoughts as her dark secrets, stealing glances and knowing he’s a man you should stay away from only added to the appeal. Waking up in his house and being kept hostage shouldn’t feel so comfortable, while also having an underline fear. Sofia should be terrified, however Believing that Mateo wouldn’t hurt her, that small terrifying feeling only fades but it’s always there.

Mateo has always
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Diane
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ADDICTING SERIES A MUST HAVE FOR SURE!!!!
I voluntarily reviewed a copy of "PRETTY HOSTAGE" This is another fabulous read by Julia Sykes it's full of suspense, intrigue, secrets, lies, betrayal, danger, violence, heartache, passion and surprising twists.
This is Mateo and Sophia's story her father Caesar Hernandez has kept her innocent, protected and sheltered from his crime life he makes a terrible mistake trying to betray Adrian Rodriguez who is Mateo's BF and boss.
Adrian takes his revenge on Caesar by telling Mateo to kidnap Sophia
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MJ's Book Blog and Reviews
Review by: Jennifer
(4 stars)

A power play from his boss puts Sofia in Mateo's hands. After the play is over, Mateo is told that she is now his. Finally, the one woman that he has wanted for years is now his. But Mateo is at war with himself, he knows his needs and is mindful that he has to move slowly with Sofia. Mateo knows that no matter how slow or fast he moves, the outcome will be the same; Sofia will be his.

This turned out to be an amazingly hot read! Danger, naughty bits that were flaming
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Nikki
Mateo has been tasked with keeping Sofia as his captive. He has wanted her for quite some time, but knew that he wasn't right for him. He past and his current position is too harsh for someone as pure and untouched as she is. But that does not keep him from finally making his dream come true.

For years now, Sofia has had a crush on the illusive Mateo. She knows that he is not a good man, but didn't know the extent to his background. After she is taken from her father, she begins to understand
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Vanessa
I got so excited with by the blurb. I could feel it down to my toes how excited I was. But when I started to read this book, I was met with a different feeling.

Sofia is the epitome of a good girl. She is sweet, naive and kind. She has dreams far and wind. She thinks her family could do no wrong. The one thing she was has wanted for what seems like forever is Mateo. The dark and mysterious man who just drips sexy. He is the complete opposite of Sophia. But will their differences bring them
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Michaela Zankl
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Julia Sykes has been one of my favorite authors since I discovered her when the "Impossible Series" was released. Once again she captures me with another amazing book. "Pretty Hostage" tells the story of Mateo and Sofia. Their infatuation with each other goes way back. Mateo is determined to keep Sofia safe, not only from her own father but also from a drug lord that is determined to marry her.
I have not once read a book by Julia Sykes I was not enthralled with. Her books are always built around
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Cassie Moss
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Whew! I'm going to go ahead and throw out there that I am biased when it comes to Julia's books. I fully believe that each book is better than the last! This one is proof. Sofia and Mateo are too hot to handle sometimes. Kidnapping, death, hot scenes, mafia/cartel... that is all to be found in this story. If you are reading this story and have never read one of Julia's books before, then I recommend reading Stealing Beauty and Stolen Innocence first. This book can be read completely on it's own ...more
Christine
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was awesome. I couldn't wait to read about Mateo and Sofia since they were introduced in Valentina's book. The story was pure perfection I can't say anything better than that it was worth the wait. The thing I really enjoyed about this story was that it really reminded me of King. I felt like Sofia and Mateo were another version of Charlotte and Javier and they are one of my fav couples which is probably why I liked this book so much though I wish there had been more BDSM elements even ...more
Jasmine Holmes
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Ok so I could not wait to finally read Mateo and Sofia's story. We get to learn more about Mateo back story and we learn about how blissfully unaware Sofia was about her Father's dealings. I loved how possessive Mateo was about Sofia, wish I had someone like that. I would recommend reading the other books in the Captive series because you get introduced to the next couple in the series. Can't wait to see what will happen between
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Julia Sykes has always kept dark stories tucked away in her mind, so she was thrilled when she discovered that other people actually want to read them. Her books blend romance, suspense, and BDSM.

You can usually find Julia in Starbucks with a venti iced coffee clutched in her hand (two pumps of mocha, liberal half and half). If she's not in Starbucks, you will find her with a glass of prosecco in
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Other books in the series

Captive series (6 books)
  • Sweet Captivity (Captive series #1)
  • Claiming My Sweet Captive (Captive series #1.5)
  • Stealing Beauty (Captive series #2)
  • Captive Ever After (Captive #2.5)
  • Kingpin's Property (Captive series #4)