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Kingpin's Property

(Captive #4)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  155 ratings  ·  60 reviews
*Please note that the title of Kingpin's Property has been updated to Wicked King. The content of the story has not changed.*
"You'll be much happier as my pet. Once I've tamed you."

Carmen Ronaldo is my enemy, an influential player in a rival cartel. She’s also been the object of my twisted obsession for years. Her wickedly sharp mind and fierce demeanor have fascinated me
Kindle Edition, 257 pages
Published January 21st 2020
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Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dark-read
I won’t stop, not even when you beg me to. You will weep for mercy, and you’ll find that I have none. I will shatter you.”

This series has quickly become one of my favorite guilty pleasures. There's just something so satisfying about Julia Sykes intensely possessive antiheroes. And I mean INTENSELY POSSESSIVE. Kingpin's Property is the story of Carmen and Stefano's story.

Now I will say that pretty much every antihero in the Captive series is almost borderline sociopath with their
Claire Cronin
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The 4th book in her Captive series, and this was just stunning!!! What a read!! A full on intense ride of emotions, that will have you biting your nails with the suspense and panting with the erotic scenes. A magnificent dark mafia tale with a captive theme and the most wonderfully dark anti-hero you just can't help falling for, and a heroine made of steel and intelligence and an instinct for pure survival.

12 yrs ago Stephano, a vicious and cruel drug cartel boss had a night of obsession and
♥️Fantasy Land  Book Reviewer♥️

We are in book number four and every single one of these is different, suspenseful, twisted, and beautifully written. Julia brings you into Carmen's world and makes you bleed for her. Carmen is so strong and hard but when she is taken and put into Stefano's home she either has to fight or submit.

Stefano has wanted Carmen for almost a decade and he finally has her under his roof. He thinks he knows what she has been up to for the past ten years, but he has no idea. Carmen is not the woman he
K. Lynn
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Love this King and His Queen!

Julia Sykes delivers another smashing novel in the Captive Series world with Stefano and Carmen's explosive relationship. Carmen refuses to capitulate to Stefano's demands which tests his patience and commands his respect. Stefano had been misguided for over a decade on the life Carmen lived and his transformation when he found out the truth of Carmen's suffering circumstances was the test of a true man. Carmen was alluring and regal as she traversed the underworld
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Flawless. Just flawless IMO. This one SERIOUSLY hit every d*mn button I have.
Ms Sykes (again IMO) is phenomenally excellent at this dark kidnap/capture anti-Hero trope. Certainly as far as I am concerned. Since her 1st book in this series 'Sweet Captive' (I loooove Andres!) I've been enthralled by each subsequent book & couple & though I've greatly enjoyed Adrian & Valentina, Mateo & Sofia, Andres & Sam have maintained their fave position for me. But now Stephano & Carmen
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was another great dark romance read! Julia Sykes writes wonderfully dark anti- heroes that you can't help but fall for! If you like dark romance or mafia romance, you definitely need to read these books!
Stefano and Carmen are enemies from separate cartel families. Stefano is obsessed with Carmen and makes her his prisoner when he takes over her organization. This is such a delicious and dark read, I loved it and the other books in this series!

Rhonda Ziglar
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 KINGPIN's STARS!! Carmen and Stefano's story was so captivating from the beginning to the end. If you love dark twisted story this one will be in your wheelhouse. Julia Sykes knows how to suck us readers into her world and you never want to leave. I highly recommend this book and series.
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top-2020-reads
This is the story of Carmen Ronaldo and Stefano Duarte, and the fourth book in Captive series, although this can be read as a standalone, and still be enjoyed I say reading at least book 3 beforehand is the way to go! After reading Pretty Hostage I knew I needed this book. This leaps in where book 3 sorts of left off.

Ms. Sykes throws me right back into a plot that had my mind on overdrive and spinning. In Pretty Hostage, Carmen made a deal with Mateo but in this book, we see that the deal she
Jan 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Kingpin’s Property is book four in the Captive Series by Julia Skyes, picking up the story of Carmen Ronaldo, a woman who is trying to take over her brother’s cartel and gets caught in the crossfire and leading male character, Stefano Duarte who takes Carmen as his ‘pet’ whilst making sure her and her brothers cartel crumbles.

Through the story we see the strength that Carmen has and the challenges she faces. Facing Stefano is just another one of her challenges and she does it with poise and
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
This is the fourth book in the Captive Series and it can be read as a standalone although, I suggest reading book three first. I will also caution those with triggers to read with care.
Stefano is ruthless, domineering and in complete control but Carmen is no wallflower. A night long ago brought them together and then tore them apart. Neither forgot the other but where Stefano rose to new heights, Carmen met her devil and was fortunate to come out the other side but not unscathed. Fast forward
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A dark mafia romance that will owned you right from the start!

Kingpin's Property is book 4 in the Captive series. This is Stefano and Carmen's story, and let me tell you, this book is intense, and absolutely outstanding. Is one of those books that makes you cry, angry, hold your breath, hot and bother, but you can’t put down.

Stefano Duarte is the devil, but being a Mafia/Cartel Boss what else can you expect, right? He's violent, ruthless, domineering, deadly, dark, and very obsess with
Jan 22, 2020 added it
I am never disappointed when reading a Julia Sykes book. I have also enjoyed the Captive series up until this point. So I have been waiting for the newest book in the series for a little while, and I was not disappointed.

Stefano is the head of a drug cartel in business with Adrian Rodriguez. When he participated in getting back Adrian's love, Stefano requested one thing, Carmen Ronaldo. It was agreed and things went on from there. Carmen and Stefano shared one night together twelve years ago. He
Beyond The Covers Blog
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: celeste
I don’t believe I have ever read a book by Julia Sykes that I just didn’t devour. Kingpin’s Property is the latest in the Captive Series and it is tantalizing. Sykes style of writing is unique and entertaining and will leaving you wanting more. With an obstinate heroine and an obsessed villainous hero, the characters are hard not to fall in love with. There is a ton of action (gunfire, kidnapping, sex) that will keep you turning the pages. There is more to come in the Captive Series, and I can’t ...more
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*There are no spoilers for this book in this review. There are some spoilers for prior books this series.*

*This book should be read after the first three books in this series to understand the full back story.*

*Slight panic attack warning. (If reading about panic attacks make you panic.)*

Carmen is the strongest and most willful heroine that Julia Sykes has written in this universe of books. At the end of Pretty Hostage (book 3), I wasn't even sure if I would like her because she played a part in
Terri Trawets
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Although this story can be read as a standalone, it begins as a takeover of the Rinaldo Cartel takes place. The Rinaldo Cartel is Pedro’s birthright. He is cruel, heartless and ambitious. To provoke a war with his enemy, he has abducted Sophia and plans to use her severely. To prevent his atrocities, his sister, Carmen, has arranged with a rival crime boss to allow him to invade her home in order to liberate Sophia. She agreed to give him access to in exchange for control of her brother’s ...more
Jennifer Pierson
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
HOLY HELL! I have so many emotions involved in this story it's not even funny. Stefano Duarte is one of those anti-heroes who just send me over the edge for much of the story, as I am filled with rage before ultimately falling for him. Maybe I'm just getting more difficult in my old age, but it is what it is. And Kingpin's Property should lead to everyone realizing that he's gonna be a douchey douche at the beginning. Our heroine is Carmen Ronaldo, the girl who is going to be the sacrifice to ...more
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I voluntarily reviewed a copy of "KINGPINS PROPERTY" OMG!!! This story starts right off with a Cartel war between Pedro Ronaldo and Adrian Rodriguez head of all the Cartels he stole Sofia from Mateo Ignace and tbey made a deal with Carmen Ronaldo to get her back.
Carmen didnt expect to see Stefano Duarte when she opened the door for them to come in she had a truce with Mateo and Adrian she wanted them to kill Pedro so she could take over the Ronaldo Cartel nit knowing she wad going to be taken by
Stephanie Rushlow
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Obsession can be dangerous when the object of your obsession could end up being a pawn in a game over power. “I want her” three words that make an obsession, Stefano’s reality, no longer a weakness but a strength... maybe....

Carmen wanting her own path made a deal with the devil and puts herself straight into Stefano’s hands the last place she wants to be...

A game of cat and mouse is only enticing if you know the rules. Stefano knows Carmen doesn’t want to be in the position she is, but
Sissy's Romance Book Review
KINGPINS PROPERTY by Julia Sykes is book 4 in the Captive Series. This is the story of Carmen Ronaldo and Stefano Duarte. I have read the previous book which did help me to enjoy this one but you can make this a standalone book if you wish to do so.
In the last book Carmen made a deal with Mateo to help him overtake the Ronaldo Cartel and kill her brother Pedro who took his Sofia. Pedro was a cruel person and Carmen paid along with everyone else under his thumb. But this book opens to show that
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This next installation in the Captive Series, was a wonderfully dark, delicious addition. It picks up where Pretty Hostage left off, and continues with Carmen and Stefano.

Stefano is such a fantastic anti-hero, ruthlessly dangerous, sociopathic, and yet knows how to lure in those around him with his charm, disarming them, for if/when he strikes. I loved how fierce and strong Carmen was. She had faced some torturous moments, stuck in nightmares, but continued to fight for herself, and her freedom.
Tiffany Diamond
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I keep waiting for the book that just doesn't do it for me. I don't think that's happening any time soon with this amazing author! Julia knows how to write her dark romance...she is definitely the Queen! In this story we follow Stefano Duarte and Carmen Ronaldo and his obscene obsession with her. He finally has his hands on the woman he hasn't been able to stop thinking about for a decade, ever since their night together. What he doesn't realize is how much she truly suffered for that one night ...more
Marlene Davis
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Stefano Duarte was with his boss Adrian talking about the rescue of second in command Mateo's fiancé Sofia. Pedro Ronaldo took Sofia and was holding her in dispute to get more territory. Stefano who was Pedro's major rival, wanted to take out entire Ronaldo regime and take over himself...but mostly he wanted Pedro's sister Carmen, with whom he had a sizzling one-night stand about ten years prior...Carmen had made a deal with Adrian and company to assist with taking out Pedro so she could step in ...more
Kari Hansen
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Carmen’s brother is the head of the Ronaldo cartel but he is an evil and violent man who will do anything to reach his end goal. She knows that the only way to survive is to ensure his demise which causes her to broker an arrangement with a man she can’t trust. She now finds herself double-crossed and a prisoner of a man that she shares a past with that is filled with betrayal and heartbreak.

For years Stefano has watched Carmen from afar waiting for the opportunity to claim the woman he has
Tanya Rae ~ TaSTy WordGasms
Kingpin’s Property is #4 in the Captive Series. This book can be read as a standalone but it would probably make your read better by knowing some of the characters. This is Carmen Ronaldo and Stefano Duarte’s story.

Stefano takes down his rival Pedro Ronaldo and then all he can think about is Pedro’s sister Carmen. He intends to make Carmen his whether she wants it or not. Stefano is obsessed with Carmen and this sexy story continues from here.

Stefano isn’t a nice man but he is a different
Michaela Zankl
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When it comes to Mafia or Cartel books Julia Sykes is THE author to read. Not only do her books have incredible storylines but they sizzle. "Kingpin's Property" is no exception. The story of Stefano and Carmen is phenomenal and a page turner. What I admire so much about Julia's writing is that the women by no means weak. They are strong independent women who don't bow to a man just because he is an alpha. Carmen is not any different. Even though she endured the unimaginable she is fighting ...more
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book!!!!

I loved this book!!! After the first teaser I was already thinking thes will be my new favourite couple in the captive series and I wasnt disappointed! It is sexy and funny and hot, oh sooo hot. I loved both Carmen and Stefano and they had amazing chemistry together! Carmen was a great kickass heroine while at the same time showing us her vulnerable side and Stefano was an amazing dark chara It was a dark story filled with anxiety and oh so many dominanting moments but also
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was a great read I really liked the relationship between Carmen and Stefano. At first I didn't like Carmen that much but she grew on me. I find she's different than most of the heroines that Julia writes and it was nice to see a different kind of character. Stefano is a psycho which was hilarious but I like that how all bad guys in Julia's books they really do care for their women. I do find that the ending was rather anti-climactic I kind of wish Carmen had made her enemies suffer ...more
Jenn Allen
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well, oh my! I'm so all over the place with this one. Carmen... she's strong minded, strong willed, she's been bent to the point of snapping in two but she's pushed and pushed to put herself back together. My heart ached for her. I don't hate Stefano. He's definitely a twisted man but under that there's so much more. I enjoyed getting to dig into those layers. As always, the story telling pulls me in. Even during moments that I'm frustrated, angry, sad... I can't stop reading.

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Julia Sykes is a USA Today bestselling author of edgy, emotional romance. When she's not writing, she's usually reading.

Other than reading, her obsessions include iced coffee, unicorns, charcuterie, aged Manchego cheese (or any cheese, really), fancy dresses, and all things Harry Potter.

Originally from South Carolina, Julia now lives in her adopted, beloved home of York, England. Most days, you

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