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Diamond in the Rough

(Diamond #1)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  1,246 ratings  ·  307 reviews
I'm stepping off a nine hour flight when it happens.
A white van. A dark hood. Every woman's worst nightmare.

Now I'm trapped in an abandoned church. The man who took me says I won't be hurt. The man in the cell next to me says that's a lie. I'll fight with every ounce of strength, but there are secrets in these walls. I'll need every single one of them to survive.

Kindle Edition, 316 pages
Published July 7th 2020 (first published June 24th 2020)
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Terrific Captive Romance!

I really liked this captive romance. The characters were great, the action was suspenseful and interesting, and the story was written well. I also liked the fact that the hero was also a captive, so it wasn’t the traditional captive romance. The heroine has a strong voice and we first see her as a naïve teenager, which shows her in a different light with anxiety and doubts.

The prequel was included in this book and that was a nice window into the background, of the heroin
Ally *Wasted Life Books & Romance*
Skye Warren continues to keep me on edge and in suspense with another sexy dark romance that has me begging for more!! Declious darkness in the best ways!

First of all it took me a few chapters to realize who Eijah was and then when I did my mind ran into a million places! He is a broken, ruthless Alpha who has one weakness!

Holly is such a wonderful character and I love how we get glimpses of her through her writing! She's been in love since she was a teenager (Read Hidden Gem) and views hersel
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’m dying. I’m actually dying. Because this book (along with Hidden Gem) is such a WHIRLWIND. Such a rush and SO MUCH STEAM.

I feel like I’ve waited a hundred years for Elijah’s book, and Skye Warren DOES NOT disappoint!! She literally is incapable of writing a bad story and digs in deep into Elijah and Holly. Deliciously dark and outrageously exciting.

Elijah... 😩🔥🤤 He’s a guilty pleasure for sure. Hate to love him. He is everything you crave and definitely is not good for the soul. That’s what
Roxs Reads
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Cue the FAN! I need a cool down period! Holly and Elijah are a steamy couple full of secrets and intensity. Elijah makes your mouth water your heart skip a beat. His delicious mouth makes your ears burn and body melt. He’s the type of hero we all wish for in our deepest fantasies.

Not only does Skye capture my rapt attention in this book, she knocked me backwards when realization kicked in--A total OMG moment! I was totally oblivious to who the characters were and where the story was leading and
Weronika -  Little Steamy Reads
„This is a war that neither of us will win.”

The Hidden Gem novella left me so hungry for more that as soon as Diamond in the Rough appeared on my Kindle, I immediately began to read and fell right into the rabbit hole. Skye Warren has such a way with words that she draws you in right from the first page and every unexpected twist makes you unable to break away. I was completely mesmerized during this read. Elijah and Holly’s story is full of emotions, suspense, secrets, danger and sexual ten
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Incredible!! Just when I thought I couldn't love a Skye Warren book more, Diamond in the Rough lands in my hands.
Utterly thrilling, dark, twisted and sizzling. I loved the prequel, it had me hooked and now the first book had me at the edge of my seat.
Holly and North are my new favorites. I cannot wait to see where Skye will take this trilogy. It was my kind of dark and my kind of emotional.
It had twists and turns that I did not expect. I absolutely loved it. I want the next book now!!!
Skye Warren
Jul 07, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH is live everywhere! 💎💎💎

I'm stepping off a nine hour flight when it happens.
A white van. A dark hood. Every woman's worst nightmare.

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Now I'm trapped in an abandoned church. The man who took me says I won't be hurt. The man in the cell next to me says that's a lie. I'll fight with e
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the publisher/author to review for Stephanie's Book Reports.

I'm stepping off a nine hour flight when it happens. A white van. A dark hood. Every woman's worst nightmare. Now I am trapped in an abandoned church. The man who took me says I won't be hurt. The man in the cell next to me says that's a lie. I'll fight with every ounce of strength, but there are secrets in these walls. I'll need every single one of them to survive.

This book will have you one the edg
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Yes! This first book of Skye Warren's latest trilogy was set up perfectly in the scintillating taster, Hidden Gem. We are now on to the first delicious, action packed course. And it is fabulous. Filled with jeopardy, revelations, very hot times, questions, suave, ruthless baddies, reunions with old friends, and the undeniable, intense attraction between Holly and Elijah.
Holly goes through so much in the book, and, I am sure, there is more to come (hurray!), as we are left with one hell of a nai
Diana~ (Kiss Me Books)
I was so excited for Diamond in the Rough that I read all of it in one sitting. This book completely changes the context of Hidden Gem because not everything is what it appears to be. The story does answer some lingering questions from the prologue but not all. There are even more questions now because of what happens by the end of this book. This book was thrilling, sexy, and full of some revelations but also mysteries as well. I don't know what's going to happen next but I absolutely c ...more
What a sensational book! Holly is traveling back to Paris to look for her sister when she is taken. Holly is imprisoned in a cell, however she isn’t alone. What do they want with her? Will she be able to break free and find her sister and who is the man locked up next to her? This is a fast paced, action suspense with so many twists you’ll need to pick your jaw up off the floor! From the very beginning you will be dragged into this story and won’t be able to put it down. If you have read the fre ...more
Michelle Claypot_Reads
I have been desperate for this one from the moment I inhaled the Hidden Gem Novella. Elijah and Holly are EVERYTHING I need in my romance. She's strong and smart. He's dirty and determined. Together they are explosive.

Packed with action, a healthy dose of filthy and just the right amount of feels to have me hooked from page one to the very end!

Plot twists abound in this romantic suspense and there are characters I was left wondering about. Good guy? Bad guy? A little of both. I need to know!!!
PP's Bookshelf
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Diamond in the Rough by Skye Warren was a thrilling and utterly captivating ride. It was pure adrenaline rush. It was scorching hot and intensely emotional .It was action packed and suspenseful. It just captured my heart and soul completely.

When Hollie Frank set out for Paris in search of her sister, she didn't know what will wait for her in the airport. Now she has been kidnapped and thrown into a dark cell. And something from her past appears mysteriously. Elijah North isn't a good man. He is
Sammy ❤️Just Let Me Read Blog ❤️
Sexy, gritty and intruging, Diamond in the Rough showcases Skye Warren's unique talent for writing dark romance. Holly and Elijah's story was sexy and completely captivating, and I enjoyed every minute of it.

“I know a diamond in the rough when I see one.”

I absolutely loved the connection that the author built between these two characters. She created such and intense bond that began when they were younger and exploded fully when they reconnect years later. The chemistry between them was raw and
Lana-White Hot Reads
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Raw, intense and captivating. Lana~White Hot Reads

Elijah and Holli reignite in the most unexpected place. Unbeknownst to Elijah, Holli is the women who is being held captive with him in a dark cell. Not sure who to trust, Holli put here faith in Elijah and he helps her but he has his own secrets he is hiding as well. The sexual chemistry is off the charts with the grittier aspect of it. This new series is spell bounding. Can't wait for book 2.
Anne Milne
Jul 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Skye teased us when we met Elijah and Holly in the Hidden Gem novella and it on it made me want to know more. What an intoxicating pair these two are the chemistry is explosive. I love strong female characters and Holly definately is, whilst Ethan is just the kind of dirty I like in my book men.

Skye created an inense bind between them that started when they were young which grew when they are reunited years later. I loved how they waiverd back and forth between love and hate, their feelings and
Courtenay Bennett
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Many years ago, I discovered a new author, and a new genre to me, all at once. Prisoner - co-written with Annika Martin - was the first book of Skye’s that I read. I was instantly hooked into the gritty depth of a story that wasn’t rainbows and unicorns. I devoured it with a definite feeling of wrongness that I couldn’t fully square away.
Then I read Wanderlust.
It made me question everything I thought I knew about myself. Sure, it’s fiction, but it does more than just blur the lines, and yet, I
I cannot get over this book. It is savage passion, dark dangers, and a devious suspense plot around stolen diamonds. Fascinating.

The prequel, Hidden Gem, lays an intriguing foundation of risky rendez-vous, the Louvre, and promising romance on the wrong side of the law. This first novel? It’s an attack on the senses!

Sisterly love takes Holly to Paris only to throw her into every woman’s hell. There she falls down the rabbit hole between two men on different sides of iron bars. I loved her smart
Ashley Herndon
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was all consuming!!!!

Elijah North, youngest North sibling....
How to describe him, dominant, ironic, awesome, serious moral compass when it comes to....

Holland.... a sweetheart that comes from a family that loves adventure and has a flaky sister...

Holland’s sisters goes dark, no communication. Holland goes to find her and chaos ensues.

Elijah May or may not be a dark night...

Highly recommend
✰ Liz ✰

"I'm a dragon who flew her to the top of a mountain, far from the water she needs to breathe."

Diamond in the Rough is the first book in The Diamond Trilogy. Holly is on a mission to find her sister who disappeared from France. When Holly arrives in the country, she is instantly kidnapped. Thrown into hell, Holly is caged up with an old flame Elijah. Although he is also being held against his will, Elijah is no saint. Despite their current circumstances in captivity, he has never forgott
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: trilogies
It’s something deeper than affection. Darker than love. She’s mine.

So who's the idiot that completely missed that this is a trilogy because she didn't even bother to read the blurb before diving on a new Skye book?

Suffice it to say, there was a lot of colorful language and feet stomping that happened at the end.
Le sigh.

But guuuuuurl. I haven't been this invested in one of Skye Warren's stories since The Pawn. And I loved me some of that trilogy. And I swear to you, this o
❤️ Paulette  Alphas Review
Title: ➳ ❤ Diamond in the Rough

Series ➳ Diamond Series1#
Author: ➳ Skye Warren
Published July 7th 2020
June 25, 2020- Paperback

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ღ Wow it’s been a hot second, since I’ve picked up one of Skye Warren’s books, don’t ask me why cuz I got no damn clue why! But boy O boy I’m kick myself now! Anyhow Elijah & Holly’s story is full of emotions, suspense, secrets, danger & sexual tension. I actually read both Hidden Gem & Diamond in the Rough

Hidden Gem, is just short read of Elijah & Holl
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.75 Stars

Told in dual POV, 1st person, it’s the first installment in "The Diamond trilogy" and ends on a cliffhanger but not a huge one. Albeit, I'd like we have another chapter, just to know what he'll feel when he comes home and sees… It’s dark, a captive romance and we have a broken alpha here who is dominating and controlling. It’s been a while since I read one of Skye warren’s books and enjoyed it. Recently I wasn’t in luck with her recent books and I think if I tried this another time, I
Melanie (mells_view)
”Maybe if the prison is warm and comfortable enough, the captive learns to enjoy herself.”

Diamond in the Rough is a captive romance mixed up with what is also a sort of diamond heist suspense. Honestly all I can say is that Holly the heroine we met in Hidden Gem is back in Paris looking for her sister, London. She’s taken by someone she thought she could trust, and thrown in a cell, and yeah. There are some new players and she isn’t sure who to trust and who not to trust. There’s some steamy bit
Pam Godwin
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Gritty and pulse-pounding, with sizzling chemistry, this romance is one hell of a hot ride.
Stephanie (Bookfever)
Diamond in the Rough is about Holland “Holly” Frank who traveled to France to look for her missing sister, not knowing that she’d be the one to go missing when she gets kidnapped and held prisoner in a vacated church. But she’s not alone there. In the cell next to her is a wounded and strangely familiar man. Can she trust him? Will she make it out alive?

I loved this book so freaking much! This didn’t really came as a surprise to me because I usually always enjoy a book by Skye Warren, especially
Dirty Little Secret Book Blog
Diamond In The Rough is a dark, steamy and sensual story of two people who always find themselves in the unlikeliest of circumstances. Elijah and Holland share a moment from the past that reflects on their present relationship. This book is filled with so much action, mystery and intensity that I flew threw the story in just a few short hours. And just in case you’re wondering, you’ll be pleased with all the sexy goodness that happens between our two main characters.

I love Skye’s work and was e
Rhonda Ziglar
Jul 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 HOLD ON TIGHT STARS!! OMG....I was holding on tight through Elijah and Holly's story, these two took me on a crazy sexy ride. I am so hooked on this series....I need more. Their story has it all for one memorable story, so buckle up and listen to them. You must read this book...Skye Warren has done it again with her storytelling. ...more
❤️Emma Book Lover ❤️
!!SPOILERS!!!! I warned you, so read at your expense.😉

First of all, please, if any one of you knows Liam Neeson , tell him to give this girl a call, and explain to her how things work when traveling!

This Holly needs some cinematography culture! TAKEN? hello??
She is no Liam Neeson tho, she has not a single skill to help her, she is YA novelist, So bitch please, just ask for help!
Also, duhh! You don't flirt with sexy dudes in airports in Paris, you definitely don't follow them on strange alleyway
R Rais
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh my wow!
This book is perfect example of why I love Skye Warren's darkness!

This book is intense!
The pace is fast!
Ellijah and Holly is steamy!
This book won't let go until it's ready to say end!

Diamond in the Rough is an absolute poison. I can't stop reading and in 90% mark I'm dreading the end that's coming😭

Seriously addicting! I can't wait for book two!
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