Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Blog Tour, Excerpt & Giveaway : Madeleine, Abducted (The Estate, #1) by M.S. Willis

Madeleine, Abducted (The Estate, #1)
by M.S Willis

Release Date: October 14, 2013

Genres: Dark Romance

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She was meant to be his destruction…
A pawn played in a perilous game between 
father and son…
Yet, her strength was more than either man could imagine.
As Maddy learns to save herself…
She becomes the one thing that could set the son free.

Madeleine Clark was raised to become a concert cellist. Sheltered and naïve, she remains hidden behind her music, a protection from the world around her. On the night of her first solo performance, Maddy accepts the admiration of a stranger and finds herself captive in a cruel and twisted power struggle between a sadistic father and his son, Aaron.

Seemingly, dangerous and uncaring, Aaron manages the business operations of his father’s estate. Wanting nothing to do with the slaves kept at the Estate, Aaron refuses to take part in the deeper depravities of his father. Despite his resistance, Aaron’s father ‘gifts’ him with a petite, brunette woman he can’t refuse.

A bond forged in conspiracy and deceit, Aaron struggles to save Maddy by teaching her to survive in the world in which he’d been raised. An unlikely union, Aaron soon learns that great strengths can exist within small packages, while Madeleine learns that love 
and light can exist in the darkest of places.


Finding her voice, Maddy spoke out of turn, not thinking about the repercussions her words could elicit.  “I would prefer you call me by my name.”  She peaked up at him through her lashes.  “Maddy, I would prefer that you call me Maddy.”
Aaron stopped with his bare back turned to her, taking several minutes to finally respond, he asked, “What makes you think you are allowed to ask that?  If I wanted, I could call you slave…”  He turned to face her, the contours of chest perfectly shadowed, his strength unquestionable.  “…or whore.”  His swagger was slow as he approached her, a hunter skilled in pursuit.  “Would you prefer those names to ‘Mouse’?”
Sucking her bottom lip between her teeth, Maddy fidgeted with her hands, refusing to look Aaron in the eyes.  She could feel his gaze touching her skin, his perusal of the woman barely half his size.  The heat of his body rolled off of him as he circled her.  It was the feeling of a soft blanket and lustful threat wrapped around her at the same time.  When the deep resonation of his voice occurred again, she cringed, fearing he would strike out at her for the incorrect answer.  “Why do you dislike the name I have given you?”
Continuing to fidget, Maddy trained her eyes on her feet, not daring to look up into the endless green she knew stared down at her.  Gripping her under her chin, Aaron pulled her face up to look at him, his eyes searching hers for the answer to his question.  “You will speak when I tell you.”  Dropping his hand from her face, he took a step back placing distance between them.  “Now answer me.”
Her heart pounded against the walls of her chest, her throat constricted, making it difficult for her to breath.  Fear consumed her as she stood in the shadow of the man who’d taken at least two lives that day.  Barely a whisper, her voice squeaked out the answer to his question. “Because a mouse is a furry little rodent, something detested.”
Aaron stood thoughtful and silent above her.  When he didn’t respond, Maddy quietly added, “I guess it’s better than Xander’s name for me.”
Laughter bellowed out, causing the toned muscles of Aaron’s broad chest to flex and relax before her eyes.  The sound of his amusement so real, it caused her to want to smile in response to seeing a piece of his mask falling away, revealing parts of him not witnessed by many people.  Containing himself, Aaron’s eyes sparkled as he asked, “And what, exactly, is Xander’s name for you?”
A scowl creased the fine skin between her eyes, her mouth pulled into the pout of a sulking child.  “He calls me ‘cricket’…an insect.  It’s odd that you both refer to me as nothing more than a common household pest.”
Aaron’s smile faltered as he looked down upon the beautiful girl who didn’t fully understand her role.  “No, Madeleine, you are not a common household pest…”
Maddy looked up at him, anticipating what he would say next.
For a fleeting second, he looked genuinely amused, but his expression was quickly replaced with indifference and contempt as he stated, “you are lower than even a pest in your role as a slave.”

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My Review: 

O_o !!!!!!!!

Only minutes after reading the Prologue to this book, I was a MESS! I expected DARK, but never in a million years did I expect DARKNESS of this kind. I got heart palpitations, a sleepless night and a book hangover that I had to treat with a sweet fluffy read afterwards. This book completely INTOXICATED me! I usually don't read dark romance books, but I have to admit that since I reviewed my first one last month, I added a couple to my TBR list. From the moment I saw this book on my Goodreads feed, I knew that I wanted to read it. From the book cover to the blurb everything about this book was telling me to add it to my TBR list.

Madeleine is living a quiet existence and loves losing herself in her music. It's her way to escape reality. On a night that she will never forget she meets mysterious Aaron Carmichael who claims to be an admirer of hers. After their encounter, Madeleine never imagined seeing Aaron ever again. On her way home from the concert she is abducted by Joseph Carmichael, Aaron's father, and the man behind The Estate. He ''gifts'' Madeleine to his son for his birthday. Aaron is livid that his father would fall so low and he is obliged to take Madeleine as his slave for fear that far worse things could happen to her.

From the very beginning to the very end this book kept me on the edge of my seat! I actually had to put it down with two chapters to go. I'll admit it, I was freakin' scared of what would happen at the end. My stomach was in knots! The author did a PHENOMENAL job at bringing us a story that is so heavy, deep, raw, twisted, but most of all eye-opening. It was beautiful to see that even in the darkest place, there is always light. My favorite part of the book is the scene that you see on the book cover. This is where the story turns around.

Madeleine is a true WARRIOR. What she goes through from the moment she is abducted is horrible!!! Images of disturbing scenes are stuck in my head. I have never read anything this dark! I had a hard time with Aaron at the beginning. I still can't forgive him for some stuff he did to Madeleine. Aaron is an executioner and he's not afraid of getting blood on his hands. He knows that he's on the edge of darkness and he shows Madeleine his true colors. From every humilation she gets stronger, for every painful moment she endures her need for revenge is bigger. From a world of darkness emerges a woman with a determination that just blew me away! Aaron did end up winning my vote by the end of this book. Madeleine took over his heart and made him want more.

I have to give a special mention to Xander, Aaron's best friend, he is one intriguing character. I loved him from the beginning! Even if he did do some wrong things along the way, I always wanted to read more about him. Watch out for his story it's the next one in The Estate Series. I can't wait to read it :)

Joseph Carmichael is getting his own book. A story about how The Estate began. I don't know how I'm going to read that book, but I have to absolutely find out how he became this sick, twisted, disgusting human being! 

My Rating:

I give Madeleine, Abducted by M.S. Willis 5 Huge, dark, phenomenal, raw, captivating, eye-opening, heart-stopping stars! I will NEVER forget this book! I am so happy that I stepped out of my comfort zone and gave this book a try!

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Author Bio:

M.S. Willis is a romance novelist whose debut novel, Control, was released in 2013.  Although currently writing in the romance genre, Willis has plans to expand her literary pursuits into multiple genres and has no fear conquering difficult subject matters in her writing.  Willis is a native Floridian who is also a photographer and musician.  When not absorbing herself in written, visual or musical expression, Willis is an adrenaline junkie, a ‘closet’ video game enthusiast, and an avid outdoors person and nature lover.



  1. Wow, Mikki! That was an intense review, perfectly suited for such an intense book. I hadn't given Madeline Abducted much thought, but now I am.

  2. Thanks Andrea!

    It sure was INTENSE! Never read anything like it before.


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