Blog Tour + Review: Stealing Beauty by Julia Sykes


Stealing Beauty by Julia Sykes 
Release Date: January 15th 
Genre: Dark Romance

As the most notorious, sadistic drug lord on the west coast, I thrive on power and control. Valentina loathes me as much as I despise her. That doesn't stop me from kidnapping her, stealing her away for myself.
Over the years that have separated us, hatred has festered in my heart. The girl I once loved is all woman now, and she thinks she belongs to someone else.
Her defiance tempts and torments me, and I'll never tire of devising devious punishments to keep her in line. She can't escape my cruel touch and harsh discipline.
No one will take her from me. I'll kill anyone who tries.
Valentina was always meant to be mine. Nothing will stop me from possessing her, body and soul.

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**ARC provided in exchange for an honest review**

"He awakened things in me that I thought were long dead. He brought me back to life, just so he could decimate what was left of me."

You don't have to but I still I recommend you read the prologue Stolen Innocence before you start this book, because I think the background information will help you tremendously in understanding the dynamics between the main characters Valentina and Adrián. After reading the prologue I was looking forward to reading what would happen when these two characters would be reunited again. Both are angry and disappointing with the other. They were expecting certain things from each other that they both couldn't be able to fulfill in the current situation they were in. I could feel the strong connection between them, but they just had to explain why they acted and behaved the way they did. 

"He'd surrendered his black heart to me years ago, and I offered my tattered heart in return. Our ravaged souls fit together: two halves of a whole." 

There were a couple of incidents were in my opinion the characters made stupid decisions, which resulted in dangerous situations that could've totally been avoided. I can blame some of it to the stress they were all in, and the author wanting to add a bit more suspense to the story. But it annoyed me a bit, and that is why I rated this book 3.5 stars instead of 4. The anger that they both felt towards each other, was a bit out of place sometimes, but further down the story I understood better why they acted the way they did. The sex had some BDSM elements to it, which is normally not my cup of tea, but I was glad it wasn't over the top. These scenes were extremely hot and erotic. Stealing Beauty was a fast-paced dark romance, with a great flow. I just thought the ending was a bit rushed, and it left me wanting more.

 About Julia Sykes 

Julia Sykes is the USA Today bestselling author of the Impossible Series. She 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 hand, probably reading Harry Potter. Again.
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