Author: Alta Hensley, Maggie Ryan
Series: The Black Stallion Trilogy #1
Release date: January 6, 2016
Buy: Amazon US ~ Amazon UK
I received this book from L. Woods PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
USA Today Bestselling Authors Maggie Ryan and Alta Hensley join forces to bring you the first novel in this action-packed, romantic suspense trilogy full of bad boys and the women who love them.
Power… danger… desire
Maddox Steele, along with his two brothers and father, lives by one code: Help all in need. Even if it means saving those who walk among the most sinister criminals in the world. Known as The Black Stallions, their mission is simple – provide rescue and safety to the underground.
Adira Nazar has no idea her entire life is about to explode into a million pieces. With her life in extreme danger, her only choice is to hand over complete trust to a dark and mysterious man she has never met before… Maddox Steele.
Just another job…
Someone to protect like all the others…
But when Maddox sets eyes on Adira, all bets are off. She is his save, and he's determined to make sure that nothing happens to this exotic beauty trapped in a ruthless world.
Tucked away at The Black Stallion Ranch, and with the few clues they have, can the Steeles put together the pieces in time to save her, or will they lose Adira to the clutches of darkness?
Publisher's Note: This book contains graphic sex and BDSM elements.
Maddox is the first book in a new series by author duo Maggie Ryan and Alta Hensley, ‘the Black Stallion Trilogy’. This is also my first read by both these authors, I haven’t read one of their books before. Maddox is a pleasant surprise; I’ve enjoyed the characters and the storyline.
“Sleep, little one. Tomorrow will be a better day.”
Maddox is a born and raised Texan cowboy who works closely with his father and two brothers at their ranch, The Black Stallion Ranch. On the front side the ranch is normal like countless other ranches, but deeply hidden is the family’s other operation; saving innocent people when their governments won’t do it. When an Arabian stallion auction brings Maddox to Dubai, he also meets the daughter of a business acquaintance, Adira. When she travels with him and his family back to America, he doesn’t know what to do with her.
“Control yourself, or I will.” His deep, husky command sent a shiver through her. Huge alarm bells went off inside, warning her that Maddox Steele was not a man to mess with.”
Adira is living a privileged life in Dubai. As a member of a very rich family she has everything she wants. But due to their riches and their type of business, the family is always surrounded by guards and protocol, leaving nothing to chance. When a horrific attack rips her family apart, Adira is sent to America with Maddox and his family, for safe keeping. The ranch is Texas is a world very different from what she’s used to, but Adira steps in open-minded. The presence of Maddox is a welcome factor; he awakens unfamiliar, but not unwanted feelings in her.
“Pun… punished? Like… spanked?” “Spanked at the very least and, if required, additional discipline will be doled out if I feel you aren’t understanding or accepting of the lesson.” He watched her eyes widen and her tongue lick her lips again.”
Adira and Maddox meet under horrible circumstances. Despite her sorrow, Adira is as headstrong as she always is, and she doesn’t make it easy for Maddox to do as her grandfather instructed. Living on the Steel family ranch is a whole new experience for Adira, but she likes it. Having already met Maddox’s dominant persona, slowly Adira finds out there’s much more to the man and the lifestyle he has embraced. Maddox not only keeps Adira safe from her family’s enemies, but he also guides her into his world of BDSM. To her surprise, it doesn’t shock Adira, and she surrenders herself to the dominating man willingly.
I love that despite the horrible attack, Adira isn’t a sad woman who’s overwhelmed with grief. Although she’s interested in Maddox’s dominating ways, she isn’t afraid to challenge him every step of the way. Maddox is much more than just the story of Maddox and Adira. It tells a story of greed, criminal empires and very bad people. But this all doesn’t take away from the love story, it makes an interesting plotline, and I can’t wait to see how all plays out in the next two books of the trilogy.
“Adira… don’t… I can’t live without you. I love you so much… God, I never knew a person could love another…” “You… you love me?” “Of course I do! I’ve told you a hundred times…”
I’ve enjoyed reading the story of Maddox and Adira, I give it 4 stars.