Stockholm Syndrome [Stockholm Syndrome, #1]
by Richard Rider
Self-published | E-book
M/M Romance, Erotica
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Stockholm Syndrome. A phenomenon that causes a capture-bonding of some sort between captor and abductee. Raise your hand if you don’t feel a certain romantic flutter when you hear such a thing? When characters falls in love in duress and think it totally acceptable?
Talk about being at the wrong place and at the wrong time. When Pip Valentine, son of lottery millionaire winners, witnesses a jewelry store robbing gone wrong, he didn’t think that his life was about to change…for the better.
And when Lindsay Brown threatened the boy within an inch of his life while trying to get away from a botched robbery, he didn’t think that he was going to get saddled with someone who made him wish that he killed him when he had the chance, or of leaving the life of thievery for good. Their love story is far from conventional, sure. But the love and affection is there hidden among the crazy.
These two characters made me laugh, made me cringe and more often all in the same breath. To be honest, this story could’ve used a bit of trimming. Clocking in at 400 some-odd pages, the meat and potatoes of the book could’ve been told in no less than 250. The rest, in my opinion, was an indulgence that I couldn’t help but to partake.
Phillip Valentine is the most unstable, unhinged character I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. Sometimes, I wonder who abducted who. Because I’m not going to lie, the man is deceptively calculating and manipulative. Lindsay Brown treats him with the delicacy of running bulls. Their chemistry works and I love every single tender moments that more often were propelled by stupid arguments. The sexual encounters were intense, insane and borderline psychotic.
The writing is very English – dry, funny at times with an air of detachment.
This book might take a bit of getting used to but once you get truly involved in the story, you’ll find yourself unable to look away.
Brilliant, unique, hilarious. That ending though…