I received an advanced/review copy of this book. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content and honesty of my review.
Stolen Soulmate by Mary Catherine Gebhard
There’s a rule in Crowne Hall: never look a Crowne in the eyes. It protects us more than them. I broke it once, the night Grayson Crowne mistook me for his true love and stole my first kiss. I’ve regretted it every day since. He hates me. He torments me. He won’t let me go, because that night he whispered a secret against my lips not meant for me. Grayson Crowne, heir to the Crowne empire and notorious playboy prince is… a virgin. I signed a contract in my heart’s blood as much as ink: help him get back his love, repair what I broke. Give him my body, my soul, my heart, let him use all of me, so when the time comes to marry her, he won’t need me. I shouldn’t need him. But he’s my stolen soulmate, and I’m at his mercy.
Series: Crowne Point
Genres: Romance, Bully, New Adult, Contemporary, Dark
Format: ARC, eBook, Review Copy
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This book … has absolutely, beyond a doubt, ruined me. Stolen Soulmate broke my heart, shattered my soul, gave me irreparable hope, and had me cursing the Crownes while simultaneously falling in love with Gray and wanting to slap him silly.
There’s so much I want to say about this book, but I’m going to attempt to keep it relatively vague and spoiler-free.
Story (short for Storybook–seriously, one of the best character names ever) is one of my favorite heroines I’ve “met.” She’s strong, vulnerable, doesn’t take shit from Gray, and has a wealth of love and loyalty for those she loves. Story’s persona in Heartless Hero is incredibly deceiving. She comes across as so quiet and meek that you don’t get an accurate glimpse into who she truly is … then when you get to know her in Stolen Soulmate, you realize just how many facets there are to her personality.
What is there to say about the infamous, cocky playboy Grayson Crowne? He’s so much more than the public persona he wears like armor. There’s so much more depth to him than what I expected. Honestly, I had major reservations about Gray–especially after seeing what a jerk he was in Heartless Hero. If there’s one thing I’m learning about Mary‘s characters, though, it’s that you’ve got to give them a chance before you totally dismiss them. Sure, there are some things that are pretty much unforgivable, but there’s always a calculated reason behind the action.
- After finishing the first book, I began to think the Crowne matriarch was somewhat redeemable, but now that I’ve read Stolen Soulmate, I’m not so sure.
- These books make me so thankful that I’m not some sort of rich heiress. It may look like these people have everything, but the lack of freedom is horrid.
- I can’t wait to read more about Gemma and Grim. I’m so intrigued by these two!
- I’ve already mentioned this once, but it’s worth mentioning again–I love Story’s name!
I honestly can’t remember the last time a book jumped out at me with so many twists, broke my heart, and left me a devastated, hopeful mess. I’m not sure how Ms. Gebhard is going to go on from here, but if anyone can pull it together, it’s her. I can’t wait for the next books in this series!
This book comes out on the 27th, so make sure you pre-order it so you can start reading ASAP!
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