Reader Question – Any recommendations for Stockholm Syndrome books that don’t necessarily end in an HEA?

by Maryse on August 16, 2018 · 12 comments

in Book Recommendations, Reader Questions

Charlene is looking for a very specific “Dark” genre… and oooooohhhh yes! I LOVE going through that whole “in love with a very bad guy” dark kind of story, and having no clue how it’s going to end. There are a few that end *ahem* in a loving way, for sure, but not all of them do. All that attachment and wanting to please (even if it’s so wrong) and in the end…?

Hrmmmm… I certainly have a few that come to mind!! Okay I’m going to dig into my reviews, and see what I can pull up, but BEWARE!!!!! These recommendations are sort of “spoilery” in that Charlene is looking for a particular kind of ending. We might not know exactly how it ends (twists etc), but if it’s recommended here, there’s a chance it doesn’t end sweet. Er… well, I guess it depends on the character. ;)

She asks:

Hello! I’m hoping someone can recommend some books to me. I was so excited about this list because I love smart, dark novels (so many novels feel like they only go skin deep with their characters and everything is so ‘wholesome’).

I would love to read a novel about Stockholm syndrome, but I am more interested in the dark elements and exploring the thought process of the characters, and would prefer it be less focused on erotica and romance.

I could see myself being disappointed if it ends as a “happily ever after” and the guy never gets what he deserves. I’m worried these seem more romance focused but I’m not sure.

Can anyone please make a recommendation? Thank you so much!

Anyone have a recommendation?

Amy: How about Stolen by Lucy Christopher.

Robyn: Yes! Stolen. Grrr on that ending. I’m the opposite, I like HEA endings. I can’t help with any because of that! LOL

Dee: I’m a third for Stolen.

Leslie: I have Stolen on my “do not read” for the same reason! ;)

Maryse: Leslie, you’re missing out!! Stolen is one of my absolute FAVORITES!!!!

McKenzie: Born to be Bound (Alpha’s Claim Book 1) by Addison Cain. It’s SUPER dark (too dark for me, tbh) and has a captive/captor plotline as well as some paranormal/dystopic elements. Enjoy!

Joy: Addison Cain’s Alpha’s Claim series. It includes Born To Be Bound, Born To Be Broken and Reborn. The story continues with Stolen (Alpha’s Control Book 1). There’s also her new series, which is a reverse harem titled Branded Captive: A Reverse Harem Omegaverse Dark Romance (Wren’s Song Book 1). I read that first and got hooked on Addison Cain. Then I went on to devour the others that I mentioned.

Ericka: Comfort Food by Kitty Thomas?

Nadia: Comfort Food by Kitty Thomas.

Maryse: I LOVED that one… and that ending, I guess, can be up for interpretation. ;)

Helen: The Tutor by K. Larson

Amy: Oooooooh…right up my twisted, non-traditional alley!! How about Held by Edeet Ravel? Maryse recommended this one to me because of the Marmy-ish ending, and it did NOT disappoint.

All I will say about the ending is it is…different. SO different. I flipped out. I freaked out. Told “them” they were wrong. So wrong. Weren’t they? My tummy still turns when I think about it.

     

Sign up for my weekly newsletter

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Amy P. August 16, 2018 at 1:29 PM

How about Stolen by Lucy Christopher.

Robyn August 16, 2018 at 1:41 PM

Yes! Stolen. Grrr on that ending. I’m the opposite, I like HEA endings.
I can’t help with any because of that! LOL

Dee August 16, 2018 at 1:56 PM

I’m a third for Stolen.

Leslie M August 16, 2018 at 2:01 PM

I have Stolen on my “do not read” for the same reason! ;)

McKenzie August 16, 2018 at 6:15 PM

Born to be Bound by Addison Cain. It’s SUPER dark (too dark for me, tbh) and has a captive/captor plotline as well as some paranormal/dystopic elements. Enjoy!

Ericka August 17, 2018 at 7:14 AM

Comfort Food by Kitty Thomas?

Joy Pryor August 17, 2018 at 11:07 AM

Addison Cain’s Alpha’s Claim series. It includes Born To Be Bound, Born To Be Broken and Reborn. The story continues with Stolen (Alpha’s Control Book 1). There’s also her new series, which is a reverse harem titled Branded Captive (Wren’s Song). I read that first and got hooked on Addison Cain. Then I went on to devour the others that I mentioned.

Nadia Nadeau August 18, 2018 at 6:42 AM

Comfort Food by Kitty Thomas.

Amy August 18, 2018 at 2:28 PM

Oooooooh…right up my twisted, non-traditional alley!!

How about Held by Edeet Ravel?

Maryse recommended this one to me because of the Marmy-ish ending, and it did NOT disappoint.

All I will say about the ending is it is…different. SO different. I flipped out. I freaked out. Told “them” they were wrong. So wrong. Weren’t they? My tummy still turns when I think about it.

Helen August 19, 2018 at 3:34 PM

The Tutor by K. Larson

Jean August 20, 2018 at 1:51 PM

I’m late to this one…..but what about Captive in the Dark (CJ Roberts)!!!! One of the best! And, Tears of Tess (Pepper Winters)!

Charlene September 13, 2018 at 4:17 PM

Thank you all so much! I am so excited to read (likely all) of these. I really appreciate it :)

Leave a Comment

 

Notify me of followup comments to this post via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.

Previous post:

Next post: