Stained (Burning Souls #1) by M.J. Fields 

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After nearly sixteen years in hell, Maddox finally rises from the ashes. Held captive since birth he never knew normal until the day he watched as two men opened fire on the place he had merely existing since birth. He watched as the woman who visited sporadically throughout his life, a woman he later found out was his mother, as shot dead as he was dragged into the back of a black car by Brody Hines, British Rock Star. Brody’s own twisted past brought him to discover a son he never knew existed..

As a child Maddox took comfort in reading. It was his escape. His only glimpse at what life and love could be. The world he entered was something he could have never imagined. It was full of beauty and madness, yet still overflowing with hope and love.

Maddox Hines is a beautiful young man who was labeled by his school, and the world as emotionally disturbed, having Stockholm syndrome, separation anxiety and possibly being bipolar. His loving family knows better.

In part one of Stained, we watch as Maddox tries to do the right thing only to be beaten down by the true dregs of societies. Provoked, taunted, and his past exposed, Maddox lashes out the only way he knows how, physically

In part two, Maddox must flee the country to avoid being arrested, separating the family he loves. Returning to England, bringing his nightmares even closer to him. Maddox tries in vain throughout the next three years to accept the repeated loss of Harper Abrahams. His one true friend, his first kiss, his secret muse, and the girl who held his heart from the very first time he saw her. He pushes her away knowing she deserves better, that he is not good enough for her, and that he could never be.

Nothing can stop his desire for her, his need for her, and when he cannot take it anymore he brings her back into his life only to realize she is no longer his and his alone. Maddox falls into the only comfort and escape he knows now, sex, drugs, and rock and roll. Maddox becomes his own worst enemy as he pushes away his new life bringing back the past.

 

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Nancy's Review

3 Stars

Besides the lots of editing problem that sometimes makes it a tad bit harder for me understand, there are so many holes in the story regarding Maddox’s kidnapping and his rescue that I wondered if I was suppose to read a book before this. How and when did Maddox and Harper meet? Did I miss it? And there’s a whole bunch of characters that could get really confusing!

But moving on… since this is more about Maddox dealing with the aftermath of his kidnapping…. seriously if you have been kidnapped and tortured for 16 years, shouldn’t he be seeking professional help. I don’t see that here. He also seems to have this need to find those kids that are missing, who are kidnapped like him, but that “need” seems to have just disappeared. He is easily tempered that makes him violent, and deals with his demons through alcohol, his music, forming his own rock band called “Burning Souls”, then comes drugs and sex.

He also professed his love towards Harper, a very possessive love. All the while he goes and get’s himself off with other women…. which isn’t really sex cause he is only getting BJ’s and he never kissed them!

“How many people have you kissed?”

“Three,” he looked at her and raised his eyebrows as if to say HA!

“I have kissed one.”

“I know this, what’s the point here Harper?”

“How many people have you touched?”

“Again the answer is dependent on…”

“Fine if we are going to be childish about this. How many breasts have been in your hands? And before you need clarification…”

“Lots. My fingers have been in a lot of wet…”

“God—not so descriptive, please,” Harper covered her ears.

He took her wrists in his hands and pulled them away, “Bullshit you want answers I am giving them to you. After every show I get a blowjob. I could have several but…”

“Okay Maddox I don’t want to know anything except this: has Jane been one of the people you have been with sexually?”

He looked at her and let out a frustrated breath, “It’s different with her then it is with you.”

Harper swallowed hard, “Is she the other one you have kissed?”

Yep, the kiss is all that matters! Oh and then he also lives with someone, a girl named Jazz, but that’s also okay because…..

“Don’t you get it? It should have never happened. I am walking away because I can’t stay, I can’t be the other women. I can’t be…” – Harper

“The other! Jazz took comfort in my body Harper. I care about her. It’s not what I feel with you.” – Maddox

Really?

Harper has a really good heart, kind, sweet, innocent, a completely loveable character. She is smart too…. BUT, when it comes to Maddox, she is meek, easy and mindless.

At first I was rooting for Harper and Maddox’s love story. But when Maddox became an ass who constantly hurts Harper, I wished her better. There is so much hang-ups in their relationship that is all Maddox. She really deserved better. I actually felt bad for her family who has to witness all these. I felt bad for both their families.

Not that there wasn’t anyone else interested with Harper, there is Blake, but his character was never develop enough to mention really.

When the story started they were only 16 and 17 years old… you’ll see them grow till they’ve reach their 20’s. It is fast paced, a little bit too fast though.

I can’t say I didn’t enjoy the storyline cause it made me angry and hurt for Harper, riled me up on a lot of issues! There is a lot of angst and is quite emotional. But there is so just way too much that is just wrong (for me) and I couldn’t care less if I felt sorry for Maddox. And since this is a three part series, this is just the part of their story.

As for character growth and substance? I’m not so sure yet. Lol.

Do I wanna read the next book? I could say no, but I probably will. I really couldn’t put it down once I started so that part is good too!

Written in multi POV’s.

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