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Stolen Heir by Sophie Lark: FAQs + Books Like It

Updated: Aug 14, 2023

Given how much I enjoyed the first book in Sophie Lark's Birthright series, I didn't think much of jumping straight into the second book, Stolen Heir. (Kindle | Paperback)


Once I did though, I realized that it was a Beauty and Beast retelling where the kidnapper and his kidnappee fall in love. While many people are a fan of this trope, I can't say the same. Of all the tropes that are used in mafia romance books, this is by far the one I enjoy the least because of how icky and wrong it feels to me at times. While I didn't escape that feeling entirely, Stolen Heir was definitely an improvement from Danielle Lori's, The Darkest Temptation.


In the following article, I've answered a handful of the most frequently asked questions about the book, as well as created a list of five books like Stolen Heir to read next. (Warning: This article contains spoilers)

Stolen Heir by Sophie Lark

What Is Stolen Heir About?

Nessa Griffin is the youngest child in Chicago's top Irish mafia family. Unlike the rest of her family, she's been protected and sheltered her whole life. So, she doesn't see the signs of danger when she accepts help from a strange man. Next thing she knows, she's been drugged, kidnapped, and imprisoned in a mansion on the outskirts of Chicago. There she meets her capturer, Mikolaj Wilk, head of Chicago's Polish mafia family, whose goal is to exact revenge on her family for killing his adoptive father. What neither expects is to slowly fall in love. Basically, it's Beauty and the Beast 2.0 Mafia Edition.


How Old Are Nessa and Miko in Stolen Heir? What's the Age Gap?

In Stolen Heir, Nessa Griffin is 19 years old and Miko is 26 years old, which means there's a 7-year age gap between the two.


Is Stolen Heir Spicy? What Are the Spicy Chapters?

Yes - Stolen Heir by Sophie Lark is spicy! Chapters 11, 15, 20, 23, 30, and 32 are the spicy chapters if you want to skip right to the good stuff.


Is Stolen Heir a Standalone or Is It Part of a Series?

As I mentioned earlier, Stolen Heir is the second book in the Brutal Birthright series. While I think it's probably best to read the series in order and have all the information, you could absolutely read it as a standalone. If you do choose to read the Brutal Birthright series though, here is the order of the books:

  1. Brutal Prince - Aida and Callum

  2. Stolen Heir - Nessa and Mikolaj (Callum's Youngest Sister)

  3. Savage Lover - Nero and Camille (Aida's Brother)

  4. Bloody Heart - Dante and Simone (Aida's Oldest Brother)

  5. Broken Vow - Riona and Raylan (Callum's Sister)

  6. Heavy Crown - Sebastian and Yelena (Aida's Youngest Brother)


How Long Does It Take to Read Stolen Heir?

According to How Long to Read, it will take the average reader approximately 4 hours and 43 minutes to read Stolen Heir by Sophie Lark.


Does Stolen Heir Have a Happy Ending?

Yes - Stolen Heir has a happy ending! After sleeping together, Miko realizes he is in love with Nessa and wants to marry her. However, he wants to earn her parent's approval, not force it. So, he decides to let her return home.


This upsets his right-hand man, Jonas, who then attempts to overthrow Miko as the boss of the Polish mafia. Nessa anticipates this and returns to the mansion in time to help save Miko's life. Together with her family's help, they then kill Jonas and restore Miko's place as the boss.


Shortly after, the head of the Russian Chicago mafia attempts to kill Nessa on the opening night of her ballet because he is still angry with Miko for terminating their partnership over Nessa. Fortunately, Miko saves her life which also earns him the trust of the Griffin family. He then proposes and the two get married in a winter garden wedding at the mansion.


5 Books Like Stolen Heir by Sophie Lark

If you enjoyed Stolen Heir and are looking for another book like it, here are my five recommendations for other books that are similar in one way or another:


The Darkest Temptation by Danielle Lori

1. The Darkest Temptation by Danielle Lori

If there was one book I knew would make it on this list, it was The Darkest Temptation. It's very similar to Stolen Heir as both books are about a mafia daughter who gets kidnapped, imprisoned, used as a pawn for revenge by a rival mafia boss, and eventually falls in love with him. I will warn you though it's darker than Stolen Heir and there are non-consensual sexual encounters that made my skin crawl. Here's a description of it: "Mila dresses the part, only dates college boys with exemplary backgrounds, and doesn’t ask questions. Not about her papa’s absences or his refusal to let her set foot in her birthplace - Russia. Suffocated by the rules and unanswered questions, Mila does what she’s always wanted to do and boards a plane to Moscow. What she never expected though was to fall for a man on the way."


Dubious by Charmaine Pauls

2. Dubious by Charmaine Pauls

This book is like Stolen Heir in that both leading ladies are imprisoned. However, they come to be imprisoned under different circumstances. While it might only have 3,500 reviews on GoodReads so far, those who have read Dubious by Charmaine Pauls have really positive things to say! For example, The Sassy Bookworm wrote, "Well, color me blown away. I've never read anything by this author before and I went into this one totally blind. What I got was a fantastically well-written and paced book with a plot that kept me turning the pages like a mad woman." While the Bilblioholic said, "Charmaine Pauls can WRITE! Her characters were thoroughly developed, the plot was full of twists and turns, and the side characters were entertaining even in their wickedness." Consider me sold!


Twist Me by Anna Zaires

3. Twist Me by Anna Zaires

Not only is the main female lead in Twist Me by Anna Zaires around Nessa Griffin's age, but it also features the captivity trope as we saw in Stolen Heir. This time though, it takes place on a private island. While the GoodReads reviews on this one are pretty split, those who enjoyed it cite a few common reasons for that including the light BDSM spicy chapters, the suspense/thriller aspect, and the cliffhanger that leads into the second book.


The Bad Guy by Celia Aaron

4. The Bad Guy by Celia Aaron

If you like a dark and morally grey male main character but aren't attached to the mafia element, then I'd recommend checking out The Bad Guy by Celia Aaron. Like Stolen Heir it features a kidnapping and imprisonment situation, however, the male main character is a diagnosed psychopath. Interestingly, according to GoodReads reviewer Candace, "This book is far different from most dark romances with a captivity theme. Yes, Sebastian kidnaps Camille and holds her captive in his family's countryside mansion. At times she even fears him. However, Sebastian has no intention of physically harming her. He comes off as determined to woo her and absolutely clueless about how to make that happen."


Beauty and the Beast by Georgia Le Carre

5. Beauty and the Beast by Georgia Le Carre

I knew I had to recommend this as a similar book to Stolen Heir as soon as I read the title of it on Amazon: Beauty and the Beast: A Modern Day Fairytale Billionaire Mafia Romance. Then, one I read the description I knew it would make a good recommendation because it's definitely similar in some ways, while different enough in others that it will keep it interesting for you. Here's the description: "I've agreed to become the mistress of a lowlife crook for a month to help pay for my dad's medical bills. But he won't let me go even though the time we agreed upon is long gone. He now claims he's not done with me and if I attempt to leave or involve the authorities he will hurt my loved ones."

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