Series: Captive #1
Published by St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: March 24th, 2015
Genres: New Adult
Also by this author: Caged in Winter, Tessa Ever After
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
He’s the most dangerous man she’s ever met…and she’s falling in love with him.
Madison Frost is desperate to escape her life. Daughter of a prominent businessman, she has everything a girl could ask for. Except for a family who’s present in her life, and anyone to talk to outside the four walls of the prison she calls home. Madison dreams of one day leaving her life behind. She never thought being kidnapped is how it would happen.
Now she’s being held captive by a man who’s as frightening as he is sinfully gorgeous. Enormous, muscular, and filled with secrets, the man they call Ghost is an enigmatic mercenary, and Madison is trapped with him. She doesn’t know who hired him or why, but the more time she spends at his mercy, the more she realizes he’s not what he seems. Beneath his rough exterior lies an unexpected gentleness and a heart as broken and battered as her own.
But as Madison lets down her walls, Ghost holds tight to his, hiding secrets that could destroy everything.
Before I could move, before I could even take half a step back, he was there, his whole body eclipsing everything in my sight. He towered over me as he reached around me to the cabinet above my head, his arm grazing my breast as he did, and everything in me stilled. I froze, my breath caught in my throat, but I wasn’t scared. This wasn’t the same feeling I’d had the ﬁrst time he’d towered over me when he’d cut my bindings. No, this was something else entirely. Despite my brain ﬁring off warnings that I should be scared, should be terriﬁed by this man who’d less than twenty-four hours ago carried me back here against my will—again—my body reacted all on its own. Goose bumps erupted on my arms and my nipples hardened, and what the hell was that about?
Unaware of the war raging inside my head, he pulled the toaster out and set it on the counter. Then, as if he realized how close he was, his eyes darted to mine, then lower, and I felt utterly naked under his stare. When his eyes met mine again, his gaze was penetrating and heavy.
Almost as quickly as the entire thing happened, the moment was over. Ghost broke eye contact and stepped away from me, grab- bing his plate before settling in at the small dining table.
But I was still frozen, barely breathing, in the aftermath. It was nothing, really, nothing but an accidental brush of his fore- arm against my breast, but just as with lying in the bed together, it felt different. It felt like something more.
And that scared me almost more than anything.
“I was only twenty, and I’d never really lived, and now I wasn’t going to get the chance.”
Captive romances will always be a favorite troupe of mine. They are dangerous, forbidden, and the consequences are heavy. Now that sounds like a wonderful place for romance to bloom, doesn’t it? But I think what I love the most about captive/captor relationships is what you learn about the people in them. Character driven stories tickle my fancy and that is just one of the many reasons why I enjoyed reading Captive. Because of the circumstances surrounding the seclusion of Madison and Ghost from the outside world you get to see these two interact and unravel each other and the results are exciting.
“He knew the hope and the dread and the overwhelming guilt at wanting something else, at yearning for something more. And even though we’d come from two different paths, at the core, we still dealt with the same pain.”
The one element of this story that stuck with me was that I never felt that feelings between Madison and Ghost were too soon, too Stolkhom-ish, or unnatural. In the beginning there is real fear lacing their interactions. It isn’t until they are more or less forced to spend time with one another that you can see how they look beyond the captive/captor roles. Many romances with this theme have a tendency to show insta-lust but with Captive I never felt that. Both characters were able to distinguish between attraction and mutual appreciation of each others looks vs. lust. But once that attraction kicked it, it was explosive.
“Somehow, at some point I’d gone from looking at him as my captor to looking at him as something so much more.”
The reason I’m rating it 3 is simply because there were a few times that it felt like the story was dragging a bit. I feel like I have a tendency to review this theme a little harsher then most because I’ve read some amazing ones, some really bad ones, and some in between. This would fall in the between. There is a little predictability, as well as a little too-clean ending to some of the things going on but overall it was really enjoyable. I really enjoy Walsh’s writing style and I’m excited for Ghost’s brother Riley’s book Exposed!