Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Book Review: Captive (Captive #1) by: Brighton Walsh

Release Date: March 24, 2015
from St Martins Griffin
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest 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."

My Thoughts:

I love books that push my boundaries and Captive is definitely one of those books. It is one of those books that pushes me, as a reader, outside my comfort zone and that made me enjoy the book even more.

Let’s be real, it’s not easy to sell the reader on a love interest that is also the kidnapper, but Brighton does it. It’s a complicated story and there are a ton of layers. But those layers and complications make the characters who they are and who they are makes the relationship work. I’m not going to lie and say I was all for this relationship going into the story, because I wasn’t, I was wary of Ghost and what was happening. However, as I learned more and more I saw a different side to Ghost, and well, it works. I can’t say much else without spoiling it. The only other thing I’ll say is that Ghost is so damn hot!

I also absolutely loved Madison and my heart broke for her. The situation she is in is horrendous and horrible and I felt that fear right alongside her. But I loved that she didn’t give up. She was smart and determined and constantly analyzing the situation. She didn’t just sit and take it, even when it seemed like she was being complacent, she was constantly thinking about her next move. It takes a lot for her to open up to Ghost and it’s not until he truly proves it that she starts to believe him and I loved that. I loved that Madison didn’t just fall for him because he was good looking and what not.

I will admit that I pegged that bad guy early, but I think this is just a case of I read a lot so I look for the twist that a regular reader might not. But even with that, I was still glued to the pages and was speeding through the book to see if I was right. Not going to lie, I didn’t want to be right so I was devastated when I was. It was a crazy and killer storyline. Naturally I loved that, but it still hurt.

Captive is an addictive read and one I definitely recommend to people looking for something different from the new adult genre. It’s still steamy and has characters growing up, but it also has a unique flair to it. After Caged In Winter I wanted more from this author, but with Captive Brighton Walsh sealed her spot on my auto buy author list, because no matter what she writes I know it’s gonna be good.


  1. I've actually read a lot of books with kidnapping in them, and I agree, its hard to make them likeable especially when the storyline isn't unique. I guess I have a new book to look out for. I'm glad that you liked it Tess! :D

  2. Interesting. I'm not much for kidnapper romances, but it does have a certain appeal to it bc it's interesting watching how it all plays out. I haven't read anything by this author yet, but she sounds good.

  3. I also enjoy books that push you. I'm not sure if I could read a kidnapper based romance, but I am willing to take a chance. That's one thing I love, you never know if you'll love it or not, but just take a chance! Lovely review :D

  4. I totally agree! I pegged the bad guy early too and what a bad guy he is! Grrr
    I had similar feelings going into this one but I will not doubt Brighton Walsh again. She's on the auto buy list. Great review.

  5. Madison sounds like a character that I could really like to read about

  6. Yes! I feel the same way about Brighton! I will read anything by her! I knew who the bad guy was too. LOL. Oh well. The romance was smokin' and that's all that mattered to me! Haha.

  7. I like stories that push the envelope too, Teresa. It sounds like Walsh gave her characters enough complexity to sell it. I'm intrigued.

  8. I love when a book pushes me outside of my boundaries too. Ghost sounds like an interesting character, and Madison sounds like a character that I would love! Great Review :)

  9. I'm still on the fence with this one, but you do tempt me! I want to try this author -- this may be a good place to start. Awesome review! <3


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