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Product Details

  • Series: Nightshade
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Adult (October 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525954112
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525954118
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,757,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Very little survives when worlds collide in the premier book of Robertson's the Forbidden Side of Nightshade erotic romance trilogy (a companion series to her young adult Nightshade books, bylined Andrea Cremer). The war between the evil witches called Keepers and the valiant Searchers surrounds young Searcher Sarah and guides her life. A high-risk solo mission to discover Keeper secrets within Castle Tierney leads her to the handsome, enigmatic Tristan: Keeper, lord, and both master and prisoner of the castle. With the help of a very few friends and a great many enemies, they must learn about themselves before they can take on the war—and the world. Robertson delivers an intriguing plot that's heavy on story and characterization, and light on spice. While the book is set in modern times, with references to Rocky Horror and blue jeans, Castle Tierney and its residents are vividly described in the most feudal and anachronistic terms, but the deliciously disconcerting blend only serves to enhance the tale. The somewhat predictable ending nevertheless stirs anticipation for the next installment. Agent: Charlie Olsen, InkWell Management. (Oct.)

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Praise for Captive

"Robertson delivers an intriguing plot...While the book is set in modern times, with references to Rocky Horror and blue jeans, Castle Tierney and its residents are vividly described in the most feudal and anachronistic terms, but the deliciously disconcerting blend only serves to enhance the tale." - Publishers Weekly

"Dark and deftly plotted, CAPTIVE seethes with sensuality and betrayal. A twisty, sexy ride!" -Sylvia Day, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

"If castles could steam, this one would." - Booklist

"Engaging and intense...an intriguing and sexy read." - Kirkus Reviews

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Customer Reviews

If you are an adult fan of the Nightshade series, I would highly recommend reading Captive.
Jacqueline Smith
From the great characters to their complicated and tangled up fates, Captive is a fantastic novel full of passion, surprising twists and dramatic developments.
Evie Seo
A.D. Robertson knows how to write fantasy, sizzling character chemistry and create a world just as in enchanting as it is dangerous.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Evie Seo TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 1, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
When I first heard about Captive I just knew I had to get my hands on it. Never mind that I don't usually read erotica, or even romance novels, but guys - this is a book set in our beloved Nightshade world! A book that explores what Andrea Cremer could not explore in her YA novels - the forbidden side of Nightshade! It's hot, steamy and gorgeously written - how could I possibly say no to that?!

Not to mention that I just love Andrea Cremer and her captivating writing style. Even if I'm not always entirely happy with the plot developments and/or the choices she makes for her characters (like the convoluted love triangles or the ending of Bloodrose). That being said, I am happy to report that I was not disappointed with Captive. In fact, this book exceeded all my expectations! From start to finish, this book is exceptionally well-written and intensely mesmerizing. Even though the main focus of the story is the romance between Sarah (the Searcher who finds herself imprisoned and at the mercy of her sworn enemies) and Tristan (the privileged and powerful Keeper), the thorough worldbuilding itself is enough to leave you breathless. We also learn more about the history of Searchers and Keepers, and the conflict between them, and we get to explore a darker, more passionate side of their natures.

Sarah and Tristan's love story was intense, swoon-worthy and sexy. The passages describing their passionate relationship had me blushing and in need of a cold shower. At the same time, Robertson was very tasteful and subtle in her descriptions, which I appreciated a lot. Their encounters were steamy and loaded with amazing chemistry, but the line between tasteful and cheap was never crossed, not even blurred.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Deb@Debbie's Book Bag on October 22, 2013
Format: Hardcover
A.D. Robertson is the pen-name for highly acclaimed author Andrea Cremer. The Forbidden Side of Nightshade is a spin-off series that will feature three adult themed books from the Nightshade world, made famous in Cremer's young adult Nightshade series. This is a novel that adult fans of the series will love. It features the world they have grown to love in the YA series, while adding to the back story and bringing to the forefront new and amazing characters. Robertson instills this novel with dark sensuality and takes the reader on a journey into the lives of two very different captives.

I have to admit, when I found out this book was coming out, I was extremely excited. I don't read a lot of YA fiction but once in awhile something intriguing comes along and that's how I felt about the Nightshade series. Andrea Cremer created a world of dark magic witches and wolf guardians, as well as, a human element in the Searches that was captivating and gripping. That world is still evolving and is richly developed in this spin-off series. Captive is a book that will resonate with adult fans of the Nightshade series, while also creating a whole new audience for this expressive and sensual world.

Tristan has lived in the Irish castle of Tierney for his entire life. Sheltered, secluded and protected. It is a life of privilege and wealth, but it is essentially a prison. Bosque Mar keeps a tight reign on Tristan and anyone he comes in contact with. His blood line is too precious to risk in the age old war between the Searchers and the Keepers, but more importantly an ancient prophecy has foretold that the world of Keepers will one day be destroyed. Tristan's destiny lies in the prophecy and with a young human Searcher named Sarah. The premise of the book alone is pretty amazing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Hurst on March 31, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I gave this book 2 starts because the world it's set in actually sounds interesting, and I'd like to spend some time there.

That's the positive. The negative is just what the review title says.

This book reads like an XXX Harlequin Romance complete with predictable plot developments, characters and dialog. The only reason I kept reading it was to see if the next page would check off another of predictable Harlequin romance novel boxes. Yep. Pretty much.

Massive eye rollage here. I'll go back and see what the world is like, but I won't visit it through this erotic companion. It's just not that interesting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeannie Zelos on October 22, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Captive. The Forbidden Side of Nightshade. A. D. Robertson.

I have a well known love of paranormal romance so this seemed a perfect read. Its different from the usual run of paranormals, no vampires, some shape-shifters called Guardians, creatures from Mythology, Succubus and Incubus, and Searchers and Keepers. There are two opposing sides of which the main characters are searchers and keepers.
Sarah volunteers for a risky, no retrieval mission. She knows she may die or be killed executing it, and that the Searchers won't attempt a rescue. Of course she gets caught, and the Keeper of the Castle and Island Tristan decides on an alternative way of getting information, rather than the usual dungeons and torture...he's lonely although he doesn't realise it, and Sarah appeals to him. Slowly they begin to trust each other, and wonder if the information they've each been given about the other group is correct. Passions rise and they become lovers but Tristan knows Lord Bosque Mar will not allow them to be together, so they need to plan carefully what they can do.
Its a captivating story with some gruesome moments, and lots of heated passion. I love the way both Tristan and Sarah slowly give in to the first attractions they felt. The Wolves too were interesting, and bitch succubus Lana a perfect evil lady to make a foil for Sarah, and provide some needed jealousy and back talk. Too much good in a romance without some bad to balance just makes it a bit sickly to me. Here we've a great mix, along with a vivid story, fabulous characters and scene setting adventure. I want now to know what's in the next book now :) That always happens, I get hooked and then hate the wait for more from the people involved.
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