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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.) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


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

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; Reprint edition (June 24, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014218120X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142181201
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,799,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I was excited to read this book when I found out Robertson had written it. I loved the Nightshade series and really wanted to see what the sexier side of this life would bring. I was not disappointed.

Blurb from Goodreads:
The first adult novel set in the world of the New York Times bestselling Nightshade series, Captive delivers a steamy, forbidden romance between sworn enemies drawn together by an irrepressible desire.
Twenty-five-year-old Tristan Doran enjoys a life of incredible power and privilege. As a direct descendant of the Keepers—witches who have embraced dark magic—he defers to no one but his overlord, Lord Bosque Mar. For most of his life, Tristan has been kept out of the centuries-old Witches War, his bloodline too valuable to risk in battle.
But when a beautiful, young human Searcher named Sarah is captured and made a prisoner in his Irish castle, Tristan’s infatuation with her flings him headlong into the fray. Captive and captor, unable to contain their longing, embark on a passionate, forbidden romance together—only to learn that their love is at the heart of a prophecy predicting the downfall of the Keepers’ ages-old reign.
Captive explores the darker side of the richly imagined Nightshade universe, a fantasy world of powerful dark witches, shape-shifting wolf warriors, and fascinating history. The first of three erotic novels, Captive delves deeply into the fiery, illicit romance of two young lovers whose very desires invite their doom.

I have to say that this story was quite captivating. I wasn't sure if I would like it. I had recently read Snakeroot and wasn't as impressed by it as I was by the Nightshade trilogy. But this book turned out to be surprisingly good. I love how the story ties in to the Nightshade trilogy.
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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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