- File Size: 2818 KB
- Print Length: 256 pages
- Publisher: Carina Press (February 1, 2017)
- Publication Date: February 13, 2017
- Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MTMU7TT
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,612 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The story is told through the eyes of the heroine, Sarah. Almost right away I could tell she wasn't well. She is the captive of a dangerous man, a man who is a weapons smuggler and who knows what else. This man Julius King has kept her captive on an island for three years but has left her untouched. He also treats her well but keeps her in the dark about what his intentions are. She thinks he wants her inheritance and intends to marry her when she turns twenty one. She keeps him at arms length confused by dreams and desires she can't and doesn't want to understand. Is this a textbook case of Stockholm syndrome? Seems like it on the surface as Sarah can't stop thinking about or desiring her captor. Soon she also realizes that she isn't as powerless as she thought. Julius wants her more than she ever imagined and she plans to use his desire for her to gain her freedom.
It is hard to review this book without spoiling it so I will stop here and say that I have been reading romance for decades. There's very little that surprises me anymore as it seems I have read it all. But this book managed to surprise me. I read the whole thing in one sitting and while I had my suspicions as to what was really going on I still missed quite a bit. It is on the erotic side, it is disturbing and there are vivid descriptions of violence. The first person point of view isn't my thing but in this book it worked very well and it helps that there are a few paragraphs in the hero's point of view that provide some interesting glimpses into the hero's mind which isn't as chaotic as the heroines. This is a suspenseful, erotic, action packed, sweet and lovely love story and while I wished for more in the hero's POV and maybe more flashbacks to the real start of their story, I still found this book close to perfect. Highly recommended.
King, is the main character and "baby" or Sarah is the captive. and the story is told alternating first person POVs.
Sarah can be bitchy sounding but if I were in her place I think I'd be worse. King, however, is a prince among predators and I feel sorry for him every time he extends a kindness to her and she slaps him down. But the story wouldn't be so emo if that back and forth wasn't there. The emo is the story and by the end, you'll know why. LOVE the dialogue. Amber's words stomp the pages when they should stomp, and tug on heart strings when they should.
I got a mental picture of king with these words.
"You do want to get along with me don't you?
He acts civilized in his beautiful gray suit, and expensive watch with its bold numerals.
The open mouth of the snake tattoo on the base of his neck points to me, fangs flashing. He’s horrific. “Yes— I want to get along with you.”
“Good.” He smiles again. With dimples, no less. Good teeth and dimples on a monster. He’s no less frightening. There’s something too brutal about his features for any kind of smile, even a devastatingly dimpled one, to make him look kind. There’s no suit on earth expensive enough to hide what he is. He’s built like a fighter. Two knuckles on the hand resting on the table, sunken in. They’ve been broken, most likely on some sorry bastard’s face. “Then do one last thing for me, will you, baby?” I shiver. He’s called me baby since he got here. Baby. Makes me want to gag. Even if in that one first moment he arrived— before the blood— I’d found him attractive. Now endearments from his lips just make my insides crawl.
He places his fingers over the silver handgun resting next to his buttered scone.
Bardan, Amber (2017-02-01). King's Captive (Kindle Locations 125-134). Carina Press. Kindle Edition.
*possible spoilers, I won't go into much detail* What really sticks with me after finishing the book, though, is how sad the story is once we, and Sarah, but it all together. Our hero's undying devotion is the bedrock of the book, and the events leading up to how we got here really bummed me out. I'm so so happy that our couple gets a happy ending, but then, that's why I read romance. I wish we'd had more scenes of our couple after everything settled down, but it felt complete, and hopeful, as it was.
I definitely liked this book, and I think if I can bring myself to reread it a few more times, I might love it.
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