- File Size: 2818 KB
- Print Length: 252 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: #71,258 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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King's Captive Kindle Edition
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“It’s like I’m sitting in front of a puzzle, and I have all the pieces – pieces I’ve been staring at for years, but I can’t work out how they slot together.”
One bloody birthday party changed the course of Sarah Mercedes’ (h) life as she knew it. Young and somewhat sheltered this shipping heiress is the pawn in a game she wasn’t aware of and doesn’t know how to play. She’s doing her best to tread the waters that threaten to engulf her, but sometimes your best just isn’t enough. And the prince you’re hoping to rescue you doesn’t always wear a white hat.
“He has a weakness – there’s a chink in his armor, and it’s me. I’m going to break through it. Be the one to capture him.”
Julian King (H) is a man on a mission. This mission? Sarah Mercedes. The beautiful young woman is entrenched deeply in his heart – she just has no idea. Mystery and murder are synonymous with his name but few truly know the heart of this man. Torn between showing Sarah who he was and who he is he’s sworn to keep Sarah captive until he completes his mission…no matter what the sacrifices required.
“I never know what I want more, to pull her apart piece by piece or beg her to put me back together. Neither will be gentle.”
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up this book. What I got was a tautly woven story of suspense, mystery, betrayal, anger, hurt, hate and love all rolled up in an intricate riddle that kept me turning the pages well into the night and early hours of the morning. Superbly placed flashbacks dole out a trail of crumbs leading you through the maze of information and intrigue playing out in the present. The push/pull between Julian and Sarah is a palpable longing and unwanted complication for Sarah that had me raging and submitting right along with her. The seductive pull Julian has over Sarah juxtaposed with the push she feels for freedom – escape – had me dying for the rest of the pieces to come together revealing the truth behind all of the secrets I’d learned. My emotions were all over the place alternating between wanting Julian to capture the heart of his captive and then Sarah to escape and find her happiness – her freedom and then hoping that just maybe she could find her escape in Julian’s arms. The twist had my heart breaking for them both and completed the puzzle at just the right time, pulling all the pieces together and making me root for their fight to overcome the odds against them. There were a lot of pieces in this book. Ms. Bardan did an excellent job of pacing and plotting; I never felt lost in the story.
“Don’t say I didn’t warn you, baby.”
On the surface you think this story starts as a masquerade of fantasy, the innocent princess and the king of darkness stowed on a tropical island, but once the mask starts to slip the layers and depth of the painful and heartbreaking connection between Julian and Sarah captured my attention totally investing me in their troubled and absorbing journey to Happily Ever After. I highly recommend this tale of a mysterious King and his beloved captive and cannot wait for the next puzzle Ms. Bardan creates.
“Loved her without her understanding how or why. Loved her when there was hope and when there was not. Loved her even when loving meant destroying everything else.”
K’s Category: 1st date, never read author previously
Sex: Yes, descriptive
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.
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