What if there were a world separate from ours, a spirit world with an alternate history differing from our own? What if a select few had the power to cross over into this world - or cause others to cross over? This is one of the central themes of this dark, ambitious erotic adventure. A group of young women find themselves stranded in a world much like our own, yet with serious, terrifying differences. In this spirit world, the Indian Wars of the American plains appear to have either not been fought, or the victors turned out to be much different than those of our official known history. The story follows the efforts of these stranded women to get back home, and in the meantime, adapt to life in a land strictly controlled by the Wehali tribe.
This fascinating premise serves as the backdrop for this capture/non-consent erotic romance. The setting allows the author to explore the erotic possibilities of a Native American dominated West that other stories merely hint at. The author's exploration of these possibilities is well written, hot, and occasionally disturbing. Like several of Ms. Smith's other stories, the villains in Captive Travelers are sometimes difficult to pin down, with mysterious, ambiguous motivations. This fact allows the reader a chance to "fill in the blanks" somewhat, and is a sign of a writer comfortable with her plot and narrative.
The sexual content of the story is very graphic and explicit; no purple prose here! You'll find yourself looking up more than one Native American word in this one, and either blushing or cringing at their definitions:) The excellent prologue probably has the harshest of the sexual content, so a potential reader who likes the prologue will not be put off by the content in the rest of the book. As in much of Ms. Smith's darker BDSM erotica, there is in addition to plenty of M/F sex, quite a bit of F/F interaction as well, some of it quite harsh. There is some whipping, spanking, humiliation and even some dehumanization. However, considering what really sometimes happened to captives of Native American tribes, the content here is nowhere near as grim as "real life". It should be noted that this is first and foremost a capture/non-consent tale, so those readers averse to such themes may not be comfortable with this one. For those that enjoy this particular genre, the capture scenes in this story are masterpieces, fair crackling with sexual tension; alone these scenes are easily worth the price of admission. For those readers looking for HEA/HFN, but who are not fans of capture/non-con, there is something for them as well if they can stick around through the darker content.
Adventurous erotic romance readers looking for an unconventional setting, evocative description, gripping action, and sizzling sexuality, will find Captive Travelers to be a most interesting read. Enjoy!