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Captive by A.D. Robertson

September 25th, 2013 by Debbie's World of Books

Captive by A.D. Robertson

Source: Received for review

Publication date: October 22, 2013

Publisher: Dutton Adult

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Book summary from 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.

As mentioned in the book summary this takes place in Andrea Cremer’s Nightshade world and A.D. Robertson is a pen name she is using to write her adult series.  What I did find interesting after finishing Captive is that this is supposed to be an erotic series and at least for this first book I don’t see why.  If anything this book was much tamer than 80% of the romances I’ve read.  I’m not an expert on erotica but I have to admit I expected more.  While Tristan and Sarah have sex a lot it’s nothing beyond any other sexual encounter in your typical romance.

I also must say that I almost DNFed this book after reading the first couple chapters because there was a sex scene that was so painful to read.  The language used was crude and felt so forced like the author wanted to make a point that “Hey, this isn’t a YA novel!”.   I ended up pushing through in hopes that the book would improve and it did.  It never really reached the wow level for me but it was a pleasant read.

Tristan definitely grew on me, not so much because he bowled me over as a sexy hero but more so because he earned my sympathy for the life he had been dealt.  He’s basically forced into a role many women have found themselves in as basically a brood mare (or in his case a breeding stallion).  While he’s naive about a lot that is going on under his own roof it makes his character that much more real because he is truly like a sheltered child.  His personal Guardian Seamus also intrigued me and I came to adore him.

Sarah on the other hand has yet to truly grab me.  She’s not a bad character but I don’t really feel strongly about her one way or another.  Hopefully she will grow in the next two books and make her a more memorable heroine.

I will probably read the rest of this series but it’s not high on my must read list.

Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Romance

One Response

  1. Ann @ Blogging-Profits-Unleashed

    Sorry this one wasn’t as great as the others, but it still sounds good.

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