Captive by Brighton Walsh
Series: Captive #1
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance, Suspense
Publication date: March 24, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Format: eARC, 288 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
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He’s the most dangerous man she’s ever met…and she’s falling in love with him.
Madison Frost is desperate to escape her life. Daughter of a prominent businessman, she has everything a girl could ask for. Except for a family who’s present in her life, and anyone to talk to outside the four walls of the prison she calls home. Madison dreams of one day leaving her life behind. She never thought being kidnapped is how it would happen.
Now she’s being held captive by a man who’s as frightening as he is sinfully gorgeous. Enormous, muscular, and filled with secrets, the man they call Ghost is an enigmatic mercenary, and Madison is trapped with him. She doesn’t know who hired him or why, but the more time she spends at his mercy, the more she realizes he’s not what he seems. Beneath his rough exterior lies an unexpected gentleness and a heart as broken and battered as her own.
But as Madison lets down her walls, Ghost holds tight to his, hiding secrets that could destroy everything.
This isn’t the first time I’ve read a book with a similar setup, but this is one of the best of the bunch. Everything about Captive, ahem, captivated me.
The characters are what made this book so special for me. I related to Madison immediately. No, I didn’t grow up a rich girl in a dysfunctional family, but it didn’t matter. Her self-esteem issues and need to put others in front of her own well-being are things I understand well. Ghost/Gage was incredible in his own right. He might have been tough on the outside, but he was caring, protective and sweet underneath. I adored them at the beginning, but felt so much more for them at the end. Their character growth was wonderful.
As fantastic as Madison and Ghost/Gage were on their own, together they were that much better. I loved how, despite their unconventional situation, they bonded with each other easily. The more they got to know each other and realized they weren’t quite as dissimilar as they might have thought. While from different sides of the track, so to speak, they both knew what it was like to be abandoned by their parents. The situations were different, of course, but the outcome still the same. Watching them open up to each other and truly begin to trust and care for each other was one of my favorite things about this book. And, most of all, I loved how their time together shaped each of their futures.
I might not have cried during this book, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t plenty of feels. The sexual tension and eventually romance was swoony and sexy. (And, my word, their encounters were HOT.) I enjoyed the added suspense and unexpected twists and turns that kept me on my toes. I definitely finished this book with a big, goofy grin on my face.
I’m just gonna go ahead and add Brighton Walsh to my “can do no wrong” author list. I fell head over heels for her characters and storytelling in her Caged in Winter series and the same happened here with Madison and Ghost/Gage. While I’m anxiously awaiting her future books, I’ll be working her backlist into my reading schedule. She’s absolutely one of my go-to authors now. If you’re not reading her, you’re missing out.
Is it time for Riley’s book, Exposed, yet?
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.