Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Captive (Captive, #1) by Brighton Walsh ~ Review & Giveaway

Source:  Received an eBook copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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.



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Everything I have read by this author has blown me away.  I loved Caged in Winter and Tessa Ever After.   Both are just so darn good.  But this one is a totally different animal.  It's not a normal kinda love story.  And I must admit to being a bit nervous about reading it.  After all, how do you fall in love with someone holding you against your will?  Yeah, about that.

It's pretty darn easy to do when the guy is Ghost (I would call him his real name, but I'm feeling like you should learn that for yourself).  He may be holding her captive but the reasons why he took the job broke my heart.  And as he learns to respect and care for her, his protective side has me all kinds of tingly.  And lets just say that being kidnapped may have been the best thing that ever happened to this girl.

Madison's life has sucked for a very long time.  Homeschooled and struggling socially, she has an image issue.  She's prisoner to her circumstances.  Only the housekeeper seems to ever care about this girl.  So sad to be surrounded by money but none of it doing one bit of good.  It certainly wasn't buying her family any happiness.

The full story of who and why was a puzzle that I had figured out most of but how that knowledge would effect Madison and Ghost was a bit of surprise.  I wanted to step into the book and stop some of the pain before it happened.  I saw the train wreck coming.  I just had to hold on and keep reading.  Because I needed a happy for these two.  They deserved it so much.

This story is different.  It's compelling and addictive.  I gobbled it up in an evening.  But with so much New Adult out there to choose from these days, it had to find what to choose.  I recommend anything by this author.  She has NA down.  


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  1. Agreed! Brighton does NA right! Captive was so good and Ghost was yumm and I loved Madison! Great review!

  2. This book pique my interest with a love interest as a ghost sounds fun. It will be interesting to see how the story will develop around these individuals.

  3. I'm really looking forward to trying Captive! I've heard so many wonderful things about Brighton Walsh and this story just sounds like something I'll love :D Thank you for the review and giveaway!

  4. I keep seeing great things about it! Thanks for the chance!

  5. this looks and sounds very intriguing! Thanks so much for sharing :)

  6. I would like to read it because it is full of secrets. I just can't resist a book with secrets. Thanks for having the giveaway.

  7. Wow! This sounds like such a great book! I read and loved Caged in Winter! I'm going to have to check out this book. The fact that you gobbled it up in one evening tells me a lot! I like the mystery of the who and why. Madison sounds like a wonderful character, that I would feel really sad for too. I hope she got her HEA.

  8. I really love books that have to do with kidnapping, like Black Ice (one of my favorite books!) They're just so suspenseful!

  9. It's sounds like a very good romantic suspense that I'd enjoy! Thanks!

  10. I'd like to read Captive because it sounds suspenseful enough to keep my interest!

  11. I'd love to read about this dangerous man! Thanks for the great post!

  12. Looks good and she is a new author for me.

  13. This sounds very Stockholm syndrome-y, but I guess I'd need to know more about what's going on before I can make that statement. That's why I'd like to read this - I want to understand the relationship that forms between "victim" and "captor."

  14. Your review grabbed my interest, I really enjoy reads that are a bit different.

  15. I would love to read Captive because it sounds amazing!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  16. I thought the synopsis was really intriguing. I wonder what happens between Madison and Ghost in the story. Thank you for this amazing chance! :)