Monday, October 21, 2013

CAPTIVE: The Forbidden Side of Nighshade by A.D. Robertson (Andrea Cremer), Book Review

By: A.D. Robertson
Published by: Penguin
Released on: October 22nd, 2013
Source: arc from BEA
5 Stars: I Loved It
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The first adult novel set in the world of the New York Timesbestselling Nightshade series, Captive delivers a steamy, forbidden romance between sworn enemies drawn together by an irrepressible desire.

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, Captivedelves deeply into the fiery, illicit romance of two young lovers whose very desires invite their doom

A captivating read! Fueled by love, laced with magic, and embedded with danger, CAPTIVE is a spell binding read that will leave paranormal romance fans wanting more.

A.D. Robertson knows how to write fantasy, sizzling character chemistry and create a world just as in enchanting as it is dangerous. Filled with romance, passion, magic and plenty of danger, CAPTIVE  The Forbidden Side of Nightshade gives fans of Andrea Cremer's YA series NIGHTSHADE, and readers new to Robertson's writing something to love. Really fans of adult and paranormal romance are going to love this read.

I have long been a fan of A.D. Robertson's YA series, which is written under Andrea Cremer. Many of the things I loved about her YA books I found present in CAPTIVE, but taken up a few more notches to the adult level. While this book is set in the Nightshade world, it is not for the younger crowd.  It's swoonworthy, sexy, passionate, and hot. From her characters, to her world building, the story arc, the writing, fantasy elements and of course the sexy times, this is one book I could definitely classify as a Mundie Moms guilty pleasure. You don't have to read A.D. Robertson's young adult series to follow along and understand everything that's going on in this book. Robertson does a beautiful job at creating an world that fans of that series will love being back in, and new fans won't get enough of.

CAPTIVE's story is about Sarah, the fearless, intelligent, and tough Searcher who's sent on a quest, which leads her right to Tristan, a Keeper. Or should I say right into his arms.  Okay, if only it were that easy...... The fates definitely had a hand in Sarah becoming Tristan's prisoner. While Sarah is the brave beauty, Tristan is the lone man on the island. This incredibly powerful Keeper has been living alone for the most part on an island, though not by choice. Well he does have a pack of wolves/shifters with him, and a few others who tend to him and the castle in which he lives in. I couldn't help but wonder why after all the times he's dreamt of leaving the island he never did. It should have been impossible for Sarah to enter his land, though as I said, fate had a hand in this, and as the story goes on, readers see just how complex trying to escape the island is. We also learn what has happened to those who tried to set foot on it (shivers).

Sarah stole the show for me in CAPTIVE.  She is the essence of everything I love in a strong female lead. She is incredibly strong, smart, beautiful, embraces her sensuality, isn't afraid to stand her ground, and state her feelings, and thinks things through before she acts. She's also brave. Tristan doesn't quite stand up to her par, though I did like his character. I just didn't feel he had all the strong qualities that she does, but he does have his strengths. Aside for his respect for Sarah, I liked that he listened to her, and he didn't push her. Most importantly there is the scene of their first meeting that made me respect him the most. When you read that scene you'll know what I'm talking about. Now I will say neither of these characters opens right up to each other. They are enemies. If you're read Roberton's YA series you'll know the Searchers and Keepers have a history together, and Captive gives us even more of the history of these two powerful characters. Over a period of time they learn to not only trust each other, but trust their feelings for each other.

Who doesn't love a romance that not only full fills an ancient prophecy, it's centered on two forbidden star crossed lovers? Well we all know what happens when you put two forbidden lovers who's romance has to remain a secret on a page together. More than sparks fly. These two not only have a hot, and I do mean hot chemistry, they have passion and then some. Robertson knows how to write a sizzling character chemistry. It's one of the many things I have loved about your young adult series, but what Sarah and Tristan have is taking to a whole new adult level. Hence this book being a guilty pleasure. This book isn't all about the the hot moments these two characters share together.

CAPTIVE has an incredibly strong story line. There's a lot of history, great side characters that I wanted to get to know a little more, and a fabulous world. Robertson created this captivating world that's both a mix of the old world, and the new. That mix worked perfectly for this book. The fantasy elements, legends, and magic only added to the alluring story. CAPTIVE has it all. This is book I thoroughly enjoyed from the moment I started to the wee hours in the morning when I finished it. I highly recommend picking this book up!

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