“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.”
I have never, read NEVER ever uttered the words “that steamy scene was wonderful.” Ever. And I read a TON of New Adult. Captive had the one and only steamy scene I would deem wonderful. Perfect.
Let’s rewind first.
Captive is a weirdly captivating story of Madison, who is kidnapped by Ghost for some unknown reason (but he has no intention of hurting her). After a series of small events, they grow closer to each other. Pretty plain and simple.
The alternating POV between Madison and Ghost was what you would expect in New Adult (with the exception of Jay Crownover, who alternates every single chapter in each of her books). Madison tells the majority of the story and Ghost fills in details on his end. Captive really is Madison’s show, as it should be considering SHE is the one who’s been kidnapped. The steamy scenes are told in both perspectives and Ghost fills in some of the back story of the kidnapping at the beginning, which you kinda need in order to understand what’s going on.
Ghost is such a steamy character, I can’t even describe the swoons you are about to get! He actually cares about Madison and the change in him is slow so nothing feels really rushed. Plus…he gives hope to all us “bigger” girls out there. Its odd to find a book written about a girl who isn’t a size 0. Madison is worried about her weight and how she looks around him!! Such a realistic change and I loved it.
Madison goes from a “weak” and lost girl to a strong woman throughout the book. She deals with her family the way I’d think I would. You’d do anything for them, even if its destroying you in the process. She handled everything that is thrown at her with grace and strength and didn’t expect anyone to rescue her from her circumstances at home.
Plus that ending!! No spoilers, but that ending was FLAWLESS. Cheers to both characters for all that. Realistic and exactly what you wanted for them, especially Madison. It wasn’t expected, and didn’t feel rushed in anyway. I usually have the comment “and then we hit the ‘well its time to wrap this us!’ Moment and it’ so infuriating!” But I didn’t have that comment about Captive!! Seriously guys, it just flowed. It flowed how you would want a New Adult novel to flow. Nice and smooth with lots of steam and even more feelings. Plus you’ll get the feels, and you’ll even hit a point where you don’t want this to end (its about 60-70% of the way through, just as a heads up!) And that’s what makes Captive a great New Adult read.
In case I haven’t stated it enough, I loved this!! I loved Ghost and wish I had one for myself (sorry hubs! I love you!) Because he is that wonderful. So many feels, so many swoons, such great characters and easy going writing that you can’t help but get wrapped up in it and never want it to end!
Flawless, I need to read more by Brighton Walsh immediately!!