Thursday, September 18, 2014

Review: Captured Box Set

Captured Box Set
by Opal Carew, Cathryn Fox, Eve Langlais, T.J. Michaels, Sharon Page, S.E. Smith, and Pepper Winters, along with Teresa Morgan and Mandy Rosko.
Genre: Alpha Males
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CAPTURED is a steamy collection from today's hottest authors featuring 9 sexy bad boys trying to capture your heart, every way they know how.  New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors Opal Carew, Cathryn Fox, Eve Langlais, T. J. Michaels, Sharon Page, S.E. Smith, and Pepper Winters, along with Teresa Morgan and Mandy Rosko bring you nine tales of sensual seduction featuring alpha male heroes determined to have their way, and willing to do anything to get it, even if that means a little seductive persuasion...

DEBT OF HONOR by Opal Carew
Held captive by a domineering sheikh… and made to pay for a crime she did not commit

YOURS TO TAKE by Cathryn Fox
Revenge takes on a sexy twist when a powerhouse lawyer is stripped of her control by the handsome multi-millionaire she once took down in the courtroom.

Fall in love? Never! An alien assassin turned pirate has no use for an emotion he can't sell, but that doesn't stop him from falling for the human he captures.

JAGUAR’S RULE by T. J. Michaels
After an irresistible night of passion with Reya, Aaron James longs to hold her close forever. Little does he know that the tall, sleek beauty has a carnal secret—and he's the one who needs protection. 

The last thing Maxine Foss ever expected was to be handcuffed to a sexy, but crazy, guy who claims he's an Arabian prince... and is determined to seduce her. Best. Abduction. Ever.

FAST AND MINE by Sharon Page 
College student Claire gets lessons in seduction from sexy, hot street bike racer, Sawyer. But when she’s kidnapped by his psychotic sponsor to force him to race, can Sawyer save her and win her heart?

BURNS LIKE FIRE by Mandy Rosko
Jack Marilla is out for revenge for the deaths of his family, and the burn scars that cover his body. To get it, he has to hunt down the woman he used to love, the paranormal fire starter who set his house ablaze with him, and his family, locked inside of it. When he catches her, however, he faces his biggest challenge yet. To not believe her when she claims to be innocent, or fall for her seduction..

DEBT INHERITANCE by Pepper Winters
Jethro Hawk receives Nila as an inheritance present on his twenty-ninth birthday. Her life is his until she’s paid off a debt that’s centuries old. He can do what he likes with her—nothing is out of bounds—she has to obey.  There are no rules. Only payments..

My Rating:

 Favorite Quotes:

“He looked so elegant in his dark grey suit, so refined with the glint of diamond on his lapel.  Why did someone so horrid look so beautiful?  It wasn’t fair.  Nature’s cruel irony.  In jungles, birds died from being attracted to the gleam of cavernous flowers.  In rainforests, snakes and omnivores succumbed to toxin-riddled jeweled frogs.

Beauty was the ultimate arsenal.  Beauty was meant to deceive.  It was meant to trick and beguile so their prey never saw death coming.”

“Coldness etched his gaze.
Aloofness whispered from his posture.
Calculation radiated from his every pore.
I’d never been so intimidated or so intimately challenged.”

My Review:

I have no problem with BDSM, or consensual play taken to extremes with safe words, but I personally despise sadism and abuse.  I am desperately hoping our Mr. Hawk doesn’t turn out to be a true sadist, but he is monster none the less.  This book made me a bit uncomfortable, as I was afraid for our inexperienced and naïve heroine, who is essentially kidnapped into slavery and threatened with all forms of abuse, and ultimately death.  Thankfully, since this volume appears to be more about setting the stage, the abuse wasn’t extreme, but the potential is there, and the story to come will undoubtedly walk the edge. 
Oddly enough, there was no actual sex in this volume, although there was handling and fondling, as well as an unusual scene of serial licking as she served a group/gang of men dinner, which was then followed by a public display of Mr. Hawk’s oral skills.  The general tone seemed to be more of preparing and tearing her down emotionally, so there was considerable humiliation, and repeated threats of sexual abuse, and obviously considerable plans for sexual slavery in the future.  Our little heroine shocks herself in her self-discoveries, and finds a backbone at the oddest times, yet lacks one when she needs it.  But, don’t we all? 

The writing is descriptive and kept me involved, although I found I was often holding my breath, or taut and on edge.  I frequently needed to take breaks while reading, to get a cool drink, take a breath, or unclench my jaw.  I have never read a book quite like this before, so I am struggling to accurately identify the genre.  The synopsis calls it an erotic romance… I guess I missed something as while our tender and nearly virginal little heroine started off hoping for a date, I didn’t see one iota of romance occurring on these pages… but maybe that will come later.  A gal can always hope…

Empress DJ

Things take a turn for the worse when Riley St. Claire is kidnapped by aliens and forced to choose a mate. The problem is, it would have been better, and safer, for the aliens if they had left Riley back on Earth.

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