Captive by A.D. Robertson

CAPTIVE
Captive by A.D. Robertson
Publisher: Dutton/Penquin
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (306 pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Stephantois

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

Having not read the Nightshade young adult novels by this author, I had to get quickly caught up with the paranormal world of Captive. There’s lots going on in the beginning of the story and the author does a good job filling you in on some of the paranormal elements and characters, like the Keepers and Searchers.

I loved the setting which the author conveyed perfectly to set up the danger and intrigue in this story. It reminded me of some of the older gothic novels I’d read many years ago. Tristan is a sexy hero, who comes across as a nice guy even when he discovers the heroine, and intruder, Sarah, naked on his bed.

There’s nothing quite like a romance between two sworn enemies and that’s exactly what you get with Captive. The paranormal world set up by the author is also fascinating with its wolves and witches.

It’s a page turner and I continued on just to see what happened between the two main characters. I’m not sure if there will be more books for adults in the Nightshade series, but it will be fun to check back to see where the author goes from here.

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