Mar 24, 2015

Review: Captive by Brighton Walsh

Title: Captive
Author: Brighton Walsh
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: 3.24.2015
Pages: 288
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Series: Captive #1
Source: ARC from publisher

Rating: 4 ½ Stars

Summary (from Goodreads):
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.

Oh, Brighton Walsh, can I keep you? Please? Because your books are the stuff dreams are made of, and CAPTIVE is just another fantastic, wonderful addition to the book world.

It’s no secret I’m a huge Brighton Walsh fan, but she warned me prior to starting CAPTIVE that it was nothing like her last book. CAPTIVE is darker with harder characters and morally ambiguous scenarios and maybe a little Stockholm syndrome thrown in for good measure.

Madison is trapped in her life—her parents are absent and aloof, her father drowning himself in work and her mother drowning herself in anything with alcohol content. Madison struggles to be the good girl but it’s slowly killing her.

Enter Ghost who kidnaps her. Yes, kidnaps her. He takes her to a cabin and locks her away in the woods against her will. And of course sparks fly in true Walsh fashion. Ghost is complex and so layered and one of the better heroes I’ve read in a long time. He’s rough and gentle all at the same time, in all the right ways.

I absolutely loved this story. It’s addictive and full of mystery and suspense and some seriously hot scenes. Madison and Ghost balance each other wonderfully. This book just further cements my love of all things Brighton Walsh.
Buy: Captive


  1. This sounds so interesting! Totally unlike anything I've ever read before, but I think I might check it out. Been reading really good reviews. I've been hearing a lot about Captive in the Dark as well which seems super heavy, but this one sounds like it might be a bit lighter than that. I figure if I can handle this one, I can probably handle Captive in the Dark.

  2. Kidnapped? What in the world? Ghost...that's naughty!


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