captive book coverReviewed by Melanie Kline

Madison Frost is miserable. She makes every attempt to make herself invisible to those around her at school, in public–basically anywhere she goes. At home, she is already invisible to her parents. Her immensely dysfunctional family includes an alcoholic, pill-popping mother and a father who hardly ever comes home from work. On the rare occasion that he does show up, he turns a blind eye on the entire situation. Madison feels helpless, useless and cannot wait to escape her situation. Unfortunately, guilt keeps her there day after day, making sure that her mother doesn’t overdose or cause herself even more harm.

Imagine Madison’s surprise when she is kidnapped by a huge, frightening man who is as sinfully gorgeous as he is terrifying. Who would want her kidnapped? And an even better question…who would be willing to pay the ransom? Terrified but intrigued, Madison studies not only her situation but also her captor, “Ghost”, waiting and biding her time to make an escape.

Captive becomes much more predictable once Madison makes her escape attempt – which of course fails – and she and Ghost begin talking and getting to know each other better. Both find themselves falling for the other against all odds and rationality. As a reader, I felt as though I fell straight into a Harlequin romance. The predictability multiplies until until Madison and Ghost finally admit their feelings and sleep together. At that point, the book finally moves on.

Once back on track, Captive presents another twist. We find out who actually arranged for Madison’s kidnapping and why and the story regains some of its credibility.

I’d recommend Captive to anyone who doesn’t mind the typical romance, or is looking for a quick easy read that doesn’t require their full attention. The book showed great promise, but I would have preferred the midpoint of the story to be more interesting and much less predictable.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by St. Martin’s Griffin. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.