“Can’t help who you fall in love with, princess.”
SQUEEEE!!!!! I loved this book!!!
Willing Captive was the perfect blend of sexy, sweet, hilarious and deeply emotional. Both heartbreaking and heartwarming, it made me laugh, cry, and swoon!! It’s a standalone romance with a gorgeous, broody, protective Alpha hero, a sarcastic, no-nonsense, awesome heroine and a fun, action-packed, romantic plot.
I highly recommend it for everyone!! 5 stars all the way!
The first thing you should know is that this is not a dark romance. Trust me. I promise. Swear. Cross my heart. This is not a captivity-themed book at all. Think more along the lines of a “witness protection” type storyline instead. The hero is a genuinely a protector 😉
The story follows Lily who, thanks to her over protective family, has grown up leading a very sheltered life. But when things go south at her dad’s work, she suddenly finds herself kidnapped… for her own protection.
The mask he wears is back and looks to be leather too… it looks very steam-punk, and if I’d seen him on the street and not in my room being all creepy and shit, I would ask him where he got it… When another identically dressed, masked man appears, only bigger and taller, I figure I’m screwed. Well, that’s that. Goodbye cruel world. Be sure to fuck thyself on the way out.
Blindfolded and whisked away from her family, Lily finds it hard to believe that this was done with her best interest at heart and it takes her a while to accept their claims.
He leans back in his chair and states, “You haven’t been kidnapped, Delilah.”
Eyes wide, I lift my face to look into his and ask, “Who are you?”
Hottie’s lip twitches. “The person who just saved your life, baby.”
What the mother fuck?
But the more she learns about the people who took her, the more she realizes that they’re not bad guys and the head honcho, Nox, in particular has quite the soft spot underneath his tough exterior. But still…
I swear this guy must’ve been conceived though backdoor action. There’s no way being that much of an asshole is natural.
Nox was just plain awesome!! Big, badass and broody, he was a natural protector and the despite not being thrilled about his new ‘babysitting’ job, soon began to warm up to the snarky, sarcastic girl he’d be assigned to protect.
“You’re not going to die.”
“What makes you so sure?”
His lip tilts at the corner and he says, “There’s a reason I’m cocky, princess.”
The story is told in alternating POVs so we got both the badass side and and the snarky heroine side of everything. I will admit though that there were a few things here and there that didn’t fully add up to me if I thought about them too hard but nothing that brought away from my enjoyment of the story and, as you can see from the 5 star rating, there was nothing that affected my rating either.
Lily’s point of view had me in stitches!! I swear, at least one thing on every page either made me smile, laugh out loud, or ungracefully spray tea all over my eReader. Don’t judge. You’ll do it too 😉
While the first half was an awesome, fun, almost ‘lighter’ reading experience, the story was also really well balanced out by some deeply emotional developments in the second half of the story that added a lot of heart and was what made my rating jump from a happy 4.5 to a full 5 stars.
The overall pacing was excellent!! The romance was always there but there was no insta-love at all and the banter between Nox and Lily while they were at each other’s throats was just downright awesome! And this non-rushed progression this also made it so that by the time they actually started falling for each other, it and really felt believable while keeping a smile on my face.
My eyes flutter open. I try to turn, but it seems this bed has seat belts. Looking down, I see the seat belt is actually a muscular arm winches around my waist… I realize someone is breathing into my neck and wiggling closer to me. Deeper into my butt…
“Is that what I think it is?”
My drooling brain replied, “It’s early, we have a hard-on pressed against our ass, and a delicious man in our bed. I’m out.” Then it disconnects.
Oh and the sexy-times?? They were scorching!!! Hot, steamy, emotional and left me fanning myself!
The last 20% of the book really just took the story to the next level!! Heartbreaking, emotional, wonderful!! It gave me shivers, I totally squeed right out loud (several times) and even shed a tear or two. I absolutely loved how the ending took it’s time and was not at all rushed giving us the time to bask in the happy and soak in every moment of hard earned joy.
“Doesn’t matter where you are, baby. I’ll come for you… I’ll come for you.”
Willing Captive had it all — swoon, laughs, deep emotion, and a beautiful romance!! It was a perfectly paced story that gave me everything I look for in a book. You know when you finish a book and you just know that it was a 5 star read?? That happened here. Total book high! I loved it 🙂
“His arms cinch around my waist and he buries his face into my neck. He says a muffled, “Don’t wanna let you go.”
My heart swells, I whisper back, “Then don’t.”
If you’re looking for a fun, exciting, romantic read that’ll bring a smile to your face, having you fanning yourself and even likely make you shed a tear or two, then pick this one up!!
- Buy WILLING CAPTIVE (Kindle) – standalone romance
Loved this book too. I bought it cause it was on your list and it was so good. I agree its not a dark kidnapping story it was a kidnapping story with a nice twist.
You’ll laugh and you’ll cry but you’ll be glad you went on the journey with the characters.
Nox was too hot to resist.
You won’t regret picking this one up.
YAY! I’m so glad you loved it!! Thanks for adding in your recommendation 😀
Another spot-on review/recommendation from you on this book. I absolutely loved it.
This is exactly why I check your site for reviews before I purchase anything … you have never lead me astray.
Jennifer Breland says
Thanks for another great review, I agree with you on this book It is so sweet, and also an emotional roller coaster, lol!!! I recommend it highly too…..
Very welcome 😀
Marcela Pereira says
I am so freaking excited right now! I totally want to read it RIGHT NOW! Boo to our long-never-ending to-be-read lists! haha!
I’ve read this book twice now, and am yet to find another that i like as much. Any recommendations guys?
Lynne Brigman says
Wow awesome review makes me want to read this book as soon as possible.