Captive romance mania!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌏🌍🌎🌍
Character development: 😌🤓😬😯🤗
The heroine: Dr. Sara Cobakis – she is sleep deprived, something happened to her husband George in some sort of auto accident. Sara feels a great deal of guilt over the accident. The whole thing about her husband is confusing at first. It is like he is in hiding or something.
The Hero(es): Peter Sokolov – he and his team are assassins that get over a million dollars a job. They are wanted by international authorities and between jobs they have been working through a list of people they are getting revenge on.
The Story: The book starts with the Hero suffering the loss of his wife and young son. At that time he worked for a special unit of the Spetsnaz, the Russian Special forces. In his job he did things like torture terrorists and his time with his wife and son kept some humanity in him. However, when they were taken from him, that died also and he lived for revenge
The book is in Dual POV and there were two narrators, neither of which I completely liked off the bat. I love a deep voice in a man and this guy had a very deep one, Though he sounded like he was a smoker, He had the kind of gravelly voice that isn’t sexy gravelly, but well past middle aged, longtime smoker gravelly. Though he did have a pretty good Russian accent There was nothing specific I didn’t like about the female narrator, but I think it was the way she spoke really fast and slowed down at the end of each sentence. It just didn’t sound natural.
Though it didn’t take too long to get used to the narration and the storylines were good. Anna Zaires does captive romance well and this one was all that and a bag of chips. It also included the characters from the Twist Me and the Capture Me trilogies. There is dubious consent, though I think that happens in many of the captive romance genre. There always seems to be the situation where the heroine wants to be intimate with the anti-hero, but she doesn’t want to want it. So despite her protestations, the intimacy happens and is justified because she technically wanted it even though she said she didn’t.
I must say though, I liked the dynamic between Peter and Sara. He knew early on that he loved her and though sometimes he wanted to hurt her, more often than not he treated her like a pampered princess. He did things like cook for her, brushed her hair, bathed her and more. Sara fought against his overwhelming possessiveness, but later admits she likes pain and being forced sometimes because of the guilt she feels for the feelings she has for Peter, who was a criminal.
I liked the love story and how it went. I like dark romance and captive romance. I like to read for enjoyment and don’t really like it when reviewers expect authors to set a good example by writing everything in a politically correct manner. We don’t expect that of authors of thrillers, murder mysteries, crime novels or other book types so why should we expect it of romance authors.
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