Nobody does dark captive romance like Pepper Winters!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌏🌍🌏🌍🌎
Character development: 🤭😮🥰
The heroine: Gemma – a rock climber who found success on social media. She has over 3 million followers and is a self made millionaire. She likes to go to out of the way places and film herself free climbing difficult rocks, mountains and cliffs. She gained popularity after free climbing a moss covered waterfall cliff.
The Hero: Kassen – He lives in a hidden and camouflaged mansion in a forgotten forest in Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky, and has been cursed since birth. He has spent his life alone and likes it that way. He reads everything in the library at his home, and goes for long runs to release pent up energy.
The Story: Gemma hears about a huge boulder that nobody has ever climbed which was found by some hikers and posted on social media. She wants to be the first to climb it and record her climb. So she drives to Mammoth Cave National Park and goes deep into the forest off the beaten path where she comes across a hidden mansion that looked abandoned. She decides to check it out. She can’t believe the splendor on the inside which was so incongruous to the dilapidated looking exterior.
The book was told in dual points of view and narrated by Tor Thom and Charley Ongel. I think this is the first time I have listened to Charley Ongel, but she has a clear intelligent sounding voice and her reading had terrific inflection and cadence. Tor Thom has a super deep voice and almost sounds a bit fantastical which is perfect for a “beast” like character which Kassen certainly is. And I really enjoyed Tor Thom’s strikingly sinister intonation for Kassan’s inner voice. I also loved the fact that the narrators voiced their own parts in every chapter no matter whose POV it was, so I didn’t have to listen to the male doing the female voice and vice versa.
I just love Pepper Winters captive romance. I have read more than a few of her books in the past and loved them all. I also have bought a some more of her series and plan to read them as well. I sort of have to be in the mood for a captive romance, since they are a bit grating on my nerves at time (in good ways), because they get my mind working since I get so frustrated with the men in them until they finally fall in love and see the light.
What frustrates me but also what I like about them is the fact that they think keeping a woman against her will is ok. Not to mention the idea of force and Stockholm Syndrome. I find myself wanting to say or do certain things if I was in the heroine’s place. Though that is what is so good about these books as well and Pepper Winters is so good at making me feel so many emotions about the story.
This one also had the mystery of the Kassen’s “curse”, his mansion, his past and his scars, which he gives glimpses of from time to time. I will be moving on right away to the next two books for sure.
I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.
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