Book Review and Author Q&A – Captive by Brighton Walsh

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Book Review and Author Q&A – Captive by Brighton Walsh Title: Captive
Author: Brighton Walsh
Publisher by: St. Martin's Press
Published on: March 24, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
Page Count: 286
Format: eARC
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Related Books: Caged In Winter, Tessa Ever After, Exposed

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.

Juliana’s Review

Brighton Walsh has definitely become one of my new goto authors. Her stories are always enjoyable and beautifully written. Captive is no exception to that.

Madison Frost has been captivity long before she is kidnapped by the sexy and scary Ghost. Dealing with her alcoholic mother and having an uncaring father has left her the sole bearer of keeping up her families facade plus keep her mother alive. She smart, resourceful and caring but incredibly lonely.

Ghost is smart, cold, calculating and damn good at his job. A kidnapper for hire, he will do whatever ever needs to be done as long as there is payday at the end. His goal is to keep him and his brother, Riley, with a roof over their head. He feels he serves no other purpose but to be the “bad guy” which makes him completely overlook the fact that he is a talented artist. His guilt weighs on him for not giving his brother a better life with choices that are better than the illegal world of kidnapping.

Little did Madison and Ghost know that meeting, even under the worst of circumstances, would change both their lives forever.

I do love the style and writing of Brighton Walsh. Her characters are always real, honest and down to earth. Her heroes are tough, sexy men who borderline a**hole at times but know when the woman is worth them being different for. With Captive being in dual POV you really get to understand where both characters are coming from. The story could be predictable at times and but it also kept me turning the pages. I wanted to know what happened and Brighton has a way of making any story flow effortlessly. Her stories never feel forced or rushed and carry just enough attention to detail.

I do have to say the one thing that always keeps me coming back when it comes to Brighton is her heroes. I love them and Ghost was no exception to the rule. He and Madison have serious sexual chemistry. I know that it far-fetched that given how these two meet and the short time they spend together this wouldn’t play out the way it did but I did not care! Nope, not one bit. I want them to get it on and I just couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. I was totally riding the Ghost train ’til the end.

In the end, this was another great read for me from Ms. Walsh. I am very excited not only to read Exposed which is Riley’s story but also Tessa’s story in Tessa Ever After. Seems it’s time for the siblings to get their sexy times in Brighton’s worlds.


Cezanne’s Review

Captive is suspenseful, engaging, delightfully sexy, and gripping.

Madison Frost is a smart, quiet, 20 year old college student. She has everything one could hope for, but she’s desperate to escape her life. Though she is surround by people she lives a lonely existence. Her mother is an alcoholic and his father is more interested in his work and making money, then he is in his family. She’s had to put her whole life on hold to care for her mother. Other than her family maid, she has no friends or companionship. She wants so much more for her life.

Without exception, without pause. I never took her for a fighter, and I’d be willing to bet no one else ever had, either.

Ghost is mysterious, edgy, and down right sexy. He’s a kidnapper for hire and takes on illicit jobs to help support his brother, Riley, and himself. It’s not the life he wants but it’s the life that he knows, and he’s damned good at it. When he’s hired to kidnap Madison, he thinks it will be like any other job, but he couldn’t be more wrong. It ends up changing everything……for them both.

“You know better than anyone that people aren’t always what they seem. There’s more than what you see at first glance.”

Madison, though inexperienced in life, was very perceptive and had a quiet strength. Ghost was dangerously sexy, yet you wanted to get to know him. Even with the short time they are together, you could still feel the connection that they were forming. It didn’t seem too rushed, or cliche, it somehow felt right.

This was written flawlessly and it held my attention from the very beginning. Brighton’s characters always seem to draw you in. There is a depth and vulnerability to her characters that help them come across real and relatable. I loved the suspenseful element and while at times it could be a predictable it did not take away from my enjoyment. There were some intense moments and I had so many questions and suspicions. I absolutely loved this story, and I’m truly looking forward to Riley’s book.


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– Captive is not your typical “boy meets girl” romance, where did the idea for Ghost and Madison’s story come from?

My editor at SMP approached me with the hook—the hero is hired to kidnap the heroine and they fall in love in captivity. From there, I built the characters and the surrounding plot, but the basis was from that little sentence.

– Ghost does not start as the male lead people want to root for, how hard was it humanize him and were you afraid readers would not be able to connect or find the story believable given how they meet?

It was really hard. If you think he’s difficult to root for now, you should’ve read the early versions. LOL I had to go back in and soften some of his edges, because initially, he wasn’t a hero I was able to fall in love with. And if I couldn’t, I knew readers wouldn’t be able to either.

As far as believability, I worked really hard to make sure I addressed all the concerns within the text so the readers could see Madison was making a cognizant decision. I also used time to my advantage…and that’s all I’ll say so as not to spoil. ☺

— Lightening Round —

1. What can’t you live without while writing?

My Plot Whisperer

2. Weirdest or funniest thing a fan/reviewer has even said or asked you?

I haven’t really had any super weird or funny things asked of me. You guys better step up your game!

3. I cannot leave the house without…

Lip Smackers

4. Favorite movie?

Of all time, ever?! This is impossible.

5. Favorite music?

I prefer mellow, female singers with an indie folk vibe

6. Favorite food?

Desserts. Yes, that wide range because I will eat and love them all.

7. Favorite alcoholic drink?

Milky way martini

8. Describe yourself in 3 words?

Sarcastic, tenacious, fun

9. Describe your books in 3 words?

Sweet, real, sexy

About Brighton Walsh

Brighton Walsh spent nearly a decade as a professional photographer before deciding to take her storytelling in a different direction and reconnect with her first love: writing. When she’s not pounding away at the keyboard, she’s probably either reading or shopping—maybe even both at once. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and two children, and, yes, she considers forty degrees to be hoodie weather. Her home is the setting for frequent dance parties, Lego battles, and more laughter than she thought possible.
Her debut novel, Caged in Winter, will be released with Berkley/Penguin on November 4, 2014. She is represented by Mandy Hubbard of D4EO Literary Agency.