Title: King’s Captive
Author: Amber Bardan
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: 02-13-2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Dark Erotic Romance
Page Count: 252
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
For three years, I’ve belonged to Julius King.
Some people would think being stuck on a private island is heaven, but this is my hell.
Because I’m not here as a guest. Not even close. I’m a prisoner. I’m his.
Julius King. Powerful. Wealthy. Dangerous.
There are parts of me he wants that I can’t give him. When he looks at me, there are times I swear he sees someone else. And the scary part is that sometimes, when he touches me, I think he may be someone else, too.
Though my body might be tempted, and he might control everything else, I can’t let him have any piece of my heart. I won’t. But every day, the fight gets harder, and Julius manages to slip past my defenses in the most unexpected ways.
I have to find out the truth about Julius King. Even if it destroys me.
I picked up this book because I love a good dark romance, and the synopsis was equal parts vague and intriguing. Honestly, vague and intriguing describes the book. I spent much of the first half so confused, and you might just make you shake your Kindle and ask, WHO ARE YOU, PEOPLE? (No? Just me?) But let me tell you in the wise words of Dory, the fish: Just. Keep. Reading.
“I lift the delicate china teacup. My favorite—teal on the outside, white on the inside with a rose painted at the bottom.
Today there’s something dripping off the teal. Something red, something sticky. A coppery tang I already taste.
A few drops made it inside the cup.
Crimson blossoms in amber tea. I’ll never think of cold the same.”
Those were the opening paragraphs setting up the novel. When I read it, I dropped my chocolate croissant and was all: Wait, what?
I started speed reading. I had to know what happened, who Julius and Sarah were, how everything connected. Because of the structure of the story, I can’t describe much of the plot without spoilers. Most of this review are simply feelings I had reading it.
The first was confusion. Julius King has Sarah as his captive on his own private island, but we don’t see much spirit from Sarah. Her defense mechanism has been to place an emotional barrier between her and him until the plot develops and she switches course.
Next, the emotion bombards you. It’s nonstop push and pull between the characters. Sarah hates Julius, but she’s entranced by him; he repulses her yet draws her closer. Is it a case of Stockholm Syndrome or is there something else happening on another level? You don’t get time to digest before another layer opens and your eyes start burning, your mind twists, but you simply have to keep reading to make sense of it all.
A clue here; an intrigue there. All of these hints drop, making this read fresh and exciting. And then the sexy times come about, and holy guacamole! It’s intense. As a warning, I’d not read these scenes sitting around other people. The guilty, mischievous look will be noted.
I just loved this book so much! I never knew what was going to happen, and I gasped, and I got teary eyed, and I grinned. I gave it a 5 star rating because of it. I’ve never read an Amber Bardan book before, but that was a massive oversight on my part. I’m officially hooked.