Captive

Captive : The Forbidden Side of Nightshade

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The first adult novel set in the world of the "New York Times "bestselling Nightshade series, "Captive" delivers a steamy, forbidden romance between sworn enemies drawn together by an irrepressible desire. Twenty-five-year-old Tristan Doran enjoys a life of incredible power and privilege. As a direct descendant of the Keepers--witches who have embraced dark magic--he defers to no one but his overlord, Lord Bosque Mar. For most of his life, Tristan has been kept out of the centuries-old Witches War, his bloodline too valuable to risk in battle. But when a beautiful, young human Searcher named Sarah is captured and made a prisoner in his Irish castle, Tristan's infatuation with her flings him headlong into the fray. Captive and captor, unable to contain their longing, embark on a passionate, forbidden romance together--only to learn that their love is at the heart of a prophecy predicting the downfall of the Keepers' ages-old reign. "Captive" explores the darker side of the richly imagined Nightshade universe, a fantasy world of powerful dark witches, shape-shifting wolf warriors, and fascinating history. The first of three erotic novels, "Captive" delves deeply into the fiery, illicit romance of two young lovers whose very desires invite their doom.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 152 x 232 x 36mm | 519.99g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • E P Dutton & Co Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0525954112
  • 9780525954118

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Praise for "Captive" "Robertson delivers an intriguing plot...While the book is set in modern times, with references to "Rocky Horror "and blue jeans, Castle Tierney and its residents are vividly described in the most feudal and anachronistic terms, but the deliciously disconcerting blend only serves to enhance the tale." - "Publishers Weekly" "Dark and deftly plotted, CAPTIVE seethes with sensuality and betrayal. A twisty, sexy ride!" -Sylvia Day, #1 "New York Times "Bestselling Author "If castles could steam, this one would." - "Booklist" "Engaging and intense...an intriguing and sexy read." - "Kirkus Reviews"show more

About A D Robertson

A. D. Robertson is a "New York Times" and internationally bestselling author. Prior to becoming a full-time novelist, Robertson was a professor of early modern history at Macalester College, giving her a background that informs her books' compelling blend of mythology, history, and lore. She grew up in northern Wisconsin and now lives in New York City.show more

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248 ratings
3.7 out of 5 stars
5 23% (58)
4 40% (98)
3 25% (63)
2 8% (20)
1 4% (9)

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So far you've mostly seen reviews of YA titles published here on the blog and today's review of CAPTIVE is an exception. I was so curious about this new NIGHTSHADE book by Andrea Cremer, written under the pen name A.D. Robertson that I couldn't pass up the kind offering of an e-copy by Dutton Adult. Despite its rather uninspired cover, CAPTIVE surely introduces us to a higher seductive sphere of the NIGHTSHADE world. It's called 'the forbidden side of Nightshade', and rightfully so. For once this book is more erotic and explicit than the NIGHTSHADE trilogy before it. The R-rated scenes are what makes Sarah and Tristan's story so steamy and overly intriguing, the attraction between them is palpable. When I first heard of Andrea Cremer's new book I couldn't help myself to compare it to one very popular series by E.L. James you might know, but CAPTIVE isn't nearly as taboo as I imagined it to be. It was written in a style that could've fit the original NIGHTSHADE trilogy, too, and easily added some steam to Calla's romantic scenes. But there's more to the forbidden side than the sex scenes. Tristan is a Keeper and Sarah a Searcher, both sworn enemies and not at all allowed to engage with each other in an intimate relationship. Their story begins when Sarah volunteers to go on a suicide mission, travelling to a tiny private island with the task to explore its lonely castle, that is soon functioning as Sarah's prison. The setting creates a glum atmosphere that worked well in order to constitute a darker erotic love story between Sarah and Tristan. There could've been more to the story than its only setting or Andrea Cremer could've dedicated selected chapters to the story from the Searchers' perspective and the things that were happening while Sarah was kept as a prisoner. CAPTIVE doesn't have as many battles as the NIGHTSHADE trilogy to offer, its focus is on Sarah and Tristan getting to know each other. It's mostly just the two of them with very few other characters having appearances from time to time. Bosque Mar, the evil Keeper you know from the NIGHTSHADE series, will be playing a role, too. Significant is that Andrea Cremer kept the spirit of her NIGHTSHADE series and told us some more about the ancient war between Keepers and Searchers. Fans won't be disappointed! 3,5/5 ***/* CAPTIVE - Not as bellicose as the NIGHTSHADE trilogy nor as refined plot-wise , but with high aphrodisiac paranormal appeal. The NIGHTSHADE series had many characters I set my heart on and there was so much more at stake than in CAPTIVE. So now the novel about the forbidden side of Nightshade appeared a bit imbalanced if you compare it to the NIGHTSHADE trilogy before it, but it got into the required details where the NIGHTSHADE series always put an end to explicit sexual interactions, since it was a YA series.show more
by MissPageTurner
The first novel in the Forbidden Side of Nightshade is an intriguing and steamy tale of magic and an unlikely romance between two sworn enemies in the centuries old witchesâ?? war. Sarah accepts an assignment to investigate a remote castle on a small island to see what the Keepers are hiding there. Tristan is a powerful Keeper that has been protected because of his bloodline on the island for most of his life. When Sarah is captured, the two find themselves drawn to each other and embark on a romance that invites their doom. The author has created a very hot and steamy world with dark witches and shapeshifting guardians. The romance builds at a slow and even pace throughout the story that creates lots of tension and suspense between Sarah and Tristan. The sex scenes are well written and hot enough to set the pages on fire and with the added tension of them being enemies, the romance alone is enough to keep the reader engaged. The author uses vivid details and lots of intensity to draw the reader into the story and keeps them entertained from beginning to end. All the characters are compelling with strong personalities and the plot flows smoothly with lots of intrigue. I love the youth adult Nightshade series and I was a little worried about how good this book would be, but I was very impressed with the way the author brought this version together while staying true to the original story. I also liked that the author gives us more insight into the beginnings of the Nightshade world and brings new characters to life. I canâ??t wait to read the next two books in this trilogy.show more
by Eva Millien
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