When her boyfriend stands her up as she
waits to attend a Broadway show, Audrey Brookstone is
crushed. She decides to see the play on her own. Then a
sexy foreign stranger arrives and asks to attend the play
with her. She agrees. She finds him very attractive, but
she is about to get much more than she bargained for. Too
late, she discovers that Milo Stanisbeck is the prince of
Cazbekistan, and he wants her to be his courtesan. Can she
resist his seduction and escape with her freedom and a great
deal of money, or will she succumb?
I didn’t know much about Captured
when I received the book for review. I figured it
would be a hotter version of the old Harlequin “woman meets
a prince and reluctantly falls in love with him” trope.
That doesn’t really sum up Captured, however,
unless you’re thinking vintage Harlequin. Audrey has her
own business, but she’s not fulfilled in either her work or
love lives. Work has been slow, and her boyfriend is never
there when she needs him. She’s ready for something better,
so when she meets sexy Milo Stanisbeck, she lets herself
take what she wants, believing she’ll never see him again.
To her shock and terror, she’s drugged and awakens on an
airplane, en route to Milo’s home country. From that point
on, she alternates between helpless rage and attraction to
Milo, despite the fact that he drugged and kidnapped her.
Milo doesn’t really see the problem.
He’s a prince, he’s giving her everything she could possibly
want in an attempt to please her, and he’s agreed not to
force her, so shouldn’t she want him? At first he comes
across as sexist, manipulative, and way too arrogant. Dara
Edmondson adds a connection to a sick child—which was never
fully explained, much to my frustration—and some inner
debate to make Milo more sympathetic, but his awful behavior
in the beginning soured me toward him for the duration.
Even his reform at the end didn’t make me like him. The
plot, after the kidnapping part, is pretty standard (and
even sweet) man-tries-to-win-reluctant-woman-over, until an
action part near the end.
While fans of reluctant women,
non-consensual relationships, and super Alpha males might
enjoy Captured, the initial drugging and
kidnapping scene, as well as some of Milo’s behavior,
bothered me so much I couldn’t appreciate the rest of the
story, or the happy ending.