Image of Captive: The Forbidden Side of Nightshade


Image of Captive: The Forbidden Side of Nightshade

Billed as an erotic prequel to author Andrea Cremer’s popular Nightshade series, this novel is actually a competent, well-written, somewhat hot paranormal romance. Unfortunately, as erotica, it fails. Sex between the characters takes nearly 200 pages to occur and, even then, there is no central theme of the sexual relationship in the book. The sex scenes will seem too short, too tame and too derivative to fans of erotic romance. Overall, this seems like a good book shoehorned into the wrong genre.

Sarah is a young warrior for the Searchers, a group tasked with finding and assembling an ancient weapon that promises to end an ages-long war. On a reconnaissance mission, she is captured by those who guard Tristan, a direct descendant of the one who began the war and a valued genetic line by his people, the Keepers. As the two battle wits on Tristan’s island, they learn whether they can put the war aside to fall in love. (DUTTON, Oct., 339 pp., $25.95)
Reviewed by: 
Cyndy Aleo