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Preview — Captive Bride by Johanna Lindsey
The irresistible call of adventure brings lovely Christina Wakefield to the alluring Arabian desert. But fate imprisons her after she encounters Sheik Abu, the strikingly handsome though arrogant adventurer, whom she had known in England as Philip Caxton.
Once Christina had rejected Philip's fervent offer of marriage. But now she is to be his slave desperate for the freedo...more
V A handsome Arabian male
V Arrogant, dominant prick (a sheik even!)
V Great age gap
V Dub con/ non con
V Stockholm Syndrome (?)
V Wonderful reviews
Buddy read with Jenna, Angelica and Rebecka, with much appreciated
7/1/14: post buddy read gone wrong
Well then, all my buddy read partners have bitten the dust, so I'm sure no one objects to me DNF'ing at 65%. It looks like I dragged m ...more
So let me get this straight. She gets kidnapped, forced into becoming a sex slave and is threatened with a beating, yes I said beating, on a daily biases and she is OK with that? WHAT?
He sleeps right there and she does nothing night after night but cry? Huh? She lies there and let him sleep next to her? The first night I would have bashed him upside the head and he would have been forced to kill me! Thus ending the story ...more
Most historical romance novels were like that and I have read worst with actual rape not nearly raped. if you can't handle this book then you should go for that romance candle light dinner thing like harlequin present books, (not hating on harlequin books I love them). But other than that, I thought the book was good and not bad for Johanna's earl ...more
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I read this book for the Unapologetic Romance Readers' New Years 2017 Reading Challenge. For more info about what this is, click here.
Real talk: that cover. Normally, I hate the rereleased versions of these old bodice rippers, but this is the first time I actually like the updated version more than the original. The vibrant colors, the detail on the woman's costume, the glimpse of desert beyond - it reminds me of the original cover on Victo ...more
So I've been gorging on Johanna Lindsey books the last few weeks/months or so, following the order of books listed on her Wikipedia page. I've been chain reading them when I wasn't working or moving from one city to another, when I lay at night unable to sleep and in ...more
The only good thing about this book is that it was an excellent example of what NOT to do when writing romance. Since I'm writing a romance series right now, it helped me to refine my ideas on good technique.
More specifically, this book uses Overwhelming Lust, something that I am growing more and more disgusted with. Physical attraction in romance is necessary but not sufficient. Lust becomes overwhelming when it is shoved down my throat in such a way that I can't even truly believe t ...more
I liked "Silver Angel," another "sheikh/harem captive" romance by Lindsey, so I thought I'd enjoy "Captive Bride" as well. Overall tone and style couldn't be more different in the two books. Captive Bride is a basic rape romance without merit. The hero desires the heroine and attempts to court her properly. When she rebuffs him, his solution is to kidnap her and install her ...more
I must have you.
I'll make you want me. (Proceeds to grope and fondle the girl while she half struggles, half goes Oh my I'm being kissed! What big hands you have, grandma.)
No! Stop! You can't do this. I don't want this.
Yes you do.
...then it varies, but essentially you get to the gist of it... hop on pop or I ch ...more
Where do I even start with the story??? It's so meh, the typicality doesn't even bothers me, there are far more horrendous things, and I didn't know to laugh or to bawl my eyes out.
Warning : Spoilers ahead.
Sensual escapism? My foot. This guy, Philip, is a complete mental case. He physical ...more
Thank goodness her writing has ...more
Awalnya sangat tidak menyukai karakter hero di cerita ini, namun setelah membaca lebih kedalam permasalahannya..Love this man, Sheik Abu Alhamar aka Phillip Caxton ... [image error]
Inggris...Christina di lamar Tommy sahabat masa kecilnya dan menolak lamaran itu karena merasa masih kecil dan masih ingin ke London untuk bergaul.
Disana bertemu Phillip Caxton yang baru datang dari Mesir untuk berlibur, yang pada saat itu, adik Phillip, Paul be ...more
I have read many by Lindsey and consider myself a fan. But not all of hers garner 5 stars, and this, her first book, is one that does not. While it is well written and will hold your interest, it is a historical romance without history or historical details. (I only knew it was Victorian because late in the book she gave the date of 1885, which means it begins in 1884.)
Set in England, Egypt and the desert, this is the story o ...more
First of all, I rewarded it two stars simply because I thought the plot had potential. This potent ...more
A complete failure on behalf of Lindsey, who has written some other, much more entertaining books. This is also clearly one of those "stick to what you know" cases (here: stables, manors and m ...more
The heroine is a typical gorgeous girl who has no physical imperfections. THe author tries to make her be some sort of intelligent sassy tomboy, but instead she comes off as annoying, and idiot, and self centered.
The hero is supposed to tall dark and handsome, but like many other reviewers of this book said, he is a total MENTAL CASE. Seriously, he's so weird. He says he wants an intelligent wife and not some frilly dress wearing London girl, but the sec ...more
phillip paxton or whatever his last name (kagak inget hehehehe) saat pertama bertemu christina & langsung melamarnya.
ya jelas aja ditolak christina, yg bener aja baru ketemu juga kok dah langsung main sosor aja. duh sapa elu......
entah jin mana yg merasuki phillip eh tiba2 dia nyulik christina & dibawa ketengah gurun pasir tempat bangsa phillip berada (yah phillip berdarah arab+england). disitu christina d ...more
Agak aneh sama heronya, Philip yang keras banget menolak pernikahan, tapi sekali ngeliat Christina langsung aja pengen memiliki bahkan langsung mengajukan lamaran. Memang sih Christina, Heroinenya, digambarkan stunning bgt, sampe2 setiap laki2 yang ngeliat bawaannya pengen mengajukan lamaran aja walaupun belum pendekatan.
Ketika Christina menolak lamaran si Philip ini, dia tetap bertekad memiliki Christina dengan cara apapun bahkan ...more
Una pena ya que no me ha servido para disfr ...more
First, there are the terrible, undeveloped characters. Yes, I know cookie-cutter Alpha males are a fan favorite, and yes, an undeveloped female protagonist can help the reader i ...more
So what did me in? This book jumped the shark SO MANY TIMES I actually tho ...more
In 1970, when she was still in school, she married Ralph Lindsey, becom ...more