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3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  387 ratings  ·  54 reviews

[Siren Classic: Erotic Sci-Fi Romance] Mari never expects to find herself in a cage in a cargo hold on a spaceship. She quickly learns from her captors she's headed to the meat market. When they try to return her to hypersleep, she resists. After allowing her to stay awake, Mari realizes her survival depends on connecting with the male in charge, Ekkatt. She must make him

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ebook, 148 pages
Published January 6th 2010 by Siren-Bookstrand
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Corduroy
Blurb: Mari is abducted by aliens who sell human women to other aliens for use as, um, meat. The aliens think of humans as dumb animals. But then, luckily, Mari turns out to be magically feisty and she impresses her main captor, Ekkatt, and then eventually, I am guessing, some sex stuff happens.

This book is a good example of why, in spite of how many romance novels I read, I am not very good at reading romance novels: my compulsive, unstoppable nitpicking. I know, I know, when you're reading a...more
Penny Watson
Captured by Julia Rachel Barrett:

Unlike other sci fi/romance stories I have read, Captured was not about the action, it was about the characters. It still had tons of cool details about this alien society, but the real story was about the relationship between the alien hunter and his human cargo. Barrett puts forth an incredible thought-provoking premise for this novel...what if an alien species sees humans as a source of....food? Kidnaps us and treats us like cattle, then auctions us off to hun...more
Julie C
I really enjoyed this book and it was quite unique. Ekkatt was a major asshat at first but boy did he grow on me. First of all he's super hot with black hair and yellow cat eyes and I loved the way we got to see his perceptions about humans change over the course of the story. Once he realized that human women were sentient and civilized, he struggled with guilt over what he had done.

There is definite substance here and I hope to read about Ekkatt and Mari again and how they join the colony.
Jacqueline
If you love alien/human romance like I do, this was a good one. It was one of those books you just don't want to end. The relationship between the alien male, Ekkatt, and the human woman, Mari, seemed real and solid. The characters grew over the course of the book particularly Ekkatt. Parts of the story were hard to read. This wasn't just a fluff alien/human romance. There were difficult ethical dilemmas these two faced. There was some pretty major forgiveness needed for their relationship to gr...more
Larissa
This book was quite a surprise for me. I have not delved into science fiction much, to be quite honest I have only read Ann Aguirre’s Jax series so far. I never thought that it would be a genre I would enjoy much and Captured proved me wrong.

It’s a strong story with a lot of world building and very easy to get lost into. Mari has been taken from her home on Earth and awakens in a spaceship where she is a prisoner. She meets Ekkatt, a humanoid alien that works for an organization in his planet th...more
Tricia
An extraordinarily strong woman is taken from earth to a strange, alien world that after first glance seems much like our earth. She has faced terrible loss, yet managed to stay alive ...that bodes well for her survival in this hostel new world.

If you love Alien/Human romances, then you will be enthralled by Captured!

The heroine, Mari, awakens in a cage, naked and terrified. She has no idea where she is or how she got there...enter the hero, Ekkart...her captor. To him, she and the other women...more
LynnMarie
LynnMarie’s Review

Mari has just about had it with life. While she’s out collecting eggs, something happens that will change her future forever. She wakes up inside a cage, naked, and never so confused. Little does she know, she is being taken to a far away planet to be sold on the meat market.

The concept of the book intrigued me from page one. I had to know Mari’s fate. She was a great character! Strong, foul mouthed, and very easy to relate to. Mari isn’t a reluctant heroine or wilting flower,...more
Carien
I'm always on the look out for a good SciFi Romance where one of the leads isn't human, so that's why I picked up Captured.

And I have to say: It's an enjoyable erotic romance as long as you don't mind that the story has plot holes big enough to swallow up small countries.

Ekkatt thinks humans are little more than animals at the beginning of the story, still he speaks almost every human language and he has visited Earth many times, has seen human cities and has even been in them to abduct humans....more
Natalie
Jan 13, 2012 Natalie rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Kris
Recommended to Natalie by: Won from a giveaway
Captured was the first sci-fi romance book I have read. The beginning of the book got straight to the point. The book was a fast and easy to read; not passing two hundred pages. I quickly got intrested in the book, but during the middle of the story, I became instantly bored. There was detail but it dragged way too much for my taste. When the conclusion finally came, I was ready to put the book back on my shelf. The story plot was intresting but pehaps not my taste.
Sharon Hamilton
Read this book at almost one sitting. Very hot, believable, and shows Julia's Science Fiction love, yet is squarely a romance. I loved the combination of an other-worldly creature who can become a true hero, fall in love with a human. She does this expertly, IMHO.

She is a new author for me, but now I have two other books of hers I can't wait to get into.
Sheri
Nov 20, 2010 Sheri rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: other
More a 3.5. The story was fine, an erotic sci-fi. It actually didn't contain that many erotic scenes, and they weren't highly descriptive, but I thought it contained a lot of unnecessary coarse language. The story and characters wouldn't have suffered if it hadn't been there. The story itself was a sweet romance. It just needed to be longer.
Fran Lee
I truly enjoyed this great sci-fi erotic romance. Ms. Barrett twined believable science fiction and harrowing incidents into one hot, delicious erotic romance. One genuinely hot read!
Kyndra Natasha
now don't go expecting some great read about a wonderful romance, hot and heavy sex and a really interesting storyline... and you'll be just fine!!!
Deborah
What a great read! Of course, I love scifi romance where the possibilities are endless and anything can...and often does...happen. I loved Mari's matter-of-fact attitude. Her...these are the cards I have been given and I am going to play them to the best of my ability. I also loved the way Ms. Barrett captured Ekkatt's feelings when he came to realize that humans were sentient beings not the animals his government portrayed them to be. My only complaint...it wasn't long enough and I wish there w...more
Janna
This was originally published at my blog.

Genre & Keywords:
SciFi Romance, violence, kidnapping of humans, survival

Why I read it:
The author sent me the book as a present to cheer me up

Storyline:
A woman bonds with one of her male kidnappers who’s from another planet and never knew much about her race before. Mari shows Ekkatt that humans are sentient beings like him. She surprises him in more than one way and she on the other hand learns to see his softer, kind side. Together they run from t...more
Diana (Offbeat Vagabond)
Review posted here: http://offbeatvagabond.blogspot.com/2011/08/indie-book-review-captured-by-julia.html


Thanks to the lovely author J. R. Barrett, I have had the opportunity to review some of her books. First down is Captured, an erotic science fiction romance. I must say, I didn’t know what I was getting into, but I was definitely enthralled by page 1.

I love the story Barrett has given us, it is quite an amazing concept. Mari, along with various other human women, is abducted from Earth and...more
Susi
First thing I have to say is: I so love science fiction! I really adore this genre with all those little techy things in the mix with great action and a bit of romance or even erotica. I always enjoy reading about the social problem in foreign societies as a mirror of our own- present or past. In my opinion, we grab these things better when we have a little distance to the ones that are accused. And isn't it a nice way when the accused are sexy big men with long silky blue-black hair and yellow...more
Kayla
This book was an adventure and I enjoyed it very much! I love the world that Julia Rachel Barrett has created. I would definitly love for this to be a series, because I can't stop thinking about this book. I got this book in the mail yesterday and I was so happy I started reading it right away and it was just so good that I couldn't put it down. I usually start another book right after I read, but I didn't want to read about anything but these characters.

Mari's character is very courageous, stro...more
Goddess
I didn't finish this book, got bored hence the default 1* rating. Poorly written, not enough detail, gaping plot holes, and tedious.


I'm not sure what category to put this in - this story is
- NOT erotica (As some reviewers have pointed out. Not enough sexual tension etc);
- NOT SciFi; far too unimaginative and unsophisticated;
- NOT well written enough or engrossing to be a good story
- hence may be it's geared towards the tender romance variety? But I didn't feel any chemistry for that either...more
Elizabeth
I won this book on Goodreads. I was delighted by the world created by Julia Rachel Barret, the similarities and the differences.

Mari, a human, finds herself naked in a cage, she has been captured by and alien specise and is being transported back to their planet along with other human females not all from her planet. She awakes, which she should not have been able to do, on the transport back to the alien planet. When confronted by one of her guards she does not cower and cry, she demands her c...more
Martha
Jan 05, 2012 Martha rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Martha by: First Reads win
I wasn't sure at first whether I would like this book. It's billed as erotic sci-fi romance, and that can cover a very wide range of content, much of which I am not comfortable reading. But the description of the book sounded interesting, so I gave it a try, and as it turns out, I liked it quite a bit.

The erotic parts include a number of detailed scenes, but they weren't the main focus of the story line, and were probably rather mild for erotica. The sci-fi parts involve a world where hunters tr...more
Katie(babs)
A naked Mari awakens and finds herself in a cage on a spaceship surrounded by other unconscious naked women. She has been drugged and is very frightened. Things grow worse when two large figures in jumpsuits check on their captives. Mari refuses to cower, and demands to know why she has been treated this way. One of the males, who speak English, is both impressed and shocked because she shouldn’t be awake. The fact that Mari engages in conversation is an oddity because he thinks of her as an ani...more
Jennifer
This short novel classifies itself as "erotic romance", though personally I thought it leaned more toward the romance side than anything. That's not a criticism, but more a praise on the author's part for keeping the story in focus, and maintaining the idea of a nonphysical connection between Mari and Ekkatt over a sexual one. Everything moved a bit too fast for my liking, but then again, I'm used to 800 page novels or five-part book series where each book is at least 500 pages. I definitely fel...more
Joy
I won a copy of this book from Goodreads.

Ok, I can't honestly rate this book because I didn't finish it. Now don't get me wrong, it wasn't because the book wasn't good, it's just that I didn't realize it was erotic romance, not my cup of tea.

The part of the book that I DID read, I did enjoy it, although it was a little far fetched. Not far fetched because of the aliens harvesting humans, but because Mari had ZERO hard feelings towards her captors. I mean, I could see her feeling that was if she...more
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TBR reviewer: Nat

The setting of Attun-Ra is a fantasy world with wild beasts and very primitive culture. They're advanced when it comes to science and biology, but culturally speaking, we're way ahead of them. It was past time for them to comprehend and accept new races and stop with the prejudice. That's one of the things I really loved about this book, it approaches subjects we've been through and spent decades trying to overcome. To them it's a matter of life and death,...more
T00zday
2.5 stars.
Erotica, but not. Very few sex scenes, a whole lot of implied grossness with the women being sold as meat. Then the history of the aliens eating children because their meat was so soft. (Hork)
Almost a downer with them on the run & the hero racked with guilt.
HEA, kinda with them finding the hidden colony.
Not really recommended.
Meggin
This book is like nothing I have read before. I just received it in the yesterday and couldn't put down until I finish it. I'm so glad I was one of the winners in the Goodreads Giveaways. I loved the world I felt like I was transported to. The whole alien/human relationship is something new for but I liked it all the same. I liked that the hero/heroin found each other and fought for their love, even when it wasn't excepted. I thought this book was going to more on the sci-fi but it felt more rom...more
E.
4 1/2 stars. Enjoyable science-fiction romance novella that tells the tale of Miri, a human woman who is kidnapped by aliens who plan to sell her as meat or as a slave. Miri struggles to convince her captors that she is a sentient being and slowly converts Ekkatt, an Attun, one of the beings whose planet she is conveyed to. Ekkatt is startled by the idea that humans are not animals and he and Miri slowly teach each other that they have more in common than either could have ever imagined. Neither...more
Brent Soderstrum
I won this book through Goodreads First Read program.

This book is a combination of three of the genres of books I dislike the most: Erotica, Sci-Fi and Romance. Yet this book actually had a story which so many books in those three genres do not. It was a quick and somewhat enjoyable read. I sound like a fuddy-duddy but the book had some pretty coarse language that the story could have done without.

Mari is a human who is captured by Ekkatt who is of the Attun race. She will be either sold for mea...more
BookBunny
I thought this was OK, nice little story. Would have preferred it to be a few chapters longer.
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I write erotic science fiction, paranormal and contemporary romances for Resplendence Publishing, Siren, Logical Lust and Cobblestone Press. In my other life, I write nonfiction. If you ever find me sitting in one place, it’s because I’m reading or writing.

I attended the University of Iowa as a creative writing major. Later I returned to school and became a Registered Nurse. You know, gotta make a...more
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