First of all, I can't even begin to write a review for any Tessa Dare book that doesn't include an automatic picture of me fangirl flailing all over tFirst of all, I can't even begin to write a review for any Tessa Dare book that doesn't include an automatic picture of me fangirl flailing all over the place.
Seriously. She writes heroines I want to be, and heroes I want to love. And that in itself is fucking priceless. I mean, THAT IS THE WHOLE POINT OF EVEN READING ROMANCE, NO?
This story was amazing. And let me just say, FTR, I *hate* mysteries. They drive me crazy. But I fucking loved this. And it's because I was so busy falling in love, I forgot there was even a mystery to solve.
If you love historical romance, READ THIS IMMEDIATELY.
I loved this from the very first word to the very last one. There aren't many books I can say that about. Gorgeous, heartfelt, beautiful, swoony wordsI loved this from the very first word to the very last one. There aren't many books I can say that about. Gorgeous, heartfelt, beautiful, swoony words. Perfect story.
I have put off reading this for like 9753688 years bc everyone loved it so much. And I don't have the best luck with that historically. Bc IFavorite.
I have put off reading this for like 9753688 years bc everyone loved it so much. And I don't have the best luck with that historically. Bc I read, and there are all these expectations, and when I read, I find that no book ever lives up to the hype.
Well, damn it all. I was wrong.
And how stupid of me to wait to read this wonderful book with the best hero in a historical ever, and a heroine I loved even more than him.
I loved this so fucking much.
This will be a constant reread for me.
I can see it. Years from now, I'll still be opening it on my kindle, and reading it again and again, even though I'll probably know all the words.
Sometimes you read a book that is more than a book. Sometimes it's a story that breaks your heart -- and not just once -- just so it can put all the bSometimes you read a book that is more than a book. Sometimes it's a story that breaks your heart -- and not just once -- just so it can put all the broken pieces back together in a way you never expected or even hoped it could....more
Okay, so if you know me, you know I love Everything Brighton Walsh writes. This book is no different. I will add an additional statement here, though.Okay, so if you know me, you know I love Everything Brighton Walsh writes. This book is no different. I will add an additional statement here, though. I didn't just love this book. IMO (and let's be honest, that's all that matters because this is my review) this is the best book she's written yet.
I REALLY FREAKING LOVED IT!
Now, I'm gonna start by saying that the whole captive/prisoner trope is scary for me. Mostly because so often, these stories contain elements of non-consent. Now, I'm not here to judge anyone for their own personal fantasy life. We all have one. But the idea of non-consent is a hard limit for me. I'm happy to say this story didn't have that. Well, at least not sexually.
This heroine is young, withdrawn, and most importantly, relatable. We've all had those moments where we we feel like we're not good enough. Like the people in our lives don't love us for who we are. Brighton does a great job connecting the reader to the heroine's struggle right away.
Madison feels like this. And beyond that, she has shit for parents. No lie. Her parents are the literal worst. An addicted mother who can't function, and an absent father who doesn't seem to give a fuck. But they are an affluent family with enough money to hide all their imperfections.
Enter Ghost. AKA: the anti-hero/captor. Lawd, I loved that we got both POVs in this book. I don't know if I could have fully appreciated him without hearing his voice. Now, Brighton is known for giving us sexy-as-fuck heroes. But Ghost is that with an edge. I mean, he's a fucking kidnapping criminal, right?
I read this book in one sitting. I couldn't put it down. The pace was amazing, and the plot had enough twists and turns and drama to keep me completely riveted and flipping pages.
I love romance. I'm completely unashamed by my obsession with a love story. Is this book darker than what we've come to expect from Brighton Walsh? Yes. Does that make this any less of a love story? Hell no.
Buy this book! Buy it, and read all the words and tell me how much you loved it.
If she keeps writing NA, I might have to admit that there are actual NA books that I love. And I loved this so much.
So, I generally hate the NA genre. Like, a lot. But I can't begin to tell you how much I truly LOVED this book.
I've had Caged in Winter on my TBR listSo, I generally hate the NA genre. Like, a lot. But I can't begin to tell you how much I truly LOVED this book.
I've had Caged in Winter on my TBR list for a while. But I was saving it for my vacation, when I knew I would have ample time to read and enjoy Brighton's words.
There were some mixed reviews, especially concerning the main character, Winter. Some people called her "emo." Well, I didn't ever get emo from her. I got a damaged, defensive young woman. A woman who has built up walls around her, so she's never in a place to get hurt. And let me just tell you: Winter's been hurt.
Her story is one that touched me, and made me FEEL. When you read as much as I do, sometimes heroes and heroines overlap. They blend into each other bc of tropes and characteristics you always see in romantic stories. But Winter's struggle was so genuine and believable. And there wan't a particular tag to place upon her. I never thought, "Oh, hey. I've read this before."
My heart hurt for her. And that only made meeting our hero, Cade, that much better. Because he saw Winter for who she was. Right from the very beginning. And the love and patience took for him to finally break those walls down, made him one of my favorite heroes I've read.
Brighton Walsh writes in a way that I love. Reading her words is as easy as watching your favorite movie. She tells an emotional story, and that's what you take away when you're finished - pure emotion. She doesn't get caught up in over-descriptive filler. Every word means something. I might not know what her characters are wearing, or all the ingredients to whatever it was that Cade was cooking, but I knew at every moment, what her characters were feeling. And that is what makes an amazing book.
Cade was a swoony, hot hero. And I loved him.
But Winter - her story and journey were what made this book for me.