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Captive Bride

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  8,104 ratings  ·  309 reviews
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 free
Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 24th 2009 by Avon (first published 1977)
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This checks my boxes like you wouldn't believe!

V A handsome Arabian male
V Arrogant, dominant prick (a sheik even!)
V Abduction
V Humiliation/degradation
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 mockery moral support from Mammarella.

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
Dec 09, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance
Suck, suck, suck, suckity suck, suck suck. That's what this book did all the way through. In the 70's, it appears there was a trend for rape or almost-rape romances, where a male was sexier the more dominant he was. Ugh. If someone tried kidnapping me and telling me I would lust after him and I would obey, I'd be guilty of murder in the 1st degree. ...more
Oct 12, 2011 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: People I want brain damaged.
Recommended to Sadia by: The part of my brain that wants me dead
This book sucks beyond belief! And like it's not infuriating enough plot wise, it goes on and on like a delusional maniac, claiming rape is not rape, abduction is not abduction, coercion is not coercion, and it's totally alright to be kidnapped, held against your will, raped, beaten and humiliated by being someone's sex slave because you know what! It actually is a fairy tale and if your abductor happens to be good looking you will forget all your principles, your scruples, the people you loved ...more
~ Lihllith ~
Jun 06, 2010 rated it did not like it
This was awful! The heroin is weak and the hero (?) is a total mental case!

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
Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell

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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 Vi
Lady Raven RAVE!
Feb 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I like it its a historical romance and that's how it was back then..I admit he was a little harsh and crass at times but I really did like the ending..

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
Jul 31, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dont-try-it-ever
suck suck suck suck!!!!!!!!!! this book sucks throughly. The hero was a maniacal bastard,a pedophile and the heroine was a weak,brainless ninny.God this book is just so awful!!! How did writer conceived such horrible idea in her diabolic mind..??? And how can someone read it and like it??? After completing it I was speechless for 30 minutes i could'nt stop fuming about this bad and ugly book. Let me get this straight,Philip Caxton sets his eyes on Christiana for the first time and he is overwhel ...more
Jun 20, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
There was a HUGE sale on Johanna Lindsey books not too long ago — a good number of her backlist was made available in the Kindle format — and I took advantage and bought everything of hers on sale because simply ... I love her books.

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
Mar 25, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned, romance
God awful!

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
Jul 10, 2016 rated it did not like it
I now know why this has so many negative reviews. But I must say that the writing style is too good, I am almost tempted to buy this author's other works just beacuse of the writing. Ridiculous, I know right.
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
Aug 19, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I love Johanna Lindsey!! I hate Captive Bride!! I thought the dialogue was silly and contrived, the plot was very simplistic and the few romance scenes were not so much 'romance' scenes as they were 'rape' scenes. With each 'romance' scene I got more and more angry with the story and just wanted to scream at Lindsey "WHY?!! Why did you write this? How could you have written this tripe, but also written wonderful, romantic stories like Gentle Rogue or Tender Rebel?"

Thank goodness her writing has
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
This is one of the first Johanna Lindsey books I read. It was magic. It was also my first official sheikh book. Ever since I have had a weakness for sheikh romances. I can't even count how many times I read this book. It's been a while but I remember being absolutely transfixed by the writing and the storytelling. It's very romantic, if you don't mind captive situations and forced seduction. I loved the reunion in England and how that plays out. Definitely one of my all time favorites. ...more
This is Johanna Lindsey’s first book so it’s not the best example of her writing, but I still found it entertaining in spite of the flaws.

For example, some of the dialogue came across as too melodramatic even if it was lively. I also didn't like both protagonists in the beginning either. Christina is haughty to the max, while Philip is too arrogant for his own good. Both create their own problems to an extent. (Which is true for most fictional characters, but fits these two especially.) That ar
Aug 08, 2011 rated it did not like it
I recall reading "Captive Bride" and feeling so disappointed and disturbed with it, I wanted to return it to the bookstore.

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
Heather T
Love that she got her characters out of England, but it still has a huge pet peeve of mine. The title should have given it away, but I'm sorry, the following just doesn't work for me:

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
Regan Walker
Mar 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Lindsey’s 1st Book: A Classic Bodice Ripper with a British Desert Sheik

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
Ugh. Worst piece of crap ever put into print and called a book. It's not like you read these books to find literary greatness, but you at least expect to be amused, entertained. You should be sighing in disbelief and shaking your head at the silliness, but you shouldn't want to kill yourself every 5 words.

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
Sep 24, 2011 rated it did not like it
I started this book and hated off the bat.
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
Christine PNW
Johanna Lindsey's first book - read in a read-a-long with Dee. Clunky writing, with a lot of tropes, and very much stuck in its time, but still engaging and fun to read. ...more
Oct 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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Sydnee Jane
Apr 03, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: bad-romance
Not much can be said about Johanna Lindsey's repeated crimes against humanity. Before 50 Shades became a popular fixture in the romance genre, it seemed that house wives across the nation were fanning themselves with Lindsey's cheap paperbacks. Regardless of her popularity, Lindsey's books leave a foul taste in my mouth.

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
Cecilia London
Mar 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
I should probably expand upon this a little. I took no issue with the storyline; I occasionally enjoy historicals and I understand that sometimes they can be a little....outside my preferences. In other words, things happened back in the day that might not happen now. A lot of reviewers take issue with the dubious consent, the spanking scene, etc., but come on. This book was set in 1884. Take all that with a grain of salt.

So what did me in? This book jumped the shark SO MANY TIMES I actually tho
I'm laughing as I write this review. "Captive Bride" was horrible. So horrible, I found it entertaining. The events are wildly unrealistic and illogical. People say and behave in ways that no normal person would. I'm pretty sure the main heroine has Stockholm Syndrome. That's not hot. Why is the author condoning this? Everyone in the story has the IQ of an 7-year old. They question nothing, believe everything that is said to them, and then refuse to believe anything that is common sense. "She to ...more
The book was okay and I did keep reading. Lindsey is a good writer, so she does draw you in even if you have issues with the story. I am one of those who enjoy the captive/captor, forced seduction scenario, but I just didn't like the hero in this one. He seemed to have no regard for her and I hate it when heroes think/say things like 'deceitful bitch'. She should have cut his balls off and he had the nerve to think she was a bitch?! What's weird is I LOVED Lindsey's 'So Speaks the Heart' and it ...more

Desert Stars

On a night made for love, there was only terror for beautiful Christina Wakefield. She who had recklessly followed her brother from London to Cairo on a whim was now made prisoner by an unknown abductor who carried her off to his hidden encampment.

Soon she would share his bed, know his touch, growing ever closer to the man who owned her as a slave.

And soon she would learn to want him as he wanted her--to share his soul, his being--her body aching to be his alone in the tr
Awwaaba Shillingford
Mar 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Do not touch
Rape is NOT OK!

No, no, NO!

Besides the cliche writing often associated with historical romances written in the 70s, this novel is one that I would recommend to absolutely no one. It revolves around what is essentially a "romance" between a victim and her rapist. There is nothing romantic or sexy about reading descriptions of an older pervert forcing himself on a young girl with implications that she deserved it because guess what? She enjoyed it! It's not acceptable to glorify rapist pigs and por
Dec 30, 2010 rated it liked it
Whew. This book is something. Lindsey’s debut very much reads like a 1977 romance: forced seduction, racism/othering, jerk hero. It’s completely over the top and really you can’t judge this by today’s standards. The plot is so ridiculous it’s funny at times but it’s right in line with the sheik and bodice ripper novels that were once popular. Knowing Lindsey wrote the book at only 25 makes it more understandable how young the heroine seems.
Mar 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book is very captivating Johanna is a brilliant writer. She pulls you in right from the very start. When I began this book I thought when the time came I would be able to put it down for sleep. I was wrong, once I startted I needed to know how it ended. I read this book all night long and finished it by morning.
amy & erin
fascinating how something i read first as a teenager and gave 4 stars has now turned into a 2 stars for me after six years.
Sep 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
My first Johanna Lindsey novel and wow did I have a roller coaster of emotions with it. This is also the oldest book I have ever read (published in 1977). Being written in those times the themes are definitely not as acceptable in this day and age. Even though it is explicitly mentioned that rape does not occur, most would agree that scenes early on would classify as rape. These scenes made my reading experience with the first quarter to be quite uncomfortable. However, once I had passed those m ...more
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Johanna Helen Howard was born on March 10, 1952 in Germany, where her father, Edwin Dennis Howard, a soldier in the U.S. Army was stationed. The family moved about a great deal when she was young. Her father always dreamed of retiring to Hawaii, and after he passed away in 1964 Johanna and her mother settled there to honor him.

In 1970, when she was still in school, she married Ralph Lindsey, becom

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