In this sexy, suspenseful New Adult novel, a young woman hiding from her criminal past is taken captive by her ex-boyfriend, the ultimate bad boy.
Evie is about to embark on the perfect life. Beautiful, poised, and engaged to a rising business star, she fits the part of trophy wife perfectly, except for one thing: her entire identity is a lie.
Five years ago she created a new identity for herself, but it all crashes back when something she witnessed years ago comes back to haunt her. Now she’s in danger of losing more than her social status.
Determined to protect the careful life she’s built for herself, Evie doesn’t want anything to do with Riley, the criminal for hire who broke her heart years ago. But Riley has other ideas. He’s never forgotten Evie, and to protect her, he steals her away. Hidden from the world, sparks begin to fly as old memories resurface and their passion reignites.
I love second chance romances and Brighton Walsh books so this was a win/win for me. Not to mention I thought Captive was a great book and I was looking forward to Riley’s story. Once again the clandestine world of Ghost and Riley is phenomenally well crafted. One of the hardest things for an author to pull off is a believable criminal underworld where the plot makes sense and doesn’t have major holes. Brighton does this to perfection and watching the story unfold is a wonderful crazy ride in this book.
Riley is perfection, absolute sheer male perfection. I could not have loved or felt for him more. Having followed Ghost into a shady, violent business, he excels at providing intimidation and protection, all the while getting revenge for the love he lost as a teen. But his protective nature and loyalty are swoon worthy and when his world gets turned upside down he rises to the occasion beautifully.
Evie is awesome. She’s tough as nails in all ways and proficient at living a life under the radar, hiding from a past that is determined to track her down. She’s hiding more than one secret and has never had a reason to trust anyone…except Riley, the only man that ever made her feel safe. But now that she’s back in his life and in hiding with him she’s afraid to let him in to her life and her heart…especially since her past is putting them both in danger. It’s wonderful to see a character that can be so tough and strong while still being vulnerable and insecure. Oh…did I mention stubborn? Yep she’s stubborn as hell.
The first 80% of this book was absolute perfection to me. I cried, I was shocked, I fell in love with the characters, I loved it. This was firmly a 5 star read for me until the last 20%. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great book and the end is very well done. For me, however, there were two or three small points at the end that missed the mark for me a little bit, minor things but just enough to move it down to a solid 4 star read.
An ARC was provide in exchange for an honest review.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Brighton Walsh is a storyteller at heart. Love is her first love, and writing about it is a dream come true. When she’s not overwhelmed by the incessant chatter in her mind, you can generally find her with her nose buried in a steamy book or partaking in some retail therapy in the Midwest where she lives with her own real life hero and her two energetic kids who (fortunately) know nothing about the naughty things she puts down on paper.
Goodreads (Author Page): https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6548902.Brighton_Walsh
Goodreads (Book Page): https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23014703-exposed
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