Captivated

Tessa is always a must read for me, and I enjoyed my introduction to Eve Dangerfield. The book explored a lot of avenues, and while spicy and steamy, wasn't just about sex. It explored relationships that have run their course, the complex interaction between grown children and their parents, and how ones' self-view impacts their life in all areas.

Can someone make your dreams come true? Yes and no. Amber is trying to live her dream, but is constantly fighting for it. If it's not her boyfriend it's her familial expectations. She's working the hours, providing a home for herself and her long-time boyfriend, but she's not in a happy place. Her boyfriend is taking advantage and her family isn't taking her wants into consideration at all. And when the reader thinks they know what Amber wants, they find out she wants something totally different than what she is living. When she finds herself untethered, she goes for it in a big way; by pursuing her landlord.

Blake has his own issues and they are getting really old. Like a decade old. When Amber moves in he's attracted but she's attached. When the other man moves out? He finds himself in a unique position to pursue her. But who is pursuing who?

The embarrassment factor that Amber endures is legendary, but she pushes through and gets what she wants, and ultimately needs from Blake. As they embark on their three-date adventure, Blake continually surprises her and slowly works his way into her heart. And unknown to Amber, she's taken up a permanent place in his. I found this read entertaining and engaging, with a story line that flowed smoothly while taking the reader on a ride that was at times bumpy, other times smooth, but definitely worth the trip.


Book Blurb for Captivated

Secret aspiring comedian Autumn Reynolds is a girl gone...not wild exactly. More like lazy. Since her boyfriend abandoned her in New York City for a bunch of improv groupies she’s had two priorities; sucking the nitrous out of whipped cream cans and making sex comics about her mysterious landlord.

Blake hates people—and sunlight—with good reason. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself lusting after his upstairs tenant, a sunny, Australian people pleaser down on her luck. Turns out his ability to terrify with a single scowl comes with an advantage. Autumn seems to like it. A lot. As evidenced by the prisoner-captive comic Blake was never meant to see.

As they embark on a three-date arrangement the rules are clear; filthy, ground breaking sex, no feelings or commitment required. When chemistry is this strong, though, attachment follows. As Blake and Autumn attempt to negotiate their New York romance, their prior histories and secret dreams come to the foreground. How long can these polar opposites remain Captivated, when all signs point to disaster?


Night Owl Reviews Jul, 2018 5.00