You will take this bride.
To have and to hold from this day forward.
Till death do you part.
This will be your solemn vow.
You have no choice.
Trapped in a twisted and dark courtship with a secret woman who needs my strength to survive, I will be wed.
Walking the thin line between lunacy and reality, I am now the protector of my future captive bride.
So, I have no choice but to recite the vows.
I take thee.
In this arranged matrimony.
Until we are parted by death.
***Captive Bride is a dark psychological thriller. If you dare… join me in the march down the aisle.
Series:The Secret Bride Trilogy #1
My Rating: ★★★⋆
I had no idea what to expect when I went into this book, but I am so glad, so very glad that I went into it blind. The author tells a story of such dark depravity, resilience, survival, self-discovery, and love between the most unlikely characters. The story takes us to an old mining town of Hallelujah Junction where a young woman lives in a town stuck in the 1800s with a man she knows as her father. That’s all she knows. The only person she knows. While it’s her life, she also knows something is wrong in her life. But for the life of her, doesn’t know what. She finds solace, home and safety in the arms of a man held captive. The man who risks everything to help find her inner strength and bravery to fight for a different and better future.
Twenty-five-year-old Ember was abandoned by her mother when she was five years old. So, when a man seemingly rescues her, he becomes the only father she’s ever known. He has provided, protected, and arguably loved her all her life. But what she doesn’t realise, is that her life is far from normal, but it’s all she knows. Until a stranger, a handsome strong man shows him otherwise. Gives her the strength and bravery to finally admit that her life and the circumstances of her life are not normal and gives her the strength to do something about it.
I really loved Christopher. I loved his strength and how she treated Ember. While I wish there was more romance in the story, I understand why it wasn’t there because of the storyline. And it just works.
I don’t want to ruin the story for you. I think its one of those stories that the reader needs to go into blind. I have to say though it is a rather short book, but the pace is nice and steady. Its also not really a romance novel. Its more a psychological thriller/suspense with some romance. So, it feels like the romance was almost forced. The declarations of love seemingly came out of nowhere. We really could have done with some more detail. I wanted to see Chris go through the struggles of his feelings for Ember. I wanted to see them getting to know each other better. I think Chris was way too focused on survival to take the time to cultivate his feelings foe his wife, so when he declared his love for her it felt out of left field.
The storyline is fantastic, the execution though could have done with some development. Nonetheless, I can’t wait to see how they get on in book two.