Captive by Samantha Jacobey
Series: New Life #1
Published by Lavish publishing LLC on March 15, 2014
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Available on KU at posting: Yes
Captive - A New Life Series
Book 1 of a New Life Series - Formerly 'Life of Recovery'
To what lengths would you go to break away from a life filled with pain and suffering?
Tori Farrell has lived a dangerous life. When you grow up with a Motorcycle Gang of Mercenaries and Drug Lords like the Dragons, a normal life is more like a fairytale. For years, she accepted her dark reality, a world consisting of drugs, sex, violence and murder. In the end, she learned the most valuable lesson: survival.
After years of being ruled by the Dragons, Tori uses her skills of seduction and assassination to free herself from the grasp of the people who vowed they would never let her go. Taken in by the FBI, she fears not everything is what it seems, and soon finds herself lost in a web of lies and deceit. She thought getting away from the Dragons would put her on a path to a new and better life, but now she must face the cold hard truth” there is always a price to be paid.
BOOK-MA: This book is specifically designed to be viewed by adults and therefore is unsuitable for children under 17.
L: Coarse language
S: Sexual content
Captive is for readers that gravitate towards a dark story because this is very dark, focusing on a recollection of events in Tori’s life (due to a childhood that is beyond belief). I like a dark read and this had me unsettled but then uplifted me with hope as I saw her strength and courage that would have eluded most.
Tori wakes up in a hospital, surrounded by strangers and recognises that she is at a total disadvantage. As soon as she is able to communicate, Special Agents Eli & Warren begin trying to find out what she knows. She gives them the facts, nothing else. Eli and Warren make for an interesting team. They don’t see eye to eye then add to that a delicate case, a gruesome scene and a young person that may or may not be a victim, you can be confident in assuming this is not going to be a ‘pretty’ story.
The authorities have it planned how Tori can assist them with their inquiries. Tori is thinking solely about getting through the present moment. It doesn’t phase her what they have planned, she has seen worse.
“You can’t hurt me. I don’t feel happy; I don’t feel sad. Everyone I have ever known or cared about is dead.”
Meanwhile, we are taken back to how Tori ended up in a hospital bed through past and present chapters as well as flashbacks. I can’t imagine there would have been a better approach because to have heard Tori’s story continuously without the present attempt to heal her emotionally (for whatever reason), would be too intense.
Tori has been living with the Dragons MC. They provided food and a strange notion of ‘care’ which enabled her to survive until she could fend for herself. Despite never having attended school but armed with a natural ability and having exposure to informal learning over time, Tori was anything but uneducated.
The men that surrounded her during her childhood and teens were disturbing. Their behaviour and reasons as to why she was amongst them were never what I found acceptable. Their rationale is never explained in great detail but sufficiently enough to assume the worse. Tori was looked upon as being potentially useful. The men (and I use that term loosely for the majority of them) were not the kind of MC I would choose to read about for entertainment.
Her pull towards a man that shows any nurturing is obvious and is highlighted when Henry, a member of the MC manages to break through her protective shell. Her natural instinct and gravitation towards this type of man places her in a protected place. Unfortunately, there is a price to pay for helping her and all that try suffer through the challenge of keeping her out of danger.
Tori was such an odd combination of light and dark, having seen and experienced the worst in men, yet not knowing about the simplest parts of life most of us take for granted.
When a book is this dark and deals with scenarios that fall way beyond my understanding or comfort zone, it feels wrong to say you enjoyed it. The story focuses more on Tori, her character and her struggles rather than the MC itself. Where this story baffled me was that Tori’s life had been immersed with the lowlifes that held her ‘captive’, yet she is able to relate to so many normal aspects of society, albeit at a distance, but still not fazed by aspects of normality. Woven in amongst this is her idiosyncrasies for maintaining her safety which I found totally plausible. Yes, the subject matter and the characters had me feeling uncomfortable but it was Tori’s story of triumph over the impossible in order to survive that kept me engaged in Captive.
For Tori’s story alone, I would continue with this series. I have no idea who she should trust and I am hopeful that the story has already uncovered all her darkened past. The original title of this story was A New Life; Life of Recovery. I hope it wasn’t changed because recovery isn’t on the cards. The ending does finish with a to be continued and as you would expect from a dark read, that doesn’t always guarantee happiness.
Free on Amazon at the time I read it
Rating: 4 Stars (I was struggling between rating this book 3.5 to 4.5 Stars)
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