Willing Captive by Belle Aurora
Published by Self-published on September 26th 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Suspense
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(Author note: This is NOT a dark romance.)
Delilah “Lily” Flynn is used to her drab existence. Lily’s been living it for twenty two years. Her boring life is suddenly turned on its head when she’s rudely kidnapped from her bedroom.Or so she thinks.
Nox Taylor is far too high up in his field to be assigned a babysitting job. There’s nothing more he wants than to complete his mission so he can be rid of the smartass tomboy, Lily.
Day after day, Nox watches Lily and her strange ways. She’s unlike any woman he’s ever met. Getting close to the girl is purely for her own protection…right?
Lily never imagined she’d make her first real friends in captivity. What lengths would she go through to keep them?
**This is a stand alone novel and is unrelated to Friend-Zoned**
It’s a dreary, yucky, rainy weekend perfect for a dark read so Willing Captive sounded like a good fit. I really liked it, but it was not dark. I should have known it wouldn’t be since I’m a fan of BA’s friend zoned series and there is nothing dark about it. Willing Captive had sad moments, but mostly it was funny. It definitely brightened my dark little day.
Lily is kidnapped, or is she? Cut off from her family, she has no idea. Doesn’t know who to trust so she acts accordingly…sort of. I like Lily, but at times she seemed just so very young and immature. She was sheltered and over-protected growing up, so I understood why she was so immature but it still got on my last nerve at times. She grows as the book progresses which is good since she definitely needed to. I mean, she called Nox’s dick a pee-pee, more than once. It made me cringe every time, in fact, I cringed as I typed it. Pee-Pee aside, Lily is funny and her inner thoughts had me burst out in a laugh more than once.
I did not like Nox at first. Keeping her cut off from her family for so long made absolutely no sense to me. Why let her believe she was kidnapped for any time at all? It just didn’t compute. Once that little mix up got straightened out, I liked Nox and the book a lot more. He was definitely a broody alpha but I like them like that. It would have been nice to know more about his job and what it really was. Some revelations clued me in that it wasn’t just security and more of an explanation as to why all the secrecy and false names would have been appreciated.
The main focus of the story is the relationship between Nox and Lily. It’s a slow burn, no insta-love here. It’s all about thoughts, touches, and confused feelings (especially for super sheltered Lily) at first. There are lots of obstacles in the way, and no one knows what will happen after Lily is deemed safe. There is a mystery here – why is there a threat against Lily? It’s not Nox’s job to solve it, his main focus is to keep Lily safe. I think having the mystery solved “off camera” was a mistake. I would have loved to have been along for the ride.
I adored Rock and Boo and hope one day to see a book about them. I liked that two completely tough people had a working relationship in a high-pressure field, yet still figured out how to make things work for them. The fact that Rock was hilarious was icing on the cake.
Although not perfect, I enjoyed the heck out of this book. I wish it was part of a series, or at least that we’ll see more of some of the characters.
Spice’s Rating: 4 Stars
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