Tuesday, April 22, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: Captive by Samantha Jacobey

Summary from Goodreads: 
Captive - A New Life Series 
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.

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˃˃˃ WARNING: GRAPHIC SCENES<<<
This book is intended for readers 18+ and contains scenes that may cause distress to some readers: Domestic Abuse, Kidnapping, Rape and Substance Abuse are described in detail.

R.E. Hargrave's Review:
* * * *
Wow. Where to begin? 

Let’s get the negative stuff out of the way first: the editing could have been a bit cleaner. There was the occasional tense slip, abrupt POV shift, and some other minor issues, but their occurrences were rare enough that they didn’t detract from the great story being told here, just caused the random stumble in reading flow. I’m enough of a stickler, however, that these did keep me from giving Captive a five star review.

That said, the storyline ~ OMG!

You hear it said time and again, “There are no more original ideas, only new ways to present them.” Well, friends, Captive has a nice, fresh feel to it. Within the first few pages, Ms. Jacobey pulls you into Tori’s tale, and you find yourself invested in her well-being~past, present, and future. Due to the graphic content, both violent and sexual, which happens within the story makes this a read for mature audiences. Some of the subject matter is not for the faint of heart; the heroine has been to hell and back, and her story is not an easy one to hear, but you won’t be disappointed in this action packed, emotional read.

Excerpt from Goodreads:

"Quietly, he explained to her that he was going to arrange for another group to kill the Dragons and send her to live with someone who would take care of her. Not understanding, she asked why she would have to go with someone else. If the Dragons were dead, why couldn't she just go with him? He refused to explain, and simply said, "You are going to have a different life, baby girl. A life I cannot give you. You must be strong and willing to do whatever it takes to make this happen. Promise me you will do this...."


A note from the author:
˃˃˃ Book 1 of 7 in A New Life Series<<<
This is the first in a series that chronicles the life of a young woman who is raised by a group of men who work as freelance mercenaries in the dark world of drug trafficking and murder for hire. They acquired the young woman at a very young age, as she has no memory of life before them. The book opens as she has broken free and moves through a series of current events and flashbacks that explain the beginning of her story. It is very dark with an unfinished feel, because in the end, the past is not the real story - the real story is what happens from here.


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