By Tessa Bailey and Eve Dangerfield
Book Release Date: June 11th, 2018
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?
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4 ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Stars!
ARC provided by the authors in exchange for an honest review.
When I saw that Tessa Bailey and Eve Dangerfield were writing a book together, I knew. I just knew they would write one sexy love story. And if you have read both or one of these two ladies before, you know you are in for a filthy and oh-so-yummy treat because they know how to get down and dirty, if you know what I mean 😉 You all know by now I am HUGE Tessa Bailey fan and actually this is my first time reading something by Eve Dangerfield and now I know it will not be the last one. I am captivated!
So, Captivated is a standalone contemporary romance and it is the story between a sassy Aussie called Autumn Reynolds and her grumpy and mysterious landlord Blake Munroe. Autumn has just broken up with her boyfriend of 7 years, the man has cheated and he definitely did a number on her. Autumn dropped her dreams for him and now she is in a city she does not like much, without friends and working in a job she does not fully love. However, she also has this secret.. A secret fantasy involving being captive of her moody and sexy as hell landlord. Well, imagine when said landlord discovers that fantasy (in a very curious way!), especially when he has been attracted to this Aussie lady for the longest time. Things are about to get steamy!
“Enjoy using your hands now, little blonde girl. You won’t always have them. I’ve got a rope with your name on it.”
Oh man.. OH MAN. Holy mother. This novel pours the heat on every level. This duo of authors surely knows how to burn our Kindles with all that filthiness! I mean, I knew this would be dirty. I love Tessa’s writing to pieces and I’ve read many good things about Eve’s too. But these two ladies together? EXPLOSIVE! As you can imagine, Tessa wrote that delicious and dirty hero and Eve wrote the funny and sassy heroine. This book is funny as hell, it’s hotter than hell and it will grab your full attention from the very start. And yes, sometimes that kink got a little bit much to me but it was impossible not to melt with all that hotness and chemistry between this couple.
They were both in this together. Deep. Autumn needed to be a prisoner and his desire to give her everything made him crave the role.
She’s fucking mine.
I also love a good pair of main characters and Autumn and Blake did not disappoint at all. Autumn is the funniest person, she actually wants to be a comedian and she definitely has the talent! She also is a smart and lovely woman who will make it impossible for Blake not to fall in love with her. And yes, let talk about Blake because.. Gah! I love Tessa’s heroes and he is no exception. He is so dirty. He definitely is a big, bearded, protective alpha and I loved him from the very beginning. Who does not love a closed man who peels all his layers when his soul mate appears and turns his world upside down?
“You made me want to be in the sun again. You made me want to be the one who… gave you the sun.”
Therefore, I am rating Captivated with 4 STARS because it surely was a great first novel by this amazing duo of authors. I hope this is the start of many more releases by them because I loved this couple, this story, the emotions and the explosive chemistry between Blake and Autumn. If you are a fan of super hot contemporary romances or of either (or both!) of these ladies, be sure to check this book out!
“Ms. Reynolds, you were telling me why you chose to draw me into your sex-picture.”
Several beats passed as her gaze dipped to his bare chest and traveled the length of him, top to bottom, side to side. “I really hope you won’t be offended, but you’re rather large and spectacularly intimidating and I’ve always had a-a…wish.” Her chest rose and plummeted, her words puffing out like little gusts. “A fantasy, really. To be jailed. Kept prisoner. Your likeness is sort of reminiscent of someone who could—not would, just could—do that to me.”
The blood running through his body rose a thousand degrees in temperature. “It turns you on. The idea of me holding you captive.”
She crossed her arms over her chest, but not before he caught sight of her stiff nipples poking through her t-shirt. “I guess you could say that. But—”
“Do we fuck, Ms. Reynolds? In that little head of yours?”
A squeak left Autumn and he watched as her thighs pressed together. “Um, maybe? I mean yes. Regularly, I’m afraid.”
Unbelievable. They’d barely exchanged a word since she moved in, yet they’d been mentally screwing each other’s brains out from two floors away. “Do you still want to know the face I made when I saw the drawing?”
“No. I mean yes. I mean…it was a good face, right?”
Blake advanced on her, cataloguing everything. The way she backed up, then steeled her spine and attempted to hold her ground. The way she shivered and glanced at the door. Her very real apprehension forced him to make a decision. “Go home.”
Her expression was the physical embodiment of a record scratch. “Wait. What?”
“Go home, Fun-Size.” He took the drawing out of his pocket and offered it to her. “I don’t hold scared little girls prisoner, even if I look like I do.”
Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans and laptop, driving cross-country to New York City in under four days.
Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention.
She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband of eleven years and six-year-old daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.
Eve Dangerfield has loved romance novels ever since she first started swiping her grandmother’s paperbacks. Now she writes her own unapologetically sexy tales about complex young women and gorgeous-but-slightly-tortured men. Eve currently lives in Melbourne with her sister and a zen-like rabbit named Billy. When she’s not writing she can usually be found drinking, dancing or making a mess. Often all at once. Calling her an author will get you kissed*
*circumstances are subject to change.