Book Review: The King’s Captive by Amber Bardan – A Dark, Twisted Romance

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Title: The King’s Captive

Author: Amber Bardan

Publisher: Harlequin

Publication Date: Feb. 13th, 2017

Genre: Romance, Erotica


My Thoughts: 

If you are a long time reader of this blog, you will probably already have heard me rant about how much  I dislike the first person, present tense narrative, that was made more popular by the 50 Shades of Grey books. I just recently reviewed Ida, which was an example of one of the books that did it wrong.

The King’s Captive by Amber Bardan is one of the very few books that has done it right. Despite the chosen narrative, the Author managed to entice me and keep me interested, because the main character – whose voice and thoughts and presented –  more often than not –  during this book is rather interesting and likable, despite her situation and actions. It is easy to connect with the story this way, and even more so important when the Author chooses to carry a book in narrative style. I have to be able to connect with the characters and their thoughts, otherwise, why would I want to spend any time in the head of a person I don’t care about, no matter how interesting the plot is?

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We do spend some time with the male main character as well – in the head of King – and it brings a unique point of view, that I don’t want to elaborate on because The King’s Captive’s plot is easy to spoil.

Speaking of plot, the storyline of The King’s Captive is equally as interesting and captivating as the person it is centered around. I was intrigued by all of the major and minor characters, as well, as their choices. What I did not expect is the twist, that is presented about ¾ way into the book – so brace yourself for that.

Keep in mind that The King’s Captive is classified as an erotic novel, even if it does not contain as much graphic sex as others in this genre do – it is still explicit and may disturb those who do not expect it. I personally would rather choose to call it a dark romance, with a high heat factor, but then I am used to the sometimes overly graphic nature of today’s contemporary romance novels.

If the heat does not bother you, and you are interested in a romance novel that does not fall into the standard form, then I highly recommend The King’s Captive is for you.

Book Rating

4.5 out of 5 Stars


Book Summary:

For three years, I’ve belonged to Julius King.

Some people would think being stuck on a private island is heaven, but this is my hell.
Because I’m not here as a guest. Not even close. I’m a prisoner. I’m his.

Julius King. Powerful. Wealthy. Dangerous.

There are parts of me he wants that I can’t give him. When he looks at me, there are times I swear he sees someone else. And the scary part is that sometimes, when he touches me, I think he may be someone else, too.

Though my body might be tempted, and he might control everything else, I can’t let him have any piece of my heart. I won’t. But every day, the fight gets harder, and Julius manages to slip past my defenses in the most unexpected ways.

I have to find out the truth about Julius King. Even if it destroys me.

Author’s Bio:

Amber is a #1 Amazon Bestselling, award-winning, author, and member of Romance Writers of Australia, Melbourne Romance Writers Guild, and Writers Victoria.
After spending years imagining fictional adventures, Amber finally found a way to turn daydreaming into a productive habit. She now spends her time in a coffee-fuelled adrenaline haze, writing romance with a thriller edge.
She lives with her husband and children in semi-rural Australia, where if she peers outside at the right moment she might just see a kangaroo bounce by.


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