Captive is the second book by Christina Phillips’ Forbidden series. A series set in ancient Roman times, this is an erotic historical novel that left me a little confused because unfortunately I didn’t read Forbidden, the first book in the series. I would definitely recommend reading Forbidden prior to reading Captive. In Captive, Morwyn is a Druid priestess who took a vow of celibacy. She is captured by the Romans and beaten and raped until Bren, a Gaul, rescues her. But wait – she immediately starts having feelings of lust upon Bren’s appearance. That’s right – she has been brutally raped and upon the very nearness of Bren, Morwyn has a desire to have sex with him. Bren is also supposed to be her sworn enemy. For a period of time Morwyn stays true to her sworn celibacy, but not for very long – as this an erotic historical novel.
With all of this happening in the first 15 pages of the book, I definitely found myself a little turned off by the story. I recognize the book is set in AD 50, but it just didn’t seem to feel right to me. Perhaps if I had read the first book in the series, it all would have made more sense? I’m not sure. I do know I wanted to put the book down and call it a Did Not Finish, but I did find myself intrigued by the character of Bren, so I soldiered on just to see where things were going. And they headed straight towards lots of juicy erotic sex where Bren proved himself to be a very capable lover, even if he didn’t care to remove his clothes due to his battle scars.
I will say I did enjoy Morwyn’s unabashed wit and flirtation towards Bren. The way Bren responded to Morwyn helped create chemistry between the two that made their romance more believable and also made for some great dialogue. It also helped Bren show his vulnerabilities. Eventually the two start to see how much they truly care for each other.
In the end this just wasn’t the book for me. But if you enjoy erotic historicals set in this time period, you might want to give it a try, as you will definitely be treated to one sexy hero who knows how to work his way around a woman’s body.