Brighton Walsh’s second Captive novel, EXPOSED was a flop for me, where the last novel was believable and the characters relatable, EXPOSED fell flat. I was looking forward to a good New Adult Romance and what I got was a book that asked me to just “go with it” in order to get that romance.
The second book in the CAPTIVE series focused on Gage’s (first Captive book) little brother Riley and his lost love Evie. You really do not need to read CAPTIVE to understand EXPOSED but the way the book begins, you feel like you do. There is so much backstory between Riley and Evie that you are just thrown right in and forced to figure it out. Evie is in hiding, she faked her death, left her friends and started a new life. When she is photographed with her fiance, Gage spots her and sends his little brother Riley to go and “save” her. The kicker is that Riley thought Evie was dead, he loved her dearly and their reunion makes for a bit of drama.
This is one of those suspension of disbelief novels. You have to believe that some hood rat chick into petty crime and working for a crime syndicate, who talks her boyfriend into joining said syndicate, would not tell her boyfriend, whom she loves, but go to his brother so she can fake her death and run away. All to protect him. And the brother keeps this secret for five years. The same hood rat girl goes high society and decides she is going to date/get engaged to a politician’s kid, because you know that sounds smart. Her picture is taken and the brother comes clean and sends little brother to save his “supposed to be dead” girlfriend. Who then nicely forgets about the fiance and the angst begins. If the story drew me in I would have chalked up this over-amped plot to just a crazy story and fallen in love with the characters. But, I didn’t get into the characters and unfortunately in a romance if you don’t like the characters you will not be rooting for them to get it on. It was rather slow paced, I thought Evie was flat and honestly didn’t hold a candle to the first novel. I like Brighton Walsh’s writing, I just didn’t like this book.
Recommendation: Read Captive first, for fans of Brighton Walsh, hopefully you’ll enjoy more than I did. If you like New Adult, maybe give this one a shot.
New Adult Romance
Crime Family / Alpha / Bad Boy
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Exposed by Brighton WalshSeries: Captive #2
Published by Macmillan on July 21st 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Also by this author: Tessa Ever After
In this sexy, suspenseful New Adult novel, a young woman escaping her criminal past is snatched away and taken into hiding by her ex-boyfriend, the ultimate bad boy.
Evie is about to embark on the perfect life. Beautiful, poised, and engaged to the son of a Senator and a rising lawyer, she fits the part of trophy wife perfectly, except for one thing: her entire identity is a lie.
Five years ago she created a new identity for herself, but it all crashes back when something she witnessed years ago comes back to haunt her. Now she's in danger of losing more than her social status.
Determined to protect the careful life she's built for herself, Evie doesn't want anything to do with Riley, the criminal for hire who stole her heart years ago. But Riley has other ideas. He's never forgotten Evie, and to protect her, he steals her away. Hidden from the world, sparks begin to fly as old memories resurface and their passion reignites.