Friday, May 18, 2018

Book Review: 'Captive Pleasures' by Olivia Starke


Sometimes wishes come true in the most unexpected ways.
The sizzling chemistry between Toni and Jessica made me read this tale twice. Both characters are instantly drawn to one another, and their growing attraction made it hard for me to tear my eyes away from the plot. What made me like them even more was all of the differences between Jessica and Toni that the author points out as their adventures unfolds.
It would have been helpful to have a more thorough explanation of why Jessica initially decides to try the spell given that she doesn’t believe in magic. A novella or novel would have allowed for more time to explore why her mind changed on this issue, but including such information in a short story was a little extraneous due to how quickly Jessica changes her mind on the subject.
Ms. Starke has a very smooth writing style that is a real pleasure to read. She knows how to create snappy, playful dialogue that propels the plot forward, and her descriptions were so vivid that I felt as if I was experiencing this story firsthand. The background information in particular make me wish for a sequel. While I don’t know if the author is planning to revisit these characters I’d be quite interested in hearing more from them in the future.
Captive Pleasures is a good choice for anyone in the mood for a short, hot romp. I would especially recommend it for readers trying to stay warm this cold, lonely winter.

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