Captive: The Forbidden Side of Nightshade [NOOK Book]


Sworn enemies are plunged into a steamy, forbidden romance in the first book of a new series that explore the darker side of the richly imagined world of Nightshade
Twenty-five-year-old Tristan Doran is a direct descendant of the Keepers—witches who have embraced dark magic. Deferring only to his overlord, Lord Bosque Mar, Tristan enjoys incredible power and privilege. For most of his life, he has been kept largely out of the ...
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Sworn enemies are plunged into a steamy, forbidden romance in the first book of a new series that explore the darker side of the richly imagined world of Nightshade
Twenty-five-year-old Tristan Doran is a direct descendant of the Keepers—witches who have embraced dark magic. Deferring only to his overlord, Lord Bosque Mar, Tristan enjoys incredible power and privilege. For most of his life, he has been kept largely out of the centuries-old Witches War. But then Sarah, a beautiful young human Searcher, is captured and imprisoned in his castle. Blinded by their passion, captive and captor give in to their desires—only to learn that their love is at the heart of a prophecy predicting the downfall of the Keepers’ ages-old reign.
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Publishers Weekly
Very little survives when worlds collide in the premier book of Robertson’s the Forbidden Side of Nightshade erotic romance trilogy (a companion series to her young adult Nightshade books, bylined Andrea Cremer). The war between the evil witches called Keepers and the valiant Searchers surrounds young Searcher Sarah and guides her life. A high-risk solo mission to discover Keeper secrets within Castle Tierney leads her to the handsome, enigmatic Tristan: Keeper, lord, and both master and prisoner of the castle. With the help of a very few friends and a great many enemies, they must learn about themselves before they can take on the war—and the world. Robertson delivers an intriguing plot that’s heavy on story and characterization, and light on spice. While the book is set in modern times, with references to Rocky Horror and blue jeans, Castle Tierney and its residents are vividly described in the most feudal and anachronistic terms, but the deliciously disconcerting blend only serves to enhance the tale. The somewhat predictable ending nevertheless stirs anticipation for the next installment. Agent: Charlie Olsen, InkWell Management. (Oct.)
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Praise for Captive

"Robertson delivers an intriguing plot...While the book is set in modern times, with references to Rocky Horror and blue jeans, Castle Tierney and its residents are vividly described in the most feudal and anachronistic terms, but the deliciously disconcerting blend only serves to enhance the tale." - Publishers Weekly

"Dark and deftly plotted, CAPTIVE seethes with sensuality and betrayal. A twisty, sexy ride!" -Sylvia Day, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

"If castles could steam, this one would." - Booklist

"Engaging and intriguing and sexy read." - Kirkus Reviews

A.D. Robertson

"Dark and deftly plotted, CAPTIVE seethes with sensuality and betrayal. A twisty, sexy ride!" -Sylvia Day, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author
Library Journal
The author of the New York Times best-selling YA "Nightshade" series goes adult with a novel limning the illicit relationship between the powerful Tristan Doran, a descendant of the Keepers—witches who went to the dark side—and a human Searcher named Sarah.
Kirkus Reviews
Sarah, a young soldier in the Witches War, is captured on a reconnaissance mission after trying to learn the secrets held in an enemy stronghold, but Tristan, the noble Keeper who lives there, is ultimately captivated by her. After centuries of fighting to overcome the Keepers, witches who have embraced Dark Magic, the Searchers have hit an impasse. When their intelligence leads them to a practically impenetrable fortress off the coast of Ireland, they send Sarah, a gifted climber, in the hopes she can scale the rocky cliffs around the castle and gather even more information on what it protects. Unfortunately, she is captured by the incubus guard and is sent to be interrogated by the nobleman who lives on the remote island. Tristan has lived a lonely existence of wealth, power and privilege, so he is more intrigued than threatened by his lovely captive. Convinced he will learn more from Sarah by gaining her trust and seducing her, both emotionally and physically, than he will by torture, he goes about treating her as an honored guest rather than a detested enemy--much to the disgust of the resident incubus and succubus, who feed on negative emotions. In the end, though, it is Tristan who is intrigued and seduced by Sarah's intelligence, courage and compassion, as well as by her egalitarian ideals--a novelty in the highly hierarchical Keeper society. After Tristan falls in love with Sarah, he must decide between the only world he's ever known and the specter of freedom and love he glimpses through Sarah's eyes. YA best-selling author Andrea Cremer expands her Nightshade series under the pseudonym A.D. Robertson and adds a sexual edge to the storytelling. With a Gothic, old-world sensibility mixed with modern characters, Robertson has created a bewitched fairy-tale arc complete with ancient prophecies, star-crossed lovers, a magical war and a full spectrum of enchanted creatures, and she's introduced a well-built, spellbinding world that will captivate paranormal romance fans. Engaging and intense--though with sexual overtones that never quite bridge into the eroticism it hints at--the book is an intriguing, sexy read.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698138339
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/22/2013
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 99,529
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

A. D. Robertson is the pseudonym of New York Times bestselling author Andrea Cremer. She lives in New York City.
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Tristan didn’t Know how long he’d been staring at the frescoed ceiling of his bedroom, but he was fairly certain the sleep he hoped for would continue to elude him. He rolled out of bed, not minding the cold of the floor on his feet. Neither did he bother with a robe before he left his room.

Seamus caught up with him halfway down the hall. Though currently in his human form, Seamus still moved with the cautious grace of the predator whose shape he preferred.

Does the old wolf never sleep?

“Restless night, eh?” Seamus asked with genuine concern.

Tristan shrugged. he hadn’t taken the time to check a clock before he left his bedroom, but the wolf’s presence informed Tristan that he’d been tossing and turning for at least a few hours—long enough for Seamus to have enjoyed and returned from his nightly run across the island.

“Where are you headed now?” Seamus asked.

“I thought a bath might help,” Tristan replied.

Seamus nodded and slowed as Tristan’s destination made it clear he was in the mood neither for company nor conversation.

When he reached the stairs, Tristan glanced over his shoulder. “Get some rest, you mangy beast,” he said, offering Seamus an apologetic smile.

Seamus laughed and the sound deepened Tristan’s melancholy.

The wolf was as close as Tristan had to a friend, but Seamus was a servant—here on orders like all the others. Tristan didn’t doubt Seamus’s loyalty; he even believed the Guardian held some affection for him. But their respective stations threw up an obstacle to true comradeship.

His sour mood worsening, Tristan made his way from the uppermost floor of the castle to the subterranean space that was home to the baths. a hot bath was actually Tristan’s second objective. his first was to tire the hell out of himself with a long swim.

The castle’s pool was narrow, but long and deep—ideal for laps. The natatorium itself wasn’t particularly to Tristan’s liking. Clad in ebony, the chamber featured sleek columns around which twisted giant tentacles that were far too lifelike. He’d learned to ignore the creeping sense that a great slumbering beast rested beneath the turquoise and jade mosaic of the pool floor.

Tristan pulled off his cotton pajama bottoms and dove into the pool. The cold water snatched his breath, but he welcomed the shock. It was the most alive he’d felt all day and it was the reason he ordered that the pool be maintained at such a low temperature.

He swam hard, stopping only when the burning in his shoulders, chest, and legs was unbearable. Hauling himself out of the pool, Tristan dripped water as he left the natatorium and went into the adjoining chamber.

Steam from the baths swirled around him, so thick Tristan could barely see. While the pool had been laid in severe, sharp lines, the baths were designed for soaking. Tristan waded into one of the sunken bowls, following its sloping floor until he was waist deep in the hot water. Then he slid onto the submerged shelf that ringed half of the bath. He let his head tip back and his eyes close as the heat sapped tension from his spent limbs.

When exhaustion had sufficiently cleared Tristan’s mind to the point where he thought sleep inevitable, he lazily climbed out of the bath. He toweled himself off and slipped his pajama bottoms on. As he slowly made his way back to his bedroom, Tristan was pleased to find himself genuinely drowsy. Perhaps he’d even pass the night without troubling dreams.

At that late hour Castle Tierney was quiet, but Tristan knew better than to believe he moved through its halls without notice. There was never a time when all the creatures within the castle walls slept. It was a place of wariness and watching.

Tristan stepped into his room and welcomed the long yawn that signaled how soon he’d be asleep. He was halfway across the room when he froze. His bed wasn’t empty.

The woman was on her stomach. She wasn’t wearing a stitch of clothing, but a single black calla lily rested on the small of her back.

Chains at her wrists and ankles bound her spread-eagle to the bedposts. The sound of Tristan’s footsteps caused her to lift her head from the pillow, and Tristan saw that she’d been gagged. Her dark hair spilled across the pale skin of her shoulders. Her eyes widened when she saw him, but she didn’t make a sound.

Who was she?

That she was tied down and gagged made it clear that the woman wasn’t there by choice.

Tristan pivoted on his heel and went right back out of the room. He found Seamus on the other side of his bedroom door. And the bloody wolf was grinning.

“Seamus,” Tristan said, keeping his voice level, “There is a woman tied to my bed.”

“Yes, sir.” Seamus had the decency to tamp down his grin and nod solemnly.

“She’s naked.”

“I assumed so, sir,” Seamus replied. “Given her being tied to the bed and all.”

Tristan let that pass. “Do you happen to know how she got there?”

“It was Lana’s idea.” Seamus’s mouth turned downward enough for Tristan to know the old wolf disapproved.

The woman on his bed had been chained facedown. The black calla lily lay upon her like some dark offering. Of course Lana was the architect of this scheme.

“Where is she?” Tristan asked Seamus.

Seamus lifted his grizzled face and sniffed the air. “She headed toward your study.”

As Tristan turned away, Seamus asked, “What do you want me to do about this one?”

“For the moment, nothing,” Tristan answered. “Just guard the room. No one goes in. I’ll be back soon enough.”

However ready for sleep Tristan had felt a few minutes earlier, he was now wide-awake. And furious.

When he slammed through the study door, Tristan found Lana curled up on a sofa with a snifter of brandy.

“Hello, Tristan .”

“What the fuck, Lana?” Tristan glared at her. “What you do?”

“I left you a gift,” Lana purred. “I hope you don’t mind that I unwrapped it for you.”

“Hardly necessary,” Tristan replied curtly. “And by that I mean both the gift and its unwrapping. Who is she?”

“Isn’t it obvious?” Lana rose so she was kneeling on the sofa and spread her wings in a way that was almost menacing. “She’s a searcher. Most likely an assassin. Owen caught her climbing the seawall. Nimble little thing.”

“Assassin?” Tristan rested his elbows on the back of the divan. “You think the Searchers sent someone to kill me? I thought no one knew i was here.”

“Perhaps someone found out,” Lana replied, folding her wings once more as she settled back onto the cushions. “And perhaps you should be asking her these questions. That is why I left her for you.”

“You captured a searcher and you want me to interrogate her while she’s naked on my bed?”

“That was the idea.”

“Ithought that’s what we had wraiths for.”

“This way is a bit more creative.” Lana smiled. “And of course more hands-on for you. And more delicious for all the loyal servants of your household.”

Tristan grimaced. “How very thoughtful.” He didn’t want to consider how delighted the succubi and incubi of the castle would be at the prospect of gobbling up the captive’s distress and torment. No doubt Lana had made quite a meal out of stripping and binding the Searcher.

Degradation was something Lana craved, but Tristan had no taste for violation. He desired only a woman in his bed who wanted to be there, who was as hungry for his touch as he was to caress her skin. Explaining that to Lana would be pointless, of course, so Tristan simply said, “I’ll deal with the Searcher.” he reached out his hand. “Give me the key.”

“Shall I inform Lord Mar that she’s here?” Lana twirled one of her glossy curls around a long red fingernail before dipping her hand into her bodice and drawing out a large iron key.

Tristan hesitated. If he said no, Lana was sure to run straight to Bosque and tell him that Tristan was trying to hide the woman’s capture. If he said yes . . . Tristan wasn’t sure he wanted to deal with Bosque until he’d decided how to handle the prisoner himself.

“Whatever pleases you, Lana.” Tristan smiled, taking the key, and then leaned in to kiss the succubus on the cheek before he left the room.

That would confuse the hell out of her. And it would likely buy Tristan some time.

Tristan returned to the hall outside his bedroom and found Seamus standing watch.

“Do you know where her clothes are?” Tristan asked.

Seamus shrugged. “I can track them down.”

“Do that quickly,” Tristan told him. “Then come back here. I’ll wait for you.”

“Shall I summon any other Guardians?” Seamus lifted a bushy eyebrow.

It was a prudent question, but Tristan wished it wasn’t. He had no idea what he would do with his captive, but he did know he wanted to handle it himself, and quietly.

Reluctantly, Tristan nodded. “Just make sure it’s someone who can hold his tongue.”

“Understood.” a moment later, a wolf trotted down the hall and Tristan was alone.

He looked at the door, half tempted to enter.

He couldn’t, though, not until Seamus returned. Prisoner or not, Tristan had no desire to humiliate this woman. He wouldn’t ogle her while she was chained up. It wasn’t as though the sight of her hadn’t been seared onto his mind’s eye.

Even the brief glimpse of the searcher had been arresting. Whoever she was, she was beautiful. It was too easy to recall the slope of her back and the lovely curves of her bare ass. The sight had been far too sudden and startling to be forgotten. If he’d been another sort of man—the sort Lana wanted him to be—he might have been grateful to come upon that scene.

As it was, however, Tristan was uneasy that the memory of the naked searcher made his cock twitch with lust. A life that granted his every wish had made Tristan wary of sinking into hedonism. He acknowledged the fact that Bosque would encourage such a lifestyle was likely the reason he resisted it—but the truth remained that he did resist it.

Turning a prisoner of war—if that was who this Searcher was: a soldier from the enemy lines—into a sex slave was neither a fantasy of his nor did he want it to become a reality. If she belonged in Tristan’s dungeon, so be it. But she had no place in his bed.

Tristan paced in front of his bedroom door. His choices left him unsettled. As much as Lana had gotten under his skin that night, Tristan couldn’t help but wonder if summoning Bosque was the best course of action. After all, a searcher had breached the castle, his hiding place. If nothing else, that fact alone signaled that Tristan’s enemies had somehow learned of his whereabouts. What if this woman was only the first of an impending attack?

That’s why I’ll have to interrogate her.

Though he knew he had no way around it, Tristan didn’t savor the idea of torturing the woman to uncover her intentions.

But there was no other way, was there?

The sound of toenails clacking on the stone floor drew Tristan’s attention. Seamus’s brown and gray was accompanied by a younger, russet-hued member of the pack.

Tristan addressed the red wolf. “Good evening, Joseph.”

The wolves shifted into their human forms, and Tristan took the folded clothes Seamus offered while Joseph dipped into a bow.

“This is what she was wearing,” Seamus told Tristan . “Owen also recovered a pack full of climbing gear and a dry suit. She swam here.”

Tristan raised an eyebrow when he noted the leather harness lined with gleaming silver knives.

Definitely an assassin. Maybe I’m a fool to even consider keeping her alive.

Tristan grimaced, accepting that he’d kill the woman if he had to, but he wouldn’t do so before he knew who she was and how she’d found him.

“Be as wolves and stay close to me,” Tristan ordered. “Don’t attack unless she makes the first move.”

Joseph cast a nervous glance at Seamus, but the older wolf nodded. Without further prompting the Guardians shifted forms.

Still not entirely certain of what he was about to do, Tristan gritted his teeth and opened the bedroom door.

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  • Posted October 22, 2013

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    A.D. Robertson is the pen-name for highly acclaimed author Andre

    A.D. Robertson is the pen-name for highly acclaimed author Andrea Cremer. The Forbidden Side of Nightshade is a spin-off series that will feature three adult themed books from the Nightshade world, made famous in Cremer's young adult Nightshade series. This is a novel that adult fans of the series will love. It features the world they have grown to love in the YA series, while adding to the back story and bringing to the forefront new and amazing characters. Robertson instills this novel with dark sensuality and takes the reader on a journey into the lives of two very different captives.

    I have to admit, when I found out this book was coming out, I was extremely excited. I don't read a lot of YA fiction but once in awhile something intriguing comes along and that's how I felt about the Nightshade series. Andrea Cremer created a world of dark magic witches and wolf guardians, as well as, a human element in the Searches that was captivating and gripping. That world is still evolving and is richly developed in this spin-off series. Captive is a book that will resonate with adult fans of the Nightshade series, while also creating a whole new audience for this expressive and sensual world.

    Tristan has lived in the Irish castle of Tierney for his entire life. Sheltered, secluded and protected. It is a life of privilege and wealth, but it is essentially a prison. Bosque Mar keeps a tight reign on Tristan and anyone he comes in contact with. His blood line is too precious to risk in the age old war between the Searchers and the Keepers, but more importantly an ancient prophecy has foretold that the world of Keepers will one day be destroyed. Tristan's destiny lies in the prophecy and with a young human Searcher named Sarah. The premise of the book alone is pretty amazing. Robertson takes the tales and prophecies from Nightshade and gives them a more detailed explanation. We find out how the prophecy will affect Tristan and Sarah as well as the characters in the YA novels and that was really exciting. 

    I liked the fact that Robertson does not shy away from the adult nature of this romance. Tristan and Sarah meet in a very unusual way, if you call finding a naked woman chained to your bed out of the ordinary. From the first time they meet each other there is something palpable between them. A tension or a spark that given time becomes a smoldering longing that neither can deny. I loved the romance between them. It was based on respect and trust and the things that make this kind of love amazing. Tristan is just as much a captive as Sarah is and it takes the both of them to set each other free in more ways than one. 

    The characterizations were deep and full of surprises. I did't expect to like Tristan because I thought it would be arrogant and self-centered but that's not how Robertson wrote him at all. Sarah is strong and determined and very skillful with weapons and warfare. While Tristan is refined and educated. Opposites certainly attract and the romance has that forbidden quality because Tristan and Sarah are basically mortal enemies. Robertson made them come alive through poignant dialogue and sizzling scenes that fit the story and were not thrown in for show. 

    Captive is strong in premise and in characterization. It is definitely an adult novel and not suitable for young readers. An excellent start to what looks to be an exciting and vibrant spin off series.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 29, 2013

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    Captive by A.D. Robertson: Captive is the first book in the Forb

    Captive by A.D. Robertson: Captive is the first book in the Forbidden Side of Nightshade series. I’d only ever read Nightshade in the YA series, which was very good. In Captive I enjoyed exploring the steamier and darker side to the war between Keepers and Searchers. Sarah, a Searcher, is on a mission to find out what the Keepers are hiding on an Irish Isle. She’s captured and becomes the prisoner of Tristan, a very special Keeper – a direct descendant of the first Keeper. Yet Tristan and Sarah have a lot more in common and a lot of fiery passion between them than they first want to admit. As they grow closer, it grows ever more dangerous for them both, but they can’t fight the attraction. The world they inhabit is so richly detailed it’s sometimes hard to remember this is set in modern times, which can be jolting. The intense heat, the intriguing fantasy, and the great characters combine in Captive to make for a captivating read!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 27, 2013

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    So far you've mostly seen reviews of YA titles published here on

    So far you've mostly seen reviews of YA titles published here on the blog and today's review of CAPTIVE is an exception. I was so curious about this new NIGHTSHADE book by Andrea Cremer, written under the pen name A.D. Robertson that I couldn't pass up the kind offering of an e-copy by Dutton Adult.

    Despite its rather uninspired cover, CAPTIVE surely introduces us to a higher seductive sphere of the NIGHTSHADE world. It's called 'the forbidden side of Nightshade', and rightfully so. For once this book is more erotic and explicit than the NIGHTSHADE trilogy before it. The R-rated scenes are what makes Sarah and Tristan's story so steamy and overly intriguing, the attraction between them is palpable.
    When I first heard of Andrea Cremer's new book I couldn't help myself to compare it to one very popular series by E.L. James you might know, but CAPTIVE isn't nearly as taboo as I imagined it to be. It was written in a style that could've fit the original NIGHTSHADE trilogy, too, and easily added some steam to Calla's romantic scenes.
    But there's more to the forbidden side than the sex scenes. Tristan is a Keeper and Sarah a Searcher, both sworn enemies and not at all allowed to engage with each other in an intimate relationship.

    Their story begins when Sarah volunteers to go on a suicide mission, travelling to a tiny private island with the task to explore its lonely castle, that is soon functioning as Sarah's prison. The setting creates a glum atmosphere that worked well in order to constitute a darker erotic love story between Sarah and Tristan.
    There could've been more to the story than its only setting or Andrea Cremer could've dedicated selected chapters to the story from the Searchers' perspective and the things that were happening while Sarah was kept as a prisoner.

    CAPTIVE doesn't have as many battles as the NIGHTSHADE trilogy to offer, its focus is on Sarah and Tristan getting to know each other. It's mostly just the two of them with very few other characters having appearances from time to time. Bosque Mar, the evil Keeper you know from the NIGHTSHADE series, will be playing a role, too.
    Significant is that Andrea Cremer kept the spirit of her NIGHTSHADE series and told us some more about the ancient war between Keepers and Searchers. Fans won't be disappointed!

    3,5/5 ***/* CAPTIVE - Not as bellicose as the NIGHTSHADE trilogy nor as refined plot-wise , but with high aphrodisiac paranormal appeal.

    The NIGHTSHADE series had many characters I set my heart on and there was so much more at stake than in CAPTIVE. So now the novel about the forbidden side of Nightshade appeared a bit imbalanced if you compare it to the NIGHTSHADE trilogy before it, but it got into the required details where the NIGHTSHADE series always put an end to explicit sexual interactions, since it was a YA series.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 23, 2013

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    Witches and wolf-shifters, wars and prophecies, of such is the

    Witches and wolf-shifters, wars and prophecies, of such is the Nightshade world!

    This first book in A.D. Robertson’s The Forbidden Side of Nightshade trilogy is set in her popular Young Adult Nightshade world, which she writes as Andrea Cremer. But, as the title suggests, Captive is a much more adult story - sensual, intriguing, and a bit on the dark side!

    When I was asked by the publisher to review this book I was a bit apprehensive. Truthfully, neither the Young Adult nor the Fantasy genre appeals to me much, and I wasn’t convinced that an adult spin-off of a series evolving from both would either. But this world Ms. Robertson has created is just so imaginative, just so exciting, that once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down! Tristan and Sarah's forbidden love is so sensual, and the unfolding prophecy so compelling that Captive kept me turning the pages into the wee hours of the morning and has me anxiously awaiting more.

    Many thanks to Liza Cassity at Dutton Adult for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 15, 2014

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    I was excited to read this book when I found out Robertson had w

    I was excited to read this book when I found out Robertson had written it. I loved the Nightshade series and really wanted to see what the sexier side of this life would bring. I was not disappointed.

    Blurb from Goodreads:
    The first adult novel set in the world of the New York Times bestselling Nightshade series, Captive delivers a steamy, forbidden romance between sworn enemies drawn together by an irrepressible desire.
    Twenty-five-year-old Tristan Doran enjoys a life of incredible power and privilege. As a direct descendant of the Keepers—witches who have embraced dark magic—he defers to no one but his overlord, Lord Bosque Mar. For most of his life, Tristan has been kept out of the centuries-old Witches War, his bloodline too valuable to risk in battle.
    But when a beautiful, young human Searcher named Sarah is captured and made a prisoner in his Irish castle, Tristan’s infatuation with her flings him headlong into the fray. Captive and captor, unable to contain their longing, embark on a passionate, forbidden romance together—only to learn that their love is at the heart of a prophecy predicting the downfall of the Keepers’ ages-old reign.
    Captive explores the darker side of the richly imagined Nightshade universe, a fantasy world of powerful dark witches, shape-shifting wolf warriors, and fascinating history. The first of three erotic novels, Captive delves deeply into the fiery, illicit romance of two young lovers whose very desires invite their doom.

    I have to say that this story was quite captivating. I wasn't sure if I would like it. I had recently read Snakeroot and wasn't as impressed by it as I was by the Nightshade trilogy. But this book turned out to be surprisingly good. I love how the story ties in to the Nightshade trilogy. I have to say it might be a bit hard to write this review without giving things away, so I will be brief.

    I have to say that I loved how the book dove right into the story of Tristan and Sarah. You get just a bit of background in the first few chapters, but then Sarah is off on a mission where she suddenly, and unexpectedly, finds herself a prisoner. You can only imagine how things unfold from there.

    Sarah is a kick butt character. That girl can hold her own. She's snarky, sexy, smart, capable, and so independent. She doesn't scare easily, an important part of being a searcher, I would think. I wish I had a bit more of a history of Sarah, which will perhaps get in future books that tie in to this part of the series. I'd love to know where she came from and how she became a searcher.

    Tristan: smart, sexy, devilishly handsome, strong, powerful and in control. That is until he meets Sarah and she pretty much turns his world up-side-down. A keeper, sent to an island where he is basically alone, except for his guardians for which he has keep, a few servants, and an Incubus and Succubus. He definitely won me over to the keeper side. While most of the time I would get angry with them in the Nightshade series, I was strangely attracted to his life and his power. And I felt sad for him that he was so alone. I love his character development in this book. We see him go from captive Keeper to someone who wants more than just to rule over a bunch of wolves.

    Of course Bosque Mar makes his appearance in this book. He is just as evil as he appears in the other books in this series. Just the thought of him brings me shivers. 

    This book is definitely mature. There is a lot of sex and innuendos that happen. I think it all leant a great deal to the book. But there is that insta-love that I don't necessarily enjoy for the most part. I think with books such as this, that often happens, though. And what's even more interesting is how enemies seem to bond in this book, making it for an interesting mix of suspense. I went into the book thinking it would be all about the sex, but the story is rather engaging and interesting (especially if you are a fan of the series).

    Cremer has a great writing style. There's nothing boring about her descriptions. I do think that if you have not read the other books in this series (at least the original Nightshade series) you will not understand the world. You definitely need hat background to help you to understand the relationships between the Keepers and the Searchers.

    There is a definite connection to the Scion that is introduced in the Nightshade series. Again, you need this background or you will be confused. I didn't initially connect the dots to figure it all out, but about half way through the book I realized where it was going. It didn't deter me from finishing at all. And I ended up truly enjoying Sarah and Tristan's story.

    Readers who enjoyed Cremer's Nightshade series will enjoy this book, but it is definitely intended for a more mature audience and I would not recommend it for anyone under 18.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2014

    Waste of money

    Way too expensive for what it delivered. Not to mention the problems with pages being skipped and having to skip pages because it kept reverting to previous pages. It had potential but did not deliver. Tristan was too boring in my opinion and certain situations wrapped up too easily which lead to a let down of an ending. 259 pages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2013

    Highly Recommend this book....

    Great story, kept me reading all night long had a hard time putting the book down.

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  • Posted November 7, 2013

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    The first novel in the Forbidden Side of Nightshade is an intrig

    The first novel in the Forbidden Side of Nightshade is an intriguing and steamy tale of magic and an unlikely romance between two sworn enemies in the centuries old witches’ war.
    Sarah accepts an assignment to investigate a remote castle on a small island to see what the Keepers are hiding there.  Tristan is a powerful Keeper that has been protected because of his bloodline on the island for most of his life.  When Sarah is captured, the two find themselves drawn to each other and embark on a romance that invites their doom.
    The author has created a very hot and steamy world with dark witches and shapeshifting guardians.  The romance builds at a slow and even pace throughout the story that creates lots of tension and suspense between Sarah and Tristan.  The sex scenes are well written and hot enough to set the pages on fire and with the added tension of them being enemies, the romance alone is enough to keep the reader engaged.  
    The author uses vivid details and lots of intensity to draw the reader into the story and keeps them entertained from beginning to end.  All the characters are compelling with strong personalities and the plot flows smoothly with lots of intrigue. 
    I love the youth adult Nightshade series and I was a little worried about how good this book would be, but I was very impressed with the way the author brought this version together while staying true to the original story.  I also liked that the author gives us more insight into the beginnings of the Nightshade world and brings new characters to life.  I can’t wait to read the next two books in this trilogy. 

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  • Posted November 4, 2013

    I absolutely loved the Nightshade trilogy and I have even read t

    I absolutely loved the Nightshade trilogy and I have even read the two books in the prequel series. I was excited to hear that Andrea Cremer was writing another book set in the Nightshade world. This series is for adults and is definitely not YA due to some graphic adult content. That is the reason she decided to use a pen-name instead of the name associated with her YA books.

    Captive tells the story of Shay's parents, Tristan and Sarah Doran. Tristan is a Keeper and Sarah is a Searcher, which in theory means they should be mortal enemies. What starts out as a ploy on both of their parts to gain information, and perhaps Sarah's freedom, turns into far more. Tristan and Sarah are both strong and independent characters. As the story developed I couldn't help but love them, which is probably why I was on Team Shay since they very beginning of the Nightshade series.

    All of the events take place prior to Nightshade, but I would recommend reading the Nightshade series before Captive. There is a lot of history and detail behind the Witches War, Keepers, Searchers, Guardians, and the nether creatures that is discussed at length in her YA books. It is touched upon briefly in Captive, but it was described at a level I would consider to be more of a refresher. I don't think I would have appreciated this book nearly as much as I did if I didn't already have this background information.

    If you are an adult fan of the Nightshade series, I would highly recommend reading Captive. It contains all of the action and suspense I have come to expect from the Nightshade books with the addition of a steamy romance. I will definitely be counting down the days until the release of the next book in this series.

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  • Posted October 29, 2013

    Captive: The Forbidden Side Of Nightshade, is the first book in

    Captive: The Forbidden Side Of Nightshade, is the first book in A.D Robertson's (aka: Andrea Cremer's) adult trilogy version of her YA series Nightshade.
    Full of steaminess that is too mature for her teenage audiences, this is the book that A.D wanted Nightshade to be.
    A.D has crafted an incredibly scorching, steamy and hot read that will appeal to readers that enjoy their romances with a bit of spice.
    Being a big fan of the Nightshade series (except the last book Bloodrose which left me bitterly disappointed) any spin-off or prequel series is welcomed and appreciated.
    Held against her will by Tristan who's castle she was attempting to break into to gather information, Sarah is caught and left naked and chained to Tristan's bed, of course with them both being on opposite sides of war, Tristan as a Keeper and Sarah as a Searcher they don't expect the instant attraction and chemistry they share for one another, to spend more time with her Tristan devises a different challenge every day, winner gets to ask the loser questions and it's from these tasks that their feelings for one another grow.
    But when the evil dark Lord Bosque Mar discovers the presence of a Searcher at the castle Sarah is far from safe and it's up to Tristan to figure out what he's willing to sacrifice to save the woman he loves.
    I really loved this book and the addition to the Nightshade series that this is, this story relates as well to an adult version as it did told in a YA perspective and I cannot wait for the following two books.

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