Captive: The Forbidden Side of Nightshade

Captive: The Forbidden Side of Nightshade

by A. D. Robertson
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Captive: The Forbidden Side of Nightshade by A. D. Robertson

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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ISBN-13: 9780698138339
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/22/2013
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 641,851
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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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Captive: The Forbidden Side of Nightshade 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
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.
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Brooke-The-Cover-Contessa More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story, kept me reading all night long had a hard time putting the book down.
TheBibliophilicBookBlog More than 1 year ago
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!
Dazzlamb More than 1 year ago
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.
BookWormInCali More than 1 year ago
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.
SezjbSB More than 1 year ago
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.
BookNerd3 More than 1 year ago
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.