With a twist that literally takes your breath away!
Just a few days away from their civil ceremony, Hugo and Ben's lives couldn’t be more perfect. Hugo is a talented assistant curator at a local art museum, while Ben is a successful advertising executive. Everyone views them as the 'dream couple' - with the exception of Ben’s snooty, disapproving mother.
Their long awaited honeymoon vacation to South Africa had finally arrived and it had become everything they'd hoped for. Then on their last day, the two handsome men find themselves lured by adventurous sexual fantasies - surrendering to the temptation of extramarital affairs. Unfortunately for Ben, it costs him his freedom.
Torn apart by a kidnapping, an abductor that wants payment beyond the usual monetary ransom, Hugo’s world is turned upside down as he tries all he can to locate his man.
Slowly, he becomes exposed to a world of crime and BDSM tucked beneath the murky shadows of beautiful Cape Town. But with the help of new friends, Hugo has the strength to remain hopeful and optimistic that he’ll soon see Ben again.
The story of Hugo and Ben will have you continuously guessing as it takes you down the most unexpected paths. This book is a journey of love and heartbreak, with a twist that will literally take your breath away. Be prepared to become ensnared in a mysterious web of intrigue as one man’s search for his husband leads to self-discovery and tragedy.
|Publisher:||Tenth Street Press|
|File size:||290 KB|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
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David Ellis’s “Captive” is a dark, sensual book that tells the story of Ben and Hugo, recently married in London and ready to start their lives together—until their lives go horribly off-track. Ben is the rich, successful playboy, good-looking and with a tendency to stray; Hugo is quieter, still handsome but happy working in a museum and away from the crowd. They decide to honeymoon to Cape Town, South Africa, and while their vacation is near idyllic at first it quickly plunges into a nightmare. While Hugo is distracted by the amorous attentions of a hotel staff member, Ben disappears—he’s been kidnapped, and is being held hostage for one million rand. His captors send videos of men degrading Ben sexually as he is bound, submitting to numerous BDSM encounters. While in many stories the narrative would wrap up at the point where Ben is (or isn’t) rescued, “Captive” continues, dealing with the aftermath of such trauma and how it affects everyone in the book—leading to a shocking twist that’s also a little heartbreaking. I can’t say I would recommend “Captive” to everyone, because as readers have noted the sex scenes are very graphic and appear frequently throughout the novel—if you are offended by such things, the book might not be for you (in which case check out Ellis’s other very good and less explicit novel, “If Looks Could Kill”). However, if you don’t mind adult content and are looking for a fast-paced, well-plotted suspense novel, then give “Captive” a try.
On the outside, Ben and Hugo’s relationship seems to have come straight from a gay fairytale: both exceptionally good-looking and well-endowed, the two are living the best years of their lives amid adoring friends and family (except for Ben’s mother, that is). But on the inside, their partnership isn’t strictly monogamous: having newly married, they spend their honeymoon in Cape Town, South Africa, where the sun and the stunning vista and the atmosphere of rarefied romance promptly open them up not only for passionate marital sex, but also to consummate extramarital ones. It’s all so good, until Ben—the fun-loving flirt—disappears and is subjected to such jaws-dropping physical and sexual violence by shady characters with what turns out to have been a long-drawn-out agenda. Yes, as an erotic fiction, ‘Captive’ has a great amount of sex scenes—although expertly and deftly written by David Ellis. The gratuitous sex scenes—some with a touch of BDSM, a ‘fetish’ made recently very popular by EL James’s ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’—are breathtaking and work really well as part of the story. Despite the comparison to ‘Fifty Shades’, however, ‘Captive’ is by all means a superior book in its own genre, mainly because of the sheer seasoned quality of Ellis’s writing—the confidence and literary grace is evident even when Ellis is describing brutally violent scenes like an impassioned observer. And of course, let’s not forget the humor: Ellis’s sense of humor cracks up in places you’d never expect it to be, like comic relief, appearing in sudden one-liners or a tongue-in-cheek description. “Sprinkled” subtly like the expert finishing touches on a masterpiece, the element of humor is just a delightful bonus to a novel that already is brimming with irresistible qualities. ‘Captive’ is a well-written tale with a believable story arc that Ellis succeeds in using as a powerful literary device. The setting—Cape Town—is also rendered so vividly that you could almost feel the sand in your feet. It is an emotional meat-grinder, a suspense-mystery of sorts, that ends with a surprisingly satisfying climax that will leave you wanting to read for more. Fortunately, David Ellis has written other books, so if ‘Captive’ merely gave you a hankering for more David Ellis, just go visit his Amazon author page for more of his books. This one deserves five stars, no less.