Saturday, August 8, 2015

Captive's Desire by Natasha Knight

Captive's DesireCaptive's Desire by Natasha Knight

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Despite my love of sci-fi romances, I was very hesitant to review Captive’s Desire. I really wasn’t sure how Ms. Knight was going to successfully integrate a Domestic Discipline relationship into a futuristic setting and make it believable. Truth be told, the first time that Hayden spanks Olivia had me rolling my eyes due to its timing. However, because the author got right into the action within the first few pages of the book, I was already hooked by the sci-fi romance portion of the storyline so I continued on without hesitation. I thought that at the very least, I would find my enjoyment in that portion of the story and just deal with the spanking scenes as they occurred. However, the farther into the relationship that Ms. Knight took the reader, the more natural and more believable the spanking became to me.

When Olivia’s first solo mission and final test flight ends with her being shot down in the contaminated zone, she knows her life is over because no one can survive the poisoned air. When she is plucked from the crash site by a man, she is so overwhelmed by the crash and being caught by a rebel that she doesn’t realize that the poisoned air isn’t killing her. One by one, Olivia learns that much of what she was taught about the land and people outside of the dome is not true and that her government has been lying to her. While the idea of drugged air inside a government-controlled dome is not new, that doesn’t mean that Ms. Knight wasn’t able to make it work for her. I enjoyed how Olivia’s sexual awareness increased as the effect of the drugs left her system. The spanking which enraged and humiliated her in the beginning soon became a source of arousal and pleasure – even if done by her enemy. As a highly trained soldier, I actually wasn’t surprised that Olivia was submissive to Hayden because all of the information the reader receives about the government would indicate that they would seek out persons with submissive personalities as they could capitalize on it in training.

I enjoyed the way in which the relationship between Hayden and Olivia developed. Yes, there was a time or two when I felt like things were moving a little quickly, but I found it easy to dismiss in light of their situation. Due to the heavy emphasis on punishment spanking in the beginning of the relationship, I wouldn’t categorize it as a Domestic Discipline relationship because Olivia was technically Hayden’s prisoner. That said, I felt as though (after the first spanking) his punishment was appropriate to her transgressions. While I personally do not go in for humiliation, I understood where Hayden was coming from by wanting to make that particular punishment session as memorable as possible as failure to “learn her lesson” was not an option. And as the relationship progressed, it began to look more like the Domestic Discipline relationships I’m accustomed to. The actual sci-fi portion of the storyline proved to be action-packed and really upped the ante when Olivia had to go back to the dome, but because I don’t want to spoil the story for potential readers I will say that Ms. Knight did an excellent job at satisfying my inner sci-fi romance junkie. I found Captive’s Desire to be a thoroughly enjoyable read and look forward to checking out more of the author’s work.

I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Reviewed by Angela at Crystal's Many Reviewers!

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