Captive Bride Unbound – Nov 1999
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About the Author
One of the world's most successful authors of historical romance, every one of Johanna Lindsey's previous novels has been a national bestseller, and several of her titles have reached the #1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list. Ms. Lindsey lives in New England with her family.--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
So what is wrong with "Captive Bride"?
1. For starters, it took me a week to read it. A week! In contrast, I read JL's superb "When Love Awaits" in 3 hours. I even read "A Pirate's Love" in 2 days, and I thought that was pushing it. But a week?!? The first few chapters of "Captive" are VERY boring. Most of it is spent on stupid dialogue like Christina asking the servants for a bath or in dumb topics like brushing her hair or getting dressed. Nothing of interest happens until Philip steals her in the middle of the night and drags her halfway across Egypt to be his love slave.
2. All the characters are wooden, with perhaps the exception of Tommy, who surprised me by screaming like a baby in the end. JL can't even keep her characterization straight. For instance: one second, Philip claims he won't marry, the next he's proposing the moment he meets Christina. Hmmmm. And WHY does Christina weep over the old sheik's death? I didn't notice anything worthy about him. After all, he was all for Christina being kidnapped. And she likes him????
3. "Captive" is a first novel. That's not to say all first novels suck. But I'd hazard a guess that if someone tried getting this published today, they'd be laughed at - if the editor ever made it past reading the first three sentences.
I strongly urge you to NOT read "Captive" unless you are dead set on curing insomnia. If you are new to Lindsey novels, then I would suggest you read "Savage Thunder," "Once A Princess," "Warrior's Woman," or "A Heart So Wild." Or, if you need a good Arab romp, read Lindsey's "Silver Angel," about an Englishwoman sold into a harem. You won't regret it.
And... well... I did find it to be a good story I guess... the plot had a lot of potential, BUT I read it through and didn't find myself caring much for any of the characters. They had absolutely no depth.
It was written almost in a rushed way with barely any communication, conversation or in-depth storylines. It didn't make me laugh, cry or feel for Christina and Phillip in any way.
I knew that I probably wouldn't love the book since it was one of her earlier works, but truth is that I didn't even like it a little bit. I was just trying to get through it.
I hated Philip, even from what little I learned of him. I really didn't understand his nastiness or what motivated him. I didn't feel that he loved Christina, but only wanted her for his own selfish reasons, not caring in the least that he had taken her from everyone she loved and that she was grieving about this.
Christina hated Philip in the beginning and I just could not understand what on earth changed her feelings to love... He didn't seem worthy of her love or her respect. It didn't seem very realistic at all.
Anyway, I'm glad I read it because it is one of Johanna's and I will read the rest of her books because I know she has some great ones in the collection. It is kinda hard to believe that the same author wrote this and Prisoner of My Desire... What a difference!
Most recent customer reviews
I started reading Johanna Lindsey's books back in highschool...many, many years ago. I actually kind of liked Captive Bride back then. Read morePublished on March 31 2006 by cylon vamp
I first read this book in the early 80's. This was the first romance novel I had ever read, and I enjoyed it very much. I still enjoy re-reading it (and many other Lindsey books). Read morePublished on June 28 2004
This book is TERRIBLE and a big disappointment after reading Ms. Lindsey's terrific Mallory series.
I agree with many others who have reviewed Captive Bride that the rapes and... Read more
I for one loved this book, I loved the way it was written, the characters, everything! Okay I'll admit that the spanking part was indeed degrading to women but I don't think it... Read morePublished on April 4 2004
this is a romance or a manifestation of stockholm syndrome.Don't waste your time.Published on Feb. 22 2004
Well I wouldn't use it as kindling because I don't believe in burning books but it is a lousy book.
FYI: A a woman getting spanked by her man is degrading anywhere! Read more
Johanna Lindsey is one of the better authors in the romance book genre. This is one of her older books but my personal opinion is this is not one of her better books but it wasn't... Read morePublished on Oct. 22 2003
I have very little to say about this book except it lacked any in depth descriptive effort. It was clearly one of her first books. Read morePublished on Oct. 2 2003 by Nicole Wagner
For all of you other revieweres who thought this book was awful, let me tell you something - YOU DON'T KNOW A THING ABOUT ROMANCE!!! Read morePublished on Aug. 18 2003