Two years ago, Jason and Kate Ryker were brought together by grief and bound to one another by love. Now married, they’re confronting their fears together.

But heartbreak finds them again, and the ties that bind Kate and Ryke are tested as she struggles against fear and sadness. As a grief counselor, Kate understands all too well the pain of her clients. And while her husband’s career as an NHL forward is at an all-time high, he’s coping with the frustration of feeling powerless as his wife’s hopes slip away.

Kate’s unexpected journey sheds light on the fear that imprisons her, and reveals that she is the only one who can set herself free.


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Reviewed by Jenny
(Review for Bound Fire on Ice #1 can be found here)

Jenny: 4.5 Stars

I loved Bound (Fire on Ice #1) but have to say, I was absolutely taken with Captive. This was one for the heart and my heart felt every single moment. I couldn’t move until I finished it. I cried, my heart hurt, the chemistry was sizzling, my emotions were tested and I swooned over Jason Ryker to the ninth degree. Wow! What a guy!  Hot Pro Hockey player, devoted, caring, attentive and deeply passionate husband…this guy won me over completely!

“I love you, Kate” “You fill up my heart and make me whole.”

Captive picks up from Bound and takes us, via dual pov’s into some trying and painful moments of Kate and Ryke’s marriage. These two have certainly had their ups and downs and you wonder how much more tragedy they can sustain. These two share a love so soul deep you can feel its intensity and passion on every page. You know, with every fibre of your being, that these two share a deep love and commitment, yet you wonder how far they can be pushed before they crumble.

“It’s hard to see you hurting.” “But seeing you cry rips a hole in my chest.” – Ryke

As Ryke fulfils his Hockey commitments on the road and Kate throws herself into her counselling, their life is balanced and happy until tragedy once again strikes them. It was painful, and it broke my heart as I shared Kate and Ryke’s sadness and agony.

Kate’s suffering made me ache. I understood her actions and her need to find herself in her time. I felt for both of them as each was lost and needed to find their way back. Kate is a much stronger character in Captive. I loved seeing the growth of her and the intensity of their love left me breathless.

“You hold the key. And you can keep it in your hand for as long as you need to. But there will come a point where you’re ready to use that key to break out of the jail you’ve put yourself in. Only you can set yourself free.”

Ryke, oh dear lord, this man is just perfection. He completely MELTED my heart and I was a gonner for him. As the strain of their tragedy tests their relationship, you can feel Ryke’s bewilderment and confusion over Kate’s evasiveness and her suffering. You trudge through feelings of hopelessness with him and every painful step taken is experienced throughout. This man, who is so in control of everything in his life, is at a loss and feels complete desolation as Kate begins to pull away from him.

‘I didn’t pray regularly, but I couldn’t help sending a hope skyward that she wouldn’t have her heart broken again. If miracles were possible, I’d do anything to score one for her.”

Without hesitation, Ryke would take away ounce of Kate’s pain if he could and watching her suffer slowly eats at him as he tries to reach out to her. This woman is his life ,his love, his heart.

“You want your wife to be the dreamer while you’re the one who makes them all come true.”

Healing and hope come in all forms and Brenda Rothert wove a beautiful and heartfelt sub story into Captive that became so powerful, so moving and so poignant to the story that my heart leapt with joy. It was pure beauty and it was during these times the power of their love shone through.

“The thing about loving someone this much is…her pain is like a knife to my chest.” – Ryke

As Kate and Ryke’s resolve is tested and we weave our way through their pain and grief, you feel the strength of their bond deepen, theirs is a love that will prevail, you feel it in your bones

Brenda Rothert made my heart ache, she made it hope, she made it swoon and she made me smile. She delivered her story with passion, heat, humour, warmth, sadness and lots of emotion between a couple who shared a soul searing love and whose story snuck its way well and truly into my heart.

ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review.


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