Autumn, an Australian export is alone in New York after being cheated on by her ex-boyfriend. With limited choices, the end of her working visa is looking appealing. During a drunken episode amidst her pity party (a bottle of gin with a straw will do that to you), she accidentally gives her landlord a page out of her sex- comic. An explicit illustration of the two of them in a very compromising position.
"Whelp. Smart and humongous. Where had she gotten off turning this guy into a porno comic character?"
Blake has been secretly crushing on Autumn from the sidelines. Even without a boyfriend, he never thought that the fun-size blonde would ever be interested in the man giant with a limp.
"Unbelievable. They’d barely exchanged a word since she moved in, yet they’d been mentally screwing each other’s brains out from two floors away."
Autumn admits to Blake that he has featured in her fantasies. A kinky fantasy of being captured, restrained and taken advantage of, something she has always longed for. Blake agrees to fulfill her sexual fantasy on the condition that she agrees to three dates. Three dates to get to know one another and to eliminate any fear that may exist between strangers. But with Autumns visa expiry date looming, can they both be brave enough to embrace more then the fantasy?
Captivated was an amazing joint effort between Tessa Bailey and Eve Dangerfield. With a combo like this, you are guaranteed a standout read. Filled with a storyline that will have you continuously grinning, swooning and of course fanning yourself, you’re missing out if you haven’t ready this.
"This sunny girl was on a date with a borderline hermit who didn’t know the first thing about repairing post-break up pride—he had zero delusions he could salvage her heart—but was utterly compelled to try."
‘Captivated' is a totally kinky but very sweet book that was an eye opening pleasure to read. To be honest I’m not sure I’ve read a dirtier or funnier book!
I literally laughed my way through this fun, sweet, Filthy and warm-hearted story. Autumn is an Australian living in New York City. She followed her former boyfriend there however it doesn’t work out and she plans to move back home once her work visa expires.
She is a girl with needs and fantasies ... especially about her big, brooding beast of a landlord. Blake stays cooped up in his apartment and hates people. He is the complete opposite of Autumn: she is funny and outgoing and genuinely likes helping people while he is quiet and can't be bothered having a civil conversation with anyone.
In a hilarious intro ever Autumn writes a note on the back of a porno illustration about her desire for Blake... Turns out they both share the same fantasy but before they begin their role play, Blake asks to take Autumn on three regular dates so they can get to know each other. He does not want to scare her...
"Being held by him was like being held in a cage, a gentle, living cage. With another man it might have felt oppressive, but as Blake kissed her deeply, all she felt was warm and safe and turned ... on.”
I loved the premise of this book and I adored Autumn. Funny, smart and exuberant, she was a true original - extra bonus points because she’s an Aussie. Ms. Tessa Bailey you’ve done it again!
Tessa Bailey and Eve Dangerfield ... what a pair of dirty, dirty birds! I love their individual books but together they have created Captivated, and it’s one blistering hot read.
Blake and Autumn may initially come together to fulfil their sexual desires, but it’s clear from the outset that it’s more than physical between the two, even though both of them are reticent in voicing their non-sexual needs.
I absolutely loved Blake. He is the newest poster boy of Tessa Bailey’s Pouty Man Bear characters. He is physically intimidating, gruff and taciturn. But Lordy, do his waters run deep. He’s the kind of character I equally want to comfort and throw on a bed to do naughty things to him.
Autumn Reynolds is struggling. She followed her boyfriend to NYC but after catching him cheating, she finds herself alone in a city that takes pleasure in wearing her down. I loved her aussie-isms, her kindness, her desire to be a good person but I felt her personality was somewhat diluted because she was just so lost and lonely. It’s not until the latter stages of the book that we get to see a strong and focused Autumn.
I liked that neither character was perfect. They both had issues to work through which nicely drove the narrative. There was nice balance between the sexy times, the fun times and the serious times.
A special mention goes out Autumn’s colleague and personal cheerleader, Owen. His character was a hoot. He definitely provided some much needed laughs but his advice was typically spot on.
Yeah I totally read this because it was shelved as best dirty talk by a few of my GoodReads friends. Add the fact it was co-written by Tessa Bailey and you just know it’s going to be hot. And even though I don’t share Autumn’s kinks it was definitely hot but it was also a lot more that I wasn’t really expecting.
I haven’t read any books by Eve Dangerfield before so I didn’t really know what to expect from her contribution into this. What I got was a heap of laughs and a very rare authentic Aussie “sheila”. Autumn was so Aussie in her inner thoughts and speaking it was awesome. It was so good to see a genuinely Australian character and I had so many laugh out loud moments with her I enjoyed everything about her.
Blake was pretty damn great himself. He was the perfect guy for Autumn and I was hooked from the start. I mean seriously who here can resist a guy who loves books? And turns himself inside out to be perfect for Autumn. Sure he made some mistakes but he was so sincere in everything he did for her it was super sweet.
I totally loved Blake and Autumn as a couple and the way they interacted was so real and felt so natural and I loved every part of this story.