Captive Bride by Bonnie Dee is a very sexy and romantic read. I like this very much, but I have trouble grasping the plot at the beginning of this story. I was not quite sure what the author is trying to write, but it began to be clear to me after reading it for a while.
There’s room for improvement though the romantic scenes are spectacular. I was hoping for more… perhaps a faster pace? I’m not quite sure. The author was highly descriptive on the settings: clothes, environment and whatnot, but I was hoping for more character’s development.
This book is enjoyable nevertheless. If I were to rate this book, I would give it a 3 stars out of 5 stars.
From the back of the book:
San Francisco, 1870
Huiann arrives in America expecting to be wed to a wealthy businessman. She no sooner disembarks from the ship than she realizes Xie is not looking for a bride: Huiann is worth more to him as a high-end prostitute. Though her fate is better than that of other Chinese women forced into the sex trade, she has no intention of waiting for Xie to sell her virginity to the highest bidder. At the first opportunity, she escapes and disappears into the city.
When a beautiful woman takes refuge in his store, Alan’s life changes forever. He’s spent the last five years trying to forget the horrors of war, and had almost given up hope of finding love. He hires Huiann as his housekeeper, and though they can only communicate through signs and sketches, they quickly form a bond that transcends the need for words.
But Xie is determined to recover his property, and love may not be enough to protect Huiann from his vengeance.
I received this ARC free from Carina Press via Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review for it and all opinions are 100% mine.