Captive by Brenda Rothert
Book 2 in Fire on Ice series
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.
My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
The first book I ever read of Brenda Rothert's was Bound, book 1 in this series. I fell in love with Kate and Ryke and was able to relate to their story on more than one personal note. Needless to say, I was very happy when I finally got Captive in my hands.
My first impression here was that Kate was still not healed and in an almost lockdown, depression mode. While I understand the trauma she was still battling, one thing was clear to me. The entire book is a love song to Jason Ryker. He carries the entire plot to the end. Without him and his truly formidable will, there would have been no marriage at all. He saves his relationship, his wife, and his family in one fell swoop. There is no woman on earth in her right mind that wouldn't wish to be married to a man like this. Maybe that should be Man, with a capital M!
Though I enjoyed Harmony, who is a really kooky character, it's Melody who steals the show. (I'm having a good chuckle over their names after I've strung them together) She's the only person who could have healed Kate completely because she's been through so much more hurt than everyone combined. Wounded healers are always more powerful, right?
There were times I could have cheerfully strangled Kate for all the stress she put Ryke through. But at the same time, I was sympathetic to the fear of getting pregnant again and failing and knew it was all done because she didn't want them to be hurt anymore. The highest point for me was when she realized she was keeping herself prisoner. It's like the Zen story where the teacher asks a student praying for freedom exactly who is keeping him in jail.
Captive is a beautifully bittersweet story filled with that sense of realism I've come to expect from Brenda Rothert. This book is a keeper.
Brenda Rothert started her writing career as a print journalist. She now writes Romances, some Contemporary and others with a twist of dystopian society and adventure. Rothert lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three boys.https://www.facebook.com/?ref=tn_tnmn#!/authorbrendarothert
Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7010859.Brenda_Rothert?from_search=true
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