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Monday, November 19, 2012

Captured Hearts by Sandra Deighan

Captured Hearts by Sandra Deighan
Publisher: Lysmata Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (408 pgs)
Heat level: hot
Rating: 2.5 stars
Reviewed by Nymphaea

Throughout the ages, they have been worshipped as gods, demigods, angels, or demons for the sexual powers they possess. They are supernatural seduction artists accustomed to absolute power over the flesh and mortals are their playthings.

A former pagan god, temporarily calling himself Fryar Grimsson until he chooses a new identity for this age, knows what to expect from his toys, having experienced all personalities over the years. But during a routine acquisition of a spirited mortal woman, he suddenly finds himself making mistake after mistake, since the extremely inhibited female doesn't respond as planned. Overjoyed with the discovery of a real treasure, for he's not been surprised in a very long time, he keeps her at his side as a curiosity, a momentary diversion until a better game comes along.

But too late he recognizes his biggest blunder. The longer he associates with this rare individual, the more he learns about her, and the more she takes a hold of his heart. In time, he becomes just as much her captive as she is his. As this very jaded and self-centered immortal sorts through feelings he's never personally experienced before, he finds himself as much of a virgin to love's influence as his hostage.

An immortal with the capacity to love or is he just kidding himself?

I've read quite a few paranormal stories and lots involving vampires. This one threw me for a loop. The concept is intriguing. Fryar feeds off humans giving in to their inhibitions. He wants them to be bad and go with their innate sexual feelings. Its interesting in a devil-made-me-do-it sort of way and I was interested enough in the unique idea to read this.

This is where I'm confused. I wanted to like both Fryar and Deana. And being a romance, I expected them to have a happily ever after. I didn't get that with this book. There's a disconnect. The feelings aren't so much of love and romance, but more sexual attraction. And for a book to be labeled as sensual, I never expected to see a particular word for women's genitals in it. I'm sure some readers wouldn't be expecting it as well and might object. Maybe labeling it "hot" instead of sensual would work better, especially with the focus on sex.

Another thing that detracted from the read was the many editing errors. Just a little more work and this could be a tighter, more exciting work. There are areas where the story is told to me rather than being shown to me and quite a few times where the words weren't spelled correctly.  I wanted to like this book, but when I struggled to get into it, that made the read more difficult.

But I have to say I did enjoy Deana. She is a good foil for Fryar. She's everything he wants, but just a tad out of reach.  If you want a paranormal with provocative overtones and a unique plot twist, then this might be the read for you.  The author certainly shows promise with her interesting take on vampires.