Captive Dreams
Angela Knight & Diane Whiteside
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Captive Dreams
Angela Knight & Diane Whiteside
Berkley Trade
336 pages
September 2006
rated 4 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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Captive Dreams is actually two stories - “Bound by the Dragon” by Diane Whiteside and “Bound by the Dream” by Angela Knight - that are linked together to form one fascinating book. This erotic tale focuses on two sisters who both happen to be authors and what happens to them when they discover that the worlds that they’ve been writing about for years are real.

Celeste and Corrine Carson, both successful writers, are discussing their next books and their future careers one night when everything they’ve ever believed to be true suddenly changes. Celeste, a science fiction author, has decided that she wants to kill off Jarred Varrain, the hero of her popular series. Corrine, on the other hand, is trying to figure out how to marry off Mykhayl, a secondary character in many of her romance novels, and make him the romantic hero of his own book.

Unbeknownst to both women, Jarred and Mykhayl are very real. For years they’ve been manipulated and tortured by these two women. The two heroes share a half-existence—half in their own world, the other in limbo between the two worlds. They are never able to see each other but can communicate when they are in limbo together. Invisible to themselves and to their creators, they have been left at Celeste and Corrine’s mercy for far too long. But all that is about to change.

Mykhayl Tibronson, High King of Torhtremer, lives in a realm of sorcery and magic and has obtained an enchanted amulet. With this amulet, he casts a spell that creates a portal into Celeste and Corrine’s world. Both men are determined to have their revenge for everything they’ve been put through over the years. Stepping through the portal, they take the women by surprise, bind them, and drag them back into their respective worlds.

In “Bound by the Dragon,” Diane Whiteside takes us into Mykhayl’s world. He is the last Dragonheart, the only living person who can summon the Imperial Dragon to life. It is into this barbarian world that he takes Corrine. She is afraid, especially considering that she has a past history with an abusive husband. But Mykhayl’s revenge is not quite what she imagines as he draws her deep into a sensual web from which she’s not sure she wants to escape. Even as she fears him, she is drawn to him sexually.

But Mykhayl has issues of his own, especially when it comes to sorceresses. Because of her knowledge of the world, Corrine is able to work magic and her skill grows the longer she spends there. Having once been captured, tortured and almost destroyed by one sorceress, can Mykhayl learn to trust another one? When the kingdom is threatened by the evil Dark Warrior, Mykhayl and Corrine must face their greatest fears and challenges if they and the people of the kingdom are to have a chance to survive.

In “Bound by the Dream” by Angela Knight, Celeste is bound and dragged by Jarred Varrain into a futuristic realm. A cyborg, Jarred is an enforcement agent of the Stellar Compact’s government, and he is also a man bent on revenge. Not only does he blame Celeste for the death of his best friend, but he also holds her responsible for ten years of pain and torment, not to mention the fact that she has been planning to kill him off.

Using all the technology and skill at his fingertips, Jarred begins a campaign to bring the proud Celeste to her knees, and he uses sex to do it. But Celeste discovers that the longer she is in this realm, the more psychic skills she develops. She is not helpless but finds herself falling in love with the angry, tortured Jarred even as he plans to give her as a sex slave to his best friend.

This is not a book for the faint of heart. It is an erotic fantasy that plays heavily on the captive fantasy, and some people might find some of the scenes slightly uncomfortable. Diane Whiteside’s offering plays less into this fantasy, while Angela Knight’s embraces it to the fullest. However, if you enjoy erotic fantasy coupled with romance, then this is a book you definitely don’t want to miss. Both Whiteside and Knight write compelling stories, rich in vivid detail, and pull the two of them together to give a satisfying conclusion.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Norma Collins, 2006

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