Captive is the first book I've read by Remy Jensen and despite my forced reservations about reading capture books (because I never seem to learn my lesson and I always do and they usually bother me), I couldn't deny this one. I mean, it's got a pretty boy rocker! I couldn't say no. And I'm glad I didn't, because I found this story to be a fun romp across the Caribbean seas with action, and more action (if you know what I mean) with a dashing, well... contemporary pirate.
It took Nico time to wear down his manager and get him to agree to Nico taking a solo vacation without his bodyguard. He needs some time away and after all, he's just going to be sipping mai tai's on the beach in Belize. There's no danger. But when he finds himself tied to the masthead when the water taxi turned out to be a trap, full of pirates bent on revenge, he knows he made a mistake. What can he do? The men are lecherous and he looks very much like a pretty woman to a bunch of roughneck sailors. His savior (and jailor) comes in the form of the captain of the boat and leader of their plot to smuggle illegal jade, a man who seems to be American (with yummy dreads) and no older than him. Patrick is an enigma, and Nico can't decide whether to hate him or lust after him. Sure, maybe he didn't want to be ravaged at first, but when Patrick firmly enforces his chastity, well... things have changed.
As you can see from my summary of the story, the best part of this story is that it doesn't take itself seriously, however it isn't over the top. It isn't really making fun of itself, but Nico is such a subtly flamboyant man that "stockholm syndrome" suddenly sounds like an adventure. Of course, subtly flamboyant is difficult to describe, but what I mean is that Nico has a natural vivacity that draws people to him, probably part of the reason he's so engaging on the stage. But it shows itself more naturally on the boat, because no matter what Nico is doing, snarling at the men around him or dressed in drag, he's engaging and likable without even trying.
So that made this story quite a bit of fun to read. They have adventures, of course, which I won't really get into, but the real story is in the growing romance between Nico and Patrick. I would have liked a little more detail about Patrick's past and the reason he's a "pirate" as Nico calls him but which he adamantly denies. He is, however, on the run and unable to return to America, and I would have liked more detail about what exactly he was running from. While we get a little bit of the picture, we don't get much more than that. I do appreciate, however, that the ending takes a somewhat more realistic turn than I expected. It ends with a firm HFN and maybe an HEA, depending on your opinion, but not without time and difficulty. There isn't a quick and easy ride off into the sunset (or, I should say sail), but rather at least an attempt to not demand the reader suspend too much disbelief.
Really, though, this was just a fun read. I enjoyed Nico the most of course, but Patrick as well and liked that their relationship takes central stage but with a backdrop of their adventures, instead of more emphasis in other directions. The sex is incredibly steamy. So I'd recommend this story for a light hearted tale when you get the winter blues. The sunshine and azure seas of Belize will entice you to take a 30 minute vacation with sexy men with dreads and small, lithe rockers with too much attitude.