New Release Book Review: Captivated by Tessa Bailey & Eve Dangerfield

Title: Captivated
Authors: Tessa Bailey & Eve Dangerfield
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 11, 2018


Secret aspiring comedian Autumn Reynolds is a girl gone...not wild exactly. More like lazy. Since her boyfriend abandoned her in New York City for a bunch of improv groupies she’s had two priorities; sucking the nitrous out of whipped cream cans and making sex comics about her mysterious landlord.

Blake hates people—and sunlight—with good reason. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself lusting after his upstairs tenant, a sunny, Australian people pleaser down on her luck. Turns out his ability to terrify with a single scowl comes with an advantage. Autumn seems to like it. A lot. As evidenced by the prisoner-captive comic Blake was never meant to see.  

As they embark on a three-date arrangement the rules are clear; filthy, ground breaking sex, no feelings or commitment required. When chemistry is this strong, though, attachment follows. As Blake and Autumn attempt to negotiate their New York romance, their prior histories and secret dreams come to the foreground. How long can these polar opposites remain Captivated, when all signs point to disaster?

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My Thoughts

Tessa Bailey and Eve Dangerfield ... what a pair of dirty, dirty birds! I love their individual books but together they have created Captivated, and it’s one blistering hot read.

Blake and Autumn may initially come together to fulfil their sexual desires, but it’s clear from the outset that it’s more than physical between the two, even though both of them are reticent in voicing their non-sexual needs.

I absolutely loved Blake. He is the newest poster boy of Tessa Bailey’s Pouty Man Bear characters. He is physically intimidating, gruff and taciturn. But Lordy, do his waters run deep. He’s the kind of character I equally want to comfort and throw on a bed to do naughty things to him. 

Autumn Reynolds is struggling. She followed her boyfriend to NYC but after catching him cheating, she finds herself alone in a city that takes pleasure in wearing her down. I loved her aussie-isms, her kindness, her desire to be a good person but I felt her personality was somewhat diluted because she was just so lost and lonely. It’s not until the latter stages of the book that we get to see a strong and focused Autumn.

I liked that neither character was perfect. They both had issues to work through which nicely drove the narrative. There was nice balance between the sexy times, the fun times and the serious times.

A special mention goes out Autumn’s colleague and personal cheerleader, Owen. His character was a hoot. He definitely provided some much needed laughs but his advice was typically spot on. 

Tessa Bailey

Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans and laptop, driving cross-country to New York City in under four days.

Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention.

She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband of ten years and six-year-old daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.

Eve Dangerfield

Eve Dangerfield has loved romance novels since she first started swiping her grandmother’s paperbacks. Now she writes her own sexy tales about complex women and gorgeous-but-slightly-tortured men. Her work has been described as ‘the defibrillator contemporary romance needs right now,’ and not by herself, or even her mum, but by OTHER PEOPLE.

Eve lives in Melbourne with her boy, a bunch of semi-dead plants and a rabbit named Billy. When she's not writing she can be found making a mess.