Overall Rating: ★★★★★
Narrator: David Monteath
Audiobook Length: 7hr 49m
Release Date: 09-11-2015
Reading Time: 7 minutes
*FTC Disclaimer: I received a review copy of Midnight Captive from Arial Burnz in exchange for an honest review. I have in no way been influenced by the narrator, author and/or publisher’s generosity. You can’t fake these stars, baby!
CAILIN MAC DOUGAL has lived a dangerous life being the adopted daughter of vampire Broderick “Rick” MacDougal, so she had no choice but to learn to fight in order to protect herself. However, such behavior is hardly desirable in a dutiful wife who’s supposed to embroider and run a household. This aggressive side of her behavior should be easy enough to hide from her betrothed…shouldn’t it?
After being away at fencing school for seven years, JAMES KNIGHTLY has returned as a master swordsman, ready to captain his own ship and finally wed his childhood sweetheart, Cailin MacDougal. What he finds waiting for him is a dagger-toting hellion for a bride, an immortal father-in-law, and an enemy bent on extracting revenge by threatening the family James holds most dear–the MacDougals.
BRODERICK MAC DOUGAL is lured away from his family with the promise of–at last–learning a way to protect those he loves from his clan enemy, Angus Campbell. Broderick knows he’s headed for a trap, but the bait is too tempting to resist…and he unravels the beginning of a prophecy that will lead to redemption for all vampires. The cost of such redemption, though, may be the very soul of the woman he would die for…his wife, Davina.
Reader Advisory: This story contains some explicit love scenes, described using graphic and direct language. This story also contains explicit, nail-biting scenes of violence and sword fights.
First Line: “The cold steel of the blade pressed so hard against Cailin MacDougal’s throat, she couldn’t swallow the lump forming there—nor could she be sure her eyes watered from fear or her attacker.”
I wish I could do as many accents as David Monteath. It would certainly make talking to myself more interesting.
Gaaawd friends, these books are so good — so thorough — they’re practically standalones. Not that I recommend reading them out of order, but hey, I’ve been known to do that a time or two. Besides, who needs to read when you have the man of many accents crooning in your ear? David could voice over every actor in “Outlander” for cryin’ out loud. #JamieOhJamie!
You all know that David is my favorite Scottish narrator, and Midnight Captive is a magnificent showcase of all of David’s talents. His voice is a production. He’s all the parts of a choir working simultaneously and harmoniously to engulf your mind in this beautiful story Arial Burnz has created.
Broderick’s deep voice. James’ baritone. Angus and his rat-like subordinates?… YaaaOK are there any vocal inflections this man can’t do? (No.)
Let’s not even talk about David’s ability to make me cry. I’m talking level 5 hurricane here. How does it make you feel knowing you made a girl CRY, David?! No man should have this kind of power. The perfect lilts and his inhuman ability to narrate 112 different voices is the engine behind this steamboat chug-a-lugging all over my heart.
Grab. Elbow. Spin. Stab!
Hu-what are we grabbing now? Get yo hands OFF of Sandra Dee! It’s time to learn some combat! ⚔ Prepare yourselves, because Part II of the Puppet Show from Hell is about to commence.
Angus Campbell is back and this Puppet Master is ready for round two in this stunning sequel to Midnight Conquest. Broderick and his mortal wife Davina are still being haunted by Angus’ threats after nearly 2 decades… and now these threats loom over Cailin, their daughter.
In this rapturing sequel, we follow Cailin MacDougal and her wild, reckless, and selfless attempts to save her family.
Cailin is no lady. She can’t pour tea, she doesn’t like to wear proper undergarments, she’s a prime victim and gets attacked in alleyways, and it appears she is a hibernating horn-dog ready to be awoken… But… she’s a master with knives. We win some we lose some, eh?
Once, twice, three times a
We are first introduced to Cailin as she is being attacked in an alley. She can obviously defend herself, but she gets distracted when a devilishly handsome man approaches her while she’s acting like a barbarian out of the woods. Impressed, this man starts to seduce and taunt Cailin. Ooooh and Cailin ain’t minding one BIT! Cailin is so drawn to this man, she’s ready for the pajama party to begin!
Before Cailin could utter another word, his mouth descended upon hers, capturing a seeking kiss. Surely her lack of will to resist was due to the ordeal she’d just experienced. But the flutter in her stomach told her she enjoyed this man’s touch far too much to blame exhaustion…
Yes, Cailin and this stranger are lusting for each other. What Cailin doesn’t know is that this “stranger” is the man her father has arranged for her to marry. Yup. She’s making out with her future husband and she doesn’t even know it.
James Knightly is Cailin’s soon-to-be-husband. Except now, Cailin is terrified he won’t want anything to do with her after he witnessed her beat the bejesus out of a man in the alley. What man would ever want a woman who straps knives onto her body like Xena the Warrior Princess? (Ummm… EVERY man?)
Cailin has nothing to worry about… yet. James is devoted to the MacDougals. James’ father, having succumbed to the manipulations of Angus, has left him with no choice other than to call the MacDougals family.
He has promised Broderick he will do whatever it takes to protect Cailin. And good thing he does, because Broderick has finally found a way to protect the ones he loves from Angus’ conniving ways and he must leave to find answers. Broderick insists that James be in charge of the MacDougal Castle in his absence.
And what a crummy job James does at THAT, because Cailin gets kidnapped. Broderick is away seeking answers so he’s no use, and now this man-child loses his fiancée! Aye! We’re only a few chapters in! This book is just fan-freaking-tastic! Good thing Cailin is a barbarian because the men in her life are SLACKING!
Angus’ hatred for Broderick continues to simmer, and now he has Broderick’s sweet innocent daughter. As the men in Cailin’s life try to get to her before it’s too late (and it’s always too late), it’s time for Cailin to make some decisions.
Succumb? Or fight? Where is James when you need him?!
I say Broderick needs to come back STAT and finally finish off this Angus fella. It’s time, Broderick. But damn prophesy for pre-determining his fate! Broderick’s destiny has always been in a downward spiral, and in Midnight Captive we have no different.
“I have a strange feeling this journey my father took has opened a door to…” She couldn’t quite put words to the foreboding in her heart. “Considering what he just said and this lingering…I know not, James. I just know this is not finished…”
Love, revenge, and sacrifice. Once again Arial Burnz works her sweet addictive magic in Midnight Captive. New secrets are uncovered as we continue the story of Broderick and Davina’s eternal love. Now, Cailin and James are forced to follow in the footsteps of those before and face the wrath of Angus. The past does repeat itself, friends.
Angus is a corroded brass reed in a pipe organ, and no matter what Broderick does, the piece of junk will always play out of tune. Someone is going to suffer, and Angus is going to make sure it’s Broderick.
Midnight Captive will ruin your heart as you follow Cailin in her pursuits, and James in his quest to save her. You will suffer, fall, and inevitably prophesy will determine your fate. Too bad prophesy isn’t on our side right now…
I shall cut her heart out as you and Hamish have cut out mine!
Grab. Elbow. Spin. Stab.
Do your worst, Puppet Master. Do. Your. Worst.