Thursday, 30 January 2014

Review - Captive by Brenda Rothert


Title: Captive (Book #2  Fire on Ice Series)
Author: Brenda Rothert
Release Date: January 27, 2014
Two years ago, Jason and Kate Ryker were brought together by grief and bound to one another by love. Now married, they’re confronting their fears together.

But heartbreak finds them again, and the ties that bind Kate and Ryke are tested as she struggles against fear and sadness. As a grief counselor, Kate understands all too well the pain of her clients. And while her husband’s career as an NHL forward is at an all-time high, he’s coping with the frustration of feeling powerless as his wife's hopes slip away.

Kate’s unexpected journey sheds light on the fear that imprisons her, and reveals that she is the only one who can set herself free


***4.5 Captivating Stars***

Blue or pink.. one line or two lines.. yes or no.. positive or negative... plus or minus…. the end result of a pregnancy test can either determine future mommy, happiness, sadness, relief or disappointment. For Kate Ryker, what if the result is what you least expected after so many disappointments and heartbreak. Does it make you a bad person?

Captive by Brenda Rothert is the second installment of the Fire on Ice series. This book chronicles the life of Jason and Kate Ryker as they survive the many ups and downs of married life.  So if you haven’t read Bound, then stop, go and one-click it. It is highly recommended that you must read the first book before reading Captive since it picks off where it last left off in Bound where Ryke and Kate are now married two years later.

There comes a time in every couple’s life where they must decide if they want to expand their mini family of two or not. For Jason and Kate, they knew that they wanted a family. So when Kate got pregnant, the couple were so excited. They couldn’t wait for the new bundle of joy that was growing inside of Kate. After what she went through in Bound, Kate finally found happiness with her husband and pregnancy. Well that all changed one horrible night. For any pregnant woman, the worst nightmare became a reality when Kate had a miscarriage.

Not once but two times Kate lost a baby. The heartbreak, emotional and physical loss became so unbearable for Kate that she fell into a state of shock and depression. As any loving husband, it broke Ryke’s heart to witness and see his wife so down and lost. If he could burden and shoulder all her problems, he would happily do it. When Kate became distant and fearful of getting pregnant again, their married life was in this state of in between. Kate found herself focusing more on work and Ryke buried himself with his hockey career. The only place he could take out his frustration was on the ice. The once lively and spirited Kate that he loved was missing.

After what seemed like an eternity for Ryke, he began to notice a little spark of light and hope in Kate’s eyes when she wanted to start a family through adoption. Ryke, being the loving husband, supported his wife’s decision for adoption. He too also wanted a family and knew that they both will love this child as if it were their own.  At a good place in their marriage, Kate and Ryke finally rekindled and ignited their love and passion for each other.

Ryke was at an all time high career wise with his team and Kate was over the moon with their plans for adoption, but there was one slight bump the couple least expected. Kate knew she didn’t want to get pregnant again after two miscarriages but here she was staring at a pregnancy stick that read PREGNANT. For some women, they would have been thrilled and call it a miracle but with Kate, she was battling with her emotions. Could she go through with the pregnancy? What if she has a miscarriage again? Her plan for adoption would no longer be an option since she was pregnant. The internal battle that Kate goes through is what draws and captivates the readers. It is as REAL as it can get when describing what most women with fertility issues goes through.  The struggle of can you do it again...the what ifs…and if it was meant in the cards for you to be a mom.  

When Kate tells Ryke of the pregnancy, the first reaction of Ryke was disappointment. Not disappointment in his wife being pregnant but hurt that she didn’t tell him right away. For Ryke, he wanted nothing more than to be a dad. With Kate being pregnant, she busies herself with work and befriends a little girl in one of her sessions.  When the reality sets in that she’s a couple of months into her pregnancy, hope begins to set in with Kate but there is still that lingering fear buzzing in the back of her mind.  What can I say about Ryke but I absolutely adore and love him.  Yes there were times he got frustrated with Kate and her reasons, but he was always there to support her. He showed her how much he loves and cares for her. The man would gladly sacrifice his life for Kate.  As Kate and Ryke start this new journey in their lives, there are uphill battles that they must face. Through this roller-coaster called life that is filled with many twists and turns, the best thing about this couple is that they did it together. There was never a time where one wanted to get off but instead they held onto each other and never let go. They may not have a perfect life but the most important thing that Kate and Ryke learned was that they did it together.
Captive is one of those emotional books for me.  Personally, this book captured as real as it can get of what women with fertility issues goes through. Life is not full of rainbows and roses once you get married. Marriage is a testament of two people who are willing to love each other for better or for worse, through sickness and in health, and for richer or for poorer. Ryke and Kate were a prime example of a couple who loved each other very much. When Kate and Ryke first met each other they were bound by their grief and loss and now their love and trust with each other held them captive as a united front. I thank Ms. Rothert for deciding to write Captive and allowing her readers to witness the love Kate and Ryke have for each other. I highly recommend everyone to read Captive because it truly captures the true essence of real love.
~ Review by Michelle


#1 Bound (Fire on Ice Series)

Brenda Rothert started her writing career as a print journalist. She now writes Romances, some Contemporary and others with a twist of dystopian society and adventure. Rothert lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three boys.


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