Favorites of 2016 • "Recap" • Day 21 • Captive (Beautiful Monsters) Volume 1 by Jex Lane + Giveaway

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Matthew Callahan has spent seven years struggling against the insatiable hunger for blood consuming him. Unable to stop the vampire inside from preying on humans, he keeps himself confined to a lonely existence.

Everything changes the night he is lured into a trap and taken prisoner by High Lord General Tarrick—a seductive incubus who feeds off sexual energy. Forced into the middle of a war between vampires and incubi, Matthew is used as a weapon against his own kind. Although he's desperate for freedom, he is unable to deny the burning desire drawing him to the incubus general he now calls Master.

This book is intended for mature audiences.



I was apprehensive and eager to start Captive . I was intrigued by the blurb but the story was completely different from what I thought it was going to be. When I read “Master” my mind automatically goes to BDSM but that wasn’t the case here. That’s not necessarily a bad thing I just had to get in a different mindset.

Matthew has been a loner for seven years after being turned into a vampire and he considers himself a monster who thrives on blood and kills humans in order to get it.

His life takes a drastic change when he is lured into a trap by the High Lord General Tarrick who is an Incubus and takes Matthew prisoner. Tarrick has his reasons for capturing Matthew—he being a vampire one of those reasons—but what they get is more than any of them could have ever planned for.

Matthew knows very little about the vampire side of him and what he does know has come through trial and error. He was turned and abandoned so he never knew who sired him nor did he have anyone to teach him how to use his abilities.

Now that he is a prisoner, Tarrick and the other Incubus observing him, make several new discoveries about Matthew and realize he is far more capable and has far more abilities than anyone they’ve ever encountered. Now. . .what does this mean for Matthew?

The world-building the author creates is very intense—and there are certain parts that are hard to read as Matthew endures training that is brutal and goes on for days at a time. As weeks’ pass, Matthew learns new things about himself and about his vampire and incubus abilities. He also begins to become emotionally attached to Tarrick, not only as his Master, but as someone who he wants to earn his respect and praise.

You can’t help but to become emotionally attached to Matthew, yourself—as the reader. He wants everyone to like him, he has a heart even though he doesn’t have one anymore, but he hasn’t lost all of his human morals and as days turn into months his feelings change as well and he goes from wanting to escape to finally believing that he may have found a home that he can be happy in.

However, everyone is not impressed with Matthew and/or his abilities and even though he hasn’t given them any reason to not trust him—they don’t just the same—so when Matthew plans and plots for weeks to do something that should bring peace to the house. . .his worst nightmare happens instead.

When I first started reading Captive, I wasn’t sure I was going to connect with the story-line, but I continued on and I started getting attached to the characters, particularly Matthew. There is so much deception you don't know who to trust, and Matthew learns that the hard way.

The author somehow sucked me in without me realizing what was happening because when Matthew is faced with his future—and what is his only choice given to him—I literally was bawling big ugly tears as Tarrick broke Matthew one more time. This time it was through the heart and my heart was broken, as well.

The story was very long, but the author puts in a lot of details and descriptions, along with a lot of history. I’m a little disappointed that we still don’t know any more about Matthew as far as his parentage but I’m sure that will be coming in the future.

This is not a romance story, there is not a "HEA", and there is M/M and M/F sex and honestly, all three of these elements are the top three things that immediately put me off a story. But, I can also say that once the story took off that I really enjoyed it "immensely" and was really invested in what was happening. I’m also really interested to know what is going to happen next. So, with that said. I can’t wait until the next book, and I think Jex Lane is an author to watch out for if you like reading intense, nail-gripping, action and drama which I do.