August 21, 2015

Capture by Rachel Van Dyken ~ BLOG TOUR & REVIEW


Losing your ability to speak at the age of seventeen; it’s not normal or fair.
But trauma, has a way of throwing normality out the window.

Dani lives anything but a normal life.
Her sister is married to one of the biggest names in Hollywood.
Her best friends are rockstar duo AD2.
And she has more love around her than most people experience in a lifetime.
But that doesn't change the fact their parents are dead.
Or that it's her fault.
It seems her new normal is being a mute, living on the inside, unable to actually communicate on the outside.
That is until Hollywood’s newest heartthrob Lincoln Greene hires her as his assistant for the summer.
He's gorgeous, completely unavailable, and unobtainable.
But that doesn't stop her from wondering...if things were different...would he want her?
If she was whole, would he be the other half? 

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If there is one thing Rachel Van Dyken knows how to deliver, without a doubt, it has got to be the feels. That being why she is one of my go to authors and I just know I will never be disappointed with her writing! Every time we get word of a new series, new book, continuation or standalone by this author, I feel nothing but excitement and need for the words. She writes with such passion, such beauty and emotion but also adds in the humour that ensures that whatever book you read of hers will stay with you ALWAYS! 

Capture is Dani's story! We met her in the Seaside Series book 'Fall' and I was blown away by this emotional story. I'd missed the gang so much and was delighted to be reunited with the characters. 
Dani has suffered trauma, loss and heartache. Losing her parents, but being the only survivor from the accident not only impacted on her emotionally, but physically too. RVD touched this story on such a sensitive subject and I felt every single written word. Dani is a beautiful girl, full of sass with the whole world at her feet, she has amazing relationships with those around her, even if some can be a tad overbearing and protective, but it is all in the name of love for her, I still found her loneliness, and for that, my heart just broke. So when she becomes the assistant for the summer of Hollywood heartthrob Lincoln, the confident, cocky, sexy, hilarious, guy, I felt this connection between them straight away. They just have this breath of fresh air feeling about them, they make each other shine brighter and I just loved every second of it! Their relationship brought so much positivity into each other lives, especially to Dani who was able to find things she thought she had lost forever. Specific scenes really stood out to me for entirely different reasons, the build up to THE EPIC KISS, rocked my socks. 
I connected to all supporting characters, especially Zane. Oh my sweet lord..... I LOVED ZANE!  I need his my hands.....RIGHT NOW! 

Capture is a beautiful package of emotion, feels and soul capturing love, sweetness and  moments. I can't wait for more to this spin off series, I was ultimately delighted with the ending of 'Capture' because I just know that we will get to see more from Dani and Lincoln throughout future books of supporting characters, because they are all like one huge family and all mean so much to one another. 


As I read this book I was waiting for the title to smack me in the face with the meaning clear as day. Was it a romance, mystery or just a sweet read? YES! It was all of those things and more. I was drawn in by the innocence and had my heart stollen by the simple swoon worthy honest characters. No hidden agendas, just pure simple writing which makes for enjoyable reading. 

My heart broke for Dani in the most heart wrenching way. I wanted to smother her in hugs and hand over every pint of Ben & Jerry"s available!! She was so sweet and mature for her age and yet so fragile. I loved that her  inner strength was able to shine through and bring her to life. She was an enjoyable character because of all the layers she possessed. HO LEE SMOKES batman Lincoln "Mr. Hollywood" Greene was absolutely perfect. He had subtlety and swagger as well as compassion and the strength of ten men. He was completely perfect and endearing as a leading man. Together they were able to find out how to live again and it was so beautiful to read. 

Having characters from other books come in and Cameo was BRILLIANT!!! I absolutely loved loved loved seeing names and immediately putting faces to friends of this new cast of characters. They whole circle of friends became clear and it was so familiar. I felt like I was a part of a family of 1 series not the compilation of many. 

Rachel never ceases to amaze me with her writing. She can take the new and make it familiar with ease and grace. She can make a story line feel so comfortable that it is like it's  been there all along. Nothing seems rushed or forced and I am always so *sigh*  "swooned- out" after reading one of her books. This books was a perfect start to an already established feeling new series. 


“Finally!” Jaymeson pointed at both of us. “Lincoln, show her to her mark. Dani, for this scene you’re simply staring at him like you want to eat him. Think you can do that?”
I nodded.
Any woman could do that.
Most men too.
“Cue music!” Jaymeson called out. “Action.”
A techno mix of AD2’s latest song filled the air as the extras started dancing around us. I stayed glued to the wall while Lincoln delivered his lines to Pris, and then he lifted his head, meeting my gaze.
It’s just a movie. It’s just a movie.
The breath left my chest on one slow exhale as he moved toward me, his body making fluid purposeful movements through the crowd.
My lips parted; my entire body felt heavy as he approached.
He stopped in front of me, his forehead grazing mine as he leaned in a few inches. Our breath mingled as the music and scene faded around me.
“Cut!” Jaymeson yelled.
Holy crap on a cracker. I almost experienced my first stroke — at seventeen.
“You okay?” Lincoln’s eyebrows knit together in concern.
I licked the lipstick from my lips and nodded quickly.
Jaymeson approached. “Time for the kiss, remember kissing, not hockey. Clearly, you were confused earlier.”
Lincoln gritted his teeth and let out a little groan.
I patted his arm and grinned, my way of encouraging him. He seemed to pale more.
My stomach sank.
Maybe it was me.
I was the problem.
Not the kiss, but me. If he’d had trouble kissing my gorgeous sister, how was he going to be able to kiss me?
“Hey…” Lincoln cupped my cheek. “… focus on me, nothing else, alright? It’s only us.”
I nodded.
“You ever been to a party?”
I rolled my eyes.
“Ever made out with a guy at a party that wasn’t your boyfriend?”
I thought about it then slowly shook my head.
“So that’s what this scene is about. It’s about a guy seeing a girl from across the room and wanting her so badly that he’s willing to cheat on his own girlfriend for just one taste. Granted, he’s supposedly drunk and high, but that just takes the romance out of it, doesn’t it?”
He released my cheek and stepped back. “Imagine you’re trying to attract me, make your body as inviting as possible. Hell, just stand there and look at me, and you’ll sell it.”
Sell it. I repeated the words in my mind.
I could do that.
Because I wanted him to kiss me.
It made my heart beat faster.
My blood pump harder.
And for the first time since my parents’ death, I was actually excited about something. Nervous, but excited.
“Okay,” I mouthed.
I must have surprised him again because his eyes darkened, and then he grinned. “One day, Dani. One day I’m going to hear my name coming from that gorgeous mouth of yours, and I’m not going to be held responsible for my actions… damn the consequences.”
My breath hitched.
“Quiet on set! And action!”
There was no warning. Suddenly, Lincoln’s mouth was fused against mine, no teeth, just his soft lips pushing, prodding, moving slowly back and forth until his tongue slid through and made contact with mine.
Heart racing, I opened my mouth enough to deepen the kiss as heat washed over me.
He groaned and dug his fingers into my shoulders then slid his hands down my back and gripped my butt. I let out a squeak of surprise as I flicked his tongue with mine.
“Cut!” Jaymeson yelled.
I kept kissing.
So did Lincoln.
His chest brushed roughly against mine; my breasts ached at the sharp contact. I let out a little hiss at the exact time Linc let out a groan and nudged his knee between my legs.
“Cut!” Jaymeson yelled again.
Slowly, Lincoln pried himself away from me, chest heaving.
“Good enough,” said Jaymeson.
“No,” Lincoln argued without taking his wild grey eyes off me, “I went off script. We need to do it again.”
“The hell you do,” someone mumbled. I wasn’t surprised to see Demetri glaring daggers at Lincoln’s back. Alec was next to Jaymeson, giving him an earful. I noted the strong tick in his jaw.
“Fine.” Jaymeson waved them both off. “We’ll do it again.”
“Take two, and action!”
This time the kiss was slow, languid in its movements. Hot waves of pleasure coursed through my body as his tongue slid seductively pass my lips. His taste, the feel of his mouth was unlike anything I’d ever experienced. Greedily, I moaned, desperate for more of him as I reached for his shirt then fisting it with my hands and tugging him tighter against my body, wanting more contact with him. I felt every plane of muscle as he slowly turned us so his back was semi facing the camera. His knee nudged my legs apart as pressure increased down the middle of my body. I hadn’t really looked long at the script, but I was pretty sure that this wasn’t part of it.
Not that I was complaining.
He rocked into me, my back connected with the wall. With a possessive growl, he nipped my lower lip then started kissing down my neck. Kissing in public had never been my thing — but maybe that was because I’d never kissed Lincoln.
I would kiss him anywhere.
All he needed to do was ask.
Body humming with pleasure, I let out a little gasp as his warm lips met the pulse on my neck. Then his tongue licked where his lips had just been.
His knee rose higher and higher as my body sank onto his; the first contact of his leg had my body screaming with pleasure — just a little higher, just a little more.
“Cut!” someone shouted, though it didn’t sound like Jaymeson.
Suddenly, Demetri was pulling Lincoln away from me and glaring daggers at both of us. “I think you guys got the scene.”
Embarrassed, I looked down, tucking my silky hair behind my ear. Did I really almost just dry hump Lincoln Greene’s leg? In front of about twenty people, including my sister?
“You sure?” Lincoln asked, voice hoarse. I glanced up at him, his chest was heaving with exertion, his lips swollen. “Because I could have sworn I messed up my lines.”
“There are no lines, you bastard,” Demetri muttered under his breath.
“Damn it!” Jaymeson shouted. “Hey, guys, I’m going to need you to shoot it one more time. Remember, Lincoln, you’re supposed to proposition her.”
Lincoln grinned smugly at Demetri.

Demetri didn’t move.


Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.
She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!
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