Blog Tour: Book Review – Capture by Rachel Van Dyken

August 27, 2015 Blog Tours, New Adult Book Reviews 1 ★★★½

Blog Tour: Book Review – Capture by Rachel Van Dyken

Blog Tour: Book Review – Capture by Rachel Van DykenTitle: Capture by Rachel Van Dyken
Published by: Self-Published on August 20, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Source: The Author
Format: eARC
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three-half-stars

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?

I received this book for free from The Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

One Line: The romance and characters were great.

In My Opinion: Add to cart!

I was very hesitant to give another one of Dyken’s books a try after the disaster that was The Consequence of Revenge, but I’m always open to giving authors a second chance. Thankfully, it paid off with Capture. I was drawn to the characters right from the start and they entertained me from beginning to end. I really liked this group of friends.

I really enjoyed the budding romance between Dani and Lincoln. Lincoln was a pretty nice guy, despite his playboy/bad boy reputation. Their banter, mostly through texts, was fun to read and when things went to the next level, I enjoyed them together even more. They were very cute together and there were so many sweet moments between them. Yeah, I really liked them together.

I have to point out though, as big as the whole selective mutism thing was, it just didn’t work for me. Not really through any fault of Rachel’s, although I haven’t read another book about this topic so I have nothing to compare it to, but I just couldn’t connect with Dani on that front. Yes, she went through one heck of a traumatic incident and I felt for the girl, but I couldn’t really believe the fact that she was actually unable to talk. Sure, PTSD can manifest in different ways, but I just didn’t feel her pain and struggle, therefore I couldn’t reason her mutism as a real thing. But on the flip side, I didn’t like how her ex-friends treated and belittled her and her condition. I don’t know, it’s all very conflicting. Despite my not believing/understanding it, I wouldn’t have been as rude or jerkish like her ex-friends were. That’s my issue though, and like I said, it made it a difficult for me to connect with Dani as an individual character. View Spoiler »

In any case, I still really enjoyed the story and I am so curious about the other characters and their stories. All of them appealed to me, especially Zane. I love the over-protective act all the guys pulled with Dani, that kind of thing is always entertaining (to an extent, of course), and I’m happy that Rachel didn’t take it too far, but instead made it comical. I’m definitely looking forward to more from this series and checking out the series that this book is spun off of.

About Rachel Van Dyken

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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