Review: Captured by Sabrina Sims McAfee

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. Review: Captured by Sabrina Sims McAfeeCaptured by Sabrina Sims McAfee
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on April 4, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, Multicultural & Interracial, Romance
Pages: 210
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Love and War brings them together. But with evil lurking in the dark shadows will they stay together? Dr. Sean LeBlanc past experiences taught him that being in serious relationships is not for him. His only interest right now is providing medical care for the underserved people in the Democratic Republic of Congo--Africa. However, when his new roommate arrives--Dr. Santana Kingsley--he's shocked to learn it's a woman--a strikingly beautiful woman at that. From the moment he lays eyes on her sparks fly and everything he thought he never wanted is now right in front of him. Santana's horrible past leads her to Africa where she plans to escape and drown herself in work. When she arrives and meet her boss, she never expects him to be her roommate and a gorgeous hunk. Though she's instantly attracted to him, she's sure he would never cross the line. As Sean and Santana work day in and day out together, their professional relationships turns into a steamy romance. Then suddenly, a war erupts and the unthinkable happens--Santana goes missing. Now Sean is determined to get back the only woman he's ever loved--his sweet Santana.

I’m always interested in a romantic suspense novel, as you all know. Captured by Sabrina Sims McAfee seemed to fit the bill so I was more than happy to read a book by an author that I had just gotten introduced to.

Captured features doctors Sean LeBlanc and Santana Kingsley treating patients and saving lives in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Neither of them is looking for love, but love is about to find them – whether they are ready or not.

While the book’s premise was promising, unfortunately, the book fell a little short for me.

What I liked: I liked the change in location, the emotional anxiety of trying to save lives in a war-torn country, and the subtle push and pull between the two main characters.

What I didn’t like:  There was a lot more telling than showing. The characters were supposed to have this insatiable chemistry but I didn’t quite believe it. There was also quite a bit of detail and depth lacking in both the story line and the characters. Where was the backstory? We knew that Santana lost her son and she and her husband got a divorce, but other than that nothing. We knew next to little about Sean. He had money and his family was successful but what was his motivation for moving to the Congo? Without giving too much away, are we really to believe that he had 50 million dollars in liquid assets to turn over to the president in a matter of hours?

There were so many moving pieces that I think if we had just slowed down quite a bit, I would have liked this book a lot more. While Captured wasn’t necessarily a favorite of mine, I’m willing to give the forthcoming books in this series a chance. Sean has a brother who has gotten caught up with the rebels in the Congo and it seems to me that’ll his story will be next in this Good Doctors series.



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