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Capture Me

The Complete Trilogy
Narrated by: Shirl Rae, Roberto Scarlato
Length: 20 hrs and 48 mins
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Forced to join a secret intelligence agency at a young age, Russian interpreter/spy Yulia Tzakova is no stranger to dangerous men. But she's never known one as ruthless and compelling as Lucas Kent. The hard-edged mercenary frightens her, yet she's drawn to him - a man she has no choice but to betray.

Second-in-command to a powerful arms dealer, Lucas Kent has never met a woman he's wanted as much as Yulia. Obsessed with the beautiful blonde, he'll stop at nothing to capture her and make her pay for her betrayal.

From the icy streets of Moscow to the steamy jungles of Colombia, their dark, all-consuming passion will either crush them or set them free.

©2016 Anna Zaires (P)2016 Anna Zaires

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This book captured Me

Sexual charged Spy story, with a alpha male spy, who's heart or should I say his penis is captured by the alluring female spy that is responsible for blowing up his plane and killing a number of his army man also injuring him and his boss. A lot of suspense mixed with hot graphic sex. The narrators did a really good job bring the book to life. If your into tough alpha males, graphic hot sex mixed with guns and sabotage you will like this story.

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An amazing audiobook bundle!!!

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A fast paced and sexy story that was perfectly narrated by Robert Scarlato and Shirl Rae! Their narration had so much emotions and I was on the edge of my seat listening!!

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  • BJ's Reviews
  • 21-02-2017

4/4.5 "True Love or Obsession" Stars!

Dark romance audiobook lovers, have I got a deal for you! Anna Zaires' entire Capture Me trilogy for just 1 Audible credit! That's nearly 21 hours of a gray romance (somewhere between a romantic suspense and dark romance), delectable listen!

Book 1 Review:

4 "Traitor or Victim?" Stars for the story and narration.

If you enjoyed the Twist Me Trilogy by Anna Zaires and Dima Zales then you will want to continue the dangerous, adventure filled world in Capture Me. Although Capture Me is a spin-off of the Twist Me Trilogy, the Capture Me trilogy could still be read or listened to as a standalone as it primarily features a different couple. For those of you who did experience the first trilogy, however, you will be happy to know that you still continue to see glimpses of how Julian and Nora are adapting to their new life together.

Carrying on from the plot commenced in the Twist Me Series, Capture Me features one of Julian's primary guards, Lucas, and the Russian interpreter, Yulia, who appears to have betrayed Julian's team. Giving us a flashback to the night when they first meet, and then quickly segueing into the aftermath of the plane crash which happens as a direct result of what Lucas and Julian believe is intelligence that Yulia shared about their whereabouts, Yulia's days appear limited until Julian through Lucas are healthy enough to come and seek their retribution from her.

However, when the day comes that he has her in his possession again, Lucas is conflicted by the passion that he still feels for Yulia after their unforgettable one night together. Being a professional, he knows what he must do, but as he tears more information from Yulia through his interrogation of her, the lines between right and wrong begin to blur.

Will Lucas stay loyal to Julian? Is Yulia's apparent passion for Lucas real or merely a keen survival mechanism of a well trained operative?

Shirl Rae and Roberto Scarlato return as narrators and do a great job with most aspects of this narration. Each can be counted on to deliver easy to listen narration passages, making it seamless for the listener to know who is speaking. Additionally the listener can feel the emotion and the mood of the scene by the narrators' tone. Perhaps my only observation on the narration is that as Yulia is Russian, I would have expected her to have a Russian accent, but the narration does not reflect this. Nonetheless, every other aspect of the narration was flawless, making this a story that can easily be enjoyed in audio format.

I enjoyed Capture Me as it still had that great hot, physical tension that I enjoyed so much in Twist Me. The passion between the two main characters is raw and primal. However, I do feel that it is important to note that this romance is definitely more mainstream and less dark or edgy than Twist Me. I would term this a "gray" romance, rather than a dark one, as there still are some edgier aspects associated with being captured but nowhere near the more dubious consent scenes that appear in the Twist Me Series.

Having started this journey, now I can't wait to continue the wild ride in Bind Me!

Book 2: Bind Me

4 "Falling for Her Captor but Bound to Another" Stars for the story and 4.5 Stars for the narration!

Please note this is book 2 of a trilogy that must be read in sequential order. If you have not yet started this series, please see my review for book 1, Capture Me, as the below review contains spoilers for book 1.

The Capture Me Series is a series that lovers of capture romances that are more on the lighter side of the spectrum ("gray romance") are sure to enjoy. Interestingly, the spin-off series is even lighter than the dark romance, Twist Me Series from which it was spun-off. Instead this series is really more just a classic erotic romance where the heroine happens to have been captured by the hero, so while there are some capture elements to the story, like the heroine sleeps handcuffed to the hero, there is no lack of consent or dubious consent scenes.

Picking up right where Capture Me leaves off, Yulia is being held captive by Lucas, presumably for questioning in connection with the hijaking of the plane that both Lucas and his boss, Julian (the hero from the Twist Me Series) were on and the crash that they shouldn't have survived (this actual event takes place in the Twist Me Series but it is recapped in this series so this series could be listened to as a standalone). However, as the days goes by, Yulia becomes increasingly suspicious and paradoxically more comfortable in the confines of Lucas' unexpectedly easy imprisonment. She hasn't been tortured, or even hurt, he's feeding her, and seems genuinely interested in her. Is this part of his strategy to break her down so he can gain her trust to discover who was involved and called the orders on the hijacking? But what will become of her after? Will she then see the full wrath of what this cruel enforcer is known for?

Further complicating matters is that she really enjoys their heat filled nights together. But is she only deluding herself in believing there could ever be a future together? And what will happen when he realizes that she will never betray her former handlers? Even if she wanted to accept Julian's offer of protection, the safety of someone who means the world to her is tied with her handler's fates and she will do anything to make sure he remains safe.

Shirl Rae and Roberto Scarlato continue their skilled narration in Bind Me. Having become used to the voices that this narrating duo used in book 1, Capture Me, I was pleased to see that they were able to maintain consistency in the voices in this book. This consistency really helped me fall back into the story very easily (even after having listened to a number of other unrelated books in between).

In addition to using distinguishable, character appropriate voices for each one of the characters, the dual narration style that the narrators used works great in this series as it helps the listener easily discern whose point of view is being shared with Ms. Rae narrating the chapters from Yulia's perspective and Mr. Scarlato the ones from Julian's perspective. Both narrators also do a good job of imparting emotion into their scenes making the dialogues believable.

All in all, I enjoyed the personal developments both in and out of the bedroom between Yulia and Lucas in Capture Me. It was interesting to watch two inherently suspicious, distrustful people learn how to meld their spy-trained ways with their undeniable desires and wants for the future. But this story ends in one big cliffhanger, so listeners will need to wait and see what the future holds for Yulia and Lucas until they listen to Claim Me, the final book in the trilogy.

Book 3: Claim Me

4.5 "True Love or Obsession?" Stars for the story and narration!

What a fitting conclusion to another captivating, captor romance! As truths are finally revealed hard decisions must be made. Can a relationship between a dominant captor ever evolve to a true HEA? Or is the Dom/Sub role forever tied to obsession without more?

Book 3 picks up where book 2 leaves off. Yulia has run away fearing for the life of her brother. To protect him she decides to come clean to her former handlers. However, her reunion is anything but happy when she discovers several secrets they have been withholding from her.

Lucas meanwhile can't let Yulia go and resolves to find her. When he does, he finally discovers the truth. But will he come to her and her brother's aid? Moreover, can Lucas keep Yulia safe from the one man who can destroy them both and who will never forget Yulia's betrayal (his boss, Julian)?

Even if he can capture her again physically, will Yulia ever decide to stay willingly? Is she just Lucas' obsession or more? Is a man who has been through what Lucas has been through even capable of more?

From the heat level to the plot development, Claim Me definitely had me panting from start to end. What a way to end it and for those fans of the Twist Me Series there is even a great Nora and Julian Epilogue at the end!

The narration was fab as always with remarkable consistency between characters voices both from the Twist Me Series and Capture Me Series. Shirl Rae and Robert Scarlatto really make you feel both the erotic energy and angst of this story making this a great series to experience in audio format.

All in all, the Capture Me Series is a must listen to romance for gray romance fans!

Source: Review copy provided for review purposes.

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  • Mel Rose
  • 28-11-2016

More!

More of Nora, Julian, Yulia and Lucas! More! More! More! Their stories have only just began!

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  • Kelly B.
  • 18-05-2018

Great trilogy!!!

Another great series!!! A little lighter in tone than the twist me series. But highly entertaining! I can’t recommend these or this author enough. Also the narrators are perfect!!

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  • Averyms
  • 16-04-2018

A Wonderful book

I am truly in love with Anna Zaires’s writing. It’s very descriptive to the point you actually feel as if you’re part of the journey. I was pleasantly surprised by how quickly I fell in love with Lucas and Yulia. Where have these books been all my life?

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  • von
  • 11-11-2016

loved the sequel!

I enjoyed this series as much as Twisted! They have Lucas to be the next one out of the Twisted series I couldn't be more excited about it. I loved all the twists and turns and all of the turmoil that Yulia and Lucas went through. I recommend this to any and everyone that loves to read romance novels. And I'll also like how they brought back Julian and Nora into the sequel.

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  • Mrs.Anderson
  • 08-06-2017

LOVE IT.......

What did you love best about Capture Me?

THE NARRATORS VOICES AND THE STORY ITSELF.

What did you like best about this story?

IT WAS SUSPENSEFUL AND LEFT YOU WANTING MORE..

Which character – as performed by Shirl Rae and Roberto Scarlato – was your favorite?

ROBERTO SCARLATO

Any additional comments?

I COULDN'T GET ENOUGH..

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  • Rowena1999
  • 15-07-2019

Brutal but entertaining

A very dark romance. You will enjoy this book if you can suspend your disbelief about a woman loving her captor.

Well-written, complex plot. Interesting characters. A repeat listen.

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  • Deborah
  • 04-07-2019

Effects of childhood abuse lingers

After finishing this trilogy I read the reviews of “Twist Me”. I am glad I chose this series.
Roberto Scarlato read the part of Lucas with perfect emotion to match the scenes, Shil Rae needed to work on her male voices but was believable as Yulia.
There is no doubt that Lucas is an emotional abuser because he is controlling, deceitful, obsessive, jealous, etc., all the negative attributes that are not good for a healthy relationship. He has a temper and fails to listen when she tries to speak the truth, raining down demands and absolutes. He “alllows” her certain freedoms at his discretion. He has a tracker implanted in her so she can never escape and not be found. Did I mention his obsession of her. So this story isn’t about mentally healthy people. They are who they are because of childhood traumas and being in circumstances beyond their control.
Lucas was a Navy SEAL, court marshaled for killing his captain(who had killed his best friend when said friend caught the captain dealing arms). There was a coverup. His father paid for Lucas to disappear and not for good reasons either. Eventually he ended up in the employment of J. Esquerra from the initial trilogy.
Yulia, age 11 and her brother, age 3, were in an orphanage when a man offered Yulia a better life for her brother in exchange for her becoming part of a secret Ukraine spy organization. Yulia knows that the director has been bringing her brother to her office when certain perverts visit. She accepts the bargain to save her brother.
At age 15 she is raped by one of her trainers. She is told he has been killed for what he did. The organization has her see a psychologist to heal from the trauma. She attends university in Moscow to study foreign languages and when she graduates she is assigned to begin a relationship with a Muscovite politician. So begins her life “for her country”.
Both characters have been trained on how to extract information so the dance they do around each other is interesting. Lucas is very good at using manipulation to get what he wants. He was set on replacing her dark memories with ones of the two of them together but like many people with abusive tendencies, hearing the word “NO” does not deter the results they want or how they go about getting them.
This is not a healthy love relationship, the basics of it happen too often. Without giving anymore away, there is redemption in the end.
So, I take this story for what it is, plausible but with much fantasy thrown in. But, isn’t that what many romance novels are about?

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  • Vidhi
  • 10-04-2019

OMG

So it was absolute delight to listen to Lucas and Yulia. Anna Zaires has out done herself. The narrators were absolute treat to listen too. Definately 5 stars worth.

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  • Shoe Monger
  • 26-02-2019

Dark Spy Romance

Shirl Rae and Roberto Scarlato bring this dark and dirty romance to life, giving sinister voices and trepidation to loving the spy.

This is the sinister story of Yulia who was coerced into joining a secret intelligence at the age of 14 to save her and her brother from child prostitution. One night she meets Lucas the second in command, hard-edged mercenary and the two connect, only for Yulia to sabotage his plans.This book starts in Moscow, and touches on eastern Europe then to the arms dealing compound in Columbia.

When Lucas seeks revenge the two fall for one another despite her fear for him and his disdain for her. The sex is not only repeatedly explosive and addictive, but creates a toxic relationship that puts all their lives in danger. Lucas becomes obsessed with Yulia to a point, he'll stop at nothing to capture her, own her and even take a bullet for her.

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  • Joan Janvier
  • 02-05-2018

Addictive series

If you havent read the first book about Nora and Julian then read that first. This is the story about his body guard Lucas. I am just waiting for the next one! I love this series.

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  • Karen
  • 22-02-2017

Amazing!

What made the experience of listening to Capture Me the most enjoyable?

The narrators were amazing and brought the story to life. The characters seemed much more 'real' and more exciting.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Capture Me?

There were so many memorable moments for me. One was when Yulia was telling Lucas how she started with the agency and what Kirill did to her. Another was when Yulia made her escape from Lucas, she was such a strong, kick-ass heroine!

Have you listened to any of Shirl Rae and Roberto Scarlato ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No, this was the first one but l thought the narrators did an amazing job and they both put so much feeling into telling the story.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Lucas finally opened up to Yulia about how he felt for her.

Any additional comments?

Absolutely loved the story and listening to the audible version made it so much more enjoyable for me.

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  • Flamexxx
  • 18-05-2019

Great Read

This was a good story which kept me interested from start to finish. It has a lot of things going on in the story which is easy to follow. Love the characters.

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  • Helen
  • 03-01-2019

awesome

great as always! make sure you read the twist me trilogy first though as it won't be in the firrectvorder othwise and you will get spoilers.

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  • Jill Kirtley
  • 19-02-2018

A thrilling ride!

This exciting trilogy takes us from the frozen streets of Moscow to the stifling heat of the Columbian rain forests. It's sizzling hot (lol), sexy and thrilling. The narrators are great and it's well worth a listen.