Sunday, March 10, 2013

Book Tour for Captive Hero by Donna Michaels (Review & GIVEAWAY)

As a fan of paranormal and time travel stories I got double the pleasure in Captive Hero by Donna Michaels.  Today you get a glimpse into this intensely emotional story through my review and other reader's impressions of the story by visiting the other blogs hosting this tour listed here.  There's also a great giveaway you can sign up for through the rafflecopter form below.  So get reading and discover more about this thoroughly entertaining story........

Test flying an invisible plane—unreal. Time-shifting to WWII—unbelievable. Capturing a hero—unavoidable.
When Marine Corps test pilot, Captain Samantha Sheppard accidentally flies back in time and inadvertently saves the life of a WWII VMF Black Sheep pilot, she changes history and makes a crack decision to abduct him back to the present. With the timeline in jeopardy, she hides the handsome pilot at her secluded cabin in the Colorado wilderness.
But convincing her sexy, stubborn captive that he is now in another century proves harder than she anticipated—and soon it becomes difficult to tell who is captor and who is captive when the more he learns about the future, the more Sam discovers about the past, and the soul-deep connection between them.
As their flames of desire burn into overdrive, her flying Ace makes a historical discovery that threatens her family’s very existence. Sam’s fears are taken to new heights when she realizes the only way to fix the time-line is to sacrifice her captive hero...or is it?
Can love truly survive the test of time?


“I’m sorry, Samantha.” He brushed his lips across her warm temple and squeezed her tight. “I couldn’t have been more wrong about you.”
She angled her head to peer up. The most heart stopping smile met his gaze and promptly stole his breath.
“It’s okay. You had every right to doubt me. I’m just glad you realize I’m not the enemy.”
“I do.” He traced her sweet mouth with his thumb again, longing to do more…so much more. “I promised myself I wouldn’t touch you, but…I can’t hold back any longer.”
He kissed her jaw and trailed a path to her neck, trying to hold onto his dwindling control. “Good? Christ, Samantha, this is dangerous. I don’t know what kind of future I have—even if I have a future. You should tell me no.”
He drew back to stare at the enticing woman.
“I want you, Mitch.”
For a full two seconds his brain and heart both ceased to work.
“And I know you feel the same.”
Gentle fingers grasped his hand and guided his palm to her pounding heart. He inhaled sharply, saliva pooling across his tongue. The combination of erratic thumping, and firm, full breast—nipple peaked—strangled his groin with mind-blowing force.
“I don’t understand what’s happening, and it’s probably all wrong, but I feel the attraction too,” she said, pressing closer. “See?”
He swallowed. Oh, he saw all right. Stars. He saw stars.
“Yes.” He cupped her breast while his thumb stroked her hard nipple. “I do.”
She moaned, eyelids fluttering close as she cupped his hand on her chest and forced him to increase his hold. “That’s better,” her breathy whisper puffed into his hovering mouth.
“Yes, much better.” He met her lips for another ravaging kiss.
Velvet lips—damn, they were so soft and full, drinking him in with an erotic rhythm that sent his pulse and body to a heart-pounding altitude. He soared to heights no plane could ever reach.
He clamped the back of her head with his other hand and deepened the kiss, angling so his tongue slipped easily into her mouth and skimmed the soft cavern. She purred. He groaned. So hot. So willing. He slid the hand down the sweet curve of her back to cup her ass clad in jeans he’d grown to envy.
Unable to hold back, he squeezed and dragged her closer, rocking against her sweet, shuddering form. She gasped his name, and slid her hand over his erection.
Stars, bigger, brighter burst through the haze fogging his mind. “Samantha,” he murmured, reaching to still her tormenting hand. “You have to stop before I can’t.”
She glanced up through a hazy green gaze. “Then don’t.”
His heart rocked. “Are you sure?” He skipped his finger across her temple to brush back a soft strand of hair. “Our circumstances are beyond crazy.”
She kissed the inside of his wrist. “I know, but what’s even crazier would be to ignore what we’re feeling. Besides, neither of us is crazy.”
“Oh, but I am.” His lips followed the contour of her delicate jaw. He was on a mission now. Samantha was his mission. “I’m crazy about you. Delirious even.”
“Mmm.” She brushed her mouth against his, opening up for his pleasure.
Bold hands came up between them, palming his chest before those wicked fingers unbuttoned his shirt and tugged. He relinquished her lips and drew apart to yank off his flannel top.
“Now this,” she said, reaching for the black T-shirt he’d donned from the duffle bag she brought him.
He chuckled. “Yes, Ma’am.”
Arms crisscrossed, he grabbed the hem and ripped the shirt up and over his head. Her gasp of approval rippled all the way to his toes.
“Happy birthday to me,” she whispered before warm hands slid up and down his body in a frenzy of caresses his libido classified as hot—very, very hot.
Then those talented, wicked fingers cupped his jaw and drew his mouth down to meet hers in a devouring, almost desperately needy kiss. She moaned, her hands once again roaming over his now heated flesh.
They kissed with renewed vigor, but Mitch needed more. Much more. As if sensing this, Samantha stepped back, and in one fluid motion, ripped off her shirt and stood before him in a black lacy bra, showcasing her assets with groin tightening results.
Before he could move, she drew the cups together, increasing her mouthwatering cleavage as she unhooked the front clasp and two glorious mounds bounced free.
No, happy birthday to me.
Heat skittered down his spine to settle in his groin. He was so hard he was ready to explode like a pin-popped grenade.


A lot happens in Donna Michaels' Captive Heart and just when you think you have it figured out something happens to completely catch you off guard.  As the starter story to a new series the framework for an intriguing premise of time travel is set up (though with virtually no explanation or understanding of how the event occurs) with dashes of past life experiences and what it means to find your true mate and how the power of love always prevails.  

The connection between Mitch and Samantha is there from the start but is allowed to slowly simmer to an immensely satisfying conclusion that rips your heart out along the way.  Sacrifices have to be made for the greater good and it spoke volumes about the h/h that they were willing to put their faith in Fate to do what was right.  From the beginning you know these characters will be heroic as Samantha has risen high in the ranks of the Marines through her mental and physical strength.  She's strong-willed and doesn't back down from a fight and isn't afraid to speak her mind.  Mitch's world gets turned upside down the moment that Samantha kidnaps him to set the timeline she disrupted back in order.  For the first few chapters he thinks she's a spy which allows for some fiery verbal bantering with sexually tense undertones.  Once he sees the proof though he easily transitions into modern times surrounded by people equally accepting of time travel. Mitch is a real man's man and doesn't want to rely on Samantha through the transition and luckily falls into just the right job with others easily accepting everything about him which at times seemed a bit unbelievable.  Just when you think they've reached their HEA though Mitch's honor gets in the way as his true purpose is revealed which means the lovers are separated once again.  The ramifications of this are heartbreaking and the emotional rollercoaster that followed had me screaming as we waited for Fate to set things right in a satisfying conclusion that pulls at your heart strings.

The sexual interludes between Samantha and Mitch were loving yet steamy and evolved at a believable pace and were nicely spaced throughout the story.  The cast of secondary characters were delightful with each showing hints of emotional baggage that I look forward to learning more about as each deserves their own HEAs.  Maria, Samantha's friend and co-pilot, was particularly fun with the rapid-fire humorous banter occurring between her and Samantha.  It brought some comic relief to a story full of emotional intensity and has me already rooting for her to find true love in the next installment in this series.

Ms. Michaels has created a thoughtprovoking story that nicely blends two paranormal elements in an ultimately satisfying story.  With a memorable cast of secondary characters there's great promise of more stories to come and I highly recommend this to fans of the paranormal and sci-fi genre.

My rating for this is an A-

*I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.



I live in Northeast PA where we experience all four seasons, although, I wouldn’t mind hanging onto summer a bit more and winter a bit less. I’m married to a career military man; we have four wonderful children, and an assortment of rescued cats. Never a dull moment in my household!
As for my writing, I am multi-published in eBook and print. I write from sweet to hot, short to epic and anything in between. You can find the ratings and length next to the book on my website. I have fourteen titles and one Free read through The Wild Rose Press, one title with Whimsical Publications, and just recently, I released my very first self-publication-Captive Hero.
I love to write a damaged hero where something happened in his past to mark him. They’re my favorite kind to read, too. A mixture of vulnerability and a strong backbone are a must for my heroines. She usually has a decent wit, too. My books contain humor, some more than others, and most have a protagonist with a military background. Thanks to my husband, my real-life hero.



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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for having me Today! And for the wonderful review. I'm so glad you enjoyed reading Captive Hero as much as I did writing it.