Cruel Captivation (Underground Kings #5) by Kelli Callahan #Review

Title: Cruel Captivation

Author: Kelli Callahan

Series: Underground Kings #5

Release Date:  November 19, 2020

Length:  211  pages

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Kelli Callahan Books

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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They call me Heaven, but I’m far from being a saint.
I served six years in prison for assault and battery,
On a woman.

If there is one thing people know about me, it’s how much I love women.
I’d never lay a finger on them unless it is all in pleasure, then yes, I plead guilty.
I thought my past was behind me. I’m not like the other guys here.

I’m not itching for payback, I only want to move on with my life.
But she shows up.
Heather Thomas.
The governor’s other daughter.
I only know because the woman I was accused of beating senseless was her sister.

Now Heather is here, and things don’t look too promising for me.
I shouldn’t be in the same space as Heather.
It’s too dangerous. She sees me as I guilty man.
After what she has been through, I don’t blame her.
But she captivates me. I want her to believe me, to believe in me.
I want to be her Heaven.

I have to prove to her that I’m not the man I was set up to be in her mind.
And then maybe, she’ll be captivated by me.

**** My Review ****

How to continue to live when there is nothing left, no force, no will…every part of your life is destroyed, torn apart by someone’s cruel hands and mind. All hope is already dead and when you look in the mirror- there is only a faint memory of what once was… and there is no hand that can save you… But the past returns and brings all those bittersweet memories, the tremendous guilt but also the hope- a faint light at the end of that horrible tunnel.

This is my first book from the author, and I really liked her style. I haven’t read the previous books in the series and some background information felt missing, but that hadn’t made the book any less enjoyable.

Heather and Asher- two broken should, tormented and destroyed, yet strong enough to fight their demons in order to reach happiness. Seeing each other after all those years, knowing they should stay away from each other, yet doing the opposite. Will they finally see the truth and have a chance at happily ever after?

With really interesting storyline, lots of emotions and angst, this book really had me captivated from beginning. I usually love fast paced reads, but I have to admit that some parts felt rushed, and I believe deserved more elaborated description. Both the main characters were so real, so simple, yet complex at the same time. Asher- marked by the damage of the injustice, but still so positive and ready to sacrifice himself for the people he loves. Heather- totally broken after the cruelty she had suffered, yet strong enough to overcome everything and embrace the truth and her feelings. And they together – absolute deliciousness, with sizzling chemistry and attraction that cannot be ignored. The supporting charaters were absolutely perfect in the way the complemented the whole story.

If you would love to enjoy one fast, romantic read, with swoon-worthy hero and likeable, strong heroine. An really emotional story, filled with perfect touch of angst and drama, then be sure not to miss this one.

****About the Author****

Kelli writes hot and steamy romances with delicious alpha males who will not stop until they get the women they crave exactly where they want them. Kelli’s heroes are tough as nails, hot as sin, and underneath the rough exterior is a heart of gold begging to be unleashed. If you think you can tame them, you’re probably right, but it won’t be an easy journey.

Make no mistake, Kelli’s stories will give you the happily ever after you need, but they’re also steamy and packed from cover to cover with exactly what you’re looking for late at night when you leave your panties by the door.

If you would like to contact Kelli, she can be reached at

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