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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

✯BLOG TOUR✯: Capture by Rachel Vay Dyken {REVIEW + EXCERPT}

Capture by Rachel Vay Dyken

Release Date: August 20th 2015 by Smashwords Edition
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary

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?

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My Review:

Not having read other works by Rachel Van Dyken before, I was impressed with Capture's story line. It was unique and romantic at the same time. The characters themselves have a lot to grow, but together they are able to let go of their pasts and move on to a brand new future. 

Capture is the first book in the Seaside Pictures series, and it evolves around seventeen-year-old Dani and Lincoln Greene. After experiencing the terrible trauma of losing her parents, Dani's older sister takes her in, since then she has been living with one of the biggest names in Hollywood (her sister's husband). Now Dani is set to accompany her sister and brother-in-law to film their latest film, but to her surprise her brother-in-law has gotten her a job as a personal assistant to Hollywood's newest heartthrob, Lincoln Green. To say that her summer was going to be an adventure is a total understatement when she finally gets to meet Lincoln only to discover that he is not as bad as she thought he would be. And now she has to find a way of keeping her growing feelings to herself, especially when being a mute could cause her potential problems. Not being able to tell him what is really going on scares her, especially when she wants to be like other girls, but she can't get herself to talk. When she gets to know Lincoln better, their texting messages become a way to communicate between the two, and their late night messages slowly start to grow into something else altogether. 

Lincoln Green has been thriving in the Hollywood scene, he has the fame and looks to get him anywhere. But he is tired of faking relationship for the press, all to get more publicity. When he gets cast in a new film, he gets a new personal assistant with the help of one of his friends. Yet after meeting Dani, he immediately likes her personality and when the two start to get close the more he has to figure out a way to convince that they belong together, though he is older by a couple years, he has the pressure from everyone else around her to leave her alone. Now Lincoln has to fight the constant feelings that he has whenever Dani is around. 

I really enjoyed reading this book, it was hilarious and romantic at the same time. The characters in the story, not just the main characters, are sweet and caring. They all really care for Dani and her well being, especially her older sister. They both have a strong bond after losing their parents, and Dani's relationship with her brother-in-law is sweet as well. He sees her as his baby sister, which also means that he is overprotective of her and when Lincoln comes into the picture, he does a good job at telling Lincoln to not try anything on Dani, especially hurt her. After years of blaming herself for the death of her parents, Dani was somehow traumatized and she can't get herself to talk. It is until we get to know more of the characters that she starts to let go and slowly moves on. In terms of personalities, I really liked Lincoln, he is the sweetest and funniest character in the book. He was supportive of Dani from the very beginning and their chemistry slowly grows throughout the book as well. We also get character development in the story that flowed from the very beginning and that just made the book enjoyable to read. All in all, Capture has become one of my favorite books of this year, definitely worth checking out. I highly recommend it. :)

***ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.***

My Rating: 


“Finally!” Jaymeson pointed at both of us. “Lincoln, show her to her mark. Dani, for this scene you’re simply staring at him like you want to eat him. Think you can do that?”

I nodded.

Any woman could do that.

Most men too.

“Cue music!” Jaymeson called out. “Action.”

A techno mix of AD2’s latest song filled the air as the extras started dancing around us. I stayed glued to the wall while Lincoln delivered his lines to Pris, and then he lifted his head, meeting my gaze.

It’s just a movie. It’s just a movie.

The breath left my chest on one slow exhale as he moved toward me, his body making fluid purposeful movements through the crowd.

My lips parted; my entire body felt heavy as he approached.

He stopped in front of me, his forehead grazing mine as he leaned in a few inches. Our breath mingled as the music and scene faded around me.

“Cut!” Jaymeson yelled.

Holy crap on a cracker. I almost experienced my first stroke — at seventeen.

“You okay?” Lincoln’s eyebrows knit together in concern.

I licked the lipstick from my lips and nodded quickly.

Jaymeson approached. “Time for the kiss, remember kissing, not hockey. Clearly, you were confused earlier.”

Lincoln gritted his teeth and let out a little groan.

I patted his arm and grinned, my way of encouraging him. He seemed to pale more.

My stomach sank.

Maybe it was me.

I was the problem.

Not the kiss, but me. If he’d had trouble kissing my gorgeous sister, how was he going to be able to kiss me?

“Hey…” Lincoln cupped my cheek. “… focus on me, nothing else, alright? It’s only us.”

I nodded.

“You ever been to a party?”

I rolled my eyes.

“Ever made out with a guy at a party that wasn’t your boyfriend?”

I thought about it then slowly shook my head.

“So that’s what this scene is about. It’s about a guy seeing a girl from across the room and wanting her so badly that he’s willing to cheat on his own girlfriend for just one taste. Granted, he’s supposedly drunk and high, but that just takes the romance out of it, doesn’t it?”

He released my cheek and stepped back. “Imagine you’re trying to attract me, make your body as inviting as possible. Hell, just stand there and look at me, and you’ll sell it.”

Sell it. I repeated the words in my mind.

I could do that.

Because I wanted him to kiss me.

It made my heart beat faster.

My blood pump harder.

And for the first time since my parents’ death, I was actually excited about something. Nervous, but excited.

“Okay,” I mouthed.

I must have surprised him again because his eyes darkened, and then he grinned. “One day, Dani. One day I’m going to hear my name coming from that gorgeous mouth of yours, and I’m not going to be held responsible for my actions… damn the consequences.”

My breath hitched.

“Quiet on set! And action!”

There was no warning. Suddenly, Lincoln’s mouth was fused against mine, no teeth, just his soft lips pushing, prodding, moving slowly back and forth until his tongue slid through and made contact with mine.

Heart racing, I opened my mouth enough to deepen the kiss as heat washed over me.

He groaned and dug his fingers into my shoulders then slid his hands down my back and gripped my butt. I let out a squeak of surprise as I flicked his tongue with mine.

“Cut!” Jaymeson yelled.

I kept kissing.

So did Lincoln.

His chest brushed roughly against mine; my breasts ached at the sharp contact. I let out a little hiss at the exact time Linc let out a groan and nudged his knee between my legs.

“Cut!” Jaymeson yelled again.

Slowly, Lincoln pried himself away from me, chest heaving.

“Good enough,” said Jaymeson.

“No,” Lincoln argued without taking his wild grey eyes off me, “I went off script. We need to do it again.”

“The hell you do,” someone mumbled. I wasn’t surprised to see Demetri glaring daggers at Lincoln’s back. Alec was next to Jaymeson, giving him an earful. I noted the strong tick in his jaw.

“Fine.” Jaymeson waved them both off. “We’ll do it again.”

“Take two, and action!”

This time the kiss was slow, languid in its movements. Hot waves of pleasure coursed through my body as his tongue slid seductively pass my lips. His taste, the feel of his mouth was unlike anything I’d ever experienced. Greedily, I moaned, desperate for more of him as I reached for his shirt then fisting it with my hands and tugging him tighter against my body, wanting more contact with him. I felt every plane of muscle as he slowly turned us so his back was semi facing the camera. His knee nudged my legs apart as pressure increased down the middle of my body. I hadn’t really looked long at the script, but I was pretty sure that this wasn’t part of it.

Not that I was complaining.

He rocked into me, my back connected with the wall. With a possessive growl, he nipped my lower lip then started kissing down my neck. Kissing in public had never been my thing — but maybe that was because I’d never kissed Lincoln.

I would kiss him anywhere.

All he needed to do was ask.

Body humming with pleasure, I let out a little gasp as his warm lips met the pulse on my neck. Then his tongue licked where his lips had just been.

His knee rose higher and higher as my body sank onto his; the first contact of his leg had my body screaming with pleasure — just a little higher, just a little more.

“Cut!” someone shouted, though it didn’t sound like Jaymeson.

Suddenly, Demetri was pulling Lincoln away from me and glaring daggers at both of us. “I think you guys got the scene.”

Embarrassed, I looked down, tucking my silky hair behind my ear. Did I really almost just dry hump Lincoln Greene’s leg? In front of about twenty people, including my sister?

“You sure?” Lincoln asked, voice hoarse. I glanced up at him, his chest was heaving with exertion, his lips swollen. “Because I could have sworn I messed up my lines.”

“There are no lines, you bastard,” Demetri muttered under his breath.

“Damn it!” Jaymeson shouted. “Hey, guys, I’m going to need you to shoot it one more time. Remember, Lincoln, you’re supposed to proposition her.”

Lincoln grinned smugly at Demetri.

Demetri didn’t move.


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.

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