Book Review : Capture Me (Capture Me #1) by Anna Zaires
She fears him from the first moment she sees him.
Yulia Tzakova is no stranger to dangerous men. She grew up with them. She survived them. But when she meets Lucas Kent, she knows the hard ex-soldier may be the most dangerous of them all.
One night – that’s all it should be. A chance to make up for a failed assignment and get information on Kent’s arms dealer boss. When his plane goes down, it should be the end.
Instead, it’s just the beginning.
He wants her from the first moment he sees her.
Lucas Kent has always liked leggy blondes, and Yulia Tzakova is as beautiful as they come. The Russian interpreter might have tried to seduce his boss, but she ends up in Lucas’s bed – and he has every intention of seeing her there again.
Then his plane goes down, and he learns the truth.
She betrayed him.
Now she will pay.
A Sneak Peek Into The Story :
The Capture Me series is a spin-off of the Twist Me Series. This series tells the story of Julian’s second-hand in command, Lucas Kent, and the sexy Russian spy, Yulia Tzakova. You do not have to read Twist Me series in order for this series to make sense, but I would highly recommend doing so first. Lucas and Yulia actually has met in the Twist Me Series and you get a part of their story in Twist Me series and a part in this series. Thus some events will be overlapping with the other trilogy. Although the events in these books will be expanded to show the development of the relationship between Lucas and Yulia. So without reading the Twist Me Series, you only get a partial story of their love and totally miss out on Julian and Nora’s stay which is closely tied to Lucas.
Yulia is serving as a translator in a meeting between her boss – a notorious arms dealer – and a Russian official when she catches Lucas’s attention. While the men think that she is a harmless woman who is only there help translate the whole transaction, Yulia is actually an undercover spy. Yulia is used to sleeping with high officials to get more information from them to help her boss and her agency. And her job this time, is to sleep with Julian Esguerra – Lucas’s boss – to extract more information from him.
As soon as the meeting is over, she starts to get closer to Julian. Offering to show Julian around the city, which he smoothly declines. His refusal confuses Yulia, as she knows men finds her attractive and rarely fail in seducing them before. Disappointed, she tells her boss the information she has gathered from the meeting and about her failure in seducing Julian.
Lucas has always liked tall, leggy blondes, and Yulia Tzakova is as beautiful as they come. Which is only natural when he finds himself watching her throughout the meeting. He finds himself unable to forget the blonde beauty, even after watching her basically throw herself at his boss. When his boss declines her offer, he is surprised but wastes no time in taking her for himself. He is determined to work her out of his system. Just for one night, just to appease his craving.
However, to his surprise, the woman that greets him when he arrives to her apartment is not the same put-together, confident young woman who flirted with his boss. She is nervous. The look in her eyes is that of a hunted rabbit, and that makes Lucas question if he has misread her. But with one touch, he realizes that his earlier predictions are correct. Yulia’s body responds to his touch almost immediately and the two spend a night of passion together.
When she finds herself with Lucas – Julian’s second-in-command – she changes her plan and works to extract information from him instead. Despite what Lucas makes her feel and his astounding ability to make her orgasm over and over again, Yulia reminds herself of the job she has to complete. She then reports back to her boss what she has discovered. With the information that her agency receives from her, they set on to have Julian’s private jet shot down not long after departing from Moscow. And kills almost 50 of Julian’s best men in the progress.
“Beside me Esguerra is silent, his hands gripping the edge of his seat as the ground rushes toward us, the small objects below looming ever larger. I can make out the trees—we’re over a forest now—and then I see individual branches, stripped of leaves and covered with snow.
We’re close now, so close, and I make one last attempt to guide the plane, directing it to a cluster of smaller trees and bushes a hundred yards away.
And then we’re there, crashing through the trees with bone-shattering force.
Strangely, my last thought is of her.
The Russian girl I’ll never see again.”
Miraculously, Lucas survived the crash. He immediately sets to figure out how the information about their flight schedule has been leaked. It doesn’t take long for him to find out that all of this is Yulia’s doing as he pieces the puzzle together. While he still desires her as much as he did before, he now also hates her just as much for what she has done to Julian’s men. He promises himself that if they ever cross path again, he will make Yulia pay for everything.
As soon as I read the first sentence, I already know I’m a goner. From the moment they meet each other, the sexual tension between them is already through the roof. The chemistry between the two is also wonderful to witness as we see these two character battle their emotions, between fear, revenger, anger and lust.
“I don’t understand how one young woman can tie me into knots like this. One minute I want to take care of her, get her strong and healthy, and the next I’m torn between fucking her and killing her on the spot.”
This book is fairly fast-paced compared to the Twist Me Series, where it is more of a slow burn. I enjoyed “Capture Me” as it still has the hot, physical tension that I enjoyed a lot in Twist Me Series. The passion between Yulia and Lucas is also very raw and primal. Worth noting that this book is not as dark as the story in Twist Me Series. While there are still some scenes that keep me on the edge of my seat, the romance in “Capture Me” is definitely more mainstream and less dark compared to Twist Me. It seems to me in this series, Anna Zaires is more focused towards the raw and emotional aspect between the two characters. And I am definitely interested to see how will she grow the plot and the characters.
While I enjoyed this book, I find it a tad bit too short for the start of a series, and there isn’t a lot of new information in this book if you have already read the Twist Me Series as it goes back to recap what happened, only in Julian and Yulia’s POV. It is still very interesting to read, of course, with Anna Zaires’ ability to build the characters and the story in such a way that it sucks you completely into the book. But after I finished “Capture Me”, it kind of feels as if I wasted as few hours of my time practically reading the same thing just from a different POV. I don’t know what I expected before I start this book, but it is definitely more than what I got from this book.
But despite all of that, I still thoroughly adore the book and the main characters. There is still a lot of things that are left untold, in this book we just barely graze the surface of Lucas and Yulia’s character. And I hope to know more about them and the development of their story in the books to come.
“In my dream, he’s mine and I’m his—and there’s nothing keeping us apart.”