Grade: D for no D
Doing it at: There’s some implied N/A
Catnip: Boy Next Door, Man of the Cloth, Forbidden Romance, Nonsexual Healing, Lovers to Best Friends
Shame Scale: Yawn, no shame.
Fantasy Cast: Sam Palladio and I don’t care
When a seventeen-year-old girl vanishes,
A community is shaken.
Parents turn desperate.
Friends hold vigils.
And the boy who loves her searches.
When a year goes by,
The community is recovering.
Parents feel hopeless.
Friends feel helpless.
And the boy who loves her continues his search.
When ten years go by,
The community has forgotten.
Parents cling to the past.
Friends move toward the future.
And the boy who loves her . . .
Brings her home.
Jade Childs spent ten years in captivity, but now that she’s back, the real battle for survival begins. The media shadows her. Flashbacks haunt her. Her old life evades her. Her so-called new life rejects her. She spent too many years in the dark to recognize the light. She spent too long repressing her feelings to remember how to express them. She spent a decade abandoning hope and cannot dare letting it back into her life. Jade’s not just defined by what happened to her—she’s collared to it.
When the twenty-seven-year-old woman is found,
A community wants to know the story,
Parents want to forget the story,
Friends want to be a part of the story,
And the man who still loves her faces the greatest challenge yet: letting her go.
Ok so maybe my mind just goes there, but when I saw this new book called “Collared,” I was thinking like…
And the book description is all Cleveland Abduction meets Boy-Next-Door-Second-Chance-Romance. Basically the 1-Click Train to Catnip City. I moved it to the top of my TBR pile and dove right in.
Spoiler filled review to follow. Seriously, don’t read any part of this if you plant to read the book. I’m just going to tell you the whole plot and all the twists and ruin it completely for you.
The book jumps in right after Torrin and Jade have finished saving themselves for marriage like Britney and Justin. They’re high school sweethearts, he’s the boy next door. Her dad is the chief of police and she’s late for curfew, so after a bit of plot about his family that ultimately means nothing because it’s never brought up again, he walks her home. There’s a sweet bit here where he asks her to marry him and aww teen love. Then Torrin watches her walk to her door (so her dad won’t see him), and heads back to his house.
This is when a creepy van pulls up, she goes over like an idiot to give some directions, and is promptly abducted. (Don’t be mad. I’m not victim blaming, this is just a book.)