by Rachel Van Dyken
Release Date: August 20th 2015
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?
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!
What I say: At 17 Dani has experienced more pain than most people do in a lifetime. The emotional trauma has cost her more than just the ability to speak and she's left broken and struggling. She has a great support network of friends and family, but it is only when she meets Lincoln she starts to come to terms with her losses.
I'm working my way through Rachel Van Dyken's back catalogue, so I haven't read her Seaside series yet. Although Capture is a spin-off (or continuation) of the series it was easy to pick up with the characters and is a standalone.
I found both Dani and Linc to be likeable, they each added something to the story. Dani is a little naive at times, but I actually found this more endearing rather than annoying. I did expect to find the age difference a problem, but mostly it wasn't. This is mainly because Dani is far wiser than most 17/18 year olds.
It's an extremely emotional story with some really heartbreaking moments. As I wasn't familiar with Dani and her family I wasn't expecting the book to be so sad and traumatic. But it's not all doom and gloom as Capture is also sweet and hopeful.
The more cynical part of my brain may have found it hard to believe a Hollywood actor would be into a young woman, but I actually liked the fantasy of the idea here. Plus once I got into the particulars of the story, Linc's feelings for her made even more sense.
3.5 - 4 Stars in my Sky!
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