Title – Exposed
Author – Brighton Walsh
Publication Date – July 21, 2015
Series – Captive, #2
Love can be lost but never forgotten. Beautiful, sophisticated, and engaged to the son of a Senator, Evie Masterson has the perfect life. Except for one thing: it’s all based on a lie. Five years ago, she created a new identity for herself and cut all ties to her criminal past. But she can’t run forever, because something she witnessed years ago comes back to haunt her. And the only person there to help is the man she thought she left behind forever—the one man she’s never been able to forget.
Devastatingly gorgeous and just as ruthless, Riley Everett is the criminal for hire who once stole Evie’s heart. Years have gone by, but he’s never been able to forget her either. Now her life is in jeopardy, and even after all this time, he’d still do anything to protect her, even if that means breaking into her mansion and stealing her away.
As they hide from the world, their long-lost passion reignites. But despite their undeniable chemistry, Evie can’t give up the perfect life she’s been working toward…and Riley has no part in it.
Exposed by Brighton Walsh was definitely a novel that kept me on the edge of my seat, waiting for everything to just explode. I absolutely loved Riley in the first book of the series, so it was such a treat to get some of his background and see how his story would evolve in this book. Walsh has a very special talent when it comes to her writing; she always gives you enough to feed your curiosity, but never more than you need resulting in a feeling of never wanting to put the book down.
“It’d only been a day, one measly day, and this heat between us had already reached a crescendo.”
If there was something extraordinary and outstanding in Exposed, for me it would be in Evie. Her character spoke to me on some levels, made me sympathize for her on others, and made me overall just love her. She wasn’t afraid to sacrifice anything to keep those she cared about safe and I truly admired that. Evie did what she had to do which resulted in a courageous, independent, strong heroine who blazed her way through the novel. Though I love Riley, he honestly took a backseat for me simply because of how much I loved Evie’s character. He was protective and intuitive, everything that I love in a book boyfriend. Based on his personality in Captive, I never would have guessed at the depths that his character contained, but I was certainly happy to be proved wrong. These two shared something special and unbreakable which translated so beautifully in the pages.
“If you’re gonna gamble, at least gamble with me. You know I’m not going to hurt you. You know you’re safe with me.”
While I loved the storyline behind Captive, Exposed definitely took a different twist. I never felt like I was reading the same basic plot line but featuring different characters – which is what happens quite often in series that I’ve read. In some senses, it really did have the same feel as the first book but in a totally different circumstance. I appreciated being able to see the connection, yet not getting a retelling. I was kept on the edge of my seat, dying to dig further and deeper around every turn.
“It feels like I can finally suck in a lungful of air instead of surviving on only shallow breaths.”
Brighton Walsh is a gifted writer who I enjoy immensely. Every story is unique with characters that burrow into hearts for different reasons. Exposed is a fast-paced quick read that will have readers aching to know the full story between Riley and Evie. I found myself feeling so much in this novel, even though I really didn’t have any expectation to. I’m excited to see what it is that Walsh comes up with next because I will definitely be buying!
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- How did you come up with the idea for Riley’s story? Did you know it would happen the way it did while you were writing Captive, or was it something that developed afterwards?
My editor, agent and I all plotted together, tossed around different ideas until one resonated with all of us. And nope, I didn’t know any of Riley’s story during Captive. It was all a surprise!
- While still a similar theme, it felt so completely different from Ghost’s story in Captive. I loved that aspect! What made you take his and Evie’s romance in a different direction – rather than utilizing a similar scenario to the first book?
We actually tossed around an idea that was similar, but I wanted to veer as far from it as I could, because I didn’t want Exposed to feel like a rehashing of Captive.
- Watching the two different sides to Evie was absolutely fascinating, and so unlike your other characters. How fun was it to create a character with two dueling personalities?
It was incredibly challenging. LOL At one point while drafting, I had a notebook with:
TRUTH | LIES
written on it, and I had listed all the different aspects of her life. It was so hard to keep track of everything and make sure I got all the details right.
- Authors are always asking who their readers’ favorite characters are. If you just HAD to choose – muscle man with tattoos at stake here – did you enjoy writing Riley or Ghost more, and why?
Oh, man, this is tough. Riley is really more of the kind of hero I, personally, go for in books that I read. An alpha hero who doesn’t need to blast his prowess from the rooftops. Plus, he was easier to write. LOL
- Where did you get the inspiration for Evie’s story? I really respected that she came from a broken past but did whatever she could to rise above it, especially given my personal background. She felt like a unique, loveable character with qualities that every reader could love and relate to in some way.
Evie’s background was one I really struggled with. Due to the premise of the story, I needed a reason she’d be willing to leave everyone she knew behind and never look back. I went through half a dozen scenarios with my Plot Whisperer, and shot every one of them down. In the end, I went with the only story that was hers.
Brighton Walsh is a storyteller at heart. Love is her first love, and writing about it is a dream come true. When she’s not overwhelmed by the incessant chatter in her mind, you can generally find her with her nose buried in a steamy book or partaking in some retail therapy in the Midwest where she lives with her own real life hero and her two energetic kids who (fortunately) know nothing about the naughty things she puts down on paper.