Caught: Cold Love Book 2 by Scarlet Blackwell

Caught is a forced proximity, enemies to lovers journey of hostility and intimacy. 

From the blurb:

“Goldilocks, I presume?”

It’s the onset of polar night in Alaska and trucker Marshall Westray is looking forward to six weeks’ downtime. But first he has to negotiate 498 miles of frozen wilderness hauling his load down the deadly Dalton Highway from Deadhorse to Fairbanks.
He needs everything to go smoothly but his plans come unravelled at his first stop when he discovers a half-naked man in the back of his cab.
Stowaway Luka is all sorts of easy on the eye and has a ready sob-story that Marshall is appalled to hear. He’ll lose his job if his hitchhiker’s discovered but try as he might, he just can’t shake free of Luka and he’s not sure he wants to.

Luka Hartwell has never been loved in his life. Running from a dangerous situation in Deadhorse, he sees Marshall’s truck as his sanctuary and doesn’t think of the consequences. When the trucker finds Luka in his bed, sparks fly. Luka will do whatever it takes to make sure he gets that ride to Fairbanks and offering Marshall his body isn’t exactly a hardship when the trucker is as smoking hot as Marshall.
Thrown together for hours of treacherous driving, will the two men find solace at the end of a long, lonely road?

“You light up polar night like a beacon to show me the way.”

Possible Spoilers:
Themes: enemies to lovers, forced proximity, guilt, love at first sight, drama, angst, hurt/comfort
Genre: Dark and gritty contemporary romance
Erotic content: Scorching hot
Length: 30000
Warning: Scenes of violence. Mentions of abuse. Strong language and sexual scenes.
Previously published. Revised and expanded.

Jacquie's Review:

Caught is a difficult one to define. Forced proximity for sure, but I didn't feel like they were enemies. There was some animosity for luka putting marshall's job at risk, but it was more of a one sided dislike until Marshall was rude and mean.

They have an instant connection and I thoroughly enjoyed the interactions between the pair.

Both main characters are flawed abd this made it realistic and gritty. Sometimes it was difficult to root for them, but they soon won me round.

As before, I enjoyed the writing style and book 3 sounds interesting.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Tatted_book_freak's Review:

The second book in the Cold Lake series and I’m not exactly sure what to think. The intensity was lacking in this one, but the intimacy sort of made up for lack of the latter. Still unsure of how to classify it, whether it be enemies to lovers or forced proximity, either way, it just doesn’t hit the same as Captured. 

𝙏𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙤𝙣𝙡𝙮 𝙇𝙪𝙠𝙖’𝙨 𝙨𝙠𝙞𝙣 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙢𝙤𝙪𝙩𝙝 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙈𝙖𝙧𝙨𝙝𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙘𝙤𝙪𝙡𝙙𝙣’𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙠 𝙗𝙚𝙮𝙤𝙣𝙙 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩.

Luka and Marshall’s connection was a definite slow burn, forced at times in my personal opinion. But , their chemistry was sizzling hot 🥵! The banter was either hostile or flirtatious, there’s no middle ground with these characters.  And, I felt as though Luca was looking for a handout, even though he never realized. 

Rating: 4 Stars

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