Warren “War” Jinkins is that guy.
The bad one.
Tempest’s ex front man, an arrogant rock god.
The only thing larger than his ego is his capacity for self-destruction.
His bad attitude has cost him. His woman. His best friend. His band. Everything.
Shaina Bentley is that girl.
The good one.
Hollywood’s pink candy-coated sweetheart.
The star of Pinky Swear, television’s top rated teen show.
She’s been practically perfect since that horrible day. But she’s starting to crack under the strain of being everything to everyone.
He’s a one man island. She’s a fragile captive soul.
Is love a current too dangerous to cross or will it be the bridge that brings them together?
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In this book War will unveil himself to you. War is a complex character, he definitely has a heart, to hurt as bad as he does, that means he has to care first, he hides behind a facade of not caring to protect himself, it's his armor, his shied.
Shania seems all sweet, cute, made of cotton candy sweet fluff..but there is more to her, she hides behind all the teen pink fluff to protect herself. In reality she is very strong and pretty confident.
They both have a lot in common..she sees it first..they both want to fix each other. They are both hurting, both feel some deep rooted pain.
War and Shania are each walking around with half a heart but together make a whole.
Shania's family keep her locked away, War keeps himself locked away. Can these two complex characters bridge their hearts together? Read this book and experience the intensity!
War’s Captivating Story
Although I disliked War’s actions in Irresistible Refrain, I was really looking forward to his story. I have a soft spot for authors skilled enough to take an unsympathetic character, or even a villain, and redeem him. This book delved more into War’s background and motivations, which made it darker than the prior book, Enticing Interlude. In fact, War’s behavior in parts of this book were despicable and nearly made him unforgivable to me. There should be trigger warnings for this and the final book in the series as well as tissue warnings, but these challenges made the story more fulfilling to me. I loved seeing how War’s character developed and grew in this book.
I adored Shaina, who was so different from War and the women he usually goes after. Thanks to her influence, he finally started to learn from his mistakes and to think about becoming a better person. Despite all his poor choices, he became a sympathetic character in this one, and I couldn’t help but root for him. The secondary characters were awesome, especially Shaina’s best friend, Alex Treyall.
Captivating Bridge broke my heart into a thousand pieces, and it even did it more than once! War… so lost and sad and lonely, and Shaina, equally lost, but strong and full of love. The two of them together could have either completely tanked or become stronger than a diamond!
I started reading Captivating Bridge ready to hate War and not really enjoy his story all that much. He was volatile in the earlier stories in the Tempest series, and I thought he acted like a jerk more often than not – both with his band-mates and with his girlfriend and the groupies. In this story, though, he was ready to just let go and not try to fight another day. He was standing on a bridge when Shaina climbed up next to him, making him feel like he should save her… while she was actually doing what she could to save him.
Shaina and War was even more different than oil and water, it seemed impossible at the beginning that anything at all could develop between them. Shaina was sheltered to the extreme by her parents who doted on her even more ever since her sister had committed suicide. Now, she was a vessel for their grief, an actress playing a young teenager even if she was in her twenties now. They were both famous in their own right, but they didn’t seem to be aware that the other was in the limelight as well. That changed, though, after Shaina agreed to a weird deal with War, in order to make sure he wouldn’t do something as stupid as trying to jump off a bridge once more.
Their story started out quite sweet, but when things went wrong, they went horribly wrong! As War slowly climbed back up from the hole he’d made for himself, Shaina fell down into her own hole after leaving her smothering parents behind to get an acting career with more adult roles than she was used to. Because of some ugly misunderstandings, they were both hurt by the other, and it seemed impossible to salvage anything of their budding relationship in the aftermath.
Written in dual points of view from both Shaina and War’s perspective, I was quite impressed with how Mankin managed to get me to change my mind so completely about War. He could still be a jerk, of course, but at the same time, it also became easier to understand the reasons why he pushed people away first, rather than actually letting anyone close enough to hurt him.