CAPTURED BY THE SS
by Gail Starbright
Genre: BDSM
Sub-genre: Dystopian?
Pub. Date: Oct. 11, 2011
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Length: 244 pages (paperback)

By the twenty-first century, Germany has all but taken over the world. Only one nation remains untouched…America. Only spies slip in and out of enemy territory. Within this shadowy and dangerous world of cloak and dagger, Isabel Riley is an American spy deep in enemy territory. Isabel is detained at a German checkpoint by a black-uniformed SS officer. She’s arrested, taken into custody and interrogated.But she soon learns her enigmatic captor wants more than just her secrets. He enjoys tying her up or teasing her with the tails of his leather flogger. But floggers and video cameras are the least of her concerns. In the eyes of the Third Reich, ownership is real. And a lovely American spy is far too tempting of a war prize to pass up.

 

Loosely following a dystopian global society, Captured by the SS examines what happens to one female American spy who is captured in the line of duty by one very dominant officer of a German government organization.

Told from the point-of-view of the heroine, Isabel Riley becomes the interrogated detainee of one highly intelligent, extremely dominant interrogator. As an officer of the SS, the Third Reich, the officer (who has no name throughout the book) has the right to take Isobel prisoner to his home for interrogation. After all, she’s in Germany as an American spy.

During her ‘interrogation’, her captor starts asking her about her sexual preferences and sex life, and is baffled by the type of answers he receives. So, he decides to investigate those behaviors.

This dystopian type read had the potential to be so much more than it was. The first person point of view made it exceptionally hard to understand the dynamics of the officer, but, unfortunately, the author attempted to have the heroine ‘guess’ a lot of his feelings and thoughts, making the characters mind readers.

The heat was there though! Albeit somewhat repetitive and not as BDSMish as I was lead to believe it would be. I must point out that this is not an erotic BDSM romance. This is about ownership. For readers who love a little kidnap and capture kink, you’ll get it! But, for the people who don’t like non-consensual sex, you’ll be pleased to know that despite the circumstances, Isabel is strongly attracted to her detainer, and therefore, willingly (while crying) submits to his sexual advances. Isabel finds herself reacting to his dominant ways, and her natural reaction to submit fuels her desire and the innate need to please him.

The plot itself was confusing to me. There were actions taken on behalf of the American government to train (medically) Isabel into the perfect soldier who took orders from authority – all without her own knowledge despite them taking place since she was seven years-old. The explanation left me with more questions than I originally had, and also added to the inconsistent characteristics of the heroine. Between the rough plot line and the ‘feelings’ of the heroine, it was hard for me to believe that she could have ever been a spy. Maybe a CI who was planted, but..

The ending was painfully abrupt and left me in disbelief that some of my questions were never answered. While I did finish this story and enjoyed a few aspects of it, I found that it could have been so much more.