Jim Sinnett spends his days on respectable portrait photography and his nights creating scandalous erotic pictures for men who hide their desires in locked cabinets and between the pages of books. When a new friendship leads to a secret opportunity, one more dangerous than ever before, Jim agrees to step in front of the camera but finds himself baring much more than his skin.
A twisting historical romance set in the fog of Victorian London, Captured Shadows follows the path of love, blackmail and obsession to a devastating climax.
“It’s like off a romcom. Me and you, windows down, roof rolled back, wine, parked up a cliff, sound of waves, sun setting…”
“…and fellating an illegal gun in a stolen car full of ransom money?”
When lottery heir Pip Valentine is taken hostage during a botched robbery, he seizes his chance to escape the life he hates by offering his Mini as a getaway car to the thug holding a gun to his ear. The man behind the balaclava is Lindsay Brown – on the surface a respectable and successful entrepreneur, beneath it a criminal mastermind with a disturbed past of drugs and crime. Valentine is more used to cartoons and cross-dressing than Lindsay’s jazz and jet-setting, but there’s something about him that Lindsay just can’t quit, and soon their strange relationship becomes unexpectedly deeper and more dangerous than either of them imagined. Can obsession really be love, and can love ever survive obsession?
“What are you running away from? You’re still going to miss him whether you’re here or Mars.”
When Pip Valentine fell hard in love with the armed robber who kidnapped him, his life was turned upside down. But consuming love tends to burn what it touches and Valentine has to make the most adult decision of his life: to walk away from Lindsay Brown. Reconciled with his parents and starting a new relationship with his childhood best friend, Valentine tries to leave the consequences of a terrible decision behind and forget about Lindsay. Until, that is, after trying to run away – travelling the world in search of cheap thrills and dangerous highs, finding unexpected salvation in the safety of a family life – Lindsay comes back to find him.
When the past and the present collide unexpectedly after several years apart, can a twisted broken old romance ever settle into true friendship?
“What if that’s all there was? If I don’t need you looking after me no more are you still gonna want me?”
The first time they were together was a messy, jagged jigsaw of interlocking flaws. Seven years later, Lindsay Brown and Pip Valentine have got back together and are taking a shot at normal life with 9-to-5s, family Christmas, and babysitting duties. But these things don’t come easily, especially when you’ve got a baggage train of violence, drugs, crime and sex in your past following you around. Once the giddy rush of reuniting fades, Pip and Lindsay realise they’ve both changed so much that it’s more like starting over than picking up where they left off. As they fall back into some of their old patterns and try new things from dating to dogging, will what they have now be enough to keep them together? All too soon, life or death events intervene to decide for them.