captive_295wTHE CAPTIVE


Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)

Series: The Captive Hearts Trilogy #1

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.

July 1, 2014
ISBN: 1402278780
ISBN-13: 978-1402278792

(From the author’s website)

The Captive

Christian Severn, Duke of Mercia, is captured out of uniform by the French, and is thus subject to torture. Christian does not break, not once, and is released when Toulouse falls. Back in England, Christian has great difficulty taking up the reins of his life until Gillian, Countess of Windmere, a relation of his late wife, pointedly reminds him that he has a daughter who still needs him very much—a daughter who no longer speaks. Gilly pushes, pulls, and drags Christian back to life, and slowly, she and he admit an attraction to each other.

Christian offers Gilly marriage, but Gilly is a widow, and has fared badly at the hands of her first husband. Gillian will not pledge her heart to a man bent on violence, for Christian cannot give up his determination to extract revenge from his torturer. What will it take for them to give up their stubborn convictions and choose each other over the bonds of the past?



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THE CAPTIVE by Grace Burrowes is a captivating Regency Historical Romance. Book 1 in “The Captive Hearts Trilogy”, and what a beginning!

This is the story of Christian Severn, Duke of Mercia and Gillian, Countess of Greendale. Christian was captured and tortured by the French for over a year. Now, he is free and he wants revenge against his captors. He survived by his vow to himself, of vengeance and justice, only to come home to find his wife and son dead, his young daughter has suffered much from his absence. Now she either refuses or can’t speak. There is, of course more to that amazing story! You many guess, but the answers come toward the end.

Gillian, is a widow, finally, after eight years of abuse, from the older Greendale and now suspect in his death. His heir, Christian’s cousin, Marcus, has made sure of that. Oh, but all is not what it seems on that front. Greed can do so much to destroy innocent lives!

A captivating, fast paced tale of intrigue, suspense, mystery and passion. Two tortured souls find comfort, justice, passion, a safe haven in each others arms and everlasting love. Ms. Burrowes blends the right mixture of suspense, tragedy, passion and romance to keep the reader turning pages way into the night. I truly wish to see the others in this series, come to fruition. The true magic of this tale is the love, and compassion shown throughout this story by both Christian and Gillian.  Not just another romp through Regency England but a romp on one’s heart! Well done, indeed! Received for an honest review from the publisher.

Rating: 4.5

Heat Rating: Mild

Reviewed by: AprilR, Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More