The Captive

The Captive Grace Burrowes
  • Title: The Captive
  • Author: Grace Burrowes
  • ISBN: 9781402278785
  • Page: 143
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • The Captive Grace Burrowes The Captive He ll never be freeCaptured and tortured by the French Christian Severn Duke of Mercia survives by vowing to take revenge on his tormentors Before the duke can pursue his version of justice Gillia
    He ll never be freeCaptured and tortured by the French, Christian Severn, Duke of Mercia, survives by vowing to take revenge on his tormentors Before the duke can pursue his version of justice, Gillian, Countess of Greendale, reminds him that his small daughter has suffered much in his absence, and needs her papa desperately.Until he surrenders his heartGilly endureHe ll never be freeCaptured and tortured by the French, Christian Severn, Duke of Mercia, survives by vowing to take revenge on his tormentors Before the duke can pursue his version of justice, Gillian, Countess of Greendale, reminds him that his small daughter has suffered much in his absence, and needs her papa desperately.Until he surrenders his heartGilly endured her difficult marriage by avoiding confrontation and keeping peace at any cost Christian s devotion to his daughter and his kindness toward Gilly give her hope that she could enjoy a future with him, for surely he of all men shares her loathing for violence in any form Little does Gilly know, the battle for Christian s heart is only beginning.
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    About Grace Burrowes


    1. Grace Burrowes started writing as an antidote to empty nest and soon found it an antidote to life in general She is the sixth out of seven children, raised in the rural surrounds of central Pennsylvania Early in life she spent a lot of time reading romance novels and practicing the piano Her first career was as a technical writer and editor in the Washington, DC, area, a busy job that nonetheless left enough time to read a lot of romance novels.It also left enough time to grab a law degree through an evening program, produce Beloved Offspring only one, but she is a lion , and eventually move to the lovely Maryland countryside.While reading yet still romance novels, Grace opened her own law practice, acquired a master s degree in Conflict Transformation she had a teenage daughter by then and started thinking about writing romance novels This aim was realized when Beloved Offspring struck out into the Big World a few years ago Mom, why doesn t anybody tell you being a grown up is hard Grace eventually got up the courage to start pitching her manuscripts to agents and editors The query letter that resulted in the call started out I am the buffoon in the bar at the RWA retreat who could not keep her heroines straight, could not look you in the eye, and could not stop blushing and if that doesn t narrow down the possibilities, your job is even harder than I thought The dear lady bought the book anyway To contact Grace, email her at graceburrowes yahoo.


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    1. 4.5 starsThis story is red wine, it s deep, dark, alluring, and multilayered, and will probably not fit the taste palete of the average reader The Duke of Mercia, Christian, is taken prisoner by the French and systematically tortured over a couple months Why is an officer and peer of the realm not afforded the usually respect Well, Christian was captured when he was out of uniform, he was bathing, and this means he is accounted as a spy Why is a Duke in the cavalry at all Apparently my friends, [...]

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    2. I chose this book, and the entire Captive Hearts trilogy as one of the Best of 2014 at Romantic Historical Reviews WOW I read this in less that 24 hours Could not put it down.Grace Burrowes is at the top of her game in The Captive, the story of two traumatized souls helping one another heal Christian Severn, Duke of Mercia, was held captive and tortured by Napoleon s army, while Gillian, Lady Greendale, has endured eight years of marriage to an elderly, abusive husband, now mercifully dead Gilly [...]

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    3. I m a big fan of Grace Burrowes, as anyone who knows me or reads my reviews will already know The Captive is the first book in her Captive Hearts trilogy, and is one of her most emotionally poignant and insightful stories yet.An officer in Wellington s army, Christian Severn, Duke of Mercia was captured by the French, held prisoner and tortured for months until Napoleon s defeat ended his ordeal Physically and mentally scarred, Christian returns to England a shadow of his former self, unable to [...]

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    4. Setting Regency England4 1 2 StarsIn a French stronghold Christian Severn, Duke of Mercia plans his revenge on his captors and it s the only thing that keeps him alive When he is suddenly free, Gillian Countess of Greendale, prevents him from having his vengeance.Gillian knows Christian s young daughter needs her father, and ending up on charges of murder is not what she wants to see happen next to him Gillian brings Christian back to the world of the living and she believes his kindness to his [...]

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    5. This book was provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review After finishing a pretty intense series, I picked up THE CAPTIVE looking for a light hearted read That s not what I got with this book.This book is one of those books that came along at just the right time for me I thought the writing was superb The pacing was spot on, and I could feel every emotion these characters were feeling.I loved both of the main characters in this book They were broken and scarred, both desperate to mov [...]

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    6. DNF at 50%.Jesus, look at that cover bites lips I know, the guy s naked, what a clich But they re both so beautiful, the colors are so vivid, the shocking pink and the pale pink are so amazing together sighs This is the second book in a row that I DNF It s like a curse I can t seem to find a truly engaging story any I don t want something to just keep me interested, I want a book full of surprises and passion and delightful characters and fantastic writing.If there s something Mrs Grace Burrowes [...]

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    7. I had no idea what I was getting into when I picked up this book I enjoy the author s writing and took a brief glance at the synopsis This was deep, dark, gritty, engaging, heartwarming, humorous and heartwrenching all in one It is the story of two people who were tortured by those they were captive to and then had the courage to survive, thrive and be happy There were echoes of Edmond Dantes of The Count of Monte Cristo fame to this story This is a tough read and yet so worth it.The story opens [...]

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    8. Review posted at Swept Away By Romance4 stars It has been ages since I read a historical romance, and this book was a wonderful reminder to me why I love historical romance.This was my first taste of Grace Burrowes writing, and I was impressed to say the least She has a depth of storytelling that was impressive and captivating Ms Burrowes aptly named this book The Captive , because that s exactly how these characters are living.As the story opens, Christian Severn, Duke of Mercia, is in captivit [...]

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    9. HAPPY RELEASE DAY Book One in the Captive Hearts SeriesThis one comes out on July 1, 2014 I read it the moment I got it on Netgalley I just have to read Ms Burrowes books the second I get them I have to say, this was a much darker start, and book, than many of Ms Burrowes other books Tore at my heartstrings The title, The Captive, was so appropriate Christian, though freed after his torture, was still held captive to revenged healing Gilly was held captive to her secrets Lucy was held captive to [...]

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    10. Originally Posted At My Website Addicted To RomanceChristian Severn, the Duke of Mercia, married with two children, joins the military, but ends up being kidnapped and tortured and now is set free and makes his way back to England Only to learn that his wife and son are gone and all he has left is his daughter A daughter that doesn t speak Gilly, is free of her marriage from hell, and when she sees the trouble with Christian s daughter, So Gilly goes with Christian to his country estate Christia [...]

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    11. I found this book to be surprisingly boring I skimmed the last few chapters just to be done with it.On the face of it, this story has so much that I should love Two broken people finding their way through the darkness to their healing An independent, non virginal heroine Characters involved in the Napoleonic war Horses and dogs and gardening.But while the right ingredients were there, the recipe was off I just didn t care About any of it about the characters, the romance, the mystery, the reveng [...]

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    12. Sometimes I see those reviews that are like OMG All the Feels The hero was so dark and broody This story was so emotional And then I run and grab the book and it s like here s Mike Mike is tortured Mike is broody Mike does tortured broody things Mike needs the love of a good woman Mike has met a woman But he s still tortured Go Mike go The romance equivalent of See Spot Run because the author lacks the skills or patience to show a reader the flaws and growth of the characters A blunted, silly, i [...]

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    13. You can find this review in English below.2.5 stars.Ha sido una lectura perturbadora Ha estado bastante bien pero ni me ha gustado ni he disfrutado de ella Demasiado triste Demasiados abusos Y ha habido algo en la historia que no me ha cuadrado Creo que la autora ha perdido una oportunidad de oro para contarnos la historia de dos protagonistas maduros, en el oto o de sus vidas Hubiese sido m s cre ble, m s tolerable y menos angustiosa.Para no dar muchas pistas ser muy breve Ambos protagonistas t [...]

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    14. 4.5, really, but there were a couple of niggles that kept me from rounding up Originally posted HERE.This is one of those books that stand out from the crowd, and I m glad I finally sat down and read something by this author I think I got lucky and chose one of her best to start with.I had formed the wrong opinion about Grace Burrowes writing She is definitely a victim of US publishers trashy cover designs, because this is richly written historical fiction and not at all the wallpaper nonsense I [...]

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    15. This my first Grace Burrowes book and I have to say I m now interested in reading of her books.The characters were endearing Both of them were just so flawed and damaged and yet portrayed realistically and beautifully My heart went out for Christian, the hero, who has to deal with the aftermath of the torture he went through during captivity I really understood his motivations and why he did the things he did.Gilly is another character who pulls you in She is strong and courageous despite all s [...]

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    16. I m going to do a disclaimer in this review I tend to only review books that I REALLY LOVE This is because I ve read so many of them, the only ones I tend to remember well enough to review are the ones that have proven to be memorable in one way or another.This series includes two of my all time favorite Grace Burrowes books In the very first chapter, the heroine captures me by cutting up an orange for the hero I know this sounds silly, but there is something so empathetic in this gesture of her [...]

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    17. Rating Clarification 3.5 stars May post my thoughts later.

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    18. Disclosure I received this review copy for the release day event Thank you to Grace Burrowes and Sourcebooks for the opportunity Yes, this is an honest review Captured by the French and then held captive and tortured for three years it is an unreal circumstance for Christian, the Duke of Mercias, and everyone who has heard this tale could not believe it either his story has become a myth whispered about amongst soldiers of the lost duke locked away in a secret location somewhere in France But Ch [...]

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    19. Oh my It is heartbreaking what Christian and Gilly suffered by the hands of the monsters who intruded into their lives and held them captive The suspense kept me turning pages to see exactly what happened to Christian s family by the hands of a trusted family member Ironic that Christian wasn t the only captive in this story Nicely Done

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    20. I m conflicted about rating this.The subject matter is heavy abuse, torture, both in the past and inflicted on hero and heroine when they were adults But however dark their pasts, to me the writing always stayed a little bit apart from the emotions, so even though the story is told from both hero s and heroine s POV, it distanced me somehow from the emotions of the story In a sense that s a safe place to be, but I regretted it.The end was a happy one, the heroine was feisty, but it was over the [...]

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    21. First I must admit to something rather distressful While I have several books by Miss Grace Burrowes on my TBR shelf, I had never read of them until THE CAPTIVE crossed my NetGalley screen and I simply couldn t resist Well now I am smacking myself in the head and taking all of my dusty Grace Burrowes novels off the TBR shelf, dusting them off, and sitting them on my reading table for the weekend.Captured and tortured by the French for months on end, Christian Severn, The Duke of Mercia does all [...]

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    22. 4 StarsGrace Burrowes has an enormous backlist and I have been wanting to try her for awhile So, when I heard about the Read All Books Reading Challenge hosted by Anna at Herding Cats, Burning Soup The Herd Presents, I knew that this was a great way for me to experience her stories I decided to start with The Captive because it is the beginning of a series and that it has some pretty high ratings on I found it to be engaging and a good example of the distinctive Grace Burrowes style that I have [...]

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    23. In the early 2000s, people were all proudly proclaiming they were either Carries or Samanthas, Mirandas or Charlottes I say forget those basic bitches If one truly wants to be an heroine on an epic scale, one must go back to the ultimate in historical romances, Gone With the Wind Some of us are willful, stubborn, fiery Scarlett O Haras willing to work the field like a slave, make a dress out of velvet curtains in order to snag a rich husband, flout societal conventions and dance in full mourning [...]

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    24. Grace Burrowes wowed me with this first book of her new trilogy I always expect great things when I read one of her books, but this one surpassed my expectations This book had a slightly different feel to it than her previous books to me, maybe a little edgier or darker This may be because of the torture Christian suffered and he DID suffer ouch Christian eventually is released, barely recognizable, unable to eat than enough to stay alive, and suffering mentally During his imprisonment, his wif [...]

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    25. Very nice regency Fairly angsty Both the hero and the heroine were damaged and together they helped each other heal There was a fairly obvious bad guy view spoiler and wasn t it oddly coincidental that he was the heir of both the hero and the heroine s dead husband weird hide spoiler but it was still interesting watching it all play out I enjoyed how the hero set out to win the heroine with puppies and all I liked the heat level of the book and felt that the physical relationship that developed [...]

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    26. 4 5 4 stars A This was my first book by this author and I was happy to find another historical romance writer who I could enjoy so much I started this book with trepidation, thinking the story would be the filled with an angry damaged man who lashed out at everyone around him However, there was no such thing Christian, the survivor of betrayal and torture, was definitely a damaged man but he was also sensitive and caring Gillian was also damaged but so determined to care for Christian s sufferin [...]

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    27. Have you ever read a book so captivating and so sensuous that it leaves you wanting This is one of the best books I ve read in a while It s so very well written and from the moment I started reading this, I was ensnared Grace Burrowes talents sparkle Her characters are riveting and positively delightful The dialogue is crisp and enticing and the plot setup is intriguing.

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    28. Maybe 4.25 stars The h s attitude got tiresome midway into the book I loved the H, though, and the story was good.

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    29. Def think this is my fave of her books I ve read so many in a row that honestly they ve blended together one of my criticisms is that her writing style gets a bit repetitive but this one stands out to me.

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    30. It took me a little while to get into this book I think the writing style was the reason for that I m not quite sure what it was in the beginning, but I must have gotten used to it or it got better as by the end I was fine with it, but at the start for some reason I found it a tad different The actual story was engaging right from the start, although I was worried I was going to be hit with some pretty gruesome torture scenes, so it was a bit of a tense time in the beginning worrying about what [...]

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