Series: Captive Hearts #1
Published by Casablanca, Sourcebooks
Genres: Historical, Romance
Source: Personal Collection
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He'll never be free...
Captured 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 heart...
Gilly 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. - via GoodReads
The Captive by Grace Burrowes is another winner! If you like your characters good and tortured with seemingly insurmountable odds for happiness then this books is for you!
The Captive opens with a scene straight from hell. Our hero, Christian, is a prisoner of the French during the Napoleonic wars. And he is being tortured for information. As we all know the French were defeated. Christian escapes the chateau where he was held. The rest of the novel we follow Christian on the path to his recovery.
A key part of that recovery is Gillian, or as she prefers to be called Gilly. Gilly is really the kind of woman I’d like to be. She carries her own ghosts, fights her own demons, and still has strength enough to champion the people she loves. She’s tough but with the perfect amount of softness blended in.
Grace Burrowes is one of the few authors I know that can include torture, domestic abuse (both physical and mental), and all manor of devious things and still deliver a believable Happily Ever AFter.
The only things that knocked this book back in my rating is that the pacing was a bit on the slow side for me. The other part was all that sadness to get to the ending sort of bogged me down. I’ll definitely be continuing with the series!