Grace Burrowes NEVER fails to please, but there is something extra special about the launch book in her new Captive Hearts trilogy, 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?

In their own way, both Christian and Gillian were held captive and tortured—Christian, through war and Gilly, through a horrific marriage—but as happens in real life, these characters escaped their bondage only to find surviving can be just as difficult.

I promise you will love THE CAPTIVE and highly recommend…

When these two wounded souls first meet it is Gillian who launches a subtle campaign to bring Christian out of his shell for the sake of his daughter, using gentle touches and small courtesies that are heartbreakingly sweet. As they grow closer and Christian realizes that he is not only one who has suffered the tables turn and he becomes determined to prove to Gilly that she deserves the love and happiness he has to offer.

Tears came to my eyes so many times I lost count and over the simplest moments—a caress on the cheek, a comforting shoulder to cry one—those precious gestures we sometimes take for granted but Ms. Burrowes weaves beautifully into each and every story she writes.

Beyond the lovely telling of Christian and Gilly’s story, we see the return of a beloved character (Devlin St. Just) and gain disturbing, but compelling insights into a character who will soon fill the pages of his own story when this trilogy continues, (Sebastian St. Claire).

I promise you will love THE CAPTIVE and highly recommend to those who have never read a book by Grace Burrowes to do so at their earliest convenience, they are all truly wonderful!

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Teresa Spreckelmeyer
Teresa St. Mary - Teresa, is a wearer of many hats (figuratively) including, mother, wife, graphic designer, event planner, web developer and a self-admitted, avid reader of historical romance novels. Although Teresa is a “small town girl” (again, figuratively) from Missouri, through her various workings with clients and events, in and out of the west coast entertainment industry, she laughingly refers to Los Angeles as her second home. Teresa has produced marketing design work for actors, directors, writers and film studios, among others and played a strong behind-the-scenes role in the creation of entertainment oriented, fundraising events in both Los Angeles and Las Vegas over the past nine years.