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His Captive (MacGruder Brothers #1)

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  827 ratings  ·  88 reviews

With a wastrel brother and a treacherous former fiancee, Lady Nichola Westcott hardly expects the dangerously seductive Scot who kidnaps her to be a man of his word. Though Sir Alexander MacGruder promises not to hurt her, Nichola's only value is as a pawn to be ransomed.


Alexander's goal is to avenge his father's murder, not to become entangled with the ene

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Published November 1st 2007 by Zebra
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I liked this book, but wouldn't rave about it and certainly wouldn't pick it up again.
Alexandra kidnaps Nichola in place of her drunken brother. From the moment he sees her he's instantly in lust. Nichola starts to have hot thoughts about him a wee bit later (and I mean wee). The first 1/3 of this book is mostly their arrival to his castle and is a repetition of him lusting after her but pulling away cos he knows he shouldn't and she wondering why she is having such thoughts about her k
I really enjoyed this book. The constant battle of wills between Lady Nicola & Sir Alexander. The battle between England & Scotland. I can't wait to read Duncan's story next.
I really enjoyed this book! I loved the sweet heroine and the conflicted brooding Scottish hero!
Apr 09, 2010 Misfit marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition

I yield at page 75, as tired as my mind was yesterday and not in the mood to read anything but fluff I could go no further. Bad, unbelievably bad.


Over and above 1) this medieval Baron's sister called off her own engagement (!!) along with 2) her brother leaves by the *secret passage* that is described as dark with dying rushes fluttering about yet when she's kidnapped by the Scot the second he walks in the door there's a lit torch on the wall just-a-waiting for him. Finally on
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With a wastrel brother and a treacherous former fiancé, Lady Nichola Westcott hardly expects the dangerously seductive Scot who kidnaps her to be a man of his word. Though Sir Alexander MacGruder promises not to hurt her, Nichola's only value is as a pawn to be ransomed.


Alexander's goal is to avenge his father's murder, not to become entangled with the enemy. But his desire to keep Nichola wit
Jul 01, 2010 Karen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical romance readers
Sometimes you just pick up a book and can't put it down and this book did just that to me. I have read many books with the plot Scottish Warrior for one reason or another comes in possession of an English Lady, both try and deny their attraction but somehow live happily ever after, and some authors manage to hold your attention better than others.
This book really held my attention and I really felt the chemistry between the characters. If you like a bit of romance in the Scottish Highlands then
Dianna Rostad
An entertaining historical romance. I loved the whole series.
Eileen Dandashi
About the Story: Lady Nichola Westcott, the younger sibling of Griffin, Baron of Monceaux, saw much troubling her brother. He obviously had taken up with the wrong people--drinking, whoring and gambling away their funds until she feared they would be penniless. When she confronted him one evening, he left suddenly down the secret passage that hadn’t been used for years. What was she to do? She was already selling off priceless heirlooms of the family just to keep afloat.

“Over the years, since he
Jessica Uzzo
yet another free Friday disappointment. the plot had some potential but the writing just made it painful. the dialogue was so stilted and painful to read most of the time it was way too formal sounding to really flow well. the characters weren't really likeable at all which destroyed any hopee the book had. the heroine would've been tstl if this had been a thriller type book she was rather spineless despite her alleged spunk. she held up well for most of the book but at the end instead of actual ...more
Lady Nichola Wescott is kidnapped by Alexander MacGruder in hopes that her wastrel brother will come up with much needed money to help his cause. But he does not expect the feelings he has for Nichola, and he must fight these feelings in order to get the ramsome money, in spite of many of his men wanting to see her dead.
Add a treacherous ex-fiance to the mix, and a good story ensues. Recommended.
I'm not much of a romance reader, but I needed something lighter between two novels about serial killers and a Stephen King novel, so this was it. I got it as a Nook Free Friday selection. The story kept me fairly interested. I thought the ending was a little weird, but, other than that, it was an entertaining story.
I enjoyed this story. When you're sent on a mission to kidnap someone and they aren't there.... Take their sister instead.
That is what Alexander did,and things went crazy from there. Believing her brother to be a drunken fool who has left them penniless Nichola doesn't want to tell anyone that there will be no ransom paid.She is brought to Alexanders home and things get even stranger.Fighting their desires in light of the fact that they are supposed to be enemies....Alexander will not leave Nich
I adore Nichola. She is, in many ways, innocence embodied, even while being forced to be unusually mature for her age. Her brother is in charge, but usually absent, her parents are dead. She is gradually being forced to sell family heirlooms just to pay the bills...
And from there, things get worse for a while. The book moves relatively fast, with appropriately rapid plot development - and twists. The ending, however surprising, flows nicely from the presented "facts" and the addition of a tiny b
"How had he ever been so blessed to have been gifted with her in his life?"

Series - Grandmother's room in the tower is enchanted. The stones within would draw the one person meant for each of them, "a woman who would teach them to love and make them whole."
Book - Alexander, sent to abduct Lord Westcott, finds instead his sister. But money is money, right? So he takes her back to their castle, sends the ransom, and proceeds to fall for her. But an English lass in a Scottish stronghold, espe
[3.5 STARS]

I would have rated it a 4STARS if only I didn't have trouble concentrating on the story so harshly almost as if I'm forcing myself to finish it. There is nothing wrong with the writing--actually--I enjoyed the author's writing quite much. It was a fast and good pace reading. However, I sometimes feel myself reading too much "telling" and not enough "actions" to convince the development of the story. Eventually, it came to the point of comparing works and similar stories with other aut
It sounded so good in a purely naughty way. She is his captive. This book was frustrating not because of any sexually tension being built but my the pure annoyance of the characters. Nichola is just to weak seeming and while she is supposedly falling in love with Alexander she is so against every move he makes going as far as to wish him ill. Their many arguments are tedious at best.

Alexander and his brothers are to carbon copy of other, better, stories. Once meeting certain characters, you know
Firstly, there needs to be serious editing. Grammatical, typographic...the works.

Secondly, the book repeats itself...repeatedly. There's the classic chapter recap, the "I just had an epiphany and just to make sure you don't get lost, I'll repeat the entire thing every time I refer to it for the next six pages," the "PLOT TWIST!" and the "DID YOU SEE THE PLOT TWIST?" recap and the "BUT DID YOU *GET* THE PLOT TWIST?!" recap and the subsequent "I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT PLOT TWIST WHICH I WILL EXPLAIN A
His Captive (MacGruders #1)
by Diana Cosby

3 of 5 stars


With a wastrel brother and a treacherous former fiancé, Lady Nichola Westcott hardly expects the dangerously seductive Scot who kidnaps her to be a man of his word. Though Sir Alexander MacGruder promises not to hurt her, Nichola's only value is as a pawn to be ransomed.

Alexander's goal is to avenge his father's murder, not to become entangled with the enemy. But his desire to keep Nichola with him, in
As usual with these "hostage/captive" romances, it's hard to believe the heroine is all mushy over the protagonist so early in the book. As with the other books in this series, the unexpected attraction is sort of explained later when we learn a few things about the hero's grandma, but it still is a little troubling, at first, to see the heroine not only attracted to, but APOLOGIZING to the man who abducted her, after she "betrays" his trust by trying to escape! Makes one want to thump her on th ...more
Monique Atgood
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I have seldom read a historical romance that is so formulaic down to the set language (predator, well-muscled frame) and two-dimensional characters nor one with such a hodge-podge of historical research, some of it belonging to later periods than the 1290s. It felt more like Cosby had watched "Braveheart" and Wikipedia for her information. And yet despite this scathing criticism, why did I keep reading, and more, why I am I tempted to read more of the books? I honestly don't know, but obviously ...more
An easy read with decent tempo to it. I had issues with the idea that I may or may not have read it before (to the point that I predicted the ending with the brothers--which makes me think I have read it before and just didn't realize it). The real problem I ran into was disliking the way both characters could intuitively like each other in such a situation. It seemed they started falling for each other far too quickly for the situation (kidnapping). I can understand heat because that is physica ...more
Well Done

Strong story, beautifully written. Characters are very well developed. The ending wraps up nicely, too. I love a logical, yet surprise ending... and an epilogue!! I wish the epilogue went several months later.
I am not crazy about romance novels, but this was pretty good. It was a little more dramatic than I like, but not as bad as others that I have read. This was a good filler book in-between book club reads.
Kay Rogal
Diana Cosby's 'His Captive' has brought me back to historicals :-) I had forgotten how wonderful they are to read and especially with paranormal added. Lady Nichola did not expect to be kidnapped by Alexander or feel such a powerful attraction to this man. Alexander fights to keep his focus on avenging his father's murder but cannot deny the passion to have her in his arms and to keep her safe - even from his own brother. They soon learn what it is to sacrifice and protect their for each other. ...more
Deb Grenier
I absolutely love Diana Cosby's books. Her characters come alive in the stories and make you care about what happens. There is a touch of "magic" added in that enhances the storyline as well
Leigh Kraushaar
Fast paced with lots of romantic tension. Loved this book and immediately bought the other books in the series. Diana is now my favorite newly discovered author of medieval romance!
English lady kidnapped by Scottish warrior for ransom. They are inexplicably drawn to each other and can't keep their hands off each other from the first day they're together. Chemistry, I get, but it was a little too much love too fast for my taste. He's upset because she has trust issues with him. Well, duh, he kidnapped her for pete's sake. Even though the writing wasn't terribly great (not only plot and character development, but grammatical tense problems) I still found myself thinking abou ...more
Sep 14, 2013 Liz rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romance lovers
Recommended to Liz by: bn free fridays
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2 Star is generous in my mind. Shallow, choppy, jejune and completely lacking the sophistication the high ratings would warrant. Granted, I only made it to page 19, and it very well could get better but I could not muster the interest to find out. Perhaps it's because I just came off a great medieval read, or I just want to read something with a hint of intelligence, the fact is the longest sentence I found in my short time was about seven words long. Okay, slight exaggeration but you get the me ...more
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