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Captivated (The Donovan Legacy #1)

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A classic novel from the enchanting series The Donovan Legacy.

Only the phenomenal Nora Roberts could have created the remarkable Donovan clan. Fascinating and irresistible, the mysterious Donovan cousins share a secret that's been handed down through generations -- a secret that sets them apart from ordinary beings.


His interest in her was purely professional . .
Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 1st 2004 by Silhouette (first published June 1st 1993)
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Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Quick review:

Cover: Boring
Rating: NC-17
Steaminess: Steamy.
Thumbs Up: 3
Overall: I like Nora, but this wasn’t a home run for me.
Characters: Well Written
Plot: Interesting twist on witches.
Page Turner: Somewhat
Series Cont.? I already have the next book so yeah.
Recommend: Maybe
Book Boyfriend: I guess Nash.

SUMMARY (50 words or less)

This story died for me when with the insta-love happened. Sorry not a fan. And there was nothing else really for me to grab hold of to enjoy the story. The ending
Heena  P.
Captivated is one of those rare books that you can enjoy without using even a tiny cell of your brain ( and I mean it in a good way!) The story progresses easily and even though the outline is way too predictable, the writing keeps one engaged. I read this book in 2 days, just cause I was being lazy. You can finish it in a day very easily. It’s a great break from mind-bending thrillers and complicated love stories.
It might seem strange but it really made me feel that the world is really a good p
Aurian Booklover
Jan 12, 2013 Aurian Booklover rated it really liked it
Sometimes, you just have to pick up an old Nora Roberts book, sit back, and relax, and enjoy the story. Don’t think too much, just read and dream away. The Donovans series is one of my favourite series by Nora Roberts, and this is the first time I have read it in English.

Nash Kirkland is a screenplay writer, who likes the paranormal and horror in his movies, but he doesn’t believe in it, at all. For his next movie, he wants to investigate witchcraft, and witches, so he seeks out the local witch
Jane Stewart
Not enough plot. Too much descriptions, ponderings, and feelings. It dragged. Narrator is not good with male voices.

The main plot was Nash a movie writer/director thought Morgana was a charlatan witch. He wanted to write a movie about witches. So he interviewed her to learn more about them. She was a real witch and told him truths. He liked what she told him but he thought they were tricks - not the real thing. Meanwhile they are sexually drawn to each other.

I listened to more than half the book
Isabella Kai
Aug 18, 2012 Isabella Kai rated it really liked it
I love writer characters and Nash is one of my favorite story tellers. It's nice being inside his head, seeing things the way he sees them. Cynic heroes are another favorite of mine. But with Nash's level of cynicism it can't be cured just by a normal woman. And Morgana Donovan is not a normal woman that's why she's a perfect match for him.

I like the idea of elementals and Morgana is in a sense an elemental. And she's also temperamental. It's was funny imagining her losing control over her tempe
May 06, 2012 Julie rated it really liked it
Captivated by Nora Roberts is the first book in the Donovan trilogy. This one is short and sweet. Morgana is a witch, natural born. Nash makes movies about the paranormal, and wants to interview the local legend- a witch. So, Morgana agrees to give him some insight. Nash doesn't believe Morgana is REALLY a witch. He thinks she just capitalized on the legend to boost sales at her shop. Although she tries in vain to convince him she's a witch, he subbornly refuses to believe... until he finds hims ...more
Jan 26, 2016 Katrina rated it it was amazing
classic novel from the enchanting series The Donovan Legacy . Only the phenomenal Nora Roberts could have created the remarkable Donovan clan. Fascinating and irresistible, the mysterious Donovan cousins share a secret that's been handed down through generations -- a secret that sets them apart from ordinary beings. Captivated His interest in her was purely professional . . . Or so he told himself. Nash Kirkland had sought out the alluring Morgana Dovovan to help him research his latest screenpl ...more
Mar 12, 2015 Meli rated it liked it
Qué desesperación. Acabo de encontrar este review mío de tres estrellas que es del 2011 y estuve media hora leyendo reviews haber si me acordaba de la historia porque ni siquiera recuerdo haberlo leído. Ahora la recuerdo muuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuy vagamente (me acordé una escena gracias a otro review), pero claramente estas tres estrellas no se las merece, de lo contrario no me lo hubiera olvidado al punto de no poder relacionar portada con historia, sinopsis con historia, nombres con histor ...more
Greta is Erikasbuddy
I can't tell you how much I wanted to love this book. Maybe I couldn't get into it because it's 20 years old... but still... That shouldn't matter right? Because I wanted to LOVE THIS BOOK!!

Sadly, it was just MEH to me.

I thought it was going to be fantastic. A real witch running a metaphysical shop who has real witch powers and cool pets and falls for a dude who isn't a witch and shows him her witch side... What's not to love?!!

Well, the characters were just flat and uninteresting. The story had
Mar 22, 2012 TC rated it really liked it
Unbeknownst to me, this was the first Nora Roberts book I had ever read. I bought it for a 6 hour bus ride to visit a friend away in college back in the 90s. It was also one of the first real romance novels I had ever read, and though I had long since lost the book and forgotten both title and author, it didn't take me long to recognize and remember the story when I started listening to it. I got this in a sale on and was delighted when I realized it was the same novel I had read all ...more
Casia Courtier
Apr 29, 2016 Casia Courtier rated it liked it
I found this book (and the cover I posted here) in a thrift store. I have read quite a few of Nora Roberts' books in the past and she is an author my mom and I share interest in. I have no idea if my mom has read the book, but I went ahead and bought it since I didn't at the time.

Like with all Harlequins, the book was a fast read. I actually read most of it in one day during a train trip. It only took longer than it would have because of the driving I had to do and actual work.

I always find Rob
Oct 02, 2014 Krystal rated it did not like it
This was a massive disappointment for me. I'm not big on romance to start with, but with the previous Nora Roberts novel I read I was able to enjoy the story beyond the romance. I had hoped it would be the same with this one but no such luck. I had two major problems with this novel- firstly, I could not understand the awkwardly placed, spontaneous outbursts of physical passion. Combined with my second issue - my hatred of Nash - these outbursts seemed out of place and completely unbelievable. M ...more
Aug 14, 2015 Cindy rated it really liked it
A wonderful start to the Donovan series (4 in all - I think). This is a great intro to the clan in America - Sebastian, Ana, and Morgana. Morgana and her cousins are all witches - the offspring of 3 triplets married to 3 triplets and witches in their own right. Morgana encounters Nash in her store, a metaphysical emporium. A writer of horror flicks, he's doing research for his next screenplay - on witches, naturally. The chemistry between them is fun - Nash, at least initially, thinks that Morga ...more
May 01, 2016 Maria rated it it was ok
Gah! How totally boring! Honestly the characters start off being very interesting and suddenly slide downhill into predictable Mills and Boon style theme. Predictable and non believable that a character with so many psychological problems desperately in need of therapy should become entangled with someone who is emotionally unstable. Why do I do this to myself and torture myself in reading Nora Roberts books? Coz sometimes she has very real intrigue and I can't get enough. Not this time though. ...more
Sep 09, 2011 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Gostei bastante deste livro. Adorei a Morganna e o Nash!
Jennifer at BookShelfery
Aug 29, 2015 Jennifer at BookShelfery rated it really liked it
I first read Captivatedby Nora Roberts perhaps about 10 or 12 years ago, in the omnibus edition of the Donovan Legacy stories. I remember loving this story of Morgana and Nash, mostly because I always enjoy romances where the two protagonists struggle to be together and need to resolve personal issues to do so. And also because #witchcraft.

Morgana is a witch. She's not the cackle-over-the-cauldron-while-she-mixes-potions kind of witch, but a modern witch who plays off her own eccentricities and
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Mar 01, 2011 Ally rated it liked it
Fascinating and irresistible, the mysterious Donovan cousins share a secret that's been handed down through generations, a secret that sets them apart from ordinary beings.
His interest in her was purely professional. Or so he told himself. Nash Kirkland had sought out the alluring Morgana Dovovan to help him research his latest screenplay, though the hard-headed skeptic didn't believe for a minute she was what she professed to be. But, as Morgana revealed herself to him, Nash found himself falli
May 14, 2011 Rochelle rated it really liked it
Recommended to Rochelle by: Jen
Well, so far I haven't been "Captivated}. Each time I've picked the book up I've fallen asleep!
Morgana (where the hell does Roberts come up with these names?) seems very similar to Mia in Face the Fire. Then again, Roberts does tend to recycle the same characters, just in different settings. If the whole Donovans Series is going to be a regurgitation of the Three Sisters Series just on the west coast this time I'm going to be seriously annoyed.

Update: Okay, it's your typical NR book but I liked
Kiki Martin
Jul 01, 2011 Kiki Martin rated it liked it
Nash Kirkland is a horror movie screenwriter looking to create his next big blockbuster. While researching witches for his next movie, he seeks out rumored witch Morganna Donovan for advice and stories. The problem is... She's a real witch.

I adore Nora Roberts but I must say that this is my least favorite story I have read from her. I felt that Morganna lacked personality and Nash.. well he was a bit dry for me. He didn't catch my heart and I also felt that the problems in there relationship we
Oct 22, 2008 Cyrisse rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: romance readers
Recommended to Cyrisse by: n/a
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Captivated is Morgana's story. Morgana's gift is the gift of magic; she can conjure spells like no other. Magic is her stock in trade as well as she is the owner of the successful shop, Wicca, which caters to folks interested in healing crystals and herbs.

Nash Kirkland is a successful screenwriter. He writes scripts for horror films. His latest muse is to write a script involving witches. Draw to town by Morgana's reputation, he is a skeptic but is determined to pick her brain for material for
Dec 18, 2012 Jeanie rated it liked it
Here is a quick summary of the book...

Margana Donovan is a bright, successful witch who owns a small shop called Wicca.

Nash Kirkland is a swanky screen play writer who specializes in all things paranormal. He has his sights set on writing a new award-winner involving witches, so naturally, he turns to the infamous Morgana to aid him in his research.

I like the fact that Nora Roberts wrote Nash as a skeptic. I think it could have added a lot of heat and flare between the characters... but... it
Captivated is the first of the Donovan Legacy series by Nora Roberts. Morgana Donovan is one of three cousins born to triplets married to triplets: the Donovan brothers married the Corrigan sisters. All have special gifts: Morgana is a witch and runs a shop called WICA in her hometown, Monterey. Nash Kirkland, a man with a troubled childhood, researches and writes screenplays for movies about the supernatural. He has just moved to Monterey and intends to use Morgana as a source for his next movi ...more
Jan 23, 2012 Kathy rated it liked it
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I am always fond of the good witches. Well at first the name Morgana struck to me as the evil witch but then in this book its the total opposite. I love how Morgana character is being displayed. Nash Kirkland is obviously a guy with trust issues however the theory of love outcast everything is so pure and joy.

My summary for the book is ... it is very simple but classy. The story that is simple is what will keep us captivated for a long time. Thank you Nora for a wonderful book.
Olivia DiGiammarino
Jun 09, 2016 Olivia DiGiammarino rated it really liked it
This was the first Nora Roberts book I've ever read. I have one of the night travel volumes with the first three novels in a big paperback.

It was everything I was looking to read! I enjoyed the writing, I enjoyed the atmosphere that Roberts creates and the sense of anticipation for the story line to thicken. I really thought the romance aspect of the story was tasteful. Characters kept my interest and were well formed without being overly stylized. On to book 2 haha
Ronnieta Sarkar
Mar 29, 2015 Ronnieta Sarkar rated it it was ok
Well, what can I say about a Love Story? Simple storytelling with an added drama of magic and wizardry, that's all to sum up this novel. Those, who demand some pure magical thrill from a love story of a witch, won't get much to be in awe. A little drab in some places, nevertheless some parts are unexpectedly amusing. Those, who expect nothing but an unconditional Love Story with almost no twist and a strong focus on the leads only, can get the perfect, sweet and romantic feel while reading it an ...more
Sundari Venkatraman
Feb 01, 2016 Sundari Venkatraman rated it really liked it
I love reading books by Nora Roberts. She writes quite a variety – romance, romance + fantasy, romance + thriller, romance + history. She’s an author I absolutely admire and would love to emulate. I have read many books of hers and didn’t think twice before picking up half a dozen of her titles from a sale last year. Captivated is the first of this series and is the story of Morgana, a witch and Nash, a famous Hollywood scriptwriter. I so enjoyed the magic that revolves around the protagonists, ...more
Apr 15, 2015 CI rated it really liked it
Firstly, I read this book in the published trilogy. I am a general fan of Nora Roberts; every now and again she writes a bland and boring romance (guy meets girl, angst, guy gets girl) but mostly her books are enthralling reads with riveting plots and interesting lead characters.

Captivated, with Nash and Morgana, was really REALLY good. Normally, the careers of romance lead's are barely mentioned even if they are out of the ordinary. In Captivated you got plenty of detail around Nash's job and i
I have always like Nora's books and this was also no exception. This is not like other witch books which has good and bad witch, fighting against each other or some other villian. Noraas usual has focused on love and the blossoming of their love with one another.

Nash and Morgana are amazing characters and so were Morgana's family. Sebastian and Ana are interesting characters which I can't wait to read about.

My only disappointment was a little prologue about a future or at least their wedding. So
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Nora Roberts was born in Silver Spring, Maryland. She began writing when a blizzard in February 1979 kept her in her hilltop home with a three and six year old for nearly a week of canceled kindergarten and dwindling chocolate supplies.

During the now-famous blizzard, she pulled out a pencil and notebook and began to write a story for her own entertainment. From the first page, she knew it was wha
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The Donovan Legacy (4 books)
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