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Captivated (The Donovan Legacy #1)

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  6,075 ratings  ·  163 reviews
The Donovans remain one of Nora Roberts' most unforgettable families. Irresistibly appealing, these cousins have also inherited some rather remarkable gifts from their Celtic ancestors. CAPTIVATED is the first of four books featuring the Donovans.
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...more
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...more
Aurian Booklover
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...more
Isabella Kai
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...more
Julie
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
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...more
TC
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 audible.com and was delighted when I realized it was the same novel I had read all...more
Krystal
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
Carrissaibbott
Firstly, I read this book in the published trilogy. I am a general fan of Nora Roberts; every now and again she rights 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...more
Cathy
Captivated exemplifies one reason why Nora Roberts broke the mold of stereotypical romance writers. Her heroines were not given to histrionics or swoons or emotional outbursts. They were rational and able to deal with a man as an equal, not as a "romance heroine." Morgana represents a Roberts' heroine.

Unfortunately I found the story of Captivated to be somewhat tedious. I expected things to happen, but nothing really did. Roberts writes extremely well, her prose is always a cut-above, although t...more
Sara
Gostei bastante deste livro. Adorei a Morganna e o Nash!
Ally
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...more
Rochelle
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...more
Kiki Martin
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...more
Cyrisse
Oct 22, 2008 Cyrisse rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: romance readers
Recommended to Cyrisse by: n/a
Shelves: nora-roberts
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...more
Jeanie
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...more
Marianne
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
Kathy
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Marina Andreou
Ενα ΑΡΙΣΤΟΥΡΓΗΜΑ της ταλαντουχας Νορας.Δεν θα πω πολλα..γιατι εχω απειρα βιβλια της και το καθε ενα ειναι ξεχωριστο.Ειναι το 1 βιβλιο για την Μοργκανα Ντονοβαν και για τον Παραγωγο ταινιων Νας.Οπου ο πρωτος επισκευτεται την Μοργκανα στο χωριο της για να τον βοηθησει με την νεα του ταινια.Μια ιστορια με μπολικη αγαπη,μαγεια και συναισθημα.Οπου κυριαρχει η λογικη και η αγαπη.Παρα πολυ ωραιο.Συνεχεια θα ειναι το 2 βιβλιο με τον εξαδελφο της Μοργκανας...τον Σεμπαστιαν.
Jonetta
I loved this story! I sometimes forget just how great a writer Nora Roberts is and was caught off guard with this book. The prose is almost lyrical and the characters come to life off the pages. It is truly a magical experience.

Morgana is indeed captivating. I admire her confidence and self-awareness where she knows who she is and is content with life. Her attraction to Nash unsettled her in a really good way and she had the same imprint on him. This story captured the best of both of them and t...more
Duncan Mandel


EDITORIAL REVIEW:




**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 se...

A.M.
The blurb says - “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.”

Secret? Yeah right… whoever wrote that hasn’t actually read the book. The MC runs a shop called Wicca and the whole damn town knows she is a witch. In fact, the whole world, that is why Nash Kirkland has come to town; to meet her and pick her life for inspiration for his next scary movie script. Her cousin...more
K
Feb 22, 2009 K rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: favorites
Captivated is the first book in the Donovan Legacy series. I've read this book in the past and enjoyed it, so I thought to give it another chance. After reading it, I remembered why I loved this series (and bought the books)! The story focuses on Morgana, one of three cousins who are witches by birth, and her pursuit of love and happiness. Besides liking the characters themselves, I love Roberts inclusion, and references, to WICCA and withcraft. I think she did a good job of making these element...more
Shirl
If you like stories with witches, this one is for you. Morgana the witch meets Nash the writer of screen plays about horror, witches and things that go bump in the night. They are attracted to one another. But nothing is easy between a witch and a non witch.
Traci
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Sonia Cristina
Podia dizer que foi um feitiço que me fez gostar tanto deste livro, mas não, é mesmo o talento da autora. Eheheh A sério, não esperava gostar tanto, sendo um pequeno romance centrado apenas nos protagonistas, sem qualquer outra intriga por trás do romance. Por acaso, pensei que esta série teria mistério; não tem, ou este livro não tem, mas comoveu-me à grande.

A relação dos primos Donovan é muito engraçada, quando eles apareciam tornavam a leitura muito mais engraçada. Estou super curiosa quanto...more
robin leonard
Donovan legacy

I have read 3 of the Nora Roberts, Donovan seris, can't wait to read the fourth. Out of the trilogies I have read this is the best yet. It has drama,love,and always a happy ending, which is a great pick up when you need it. I would recommend this book with the highest rating I can give. Loved it.
Kim
3.5 stars. I always enjoy Nora Roberts mix of normal and paranormal. Her characters did make be feel a little envious.....I want their lives.
Stacie  M. Ritchie
This is the first of the Donovan Legacy by Nora Roberts. I think this was probably written in the early part of her career, but not the very beginning. This is the story of Morgana Donovan and Nash Kirkland. This introduces the Donovans with the flamboyant Morgana. Morgana does not question her powers and doesn’t apologize for her legacy of being a witch. Nash has hard a past but success in the movie industry as a writer of paranormal movies. He is intrigued by a witch and the gambit she plays....more
Marie Godley
really enjoyed this so I finished it in an afternoon. Easy going - great characters and magic - can't wait to read the rest of the series.
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