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Captives of the Night (Scoundrels #2)

3.62  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,733 Ratings  ·  153 Reviews
Nine years ago, lovely Leila Beaumont's criminal father died mysteriously. And now her cruel, profligate husband has been murdered -- with innocent Leila suspected of the crime.

Determined to uncover the truth, no matter how unpleasant, the beautiful portrait painter turns to the enigmatic Comte d'Esmond for help -- a mesmerizingly handsome stranger who carefully hides an i
Paperback, 342 pages
Published February 1st 1994 by Avon (first published 1994)
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I've given this an A+ for narration and A- for content at AudioGals.

For those of us who are fans of historical romance audios, Loretta Chase’s name has long been at the top of the list of “authors whose books we’d like to see in audio format”. In 2014, our long wait was amply rewarded, with Ms Chase’s Dressmaker books, the ever popular Lord of Scoundrelsand a handful of her earlier Regencies all coming to audio. We also got a couple of early Christmas presents in the form of The Lion's Daughter
Rating is for the story. The narration by Kate Reading is 5-stars. Overall this was a decent story, with an emphasis on suspense, but a little drawn out. That said, my expectations may have been overly high given that I thought Lord of Scoundrels was one of the best HRs I've ever listened to. Unfortunately, I just didn't feel the connection between the hero and heroine here in the same way. Still a worthy listen though, especially given the fantastic narration, if you can go into it with an open ...more
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"2.5 stars" I first read Loretta Chase's fabulous book, Lord of Scoundrels, over a year ago, and the book, as well as it's hero and heroine, still remain among my top 10 favorites today. I discovered, after reading Lord of Scoundrels, that it was part of a series, and there were two books which came before it. Having loved it so much, I was quite anxious to check out those other books, but I have to say that by comparison both have greatly disappointed me. While I
Hard to rate. This was well written, but didn't work so well as a romance for me. Also the timeline is a bit confusing. I read books 2-3 first and the heroine's nasty dead husband was alive and causing trouble. The book seemed to mostly take place shortly after the end of book 4.

A lot of this was like a 19th century procedural detective story. If that's your thing, you may find this more interesting. Overall, I didn't much feel the romance.

It is hard to take a villain from a prior book and make
Lady Wesley
Mar 14, 2015 Lady Wesley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened
Kate Reading does her usual excellent job with this second volume of the Scoundrels series. Thoroughly enjoyable!
Feb 27, 2015 Wendy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely LOVED the audio version of CAPTIVES OF THE NIGHT, narrated by the highly talented Kate Reading...IMO the female version of Nicholas Boulton in terms of voice acting, versatility and consummate skill in portraying both male and female characters alike. Listening to her is pure entertainment and sheer enjoyment and delight, what more can we ask for?

I wish I had not listened out of sequence as I would loved to have known the Comte d'Esmond/Ismal Delvina as the villain of THE LION'S DAU
Miranda Davis
Apr 01, 2013 Miranda Davis rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one, L. Chase has too many superior books
Who wrote this dreck? Not LC. Couldn't be.

I suffered through almost all of this, the only L. Chase novel I've sincerely detested. The heroine is too embittered by her past and her opium-eating pig of a husband to allow the hero close; the preternaturally beautiful hero, a reformed evil pig himself, is enslaved by her cold aloofness and has a guilty secret about his part in ruining her life, which naturally threatens to make their love impossible.

Where are LC's flawed but likable hero and admirab
Shabby Girl ~ aka Lady Victoria
Mmm, I'm absolutely stumped. I do not know if I even liked this book. There's a first. I'm not sure if I liked the heroine. I think I liked the hero. The mystery was good, that's for sure. I'm pretty sure I'm not as smart as I think I am because I did actually have trouble keeping up with the twists and turns of it. Interesting book.
Feb 18, 2012 Anachronist rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Why I read this?

Why I have to explain myself? Well, ok, I just feel like explaining… Every time I read a romance book I think I need to explain…oh well…maybe because a romance, historical, paranormal or contemporary, is not exactly my favourite genre. I read this novel only because it was recommended to me - otherwise I wouldn't touch it for sure . Apparently this is part 2 in the 4 book series. Here are the titles of other parts: The Lion's Daughter (01, out of print), Lord of Scoundrels (03),
May 15, 2009 Katie(babs) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loretta Chase is an incredible writer and with Captives of the Night, she writes a near perfect book. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys historical romance with mystery, suspense and passion from a hero for a woman who becomes his soul, or so he believes- this book is for you.
Captives is the sequel to The Lion's Daughter where Comte d' Esmond (Ismal is his real name) was the villain of that story and now he is the hero and after ten years he is back with a vengeance but on the right side of
Feb 09, 2015 Norav rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
On retrouve un des personnages du tome précédent mais l'histoire se déroule 10 ans plus tard.
Je n'ai mis que 3 étoiles car, bien que l'histoire soit intéressante, on a l'impression qu'il manque certains passages (surement dû à la traduction...) et j'ai eu un peu de mal avec l'héroïne.
Dec 22, 2008 Tressa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This is considered the second book in the Scoundrels series, but the events are concurrent with Lord of Scoundrels. I do recommend reading The Lion's Daughter first as there is a character overlap. This character also showed up in Lord of Scoundrels.

I quite enjoyed this story. The characters were unusual, clever, and strong-willed. The mystery was intriguing and fascinating. I also thought that this book was well-plotted. I look forward to reading more of Loretta Chase's books.
Laura (Kyahgirl)
Although labeled as book 2 in the Scoundrels series, this book actually runs concurrently with books 3 and 4. I am glad I read those two first because it gave me a better understanding of the character of Francis Beaumont.

While I liked this story better than book 1, it still wasn't anywhere near as good as Lord of Scoundrels and The Last Hellion.

Kate Reading did a good job on the narration of this audio version.
Captives of the Night had one of the most disagreeable heroines I've had the misfortune to find in romance. I was at the brink of dnfing it many times but the mystery and the hero kept me reading on.

Leila's husband has been murdered. Given that that her husband was a cruel and vicious character with a tendency for blackmailing, this wasn't a surprise. At the beginning, she's suspected of the crime, given that her and her husband haven't gotten along in years and in fact, everybody knows they don
This review can also be found on Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell-blog.

If you've read the blurb you know that this is a romantic mystery where Leila Beaumont is trying to find out who killed her father almost a decade ago and who is responsible for the recent death of her husband. Of course, she can't help but be tempted by the spy assigned to help her, Comte d'Esmond.

What you don't know is that Captives of the Night isn't a quite like any other romance novel I've ever read before. It's a historical a
Sep 02, 2011 Carolyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chase-loretta
What an amazing book! This is one of Loretta Chase's older books (released in 2006), the successor to "The Lion's Daughter," and the one preceding "Lord of Scoundrels."

The Compte d'Esmond aka Ismal appeared in the first book as the villain of the piece. In "Captives of the Night," he is redeemed beautifully by Ms. Chase as the hero of this piece. This is a "who done it" mystery/romance which is slowly revealed, layer by layer, until the very end. The book wasn't what I had come to enjoy so much
Another reviewer said this book was 70% mystery and 30% romance and I have to agree with that assessment. But it was still well done because I really didn't figure out who the true killer was until just about the same time the two main characters did which was nice. Oh, and to make me like Esmond, the villain I HATED in book #1, was no impossible feat but it was done. I'm glad ten years took place between this book and the previous one, it allowed for me to believe in Esmond/Ismal's redemption a ...more
bien mais sans plus (surtout comparé au tome 3 et au 4 *-* ), avec pas mal de raccourcis de traduction qui donne des transitions un peu bizarres xD, et paradoxallement j'ai trouvé beaucoup de longueurs dans le récit, ayant envie que l'histoire avance un brin plus vite ^^'.

l'enquête policière est bien ! l'assassin n'était pas celui que je pensais, donc c'était agréable de suivre leur investigation et les raisonnements sur les motivations des gens etc.

j'ai pas beaucoup couiné avec Ismal, aux tous
Romantical Skeptic
This was a long and tedious read tbh. I couldn't wait for it to be over.

What I liked:
1) LC is a great writer and the language was beautifully done. She is one of the few historical romance authors who sticks to proper, historically appropriate language and I truly appreciate that

What I did not like
1) What a convoluted plot. Some sort of long and confusing plot involving spies and illegal arms dealing, murder and betrayal. Was it me or were there just TOO MANY characters to keep track of in this
Jul 29, 2009 Tasha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite Chase book ever! The Comte d'Esmond is srsly hawt. And the heroine is a painter in 19th-century France! Can you say right up my alley?
It took me awhile to get into this, but once I did I really liked it.
Captives of the Night was much better than the first book! I still didn’t love it, but I definitely enjoyed it. When Leila was 17, her father was murdered. Then she was seduced, got married, and ten years later, she’s trapped in a loveless marriage. Her husband is known for overindulging in women, drinks, and opiates, but he leaves Leila to her painting, so she puts up with it. Then he’s murdered, and she’s the prime suspect. At least until it’s ruled an overdose, and the mysterious Comte de’Esm ...more
Jul 22, 2015 PMHE rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was more of a mystery than a romance, with most of the action having to do with solving the murder. Like many readers, I loved Lord of Scoundrels and was excited to read this part of the series, but it had a completely different feel. To me, this story didn't go with LOS at all.

I didn't love either Esmond (Ismal) or Leila. Leila was written to be strong and passionate, but I often found her to be a brat. Her tantrums seemed more than just a little unstable - destroying her art studio i
Moira Fogarty
Interesting. This book falls between two genres: it's not just a romance / spy thriller with some mystery elements, it's a proper mystery with a lot of steamy romance.

The relationship between Ismal and Leila was a blend of Christie's Tommy & Tuppence, and a very continental and oversexed version of Sayers' Harriet Vane and Lord Peter. There are definite parallels to "Strong Poison". Alas, they are not quite as debonair as either of those legendary crime solving couples, but the chemistry is
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My reviews are mostly my thoughts as I went with the book...

This is Ismal's (the villain from "The Lion's Daughter") book and takes place 10 yrs after that one. Ismal has changed quite a bit and I really really liked him here. He's works as a spy and in France on a mission, where he meets Leila, the suspect's wife; a very talented artist. The whole book takes place about that mission and then, the husband (one disgusting personage) dies; things become more complicated. Leila and Ismal fall in lo
Oct 18, 2015 Lucimar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: assassinato
Loretta Chase traçou um perfil psicológico muito diferente do que estou acostumada a encontrar em seus livros, tais como sadomasoquismo e assassinatos. E também nos faz refletir como algumas atitudes nossas afetarão nosso futuro.
Leila e Ismal (Commte Desmond) por uma simples circunstancia não se encontram no dia da morte do paidela. Dez anos depois, eles se encontram cara a cara e se sentem atraídos um pelo outro. No entanto, Leila está casada com um homem totalmente inescrupuloso, amoral e que
BJ Rose
This book has been on my TBR shelf for two years – the beginning of it just didn’t appeal at the time, especially after having read the Carsington books. Now that I’ve decided to get it off my TBR shelf, I pushed myself to read past that first part, and I will admit that the story was better than it first seemed, although the mystery was the best part – not that I cared who killed Francis, but that I got very nervous when the evidence pointed to one after the other of his likeable victims, and t ...more
Elis Madison

I could end the review with the picture, but I won’t. The book has a few flaws (a logical inconsistency that bothered me and more exposition than I like), but it was also published in the 90’s—the “approved” style of writing has changed dramatically since then.

What I love most about the book is the hero. Isbal/Esmond has to be the most unusual, complex, well-crafted character I’ve seen in, like…ever. Seriously. Chase took the hero out of those “desert/harem” romances, gave him one hell of a bac
Barb in Maryland
Another Loretta Chase story that intertwines with Lord of Scoundrels and falls short in comparison. Captives of the Night takes place a few years after LoS and opens with the murder of Francis Beaumont--the behind the scenes villain in LoS. In this one his widow, artist Leila Beaumont meets up with the mysterious Comte d'Esmond and they try to solve the murder. (We have met the Comte before--under another name he was the villain in The Lion's Daughter.) Enjoyable enough story and a nice mystery, ...more
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Loretta Lynda Chekani was born in 1949, of Albanian ancestry. For her, the trouble started when she learned to write in first grade. Before then, she had been making up her own stories but now she knew how to write them down to share. In her teenage years, she continue to write letters, keep a journal, write poetry and even attempt the Great American Novel (still unfinished). She attended New Engl ...more
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Scoundrels (5 books)
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