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Captive Heart

3.09  ·  Rating Details ·  55 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Celiese, the lovely slave girl, gasped when her betrothed emerged from the shadows. She had been secretly sent in her mistress's place to wed the much-feared Mylan. But instead of the cruel savage she had expected, he was a magnificently handsome warrior. His cool topaz gaze unnerved her. The fire in his touch sent shivers of unfamiliar desire down her spi
Mass Market Paperback, 526 pages
Published April 1st 1985 by Zebra
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Gentle reader, I am disappointed. :( This could have been so much better. The backstory for both leads was ripe for plundering (no pun intended) & the main conflict had a great set-up...but alas. It slid rapidly downhill into a puddle of epic fail.

Why, you ask?

Clunky dialogue with schizo mood swings; H/h repeatedly bickering & jumping to conclusions for no reason other than deliberate miscommunication; wooden side characters with no distinctiveness; repeated Small Misunderstandings that
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Captive Heart by Phoebe Conn is a story like I’ve never read before. I have read historical romances but never one with Vikings and their conquests. This story is about a French slave girl, Celiese d’Loganville, who was taken at the age 12 from her home to become one of the many spoils of the Torgvalds and became the handmaiden for Viking Lord Raktor’s daughter Olgrethe. 5 years later she is given a chance to escape this life and marry Mylan Vandahl, another
Feb 14, 2013 Marinella rated it really liked it
I have read it when I was 20, in 1995 (yes yes, a lot of time ago!!!!), and I give it 4 stars for my impression at the time: well written, interesting and non-usual setting, a lot of twists in the story, strong male with brutal past, hard-headed heroine with lovely sayings.
Not so bad, really!
Meg Kinch
Feb 27, 2012 Meg Kinch rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I rarely ever give a one star review but when I do, I like to explain a bit why I did so. This book wasn't so terribly bad and it all worked out in the end, but for me it was just way too little, way too late. The constant arguments and "misunderstandings" grew to be overbearing. The lead couple never seemed to be happy, or if there were a few seconds of happiness, no worries there, it was completely and utterly dashed by the careless, hurtful words of the hero. This happened rather frequently. ...more
Mar 10, 2012 Joan rated it liked it
I thought this book had a lot of twists and turns. I could identify with the characters, but at times thought the romance was a little drawn out. I do admit that the book is unpredictable and enjoyed the fact that I couldn't predict what comes next. It had villains and heroes, adventure, love and friendship. My one real criticisms is that I hope Phoebe will write a squeal. The story ends, but actually she could write a whole new book where this one left off, and I hope she does!
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Phoebe Conn is the maiden name and pseudonym of Phoebe Jane Conn a best-selling American author of thirty-seven romance novels. She has also published three futuristic romances under the pseudonym Cinnamon Burke.
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