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Captive of Sin

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  1,054 ratings  ·  102 reviews
He pledged his honor to keep her safe.

Returning home to Cornwall after an unspeakable tragedy, Sir Gideon Trevithick comes upon a defiant beauty in danger and vows to protect her whatever the cost. He's dismayed to discover that she's none other than Lady Charis Weston, England's wealthiest heiress—and that the only way to save her from the violent stepbrothers determined
Mass Market Paperback, 356 pages
Published October 27th 2009 by Avon
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Finally coming home after being through horrors and tragedies Sir Gideon Trevithick comes across a badly beaten woman and pledges to make sure she is safe but is surprised when this woman is none other then Lady Charis Weston the wealthiest heiress of England and on the run. It’s up to Gideon to keep her safe from those who wish her harm but Gideon is also endanger of losing his heart and soul to Lady Charis.....

The Queen of Regency noir does it again with Captive of Sin with shades of her ear
I don’t know why the books featuring “Gideon” often turned out to be 4 – 5* winners for me (even tho’ the hero’s name is far from my “Fav names” list), e.g., Amanda Quick = Ravished – 5* ; Jane Feather = The bride hunt - 4* ; Anne Gracie = The perfect rake – 5*). COS is no exception. Mayhap ‘cuz I tend to gravitate towards dark, brooding, taciturn, tortured, spy hero who has survived unspeakable horrors, has to constantly battle his inner demons upon his return to human race, blessed w/ a talent ...more
Oct 06, 2010 Eastofoz rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Readers who love tortured heroes and the women who can save the world
Out of the four books I’ve read by Anna Campbell I’m two up (way way up!) and two down (deep deep down!). “Captive of Sin” is in with the downs :-/ I hated this book. It is so horribly stale and boring with an irritating try-too-hard gothic feel that it just never worked for me. I think the worst though is that it never ended. It was the same thing rehashed over and over again with annoying characters. The scenes are vivid enough but the whole thing is just at a standstill once you see where the ...more
Lady Charis Weston is England’s wealthiest heiress. Seems there are a lot of these woman heiresses in regency England, who although obscenely wealthy, are on the run from some family member who wants to kill them for their fortune. In Charis’s case she’s hiding from her horrid, abusive step brothers who have beat her into near submission. They want to gain her fortune for their own means and try and force Charis to marry a man they owe a great deal of money to. All this must happen before her tw ...more
Kim H
60% *slightly* above average writing, 40% overblown melodrama. It's a shame, really. This had the potential to be great, but the prose is so eye-rollingly over the top corny, I could barely read most of it with a straight face. A tortured hero with a martyr complex meets a doormat heroine, and love miraculously, incredibly, conspicuously, conquers ALL. It has some very well-written moments, but there's just not enough substance there to overcome the silly, melodramatic prose.

Grade: C+
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Captive of Sin is the first book of Anna Campbell that I absolutely enjoyed and devoured. The premise is very interesting, with Lady Charis running away from her evil stepbrothers and stumbling on Sir Gideon, a hero of the realm who decides to be Charis's defendor even though he has his own demons to battle: namely, he can't touch another human without getting violently ill. With the evils stepbrothers in tow, the only solution they have for Charis to keep her fortune is for the two of them to m ...more
The story of these two lovers took me in from the very first pages. Gideon is a tortured soul that you will never forget and I was constantly amazed by the captivating way in which the author told his story. Gideon's character had more depth and was more intricate than any other romance hero that I've ever read - not only did Charis fall in love with him but you as a reader certainly will too. The author created a bold backstory for the hero that included scenes of unimaginable torture and she l ...more
This author really had something in this book: a tormented hero - with a really original affliction - and a strong heroine that confronted her problems. Whenever there was the two of them, I forgot about the cookie cutter villains, the asinine plot, the over the top prose, the bad editing or the author's predilection for her thesaurus (tocsin? cicatrices?)

Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anybody who likes angst in their stories...but I think this book could have b
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Dec 30, 2011 Cecilia rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Recommended for people who like a hero to verbally self-flagellate at every opportunity.
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This is definitely a book with a high personal angst quotient and minimal use of external sources of conflict. I definitely appreciated that. However, both the angst and the external sources of conflict seemed clumsily done to me.

Thoughts on key elements of the book:

The heroine - I want to say something nice about her, but I'm having trouble thinking of anything. It's not because she's extremely annoying, or TSTL (well, a bit, but within tolerable levels), it's just that she never feels like a
Captive of Sin
by Anna Campbell

5 stars


He pledged his honor to keep her safe . . .

Returning home to Cornwall after an unspeakable tragedy, Sir Gideon Trevithick comes upon a defiant beauty in danger and vows to protect her whatever the cost. He's dismayed to discover that she's none other than Lady Charis Weston, England's wealthiest heiress—and that the only way to save her from the violent stepbrothers determined to steal her fortune is to wed her himse
Jennie Marsland
This is my first read by Anna Campbell. I've been hearing her name lately and also hearing good things about this book, so when I brought it home from our RWA Christmas party this weekend, I dug in right away.

I wasn't disappointed. The story opens with the heroine, Lady Charis Weston, on the run from her brutal stepbrothers, who have tried to beat her into accepting one of their wastrel associates as a husband. Battered and desperate, Lady Charis encounters the hero, Sir Gideon Trevithick, newly
Mar 18, 2010 Linds rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of JR Ward's Lover Awakened
This is a good read if you love historical romances with poor tortured heroes.

Charis is an heiress on the run from her two step brothers determined to marry her off to a man they on money too. On her run she meets Gideon who offers her his protection.

Gideon is back from several years in an Indian prison where he has been imprisoned, beaten, and tortured. This has given him PTSD and the inability to have anybody touch him without getting sick and scared.

Of course they fall in love and it is very
Captive of Sin was my first Anna Campbell book. Going into this book, I read many reviews and knew it was a story of a tortured hero. Gideon, who is 25 years old, had been in India for many years and tortured/imprisoned. His father and brother had died and he recently returned to England after being rescued and subsequently made a knight. But his suffering in India has left him with terrible physical and emotional scars; in fact, he has some kind of condition, maybe a type of PTSD. He can't touc ...more
Bree T
Heiress Lady Charis Weston has fled a miserable future in an attempt to make it on her own, just for three weeks. Suffering from the effects of a beating, she hides herself in a stable but is discovered by Sir Gideon Trevithick. Gideon has just returned to England after a horror imprisonment in India and he knows that when he stumbles upon Lady Charis – posing as a woman named Sarah – that he cannot leave her alone. She faces many dangers as a young woman alone attempting to travel to Portsmouth ...more
Kitap çıkmadan önce ingilizcesini okuma fırsatım olmuştu ve çok beğenmiştim. Anna campbell'ın okurken karakterleri bir alana hapsetmesi gibi sizide kitaba hapsettirebilme yeteneği takdire şayan. Konusuda bir o kadar ilgi çekici. Lady Charis iki üvey abisi borçlu oldukları adamla kızı evlendirmek için öldüresiye dövdükleri bir gün kızımız evden kaçar ve yakınlardaki bir hanın ahırına kendini zor atmıştır. Gideon kızı bulduğunda kız perişan halde soğuktan titriyordur. Kıza niyetinin kötü olmadığın ...more
Quite boring. Both the main characters were okay, which is the only reason this book merited two stars and not one. Heroines, especially, tend to be disgustingly annoying in this genre, so props to the author for making her bearable.

I found it extremely amazing that the hero's face remained untouched during his entire time of being tortured. It was quite spectacular how all his scars could be covered and didn't really prevent him from doing most of his daily activities (aside from his psycholog
Rose May
Note: This review, and all my reviews, comes from my blog - Romantic Rose's Bookshelf (

One thing I find fascinating about Anna Campbell’s books is that I always get more than I expect. I pick up the book, read the synopsis, and place it in my basket thinking I’m getting another fluffy, sweet historical romance. Not so, fellow readers. Every time I pick up an Anna Campbell book I am dazzled, stunned, turned into a puddle of adoring goo, and sucked into the i
Mar 24, 2010 Blu rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Kristin Thompson, Sharon Johnson, Danielle "The Book Huntress"
Definitely a book I would recommend to anyone seeking a unique plot. Imagine a hero who is sickened, both physically and mentally, by human touch. That alone kept me reading for as long as I did. I had to know what exactly reduced this man to such a state of existence. Once that mystery was revealed, I did find myself skimming the pages to find out what happened to whom in order to satisfy my need to know if the heroine's brothers ever received their proper comeuppance. Not that the story was la ...more
I'm always in the market for a good angsty romance - normally I browse the paranormal romance section, but I'm delighted that branching out into historical romance led me to this gem!

The hero, Sir Gideon Trevithick is as tortured as they come, which makes his journey to love all the more compelling. He believes his torture and imprisonment in India has left irrevocably damaged. He cannot save himself, but he cannot resist trying to save the battered woman he finds on the road home. Lady Charis W
Bernadette Rowley
This was my third Anna Campbell book and my favourite so far. I loved the tortured hero Gydeon, by far the most damaged man I've ever read. The heroine Charis is wonderful too. A truly devoted woman, ready to fight for love. I can't recommend this book highly enough.
3.5 stars

The story itself was entertaining, a little angsty, but something was missing. Gideon's problems were resolved too quickly to be believable. He was horribly tortured and had an understandable deep aversion to being touched. I find it odd that as horribly tortured that he was, why there were no scars at all on his face. I am OK with that :) just makes the story less believable. Didn't they pull teeth back in the days of torture? eh, what do I know? But even with all that, I did love Gid
This book has multiple personalities. The first half is a quite well written, the heroine shows some hints of pluck and brains and I could grow to like the main character and I enjoy the fact there are other males around and although it's attraction at first sight it's not love. I am enjoying this book.

Then about halfway through it changes. First her step brothers manage to track her down, in spite of the fact no-one saw her and she had herself well covered and disguised. It just didn't hold wat
Lady Charis Weston is on the run. She needs just three weeks to reach her majority and her inheritance. Her evil stepbrothers have other plans for her. They've kept her captive and have physically abused her. Their hope is to get the money for themselves. When they threaten her with rape, she flees and finds herself battered and in a horse stall.

When Sir Gideon finds her in the stall his instinct is to protect her. He has his own demons and he thinks perhaps by helping her he can exorcise his pa
Kitabı yeni bitirdim.Ama Mahrem ile çok benzer yönleri vardı sanki Yazar kendini tekrarlamış gibi geldi bana..Ama hikayeyi beğenmedim değil çok beğendim.Kahramanları özellikler Gideon Mahrem'deki Matthew ile çok benzeşiyordu..Mahremdeki Matthew'da amcasından yıllarca ağır işkence görüyordu.Yinede çok dokunaklı bir hikaye idi..Kısaca yazar kendini tekrar etmiş olsa da beğendim..Tavsiye ederim...
Although this wasn't my favorite Anna Campbell book it was still really amazing. The hero Gideon suffered so much through the course of the whole book. Anna Campbell's heroes are my favorite, they are intense, passionate, dark and ALWAYS totally in love with the heroine. I loved how the heroine Charis stayed firm and never gave up on Gideon. Loved this book.
Life is a complicated thing, and in this book, Anna Campbell makes sure that even her villains are appropriately complicated. But not, of course, as complicated as the hero.
The heroine initially seems a rather simple creature - until she starts to make her way through the maze of her husband's outward actions to find the man inside. He, although complicated, seems unable to see the woman he has married until the final denouement.
The villains spend considerably less time in the spotlight, and as
Lady Charis Weston needs to escape. With her step brothers after her fortune and willing to do anything to get it, Charis just needs to hide for a few weeks before she comes into her inheritance. When her path crosses with Sir Gideon Trevithick’s, he takes her to his ancestral home and keep her under his protection. But her brothers aren’t willing to let her go without a fight and Gideon has his own nightmares to face.

This book wasn’t quite what I was expecting. I saw Anna Campbell talking at a
Hope Tarr
Nobody writes tortured heroes or historical romance better than Anna Campbell!
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