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The Traitor

(Captive Hearts #2)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  1,449 ratings  ·  161 reviews
As a young boy, British-born Sebastian St. Clair was abandoned in France and forced to join the French army in order to survive.

Now that the war is over, he has returned home to his beloved England, and is determined to live a quiet life as a country gentleman. He believes that his wish is about to come true when he begins to fall for his elderly aunt’s lovely companion,
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 5th 2014 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Sep 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In this, the second book in Ms Burrowes’ Captive Hearts trilogy, the story focuses on Lord Sebastian St. Clair – aka Robert Girard, former officer in the French army and a man known to have tortured a number of British army officers during the Napoleonic War. Among those men was Christian Severn, Duke of Mercia (hero of The Captive), who suffered more at Girard’s hands than any of the other officers.

It’s a pretty tall order for an author to take a man like Girard/St. Clair and turn him into a

Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~*
Setting: Regency England

4 1/2 Stars

Sebastian St. Clair, who was caught in France during the Napoleonic Wars joins the French army and becomes one of it's chief interrogators of the British prisoners of war.
When the war is over, he returns to his aunt in England hoping to live a quiet country life.
But Sebastian's past follows him and he is given the name of "the Traitor Baron" and he is barely tolerated by present society.
Millicent Danforth, his aunt's companion is hiding something and his ins
This book and series is why I am so miserly handing out stars, I want there to be a clear distinction between 2stars (ok) and 4stars (great emotional reads). I haven't read the third in the series yet but I can already tell, I'm going to be begging for these to come out in hardback. Cherished story, cherished characters, and cherished experience.

There are a lot of wonderful reviews on this already and as I'm behind on ARCs I simply don't have the time to dedicate to writing a review I feel worth
Lady Wesley
I chose this book, and the entire Captive Hearts trilogy, as one of the Best of 2014 at Romantic Historical Reviews.

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After reading The Captive, I wondered how Grace Burrowes could ever turn that story's torturer/villain into a hero in the next book. I should not have been concerned, however; she's done a pretty darn good job of it in The Traitor.

As too often seems to be the case lately, I don't have the time to write a full review, so I'll just marvel once again at what a superb storyte
Sebastian (Robert Girard) was an English boy stranded in France when the war broke loose and ended up a French soldier interrogating English high rank soldiers.
When he comes back to England after the war to assume the title of Baron St. Clair, he is named the Traitor Baron and repeatedly challenged in duels by those peers he once tortured and kept captive.
An impossible situation, an unlikely redemption, and a great love story with his aunt’s illiterate companion.
Very interesting story of fightin
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf, grace-burrowes
Did not finish. Could not get into either the heroine Milly's character or the hero Sebastian's character. Sebastian is supposed to be the torturer who almost drove the hero of the first book in this series, The Captive, to madness with his skill and ruthlessness in both physical and mental torture, but not a single inkling of that aspect of his character is shown in this story. Instead, he is shown as a sensitive soul with a passion for music and gardening. Milly is supposed to be illiterate (b ...more
*The Angry Reader*
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Again I admire Burrowes her light touch. In this book she leaves things unsaid - allowing the reader to pick up on undercurrents and ideas. The writing is deft. The characters complex. I just couldn't love Milly and Sebastian like I did Christian and Gilly.

There are similar themes of damaged characters - finding solace in one another and strength in themselves. And the book is undiminished and satisfying.

Still - I didn't feel the click like with the last book. Can't wait for the next one thoug
Melissa McHugh
Aug 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
So this may be the first Grace Burrowes book that I can honestly say I was not in love with. I still liked it–there’s a lot to recommend this book and it’s a daring book to attempt, but I suppose I’m just too conscious of the concept of torture that I had trouble planting myself firmly in historical context.

The villain of the first book in this series, The Captive, Sebastian St. Clair (known to the hero in that book as Robert Girard) takes center stage here. It’s not the first time an author has
Feb 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this second in the Captive Hearts Trilogy by Grace Burrowes, highly recommended by two Goodreads friends and respected reviewers. I was not convinced at first to commit to more of Grace Burrowes after my first attempt at one of her novels. I was wrong and very glad I kept going, this is now the third I've read/listened to since my first disappointing read (which I'm going to read again with a more open mind) I've changed my opinion and having got used to her very quirky and unusual writi ...more
Lover of Romance
Sebastian St. Clair, was left in France alone and abandoned as a young boy, and as a means of survival had to turn to the French Army and ended up being a interrogator of English soldiers. Now that the war is over, he has returned to England and his rightful place in the realm of peers. He is known as the " Traitor". He knows that his luck will soon run out, with every British gentleman soldier, would love to have revenge on him. When Sebastian meets Millicent, his aunt's companion, his world ti ...more
Kathie (katmom)
HAPPY RELEASE DAY to The Traitor!!!

This is the second book in Ms. Burrowes' Captive Hearts Series. The first one, The Captive, nearly broke my heart. Thankfully, The Traitor isn't quite so hard on my sensibilities. Although I was worried, as the hero in this one, was the man who tortured Christian in the first book. I sincerely wondered how Ms. Burrowes would be able to make Robert Girard, now known as Sebastian St. Clair, the Traitor Baron, and an Englishman, a hero.

Never fear, she does it. An
Apr 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(Peut-être 4,5/5 si je veux chipoter).

Quel plaisir de lire un bon A&P ! Vraiment, rien de tel que les classiques !
Lui est suffisamment torturé pour que ce soit intéressant, et elle, très solide et pas farouche. Très bon couple !
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
Anti climatic. Characters were blah. I held on until 80% before I finally gave up.
Aug 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
Disclosure: I received this review copy for this event. Thank you to Grace Burrowes and Sourcebooks for the opportunity. Yes, this is an honest review.

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Sebastian St. Clair is the real name of Robert Girard, a character I really, really hated when we read about him in Christian's book (The Captive). When I found out he was the hero of the second book, I wondered how Grace Burrowes would accomplish such a task: What would it take for me to forgive him of the atrocities he committed during the
Dec 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have to admit that I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with Grace Burrowes historicals. There have been a couple that I liked, but for the most part, I have left many books behind wondering what exactly I read. That's not to say there's anything bad about Burrowes' writing, it has more to do with the fact that she has a very specific and emotional style that doesn't always appeal to me. However, every so often I find one of Burrowes' books that just works for me, and The Traitor is one su ...more
Angie Elle
Jun 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
***This book was provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.***

*This review may contain spoilers for the previous book in this series, The Captive.

The Traitor is a sweet love story between a heroine who has never really had a place to belong, and a hero who’d sacrificed his honor in an effort to save the lives of others.

After meeting Sebastian in The Captive, skepticism abounded about him being the hero in this book. I wasn’t convinced I’d be able to warm up to him; I needn’t have wo
Sonya Heaney
Sep 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Originally posted HERE .

Ugh, these trashy covers!!

I really love that Grace Burrowes tackles difficult subjects in her writing and brings some much-needed darkness to a genre that has gone far too fluffy and silly to be believable. I read The Traitor immediately after finishing the first book in the series, The Captive, which I might recommend doing. The stories are connected and I enjoyed seeing the characters from the first book play a part in the second.

I didn’t enjoy The Traitor *quite* as m
Marilyn Rondeau
Aug 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Upon the death of his French mother, Sebastian St. Clair, the heir to an English barony, was still in France when the Napoleonic wars began. Having grown up on both English and French soil he was virtually abandoned after his mother died and in order to survive he joined the French army. His main position with the French was to obtain information from the Englishmen, mostly officers, which were captured by the French. When the war was over, he returned home to England, hoping for a peaceful life ...more
4.5 Stars

I am always interested when an author chooses to reform a villain especially in historical romance. There are definite instances where it is done well (Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas) and more than enough where the reformation didn't work. I thought Grace Burrowes did a fantastic job with The Traitor and appreciated her ability to make me think about how differently people view the same scenario.

Sebastian was a dominant force in The Captive and I thought he was just as enthralling in t
Jul 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: burrowes-grace
We met Sebastian St. Clair in book 1. He was the bad guy, an interrogator for the French army during the Napoleonic war. Caught between two worlds, he found himself in France when the war began. Now the war is over and he has returned to England to claim his title and property. But, of course, he finds himself an outcast and despised as the Traitor Baron.

Millie has been hired as his aunt's companion. She has led her own troubled life as a pawn of her relatives. They want her money and have made
"The Traitor" by Grace Burrowes - The story of Sebastian and Milly. This is the second book, after "The Captive". It is the story of Sebastian St. Clair, or better known in "The Captive" as Robert Girard. He is considered a traitor among his fellow English countrymen for fighting for the French. Many of the English soldiers that were entrusted to his "care" during the war now wish to duel with him and extract their revenge. He meets Milly, his Aunt Freddy's paid companion. She is sweet, honest a ...more
For me, The Traitor did not reach the emotional impact of the excellent first book in the Captive Hearts series. The characters were perfectly fine, too - I enjoyed Milly's confidence despite her humble circumstances and not being intimidated by Sebastian, who is quite a bit above her in station and has a rather unpleasant background story.
The dialogue was often awkward - I guess it's a nod to Sebastian's background (heritage and time abroad) and Milly's sheltered upbringing but still.. the spee
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
I was enjoying this smutty romance. I was actually thinking how well written it was. I wasn't even annoyed (well, too annoyed) with the historical inaccuracies, mostly. The sex scenes weren't even that trite.

And then the author had to go and ruin it by not having any sense of time!

Ol' boy rides to London under a full moon, to go to his duel at dawn the next day.
Ol' girl has time to wake up the next day, read the letter that tells her where he's at, go to the Duchess and get directions to the fi
Aug 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Lord Sebastian St. Clair is a former officer in the French Army that still has enemies afoot. Now that he is home, he finds that his past taints his name. For Sebastian he just wants to live his life, but the past is hard to forget and makes him a target.

When Milly Danforth arrives as Lady Freddie's companion, Sebastian is intrigued to by the nonjudgmental acceptance she has for him. When they are caught in a compromising situation, Sebastian plans to marry Milly, but he must learn to include h
Apr 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mf
Burrowes really had to work long and hard to provide enough justifications for St. Clair's actions during the now-ended war (those who read the first book will already know that he was (view spoiler)), and I kept wondering how she was going to pull it out of her hat. She managed it pretty well by the end, though she had to employ some "only in a romance novel" machinations to get there. I won't spoil them -- you'll have to read it for yourself!

I've enjoy
Mar 20, 2014 rated it liked it
This is the second book in the Captive Hearts series by Grace Burrowes, a consummate writer who creates complex, poignant, and often extremely emotional stories. This is a darker series than her debut Windham family series, more like the Lonely Lords series but yet even darker than that as well. Themes of captivity, revenge, and loyalty are central in these very serious and rich love stories.

I prefer my romances on the lighter side but Burrowes (and also Sherry Thomas, another favorite) just wri
Cardyn Brooks
From the long list of elements that really work for me in G.B.'s writing, her male characters who express their full emotional range in ways that magnify their masculinity and spotlight their vulnerabilities top that list. Milly and Sebastian's story is layered in ethical quandaries.

The clever and compassionate approach to imparting an essential life lesson adds charming delight to this tale about perspective, hindsight, and the high costs of war for everyone; soldiers, civilians, victors, and
Jul 13, 2015 rated it did not like it
I love Grace Burrowes and I'm always excited to have a new book of hers to escape into; however, this was boring. The theme was repeated over and over --French traitor, the war is over but someone at some time will kill the Baron. Her flowery language was a detraction in this particular book and I felt like I was wading through mud to get to the point. The characters were simple and once again, quite boring. I read half of it before giving up. Maybe if I picked this book up another day I would f ...more
The Traitor was a difficult book for me to get through. I loved the heroine but really had a hard time connecting with the hero. The story was very dry and I had to force myself to finish. I figured the ending would make up for it, but, although it was a nice ending, it didn't knock my socks off. I'm not sure exactly what the issue was, because I usually enjoy Ms. Burrowes' work. Looking forward to the next one though. 3.5/5 stars
Not surprisingly, this second book in the Captive Hearts series is so boring like the first. As a reader I dragged myself through the chapters. It was a dry read so I was skimming a lot. The Hero and Heroine were desperately vacant and coy. The story took me nowhere I wanted to go. Ho hum.

Nothing interesting to see here. I do not recommend this book. I do not recommend this series. I will attempt the third book because I downloaded the series but I don't expect much.
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Grace Burrowes started writing as an antidote to empty nest and soon found it an antidote to life in general. She is the sixth out of seven children, raised in the rural surrounds of central Pennsylvania. Early in life she spent a lot of time reading romance novels and practicing the piano. Her first career was as a technical writer and editor in the Washington, DC, area, a busy job that nonethele ...more

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