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The Captive

(Captive Hearts #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  2,413 ratings  ·  308 reviews
He'll never be free...

Captured and tortured by the French, Christian Severn, Duke of Mercia, survives by vowing to take revenge on his tormentors. Before the duke can pursue his version of justice, Gillian, Countess of Greendale, reminds him that his small daughter has suffered much in his absence, and needs her papa desperately.

Until he surrenders his heart...

Gilly endure
ebook, 448 pages
Published July 1st 2014 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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4.5 stars

This story is red wine, it's deep, dark, alluring, and multilayered, and will probably not fit the taste palete of the average reader. The Duke of Mercia, Christian, is taken prisoner by the French and systematically tortured over a couple months. Why is an officer and peer of the realm not afforded the usually respect? Well, Christian was captured when he was out of uniform, he was bathing, and this means he is accounted as a spy. Why is a Duke in the cavalry at all? Apparently my frie
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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WOW! I read this in less that 24 hours. Could not put it down.

Grace Burrowes is at the top of her game in The Captive, the story of two traumatized souls helping one another heal. Christian Severn, Duke of Mercia, was held captive and tortured by Napoleon's army, while Gillian, Lady Greendale, has endured eight years of marriage to an elderly, abusive husband, now mercifull
I’m a big fan of Grace Burrowes, as anyone who knows me or reads my reviews will already know. The Captive is the first book in her Captive Hearts trilogy, and is one of her most emotionally poignant and insightful stories yet.

An officer in Wellington’s army, Christian Severn, Duke of Mercia was captured by the French, held prisoner and tortured for months until Napoleon’s defeat ended his ordeal. Physically and mentally scarred, Christian returns to England a shadow of his former self, unable
Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~*
Setting: Regency England

4 1/2 Stars

In a French stronghold Christian Severn, Duke of Mercia plans his revenge on his captors and it's the only thing that keeps him alive. When he is suddenly free, Gillian Countess of Greendale, prevents him from having his vengeance.
Gillian knows Christian's young daughter needs her father, and ending up on charges of murder is not what she wants to see happen next to him. Gillian brings Christian back to the world of the living and she believes his kindness to h
Cam *tactile seeker*

DNF at 50%.

Jesus, look at that cover. *bites lips*
I know, the guy's naked, what a cliché. But they're both so beautiful, the colors are so vivid, the shocking pink and the pale pink are so amazing together... *sighs*

This is the second book in a row that I DNF. It's like a curse. I can't seem to find a truly engaging story anymore. I don't want something to just keep me interested, I want a book full of surprises and passion and delightful characters and fantastic writing.

If there's something Mrs
Angie Elle
***This book was provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.***

After finishing a pretty intense series, I picked up THE CAPTIVE looking for a light-hearted read. That's not what I got with this book.

This book is one of those books that came along at just the right time for me. I thought the writing was superb. The pacing was spot on, and I could feel every emotion these characters were feeling.

I loved both of the main characters in this book. They were broken and scarred, both desper
I had no idea what I was getting into when I picked up this book. I enjoy the author's writing and took a brief glance at the synopsis. This was deep, dark, gritty, engaging, heartwarming, humorous and heartwrenching all in one. It is the story of two people who were tortured by those they were captive to and then had the courage to survive, thrive and be happy. There were echoes of Edmond Dantes of The Count of Monte Cristo fame to this story. This is a tough read and yet so worth it.

The story
Review posted at: Swept Away By Romance
4 stars!

It has been ages since I read a historical romance, and this book was a wonderful reminder to me why I love historical romance.

This was my first taste of Grace Burrowes writing, and I was impressed (to say the least). She has a depth of storytelling that was impressive and captivating. Ms. Burrowes aptly named this book The Captive , because that’s exactly how these characters are living.

As the story opens, Christian Severn, Duke of Mercia, is in ca
Kathie (katmom)

Book One in the Captive Hearts Series

This one comes out on July 1, 2014. I read it the moment I got it on Netgalley. I just have to read Ms. Burrowes books the second I get them!

I have to say, this was a much darker start, and book, than many of Ms. Burrowes' other books. Tore at my heartstrings! The title, The Captive, was so appropriate. Christian, though freed after his torture, was still held captive to revenge...and healing. Gilly was held captive to her secrets. Lucy wa
Lover of Romance
Originally Posted At My Website: Addicted To Romance

Christian Severn, the Duke of Mercia, married with two children, joins the military, but ends up being kidnapped and tortured and now is set free and makes his way back to England. Only to learn that his wife and son are gone and all he has left is his daughter. A daughter that doesn't speak. Gilly, is free of her marriage from hell, and when she sees the trouble with Christian's daughter, So Gilly goes with Christian to his country estate. Chr
Nadine Jones
I found this book to be surprisingly boring; I skimmed the last few chapters just to be done with it.

On the face of it, this story has so much that I should love:
* Two broken people finding their way through the darkness to their healing.
* An independent, non-virginal heroine.
* Characters involved in the Napoleonic war.
* Horses and dogs and gardening.

But while the right ingredients were there, the recipe was off. I just didn't care. About any of it: about the characters, the romance, the mystery
*The Angry Reader*
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Sometimes I see those reviews that are like "OMG! All the Feels! The hero was so dark and broody! This story was so emotional!" And then I run and grab the book and it's like "here's Mike. Mike is tortured. Mike is broody. Mike does tortured broody things. Mike needs the love of a good woman. Mike has met a woman. But he's still tortured. Go Mike go!" The romance equivalent of See Spot Run because the author lacks the skills or patience to show a reader the flaws and growth of the characters. A ...more
You can find this review in English below.

2.5 stars.
Ha sido una lectura perturbadora.
Ha estado bastante bien pero ni me ha gustado ni he disfrutado de ella. Demasiado triste. Demasiados abusos.

Y ha habido algo en la historia que no me ha cuadrado. Creo que la autora ha perdido una oportunidad de oro para contarnos la historia de dos protagonistas maduros, en el otoño de sus vidas. Hubiese sido más creíble, más tolerable y menos angustiosa.

Para no dar muchas pistas seré muy breve. Ambos protago
Sonya Heaney
4.5, really, but there were a couple of niggles that kept me from rounding up!

Originally posted HERE .

This is one of those books that stand out from the crowd, and I’m glad I finally sat down and read something by this author. I think I got lucky and chose one of her best to start with.

I had formed the wrong opinion about Grace Burrowes’ writing. She is definitely a victim of US publishers’ trashy cover designs, because this is richly-written historical fiction and not at all the wallpaper nons
Love Africa Book Club
This my first Grace Burrowes book and I have to say I'm now interested in reading more of her books.

The characters were endearing. Both of them were just so flawed and damaged and yet portrayed realistically and beautifully. My heart went out for Christian, the hero, who has to deal with the aftermath of the torture he went through during captivity. I really understood his motivations and why he did the things he did.

Gilly is another character who pulls you in. She is strong and courageous despi
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anybody who loves historical romance
I'm going to do a disclaimer in this review. I tend to only review books that I REALLY LOVE. This is because I've read so many of them, the only ones I tend to remember well enough to review are the ones that have proven to be memorable in one way or another.

This series includes two of my all time favorite Grace Burrowes books.

In the very first chapter, the heroine captures me by cutting up an orange for the hero. I know this sounds silly, but there is something so empathetic in this gesture of
Yomi M.
Rating Clarification: 3.5 stars

May post my thoughts later.
Jun 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Disclosure: I received this review copy for the release day event. Thank you to Grace Burrowes and Sourcebooks for the opportunity. Yes, this is an honest review.

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Captured by the French and then held captive and tortured for three years -- it is an unreal circumstance for Christian, the Duke of Mercias, and everyone who has heard this tale could not believe it either: his story has become a myth whispered about amongst soldiers -- of the lost duke locked away in a secret location somewhere i
Oh my! It is heartbreaking what Christian and Gilly suffered by the hands of the monsters who intruded into their lives and held them captive. The suspense kept me turning pages to see exactly what happened to Christian's family by the hands of a trusted family member. Ironic that Christian wasn't the only "captive" in this story! Nicely Done!
I’m conflicted about rating this.
The subject matter is heavy: abuse, torture, both in the past and inflicted on hero and heroine when they were adults.
But however dark their pasts, to me the writing always stayed a little bit apart from the emotions, so even though the story is told from both hero’s and heroine’s POV, it distanced me somehow from the emotions of the story. In a sense that’s a safe place to be, but I regretted it.
The end was a happy one, the heroine was feisty, but it was over t
Kimberly Rocha~ Book Obsessed Chicks

First I must admit to something rather distressful. While I have several books by Miss Grace Burrowes on my TBR shelf, I had never read of them until THE CAPTIVE crossed my NetGalley screen and I simply couldn't resist. Well now I am smacking myself in the head and taking all of my dusty Grace Burrowes novels off the TBR shelf, dusting them off, and sitting them on my reading table for the weekend.

Captured and tortured by the French for months on end, Christian Severn, The Duke of Mercia does al
4 Stars

Grace Burrowes has an enormous backlist and I have been wanting to try her for awhile. So, when I heard about the Read All Books Reading Challenge hosted by Anna at Herding Cats, Burning Soup & The Herd Presents, I knew that this was a great way for me to experience her stories. I decided to start with The Captive because it is the beginning of a series and that it has some pretty high ratings on Goodreads. I found it to be engaging and a good example of the distinctive Grace Burrowes
Jen Davis
May 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. It has an angsty, tortured hero, a strong and supportive heroine, an interesting storyline and a satisfying conclusion. But when it was over, I was left wondering why I didn’t love it… but merely liked it. Here is what I have come up with: the romance was too easy. Oh, the journey each character had to endure was horrible, yes. But the road to love was a cakewalk. Let’s back up.

Christian, the Duke of Mircea, was captured by the French and tortured for months as his enemies h
In the early 2000s, people were all proudly proclaiming they were either Carries or Samanthas, Mirandas or Charlottes. I say forget those basic bitches

If one truly wants to be an heroine on an epic scale, one must go back to the ultimate in historical romances, Gone With the Wind . Some of us are willful, stubborn, fiery Scarlett O'Haras willing to work the field like a slave, make a dress out of velvet curtains in order to snag a rich husband, flout societal conventions and dance in full mour
Bonnie Rzucidlo
May 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Grace Burrowes wowed me with this first book of her new trilogy. I always expect great things when I read one of her books, but this one surpassed my expectations. This book had a slightly different feel to it than her previous books to me, maybe a little edgier or darker. This may be because of the torture Christian suffered - and he DID suffer. (ouch!)

Christian eventually is released, barely recognizable, unable to eat more than enough to stay alive, and suffering mentally. During his imprison
Jacqueline J
Very nice regency. Fairly angsty. Both the hero and the heroine were damaged and together they helped each other heal. There was a fairly obvious bad guy (view spoiler) but it was still interesting watching it all play out. I enjoyed how the hero set out to win the heroine with puppies and all. I liked the heat level of the book and felt that the physical relationship th ...more
Laura (Kyahgirl)
Aug 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Laura (Kyahgirl) by: Caz
4/5; 4 stars; A-

This was my first book by this author and I was happy to find another historical romance writer who I could enjoy so much. I started this book with trepidation, thinking the story would be the filled with an angry damaged man who lashed out at everyone around him. However, there was no such thing. Christian, the survivor of betrayal and torture, was definitely a damaged man but he was also sensitive and caring. Gillian was also damaged but so determined to care for Christian's su
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Have you ever read a book so captivating and so sensuous that it leaves you wanting more? This is one of the best books I've read in a while. It's so very well written and from the moment I started reading this, I was ensnared. Grace Burrowes talents sparkle. Her characters are riveting and positively delightful. The dialogue is crisp and enticing and the plot setup is intriguing.
AG Reads
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed, hr
Maybe 4.25 stars. The h's attitude got tiresome midway into the book. I loved the H, though, and the story was good.
Def think this is my fave of her books. I've read so many in a row that honestly they've blended together (one of my criticisms is that her writing style gets a bit repetitive) but this one stands out to me.
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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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“You like this darkness. You like learning me by feel.” Feeling very bold indeed, she nuzzled at him until she found his mouth with her own. “I like it too.” 7 likes
“It was a struggle to not fall in love with a man who was determined to be decent to her when what she sought was indulgence of her wanton nature.

Her recently discovered, very frustrated wanton nature, damn him.”
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