Blog Tour Blitz Giveaway and Book Review: The Captive by Grace Burrowes

The Captive is the first book in the Captive Hearts series by Grace Burrowes. Christian Severn, Duke of Mercia, survives capture and torture by the French by vowing to take revenge. Before he can do so, or even recover fully, Gillian, Countess of Greendale, reminds him that his small daughter has suffered much in his absence, and needs her papa desperately. Gilly endured her abusive marriage by avoiding confrontation and keeping peace regardless of the cost. Christian's devotion to his daughter and his kindness toward Gilly give her hope that she could enjoy a future with him, for surely he of all men shares her loathing for violence in any form. Little does Gilly know, the battle for Christian's heart is only beginning.

The Captive had much going for it. The characters, both the main cast and the secondary characters that I am sure will be featured in books of their own in the near future, are likable but flawed enough to make them interesting. Christian is dealing with huge issues, because captivity and torture is not something to be taken lightly, while Gillian has had to suffer through her own form of both, however hers was pretty much sanctioned by society and her family. There are deceptions and twists along the way, some of which were fairly obvious from the beginning, but the journey was still an exciting one. My main disappointment is that I felt like we could have dealt with less of the introspection and moved it along a wee bit quicker. The 'big reveal' could have come a bit sooner, but I was happy with the path the story took and was left happy at the end.

I would recommend The Captive to readers that enjoy historical romance, suspense, and  characters that are both wounded and likable. Despite the small annoyance on my part feeling like the story dragged a bit in the middle, I was pleased and entertain with the story over all.
Author Biography
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes' bestsellers include The Heir, The Soldier, Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal, Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish and Lady Eve's Indiscretion. Her Regency romances have received extensive praise, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Grace is branching out into short stories and Scotland-set Victorian romance with Sourcebooks. She is a practicing family law attorney and lives in rural Maryland.

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