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review 2019-11-21 21:27
Review ~ Awesome!
The Traitor (Captive Hearts) - Grace Burrowes

Book source ~ NetGalley

 

Baron Sebastian St. Clair was stuck between a rock and a hard place. As a boy he and his family visited family in France and then got stranded there when Napoleon went apeshit and the war started. His father slipped back to England but died during the war. Then his mother died. In order to protect his French relations, Sebastian had to join the French army as Robert Girard, in charge of a chateau where they tortured prisoners to get information out of them. English prisoners. Of which Sebastian could claim half his ancestry. When the war was over, England pardoned the torturer St. Clair, and, as the last remaining male heir, he was told to take up the barony and get to work. He was trying to live a quiet life and do just that, but The Traitor Baron kept being challenged to duels by the very peers he tortured during the war. Would there be no peace for him? Enter Miss Millicent Danforth, a poor relation turned paid companion. His only remaining relative, his elderly Aunt Freddie, had gone through quite a string of paid companions before she hires Milly. And the story is off and running…

 

After having read book 1, The Captive, I have to say I came into this story with grave doubts that the author could turn the torturer from it into a hero. I was wrong. Sebastian is a complicated tortured soul himself. What he has done haunts him. Not just because he had to torture his peers, but the circumstances that brought him to it. He’s flawed, but redeemable. Milly isn’t without her demons. She’s a great character and perfect for Sebastian. The story is complicated and layered and one of the best reads of 2019 for me. Hell, it ranks up there with my all-time favorites. Bravo!

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/11/the-traitor.html
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review 2019-11-15 11:32
so bloody good!
Captive Hearts - A E Ryecart
I was gifted my copy of this book. Dashiell saves Billy from an attack and then is offered a job as his driver. Dashiell wants to say no, but one look at Billy and Dashiell knows he can't. When the full picture becomes clear to Dashiell, and he grows closer to Billy, they begin to think that maybe, just maybe they can get away. But there is more at stake than just Dashiell and Billy, and the noose grows ever tighter around Billy. Can they really be free? So! This is the first book I've listened to by AE Ryecart (although I do have signed copies of The Barista Boys books!) and this was one hell of a ride! I *try* to seperate the narration from the story and write two bits of a review, but when a book is first person, multi point of view, I find it so much harder! So, not gonna! Dan Calley narrates this book and this is the first of his work I've managed to finish (totally another story, quite literally!) and I bloody loved the way he tells Dashiell and Billy's story! Calley get over every single feeling that Ryecart writes, and in such a way, I HAD to stay up late to finish it! Dashiell has an immediate attraction to Billy, but knows he can't have him, not while Billy is so tied to the situation, but they can't keep away from each other. Calley gets over the whole range of emotions that Dashiell, and indeed Billy, go through when dealing with the situation, and how they can be together, while figuring it all out! I loved that Dashiell's need to look after Billy, to feed him, soothe him, all those sorts of things, come out of nowhere for Dashiell. They really do hit him upside the head! Billy? Oh, I felt, deeply, for Billy, I realy did. He knows he can never be free, not while he has responsibilites to take of, but he can hope, right?? You do feel it, deep in your soul, when Billy stops hoping, and it made me cry! The way it all goes down comes out of left field, I thought I had more book left, it totally took me by surprise! Oh, I KNEW it was coming, but still. There is another character here who is not all he sems, and his book is next, I so wanna listen to that too! Be warned though, this book is dark, with reference to abuse that is described in some detail, but not every detail, if that makes sense. And the situation Billy is mixed up in has hints to underground activities. Some readers may have triggers. BUT for me?? 5 star read 5 star narration **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2019-11-11 17:22
Review ~ Awesome!
The Captive (Captive Hearts) - Grace Burrowes

Book source ~ NetGalley

 

Christian Severn, Duke of Mercia, has survived being held captive and tortured during Napolean’s reign. Finally back in his London town home all he wants is to get well enough to exact his revenge on his captors. But he hasn’t been  home long before Gillian, the Countess of Greendale, invades his home and reminds him that he has a daughter in the country who needs her father. He agrees to go, but insists Gillian accompany him. Since she’s a recent widow and has no desire to return to a home filled with unhappy memories, she agrees to his demand. And that’s when it all gets interesting.

 

This is a very well-written story about dealing with the aftermath of abuse and trusting again. I love Gillian and to an extent I love Christian. I’m probably being picky, but I disliked Christian’s dismissing of Gillian’s concerns, poo pooing them like she’s just a hysterical woman. It’s not something he does overmuch, but it dropped my rating. In any case, despite this slight flaw of Christian’s, this book is still going on a list of my favorite reads of 2019. What can I say? I’m a sucker for a damaged hero.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/11/the-captive.html
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text 2015-08-15 00:57
The Captive (Captive Hearts Book 1) By Grace Burrowes $1.99
The Captive (Captive Hearts) - Grace Burrowes

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 endured her difficult marriage by avoiding confrontation and keeping peace at any 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.

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review 2015-06-06 22:25
By Grace Burrowes The Laird (Captive Hearts) - Grace Burrowes

The third book in the Captive Hearts Series, was, as Grace Burrowes mentions in her author's note, different from other books by Burrowes has written. The story starts off slowly and the relationship builds slowly, even though they were married 9 years ago, before Michael went off to war in France.  Brenna was 16 when she married 21-year-old Michael, and she felt abandoned by her husband.  She built a life for herself as lady of the castle, though her people aren't quite happy with her. Michael finally comes home to find a grown woman where he left a young girl, and a castle in far better condition that he left it. He also finds that his wife is not happy to see him and a long struggle to earn her trust and affection, for he quickly realizes that he does love her and he regrets staying away for so long. He also slowly comes to realize that his wife has secrets and has major trust issues.  Pieces slowly come to light as Michael works to win his wife's love and trust.  Brenna holds her secrets very close to her heart.  If she confides in Michael, she fears she will hurt him, but by keeping silent about her painful past, she is protecting him. The secrets she holds are hard to read about once she finally opens up, but I think Grace Burrowes handled well. They do get their happy ever after and the bad guy does get found out and justice is served. The road to that happy ending built slowly and I enjoyed the story and the characters. The trilogy overall isn't my favorite series by Grace Burrowes, but I did enjoy reading the three books in the series and I do recommend it to any who likes Grace Burrowes.

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