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Book Review-His Captive Lady

by | Mar 11, 2013 | Book Reviews | 0 comments

Book Review-His Captive LadyHis Captive Lady by Anne Gracie
Also in this series: Bride by Mistake
Series: Devil Riders #2
Published by Berkley Sensation on September 2nd 2008
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Era
Pages: 323
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
ISBN: 0425223248

No one can resist the Devil Riders: four war heroes in search of one good woman. Harry Morant?s tough exterior hides a badly scarred heart. The natural son of an earl, high-born ladies have only one use for him?in the bedchamber. Now, after eight years at war, Harry is breeding racehorses and planning a practical, unemotional marriage. But when he buys a new estate, his careful plans are threatened by an unexpected passion for? of all things?an earl?s daughter.

My Review,

Harry, upon first meeting Helen feels like he has been run over by a freight train. He is instantly mesmerized by her and can’t stop thinking about her. He wonders if their first meeting made a lasting affect on her as she has on him. When he purchases a piece of property that would be perfect for his business pursuits he is shocked to discover her on the property he is about to purchase. Helen, recently has suffered a shock, losing her father and losing everything she has known. When she returns home, she is stunned when she is informed that the home she grew up in and was in her family’s possession for generations has now been taken in exchange for her father’s gambling debts. When she meets Harry Morant, she instantly feels a spark of attraction, but knows that there is nothing she can do for it. She has other major concerns, she has a secret, one that must remain hidden, even from a man that she could see herself sharing a life with. But when circumstances occur that force her into a marriage with Harry, she starts to open her heart to him, a man that could give her everything she ever dreamed of.

The Hero (Harry Morant)
Harry has lived a life where he had to create his own luck. He was born a bastard and rejected by his father and most of his family. Then he was taken in by his aunt, who has loved him more than anyone so far. But when he falls in love for the first time, he is then rejected in the worst possible way. So he spent quite a few years in the army, and has now just returned. Dedicated to starting a new and fresh start, he is instantly drawn to Helen. Even though she keeps rejecting him, there is something about her that keeps him captivated, and committed to proving to her how right he is for her.

 The Heroine (Helen Freymore)
Helen, was attacked and raped and found herself pregnant. So her father forced her into hiding, and after giving birth, she became ill. While asleep her father stole her daughter from her, and hid her away in London. Now she is desperate to find her daughter, no matter the cost to herself. Having searched London, and out of money, she returns home. But she finds that her home has been taken away from her because of her father’s debts. So now she is forced to work as a companion to a woman who treats her worse than animals. But then Harry offers her a way out, but she knows that he may be her only chance at finding her daughter and discovering a powerful love.

My Thoughts 
Lately I have been reading some amazing reviews from books written by this author, and so I was very excited to read His Captive Lady. There was many things that I enjoyed about this one. Even though it was in the middle of the series, I didn’t feel very lost at all, and I think it could be read as a stand alone if desired. After liking this one so much, I plan on reading more books written by this author. It starts out with the first meeting between Helen and Harry taking place. We see a instant attraction, and my heart just went out to the hero from the beginning. He has a strong personality but we also see a sensitive side that only makes him even more attractive to me. I really just fell in love with the way he treats Helen. He is very protective of her and isn’t afraid of commitment or marriage despite his bad luck in the past. I also loved the vivid way this author writes her descriptions of England, and i just loved seeing these two fall in love. There was also a strong emotional bond that is vividly portrayed. And I will admit on shedding a tear or two. Definitely had its emotionally wrenching moments for sure. There was definitely a enchanting ring to this tale that just had me totally addicted to the charming tale of love and romance. A page turner that will move you on a emotional level. A Delightful tale that will warm you heart and leave you aching to read more from this author!!

The First Line 
She looked like a drowning Madonna. Harry Morant couldn’t help but stare. Her face was turned up to the sky, drenched, her skin accepting the misty drizzle the way a flower accepts the rain. 

My Favorite Quote 
“Lady Helen,” he said ” Forgive me, but–,”
To Nell’s shock, he kissed her. With complete assurance, he seized her by the waist and planted his mouth very firmly on hers. She’d never experienced such a thing in her life. Her mouth had been open in surprise  and the hot male taste of him coursed through her body like a red hot poker sizzling in a jug of spiced wine. 

About Anne Gracie

I've always loved stories. Family legend has it that I used to spend hours playing in the sand pit, with a dog on either side of me and Rocka the horse leaning over me, his head just touching my shoulder, while I told them stories. I have to say, dogs and horses are great audiences, apart from their tendency to drool occasionally. But people are even nicer.

In case you imagine we were a filthy rich horse-owning family, let me assure you we weren't. The horse period was a time when my parents entered a "let's-be-self-sufficient" phase, so we had a horse, but no electricity and all our water came from the rain tank.

As well as the horse and dogs, we had 2 cows (Buttercup and Daisy and one of them always had a calf), a sheep (Woolly,) goats (Billy and Nanny) dozens of ducks, chooks, and a couple of geese, a pet bluetongue lizard and a huge vegie patch. I don't know how my mother managed, really, because both she and Dad taught full time, but she came home and cooked on a wood stove and did all the laundry by hand, boiling the clothes and sheets in a big copper kettle. Somehow, we were always warm, clean, well fed and happy. She's pretty amazing, my mum.

Once I learned to read, I spent my days outside playing with the animals (I include my brother and 2 sisters here) and when inside I read. For most of my childhood we didn't have TV, so books have always been a big part of my life. Luckily our house was always full of them. Travel was also a big part of my childhood. My parents had itchy feet. We spent a lot of time driving from one part of Australia to another, visiting relatives or friends or simply to see what was there. I've lived in Scotland, Malaysia and Greece. We travelled through Europe in a caravan and I'd swum most of the famous rivers in Europe by the time I was eight.

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