His Captive Lady

His Captive Lady

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 ca...

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His Captive Lady Reviews

  • Julie (jjmachshev)

    Reviewed for queuemyreview.com; book release Sep08

    I can’t imagine the heartbreak of losing a child. Maybe it would be more accurate to say I don’t even want to try because it would be too painful. If there could be degrees of such pain, would it be ‘more so’ if the child were taken and disappeared? I’m not about to debate this subject, but this very moving book made me think about what I would do, and what I would be willing to do, if such a horrendous thing happened. Even so, I loved every minu

    Reviewed for queuemyreview.com; book release Sep08

    I can’t imagine the heartbreak of losing a child. Maybe it would be more accurate to say I don’t even want to try because it would be too painful. If there could be degrees of such pain, would it be ‘more so’ if the child were taken and disappeared? I’m not about to debate this subject, but this very moving book made me think about what I would do, and what I would be willing to do, if such a horrendous thing happened. Even so, I loved every minute of “His Captive Lady” by Anne Gracie. She is one of the few authors I think could have successfully pulled off using the above scenario in a sweet and sexy love story without minimizing or dramatizing the situation.

    Lady Helen is the daughter of an earl. Her father gambled away everything and died in debt so now she’s destitute and homeless. But even worse, before he died her father stole her newborn infant in a misguided attempt to atone for not protecting Helen from the man who raped her. Now the ONLY thing that matters to Helen is finding her child and she will do whatever is necessary to get her back.

    Harry is the ‘natural’ child of an earl, but he learned his lesson early in life about what being a bastard means. Harry’s looks have always provided him an entrée into the beds of the bored ladies of the ton. These highborn women are happy to sleep with him, but won’t acknowledge him in any other way. Harry’s brother and friends are the only ‘family’ Harry ever really knew and that’s fine with him. Now that it’s time for him to take a wife, Harry has decided to select a wife with the qualities he wants; just like he would in the horses he breeds. Then he meets Lady Helen, and suddenly no one else will do.

    There’s so much more to the plot that I just didn’t want to give away. Why does Harry feel he needs to ‘earn’ love? Why does Nell lock herself in her room at night (and it’s not the reason you think)? And if you read the first book in this series, “The Stolen Princess”, what is going on with Ethan and Tibby?

    I’m so impressed with the way this author treats Nell’s anguish. It’s what the entire story is built around, yet it doesn’t make the book too sad to read. It becomes more of a celebration of a mother’s love for her child regardless of the circumstances of conception. The secondary love story that was only hinted at in “The Stolen Princess” culminates in this book, yet this is very much a stand alone read. The characters became real to me and I wanted to help in their search for the child. I identified with Nell’s sorrow and Harry’s determination. The growth of their relationship was exactly right, not too fast, not too slow; the strengths and weaknesses of each part of the mystery of how love makes us stronger together. “His Captive Lady” by Anne Gracie made me cry, and then it made me laugh and smile. And even the ending, although at first seeming miraculous, at second glance really and truly made sense. Now I’ll wait, impatiently, for the next book in the series to be released in ‘fall 2009’. The more I read by this author, the bigger of a fan I become…how cool is that?

    Til next time

    JJ

  • ♡Karlyn P♡

    Wonderful! My first by Anne Gracie, and I'll read more. I couldn't put this one down. (Seriously, I left work early and cancelled a dinner plan to finish this one.) I can't believe I haven't read this author before as her writing style is awesome. This story is an emotional story with both sad and happy tears, so beware. Fans of historical regency romances will love this one as it goes for the heart.

  • Atunah

    Oh my goodness. Bring the hankies for this one. When I thought I didn't have anymore tears left, Mrs. Gracie squeezes out some more.

    I don't even know what to say about this one. I didn't totally love the first in this series, but this hits all the spots. It's the second one in series. One heart wrenching scene was just so painful. There are many heart wrenching moments here.

    Anne Gracie is one of those authors that when she is on, she is on. And she can get all the emotions out of me. Some of h

    Oh my goodness. Bring the hankies for this one. When I thought I didn't have anymore tears left, Mrs. Gracie squeezes out some more.

    I don't even know what to say about this one. I didn't totally love the first in this series, but this hits all the spots. It's the second one in series. One heart wrenching scene was just so painful. There are many heart wrenching moments here.

    Anne Gracie is one of those authors that when she is on, she is on. And she can get all the emotions out of me. Some of her books are so witty and funny and then you hit a spot and tear up. Its a gift.

    And I love every minute of a book that can make me feel.

    Still misty eyed. *sniff

  • Zumbagirl

    *****************A MILLION STARS*****************************

    I LOVE THIS BOOK!!! It wins all my favorite shelves and pushed all my happy buttons. Started this at night - big mistake - got up and read some more, couldn't think of anything else all day - and had to finish it or I'd go crazy. Having read a few of Anne Gracie's books before - all of which I enjoyed, but not with the same addictive quality as this - I was not prepared to be totally blown away.

    This shouldn't be a surprise and maybe s

    *****************A MILLION STARS*****************************

    I LOVE THIS BOOK!!! It wins all my favorite shelves and pushed all my happy buttons. Started this at night - big mistake - got up and read some more, couldn't think of anything else all day - and had to finish it or I'd go crazy. Having read a few of Anne Gracie's books before - all of which I enjoyed, but not with the same addictive quality as this - I was not prepared to be totally blown away.

    This shouldn't be a surprise and maybe some readers won't like this because it's a secret baby trope and there is a secondary romance. Personally, I wish every book had quality baby facetime. My heart was breaking for Nell dreaming about her baby girl, remembering how it felt when she moved in her belly and when she first held her. Those special times were so poignant and the remembrance to my own babies was almost overwhelming (my kids are big now but you never forget these things). Seriously, Ms. Gracie describes human emotions, feelings and tender moments in such a way - how can I describe it? - it's sumptuous, delicious, succulent - aaaahhh! I can't describe it because I'm not a writer and it's impossible to put these emotions into words.

    And a hero like Harry - I could easily have 20 shelves just for him - this guy leaves all the other heroes out there in the dust.

    There is an underlying tone of death, which while at the heart of the story, never felt overbearing. Nell suffered a lot through her life and lost many loved one; it made her such a strong woman. This was advice her friend gave her and a friend once gave me very similar advice:

    Death is our greatest enemy but unfortunately one we all have to deal with; how does a mother go on after the loss of a child? Nell was truly remarkable because she pulls it together and starts to focus on her life with Harry.

    Think of Lisa Kleypas meets Mary Balogh - that's what this reminded me of - tons of love, emotion, romance, sweet with a little bit of spice. I laughed, cried, and now am a very happy lady (Oh, and the title of this is great once you get the connection).

  • Caroline Yamashita

    Genteeeee

    APAIXONADA por essa autora!

    Tãooo lindo!

    Harry, o meio irmão do Gabe (do primeiro livro da série) já sofreu tanto preconceito, já está escaldado!

    Ele vê uma mulher no vento frio, desabrigada, linda, e pensa: por que não se casar com ela? ahahahaah

    Ele pediu para a Tia Maude achar uma mulher de boa família, de classe mediana, educada, sem gostos, sem abrir a boca, sem graça e chata, mas ao invés disso, a vida jogou uma mulher com nome, sem posses, educada, orgulhosa, que não quer se casar co

    Genteeeee

    APAIXONADA por essa autora!

    Tãooo lindo!

    Harry, o meio irmão do Gabe (do primeiro livro da série) já sofreu tanto preconceito, já está escaldado!

    Ele vê uma mulher no vento frio, desabrigada, linda, e pensa: por que não se casar com ela? ahahahaah

    Ele pediu para a Tia Maude achar uma mulher de boa família, de classe mediana, educada, sem gostos, sem abrir a boca, sem graça e chata, mas ao invés disso, a vida jogou uma mulher com nome, sem posses, educada, orgulhosa, que não quer se casar com ele!

    A vida é uma caixinha de surpresa mesmo!

    Ele promete comprometimento, fidelidade, mas sem romance e muito menos amor! Mas se não é amor o que tem por ela, eu não imagino o que seja!

  • Olga Godim

    In this regency romance, Harry is a bastard son of an earl. He served in the Wellington army for eight years, but now the war is finally over. Having inherited some money from his late great-aunt, Harry buys the estate of Firmin Court, where he plans to breed racing horses. He also asks his aunt to find him a practical, middle-class bride. He doesn’t want love. He wants stability.

    Lady Helen, Nell to her friends, grew up at Firmin Court, but her late father lost it and everything else in

    In this regency romance, Harry is a bastard son of an earl. He served in the Wellington army for eight years, but now the war is finally over. Having inherited some money from his late great-aunt, Harry buys the estate of Firmin Court, where he plans to breed racing horses. He also asks his aunt to find him a practical, middle-class bride. He doesn’t want love. He wants stability.

    Lady Helen, Nell to her friends, grew up at Firmin Court, but her late father lost it and everything else in a game of cards before he killed himself. Now, Nell is destitute and must leave the only home she ever knew.

    The two meet briefly, by accident, but Harry can’t push Nell out of his mind. Every potential bride his aunt parades before him lacks in comparison to Nell. When he sees Nell again, their encounter is unexpected and explosive, and he wouldn’t rest until she accepts his marriage proposal. Of course, he doesn’t love her, he is an immensely practical man, but he can’t explain even to himself why he pursues her so relentlessly, even after she rejected his suit. Twice.

    Nell likes the handsome former soldier, but she has a secret that makes her ineligible for marriage. She can’t marry anyone, least of all Harry. She likes him too much.

    The two play a game of cat and mouse, with many droll moments and quirky situations, and Nell’s secret adds a poignant emotional brew to the already complex love story. And the characters are so lovely, both of them, so potent and alive and contradictory.

    A charming tale from start to finish.

  • Jo

  • Dina

    This was a very uneven read to me. What I liked, I loved; what I disliked, I loathed. All things considered, 3 stars is what I came up with in the end.

    I

    Harry and Nell. He was a great hero: sweet, understanding, helpful, protective and, yes, passionate. His feelings for Nell never wavered through the story, not even when she revealed her "sordid" past to him. On her part, she was a great heroine too but I admit it took me some time to believe that she she wasn't with Harry only out of gra

    This was a very uneven read to me. What I liked, I loved; what I disliked, I loathed. All things considered, 3 stars is what I came up with in the end.

    I

    Harry and Nell. He was a great hero: sweet, understanding, helpful, protective and, yes, passionate. His feelings for Nell never wavered through the story, not even when she revealed her "sordid" past to him. On her part, she was a great heroine too but I admit it took me some time to believe that she she wasn't with Harry only out of gratitude. I believed she loved him in the end, but I didn't like how the story ended with Harry still believing he wouldn't be worthy of loving her if he hadn't "fulfilled his promise" (I can't say anything else, but those who read the book will understand what I'm saying.)

    I

    the secondary romance featuring Ethan, Harry's friend, and Tibby, Harry's sister-in-law's friend. It had nothing to do with the main plot and it was annoyingly distracting, interrumpting the natural pace of Harry and Nell's story. I don't mind secondary romances

    they're connected to the primary romance. Sadly, this wasn't the case here. I started skimming through Ethan's and Tibby's scenes as soon as I realized they had nothing to do with the main plot. Seriously, one could delete all the scenes about them and no editing would be necessary to "adjust" the remaining pages.

    As for the story - the one about Harry and Nell, that is -, it was good but not great. It was very emotional and heartbreaking, but some passages were boring and sluggish. I couldn't stand following Harry and Nell in their "quest" all over London. Call me callous, but I wanted it to be over so Nell could finally let herself love Harry.

    All things considered, this could have been a

    read - if only Ms. Gracie didn't feel the need to include the secondary romance.

  • Jacob Proffitt

    This was reassuring after the huge let-down of the first book. It was actually better than my rating is going to reflect as there's a substantial personal element to the rating.

    The main protagonists are enjoyable and engaging. Harry seems like he'd be all alpha, but he turns out way more caring than you'd expect, and does so right from the start. Indeed, he's a joy to be with and even his inner turmoil and insecurities come from a care and concern for others that I found touching.

    Nell is nearly

    This was reassuring after the huge let-down of the first book. It was actually better than my rating is going to reflect as there's a substantial personal element to the rating.

    The main protagonists are enjoyable and engaging. Harry seems like he'd be all alpha, but he turns out way more caring than you'd expect, and does so right from the start. Indeed, he's a joy to be with and even his inner turmoil and insecurities come from a care and concern for others that I found touching.

    Nell is nearly as engaging. I had a bit of trouble up front because her personal situation is so overwhelming that I had a hard time getting past her inner conflict. I felt every delay in finding her baby and it made me impatient with every delay. Fortunately, Nell is as forthcoming as she can be so the tension doesn't last long between them. Which was really cool as it became something that united them and in the best ways.

    My problem with the novel was how one-sided the aforementioned anachronisms were. It didn't bother me so much that the main characters had attitudes so very outside their milieu. That's not only expected with the genre (to be engaging with modern audiences) but it was absolutely necessary for this individual story to work. And since I wanted it to work, I was right there with the anachronistic attitude towards illegitimacy and sex and sexual "purity". If Gracie had kept it to the two of them I'd have been fine, even if that brought conflict or obstacles. But no, literally everybody we meet has the exact same modern, liberal attitude about bastardy, premarital sex, and what, in the period, would have been Nell's disgrace. So while I consider modern attitudes enlightened and much healthier for both individuals and society, it was gratingly out of place in a Regency setting. As an individual attitude, it worked fine. As what turned out to be a universal viewpoint, it threw me out of the story. I kept waiting for

    to have

    misgiving about the situation, but there were none—not even a token obstacle or objection that could be overcome with persistence or courage by Harry and Nell.

    Anyway, it's a solid three drifting towards four as the novel goes on. The ending was fantastic and I really enjoyed Ethan and Tibby as a side-romance that alleviated some of the tension as Nell and Harry dealt with their very serious emotional roller-coaster. But that universal anachronism keeps me from rounding up for the whole, even though I enjoyed the story on a fantastical level.

    : Low steam with a single explicit sex scene (and maybe a half or so for assorted extra bits). This was really well-done as it exactly fit the emotional arc of the characters and was well-timed and worked to increase and illustrate their growing intimacy on emotional and relationship levels along with the physical.

  • Meredith

    Let me first say this: I love romance novels. I scour bargain book shelves for them; they are the only reason I frequent yard sales or library bookstores. I am of a mind that plots can be simple and romance can be fantastic. They are my not-so-guilty pleasure.

    This book, however, was just awful. For many reasons. First, because it tricked me into thinking that it was going to be a good book. When Nell and Harry first meet, in the rain on the road, and he gives her his hat- I was had. I was excite

    Let me first say this: I love romance novels. I scour bargain book shelves for them; they are the only reason I frequent yard sales or library bookstores. I am of a mind that plots can be simple and romance can be fantastic. They are my not-so-guilty pleasure.

    This book, however, was just awful. For many reasons. First, because it tricked me into thinking that it was going to be a good book. When Nell and Harry first meet, in the rain on the road, and he gives her his hat- I was had. I was excited. This was going to be excellent! But beyond their first encounter, I found very little to make my heart thrum. The love story seemed to plot itself out by about the fifteenth page. This man was in love with this obviously plain girl for no apparent reason, and this poor plain woman was in love with this devastatingly handsome man for a very specific reason. Eventually they develop this codependent relationship where they love each other because of what the other can

    for them.

    Second, the writing was very repetitive. There was overtly modern phrasing used throughout that was, quite frankly, jarring. There were too many instances in which Harry "grated" out some string of words in the throws of his sexual frustration.

    But probably the most frustrating aspect of this book was the rape glorification. It is difficult to go into this subject without sounding calloused and uncaring. I think that rape is a very serious thing and using it as a device to garner pity and protection from the male protagonist was not at all my cup of tea.

    All in all, this was a fairly blase read. I am seeing from other reviews that I am apparently very alone in my feelings. All the same, this is not the Regency Era romance I would recommend to my friends.

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