I loved "The Captive". It wasn't the standard cookie-cutter romance and shows the darke edge of life. The characters aren't perfect; they are attempting to escape their own demons. The book was very well written and makes me want to read other novels by Ms. Burrowes.
Hero: Christian Severn, eight Duke of Mercia.. He was captured by the French and tortured.
Heroine: Gillian, Countess of Greendale. She was married to an older man that couldn't get it up unless he beat her. She was held in this abusive relationship until his death and even then, he set his will so he could control her from beyond the grave.
While Mercia was being held captive in France, his wife and heir died leaving his daughter, Lucy. Something happened to Lucy and she no longer talks. Gillian and Mercia's wife Helene were cousins. When Greendale was alive, he kept Gillian away from Lucy. Now that he is dead, Gillian is going to help the lost little girl. When Gillian appears at Mercia's house demanding he return to his estate to care for Lucy.
There are minor characters that deserve their own novel. I want to know more about Mercia's captor, Girard who aide Mercia in the end.
When this novel is released, I will be purchasing it.
I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley.