Romantic Tuesday Review: The Captive by Grace Burrowes

Romantic Thur & TueIt’s Romantic Thursday Tuesday with Bookmunchies! So what is Romantic Tuesday you ask!? The same as Romantic Thursday, but now with the added being on Tuesday too.

So why is Thursday ( & Tuesday) romantic? Because I like Thursday (& Tuesday) and I like romance! Basically, I just love romance, in YA books, in adult, contemporary, historical, whichever the genre and sometimes I’m too lazy to write full reviews but I do love sharing fun quotes or just gushing about characters. So that’s what Romantic Thursday is for! To share my love. May it be through actual full reviews, quick reviews, or just fun quotes.

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The Captive - Grace BurrowsPublisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (July 1st 2014)
Paperback: 439 pages
Series: The Captives #1
Source: Netgalley
Add on: Goodreads
Rating: 3.5/4 of 5 stars

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.

Review:

This was definitely a very sweet romance, and surprisingly less angsty than I thought it would be considering Christian literally had every right to be a dark, brooding, angsty hero.

Christian Severn, Duke of Mercia was captured and tortured by the French and now lives to get his revenge while Gilly spent years married to a terrible man who abused  her physically and emotionally and even now in his death, is trying to destroy her. What brings them together is Christian’s young daughter, Lucy, who won’t speak since the death of her mom and brother.

I ended up totally loving Christian. I was really expecting him to be the brooding beast, who’s angry and only knows of revenge, but instead we got a broken man who didn’t forget about love and didn’t turn away from it. This is one of those stories where you just so badly want the hero and heroine to have their happily ever after because of the terrible past. Christian and Gilly are so sweet and endearing together. I love that Gilly, with her straightforwardness and strong will, was able to be there for Christian as he tries to rebuild his himself (both physically and mentally), and at the same time, we get to see Christian try to be the man that Gilly deserves. There’s just such tender moments between them, but also delightfully cute moments.

“You are good-looking,” she said, her tone resentful. “Too good-looking, and good-smelling, and good-sounding, and now you’ve become nigh brawny yourself. I cannot think straight when you’re giving orders and duking about, and when you turn up charming and reasonable, I am even more befuddled.”

“Is to duke a verb now?”

“Don’t distract me, and yes, when you’re underfoot, there’s duking going on.”

I also loved the relationship between Christian and his daughter. It was both heartwarming and heartbreaking, as they both try to be there for each other the best they can.

A hug, for a man who’d had no friends save the mice, from the daughter who could not tell him she loved him.

My only real complaint about this book is that for a while the story seems to drag on in circles. First in regards to the romance, I understand why Gilly isn’t ready for another husband, for another man who can strip her of her freedom, but there’s really only so much that Christian can do to prove that they can be equal partners in this relationship. Secondly, there’s sort of a mystery going on, as accidents and incidents seems to befall Gilly turn after turn. It adds another layer of complexity to the story, but it also boggled the story down a bit. I get why it was needed, but the execution isn’t the cleanest.

Overall, it’s a touching and charming romance about two people who are getting a second chance at happiness. It’s easy to fall in love Christian and Gilly which only makes their HEA all the better. Burrowes gives us a lovely introduction to new series, and I’ll definitely be keeping my eyes out for the rest.

{*Thank to Sourcebooks Casablanca & Netgally for the ARC in exchange for the an honest review.

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  1. Oooh, I’ve had my eye on this one! I’m glad you enjoyed The Captive and that it was a good start to a new series. The romance does sound sweet, and all the *duking going on* by Christian sounds great 🙂

    1. It was a really nice read (: I hope you enjoy it!

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