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Book 2 of 5 in the Devil Riders Series

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Australian author Gracie's second Devil Riders Regency romance (after The Stolen Princess) is a breezy diversion that follows the trials of Lady Helen (just Nell) Freymore, a smart, tough woman fallen on hard times after her father bankrupts the family and loses their home in a card game. Harry Morant, an earl's wealthy bastard son, falls for Nell after seeing her sneak into the Freymore estate stables to help a mare through a difficult labor. In an effort to woo her, he buys the estate and offers her the chance to return home and help him to breed the horses she loves. Nell is not so much captive as captivated by Harry's charm, and fans of light romance will be drawn to this strong-willed couple and their steamy happily-ever-after tale. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • Series: Berkley Sensation
  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; First Edition edition (September 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425223248
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425223246
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Award-winning author, Anne Gracie, spent her childhood and youth on the move, thanks to her dad's job, which took them around the world. The gypsy life taught her that humor & love are universal languages and that favorite books can take you home, wherever you are.

As well as writing, Anne teaches adult literacy, flings balls for her dog, keeps bees and enjoys reading, music, cooking and her tangled garden.

Anne also blogs regularly with the Word Wenches; Jo Beverley, Mary Jo Putney, Patricia Rice, Susan Fraser King, Nicola Cornick, Cara Elliot and Joanna Bourne. Visit them at http://wordwenches.typepad.com/

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Customer Reviews

Sometimes when you read books you feel you can anticipate what's going to happen.
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The first book I read of Anne Gracie's was the 4th book in the Devil Riders series (yeah, it figures - number 4), and I absolutely adored it.
K. Howard
They made a great pair and the secondary characters really brought the story to life.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By M. Hebdige on October 7, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It is without a doubt that Anne Grazie has to be one of the most amazingly talented romance writers today, able to create novels brimming with heart wrenching emotion, humor and tenderness and characters that revolve around the human spirit.

With HIS CAPTIVE LADY - she has done just that.

While traveling to see an old dilapidated estate for sale, Harry Morant spies a woebegone and thoroughly soaked woman sitting at the back of a cart. One look at her soulful and beguilingly griefstricken gaze and he is lost. He removes his hat and gloves, hands them to her for protection against the elements and rides off.

Lady Helen Freymore (Nell) is a fallen woman returning home. She has lost everything - her self respect, her virtue, the child she has given birth to illegitimately and now her father is dead as well. On a quest to return to London to look for her lost infant, a stranger's unexpected kindness gives her hope in her otherwise hopeless world.

Upon arrival at her home - she realizes that the stranger on the road, Harry Morant is now the new owner. He has purchased her father's crumbling estate with hopes of starting his stud farm and breed priced race-horses.

When Harry sees Nell in the stables, as she is helping her mare birth a foal, he is instantly captivated - as he realizes that "Lady Nell Fraymore" was the bedraggled, wet waif at the back of the cart in the forest. Harry impulsively proposes marriage to the destitute Nell - he already feels a powerful attraction to her and an inexplicable need to protect her.

What follows is the start to a really beautiful, tender and powerful love story. The circumstances that have befallen Nell will bring tears to your heart for her plight and anguish over her lost child.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Katie Babs VINE VOICE on September 2, 2008
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Anne Gracie's His Captive Lady was such a wonderful read! This is about a young woman who must find her missing baby stolen by her father. Helen Freymore reminded me so much of Tess Durbeyfield from the Thomas Hardy classic, Tess of the D'Urbervilles. Poor Helen has been through so much. Not only was she raped by a former associate of her father's, but her infant daughter, who she loves more than her own life, is taken away from the one person she always looked up to. Now with her father dead and gone and her home auctioned away because of his debt, Helen has a choice to either give into despair or rise above it all, find work and continue looking for her missing daughter.

The first time Harry Morant notices Helen, he thinks of her as a, "drowning Madonna" because Helen is stuck in the rain looking up at the sky in awe. From the moment on, Harry decides to help Helen in any way he can even though she doesn't want his help. Harry falls hard for the somewhat naïve yet tenacious Helen. Harry wants to marry her, to take care of her and make sure there is no more sadness or tears in her eyes. For some reason that Harry cannot understand, Helen won't let him help her. She thinks she is not good enough for Harry because of what has happened to her. Why would a man like Harry want a damaged woman with an illegitimate daughter like herself when he can have any woman he wants?

Harry is able to bring Helen around to his way of thinking, mainly by kissing her into submission. And when Helen finally tells Harry what she has been through, Harry rises in my opinion as one of my favorite heroes this year. Harry is a simple man, with simple needs. When he sees Helen, he can't get her out of his mind.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Elena Monteros on April 10, 2009
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I loved the hero, and the heroine. Her story was so sad :( I loved the way he helped her to find her baby. And even though for a time I had a feeling that she was only with him because she was grateful and because he could help her, later on I could really see her feelings for him grow. And I loved her sleep walking and the way he tried to protect her. And I loved his respect for her. He was such a great hero! Tender, understanding, helpful, passionate, determined... I loved him! And the way he helped her get over her past and the terrible experience she had. I could really see her grow and become stronger. And I could see them falling in love. That is exactly what I want from romance novels.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CJ on November 5, 2008
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Better than the last but not as good as her first books. This book left me lukewarm. There are too many convenient coincidences in the plot which were just a bit too easy and obvious - especially the ending. He was too nice and she was too tortured and I found her character irritating. I kept wondering why he was bothering. IMO this book is OK but I know Gracie can be better so I was disappointed.
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25 of 34 people found the following review helpful By M. Dougherty on June 29, 2010
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First things first, and this applies to all Regency novels: Characters should NEVER use first names when addressing each other, unless the relationship is such that they are allowed to. I guess many readers don't really care about this, but for me, it's so irritating. One of the primary reasons I read Regency novels is because of the rules and manners so popular in that day. One of those rules was addressing a stranger as "Mr. Morant" or "Lady Freymore" or "my lady". But the more of these books I read, the more it seems to be the norm for authors to just throw out the rules in favor of writing what they WANT to write.

The best part about this book (and this is a stretch) is the plot line. I give credit to Gracie because she really knows how to drive a mystery. For a good while we don't know the history of Nell or Harry, and it's intriguing. The subplot with Ethan and Tibby is also pretty good.

The biggest problems with the book are believability and not sticking to Regency norms, which tend to go hand in hand. One of the most crucial aspects of an historical romance is to make something unbelievable feel believable. Like it's a little weird, but it might actually happen. A reader will only suspend belief so long before crying "No more! This wouldn't happen in a million years!" I'm sorry, but the BEST part about Regency novels is forcing the characters to conform to society's standards of behavior. Gracie just throws them out the window. If I wanted to read a modern novel, I would've borrowed a different one from my library (thank God I didn't buy this book).

Now to be more thorough. *SPOILERS*

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