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Vengeance would be his . . .

Ian Wentworth arrives in London with one goal: revenge. Now a duke of enormous wealth, he should settle down to the business of marrying and producing heirs. But nightmares of an ordeal from his past haunt him at every turn. All those he believes responsible have paid with their lives. All but one: Viola Bennington-Jones, the lovely Lady Cheshire. And he will not rest until he sees the tempting beauty suffer.

Viola keeps her secrets—and there are many—safe from society's prying eyes. When she first spies Ian at a glittering ball, the rush of recognition immediately turns to panic. Does he remember the tender touches that once passed between them? Does he feel the electric passion that binds them still? Or does he blame her for the awful horrors her kin bestowed upon him? The enigmatic duke holds her captive: in desperate thrall to his powerful sensuality, her future—and her heart—in his hands.

About the Author

I've always loved to write, but after my first attempt at a novel (nine chapters of Plastic City, the story of underwater-dwelling orphans in the twenty-third century that I wrotein the sixth grade), I took some time to get my bachelor'sdegree and to try my hand at other careers before I returnedto my first passion: creative writing. After lots and lots of perseverance, hard work, and a bit of very good luck, My Darling Caroline went on to win the Romance Writers of America's RITA® Award for Best First Book of 1998.

I live in Texas with my family, exploring history as Idelve into the hearts of my characters.

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Product Details

  • Series: Winter Garden series (Book 4)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; First Edition edition (June 29, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061474843
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061474842
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,493,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Adele Ashworth is the RITA Award-winning and USA Today bestselling author of ten historical romances. She is currently writing her eleventh book for Avon/HarperCollins.

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51 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Yankeelove on July 3, 2010
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This book is about a man bent on revenge.5 years earlier he had been kidnapped,tortured and drugged for 5 weeks.He mistakingly believes that one person escaped justice for his ordeal.This sick and cruel man devoid of any consience or humanity begins a campaign to terrorize her.This comes to a head when he takes her captive ties her up and sexually tortures and rapes her.To make it worse the book played the rapist fantasy that the victim enjoyed the rape.As it turns out not only had his victim not been guilty but had nursed him during his ordeal.She had also been the reason he had been rescued. When he finds this out he then goes to her and still being his arrogant self, announces she will be his wife without asking her.Of course she will marry him.What garbage.In the beginning I felt pity for the torture the Duke suffered.By the end of the book however, I was sorry he had gotten out alive.
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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer VINE VOICE on July 9, 2010
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-0 stars!!! WARNING--SPOILERS!!!! SPOILERS!!!!

I was fooled by the attractive cover of this book and the first few pages which appeared interesting. This had to be one of the most poorly plotted books I've ever read, with lots of loose ends and tangents about erotic paintings and other stuff that was inadequately developed and made little sense. I made myself finish it, because I thought it had to get better (IOW, no published romance could be this bad). Alas, I was mistaken, as each chapter got worse. I can say without reservation that The Duke's Captive was absolutely one of the worse romance books I have ever read, and I have read thousands.

Ian and Viola are our hero/heroine. Five years prior to the start of our tale, Viola's two sisters kidnapped Ian, who was then the Earl of Stamford. Viola's sisters are safe because one killed herself and the other is imprisoned for her crime, but Ian who is now a Duke, has plans to ruin Viola for her part in his nightmare. Viola left the area and married, had a child, is conveniently widowed, now out of mourning and a much sought-after painter. She is also TSTL and some piece of work and Ian is not much better. I wouldn't want to have dinner with either of them, but Ian at least had an excuse--even a soap-opera doctor could tell that he suffered from severe post-traumatic stress disorder from a 5-week long kidnapping during which he was drugged out of his mind, chained in a dungeon and nearly starved to death, by Viola's evil sisters. Although Viola didn't help kidnap Ian, I can't absolve Viola of responsibility. She should have tried harder to free him sooner, instead of moaning about her lot in life. She wasn't chained and starved. And the gender prejudice of having sex with an ailing, captive man!!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By E. A. Farrington on December 12, 2010
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A brief plot summary: Ian was held captive for five weeks and chained in a dungeon by Viola's two sisters. Viola went to see him every 2-3 days, and giving him food and sponge baths. She was very attracted to him and ended up fondling and eventually having sex with him while he was too drugged to know what's happening. She assisted in his escape in some vague and indirect way, apparently afraid of her sisters and getting in trouble. Now her sisters have both gotten their just deserts but, to Ian's fury, Viola was absolved of all responsibility in the kidnapping. He can't remember much from his captivity except vague memories of Viola sexually caressing him, and he's enraged by her violation of him while he was in a drugged stupor. So he vows to take revenge on her, tracks her down in London where she (recently widowed) is living with her young son as a painter, pretends not to recognize her, and commissions a portrait so that he can use the time alone to psychologically torture her. Along the way he finds out that she is a notorious painter of erotic art and uses the information to blackmail her; and when he finds out her son is actually his, he threatens to expose her and take the child away. The story comes to a climax (if you will) when Ian kidnaps Viola and takes her into the country to sexually torture her, all the while supposedly battling soft and gentle feelings of love. Needless to say, it all works out in the end, if rather abruptly.

Anyone who reads a lot of these has to acknowledge that seduction, reluctance, and even non-consent are par for the course in the world of romance novels. Many readers (myself included) enjoy some of these elements because they create a sense of attraction so irresistible that it contradicts rational desires.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Teri Crowe on December 12, 2010
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I was so disappointed in this book. I could not believe what was written. This is a story about a man who is set out to ruin a woman who has a young child. That, in itself, is disturbing. But then you learn what Viola did and, my ***, she deserved to be in prison, not living the good life. What she did to him was deplorable, & today, would be considered rape. I am sorry, but there is no romance in being with a man who is chained to the wall, starved, and delirious. What's the difference between that & the 'date rape' drug of today? It was sick and then she PAINTED these scenes? How could it get worse? Oh-he forgives her and can see her point of view?!?! What?!!? If she was a good person, she would have let him go when he was captive or at least told someone. She was in no way a victim of her sisters and this book is sickening.
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