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Product Details

  • Series: Captive Hearts (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (August 5, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402294999
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402294990
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Picking up where The Captive ended, Burrowes continues her examination of imprisonment and the wounds of war from unexpected and intriguing angles...subtle, cozy, thoughtful, and gently paced, this is a satisfying read that easily handles a difficult character and avoids any whiff of the middle-book blahs. " - Publishers Weekly

"Burrowes continues the Captive Hearts series with an unusual twist: The villain of the previous book is now the hero. It takes a skilled storyteller to turn a ruthless interrogator into a man worthy of readers' respect and adoration. She accomplishes this with compassion, talent, depth of emotion and appealing secondary characters, as well as an unconventional heroine. Burrowes steps outside the box and readers are gifted with a memorable love story." - RT Book Reviews, 4 1/2 stars

"Romances about reformed men, such as Lisa Kleypas' Devil in Winter (2006), are as memorable as they are
enjoyable, and Burrowes' The Traitor is exceptional." - Booklist

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes' bestsellers include The Heir, The Soldier, Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal, Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish and Lady Eve's Indiscretion. The Heir was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2010, The Soldier was a PW Best Spring Romance of 2011, Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish won Best Historical Romance of the Year in 2011 from RT Reviewers' Choice Awards, Lady Louisa's Christmas Knight was a Library Journal Best Book of 2012, and The Bridegroom Wore Plaid was a PW Best Book of 2012. Her Regency romances have received extensive praise, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Grace is branching out into short stories and Scotland-set Victorian romance with Sourcebooks. She is a practicing family law attorney and lives in rural Maryland.

More About the Author

Grace Burrowes started writing as an antidote to empty nest and soon found it an antidote to life in general. She is the sixth out of seven children, raised in the rural surrounds of central Pennsylvania. Early in life she spent a lot of time reading romance novels and practicing the piano. Her first career was as a technical writer and editor in the Washington, DC, area, a busy job that nonetheless left enough time to read a lot of romance novels.

It also left enough time to grab a law degree through an evening program, produce Beloved Offspring (only one, but she is a lion), and eventually move to the lovely Maryland countryside.

While reading yet still more romance novels, Grace opened her own law practice, acquired a master's degree in Conflict Transformation (she had a teenage daughter by then) and started thinking about writing.... romance novels. This aim was realized when Beloved Offspring struck out into the Big World a few years ago. ("Mom, why doesn't anybody tell you being a grown-up is hard?")

Grace eventually got up the courage to start pitching her manuscripts to agents and editors. The query letter that resulted in "the call" started out: "I am the buffoon in the bar at the RWA retreat who could not keep her heroines straight, could not look you in the eye, and could not stop blushing--and if that doesn't narrow down the possibilities, your job is even harder than I thought." (The dear lady bought the book anyway.)

To contact Grace, email her at graceburrowes@yahoo.com.

Customer Reviews

I can 't wait to read the next book in this series.
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While that was a lot easier for Millicent than Sebastian, it was handled through a well thought out plot and interaction with characters from her previous book.
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The complexity of the characters and the plot line as well was deftly executed by Ms. Burrowes.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Penny Black on August 6, 2014
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I thought The Captive (Captive Hearts) was a pretty amazing book, but the Traitor turned out to be even better. Ms. Burrowes created a hero, who found a way to survive, when the odds were against him, and was forced to live with the consequences of his actions, even after the war ended.

Whent the story opens, Sebastian St. Clair, dubbed Traitor Baron, is shunned en masse by the high society and fighting duels with officers, whom he'd interrogated while serving with the French. His life is in a state of limbo: while he doesn't particularly want to live, he doesn't care to die either. With his title going into escheat upon his death, his beloved aunt would be left with little. So, he muddles along, until his aunt hires a new companion.

Milly, a woman of genteel birth, went into service to escape her cruel cousins and their nefarious plans for her future. In St. Clair household, she finds sanctuary, friendship, and ultimately comes into her own as a force to be reckoned with. From their first encounter, it was apparent that Milly and Sebastian were meant for each other: she knew how to respond to his questions and get him to open up to her in return. Their verbal sparring was lively and engaging, and the attraction that built between them didn't outpace the developing friendship.

All the pieces of the story fit together to reveal a greater plot, in which the lines between heroes and traitors were blurred, and impossible choices were made in the name of king and country.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Nora Fan on August 6, 2014
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I have enjoyed all of Grace Burrowes' books, and was intrigued with the prospect of making the villain of the first book in this series ("The Captive") the hero of the next one. Sebastian St. Clair, a half-English, half-French heir to an English Barony, was stranded with his mother in France when war broke out. Forced to work for the French military, he became the careful tormentor of many captured English officers during the war. Now that he is back in England in his ancestral seat, he is haunted by his past and hounded by his former victims. Only Millicent Danforth, his Aunt's paid companion, sees him as a man separate from the war.

I thought Burrowes handled this well, making the reader see Sebastian through Milly's eyes, which humanized him and allowed for his back story to be told. I will not retell the plot, as other reviewers have done so quite well. I'll only say this seemed a bit of a departure, hero-wise, for the author, and I think she did an excellent job with it.

As with all her books, I thoroughly enjoyed this.

One complaint: There seems to be a serious lack of editing and proofreading in the book industry these days. I am resigned to e-books that are full of misspellings, grammatical errors, and even missing words and paragraphs,especially those that are self-published where the authors may not have the benefit of professional polishing. However, I expect better -- much better -- from a printed book from a commercial printing house. There were several spots here with continuity errors and mangled names.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By McIn on August 5, 2014
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This is book 2 in Ms. Grace Burrowes, Captive Hearts series.

Sebastian St. Claire is 1/2 French & 1/2 English, not truly belonging to either country, he found himself in England at the end of his career, after serving in the French Army where he had to do unspeakable things. These things still haunt him. To me, he suffers from post traumatic syndrome because he was the perpetrator because of actions of war. He is dubbed, The Traitor and now lives in England. There is also a constant threat surrounding him and he knows it is just a matter of time for evil...or justice... to rear its ugly head.

Millicent Danforth is a lady's companion to St. Claire's aunt. She is dealing with her own struggles and living the best she can with them. I loved her spunk and perceived "daftness". Molly was an excellent match for Sebastian St. Claire.

They fall for each other, but can he live long enough to fulfill her wants? Can she help heal him? Can they survive the evil lurking about that threatens at every turn?

This book at times made me laugh out loud and at times it choked me up at times. I found this book to be more complexes than book 1, The Captive. This author's characters always have much depth to them, which I love. She is not afraid to tackle complex issues within her characters or the era. You will be enthralled in this story. I love her descriptive passion that she always incorporates.

I loved that Mercia and Michael Brodie were in this book 2. I look forward to book 3, The Laird. I applaud this author for this successful series.

I sincerely recommended this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Ringsby on August 5, 2014
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Sebastian, Baron St. Clair, is a man trapped between the two countries of his heritage- England and France. He is born English, but becomes, through no actions of his own, a master at extracting English intelligence for France. The war is over and he has returned to England to take up his responsibilities as Baron and the last of his line. He is labeled the Traitor Baron by the officers that were in his “care” and the name has spread to the ton. The horrors of his part in the war haunt him.

Millicent Danforth is Sebastian’s elderly aunt’s paid companion and he makes it his business to assess her role in their lives; she will do but, she throws him off kilter. She is frank, smart, insightful- almost too much so, pragmatic and not intimidated by Sebastian at all. Milly sees past the “traitor” straight to his heart.

Sebastian is being targeted by the English officers he “met” during the war and challenged to duel after duel. However he denies them the one thing they want- to redeem themselves in their own eyes and hearts. He has resigned himself to a short and lonely life. Milly gets under his skin and makes him start to wish for a future. The tenderness Sebastian was able to bring to those he cares for, despite his past is heartwarming.

Throughout the story you know who the enemy is, but not the depth of the betrayal and the hope rolled up in Sebastian’s life. The struggle to grasp a life he thought was over is poignant and the injustice make you want to stand by him and fight with him. Ms. Burrowes has created that fine balance between good and evil with skill and grace. The ending had me reaching for the tissue and cheering! I enjoyed it immensely and I recommend this series to all. Well done, Ms. Burrowes, and thank you!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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