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The Traitor (Captive Hearts) Mass Market Paperback – August 5, 2014
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"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
"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
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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 email@example.com.
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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.
First, the flawed characters, Sebastion and by default, Milly, the heroine who falls in love with him. Sebastion excels at torturing people and while he clearly feels bad about this, it is an unescapable fact that he did indeed torture people over and over again. Yes he didn't kill them, but no doubt he had them wishing he would. Clearly something is broken or damaged inside a person who can inflict unimaginable pain on other human beings over and over for the purpose of breaking their spirit. Personally I'd like a hero that when given the option of brutalizing people or facing death, chooses death over such depravity. Sebastion doesn't and that is something that Ms. Burrowes fails to ever explain away.
Milly, bless her blind little soul, tries futily to explain it all away by pointing out that Sebastion didn't capture the soldiers he later tortured, therefore he can't be held responsible. Much in the same way guards at concentration camps didn't actually capture and transport Jews to the camps, therefore we should hold them blameless for the starvation, torture and pain they inflicted on their prisoners??? It just doesn't fly. She points out repeatedly that the men Sebastion tortured are alive and walking around London now so they should what?? get over it??Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Part of series Captive Hearts. Love this series. All books Are good reading. Must read all the books in this series. You will love them too.Published 2 days ago by Margaret Hall
Not really a traitor after all. Strong character able to withstand the drama.Published 17 days ago by Pat OC
Lots of twists and turns; the back story started in The Captive continues from the perspective of "Robert Girard" AKA Baron St. Clare. Great story about English vs. French.Published 1 month ago by FL Cat Lady
I have read 17 Grace Burrowes books, the most recent The Traitor. I've enjoyed all her stories but this one was my favorite so far, which surprised me because Sebastion St. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Linda Lulu
Excellent writing, good story, the author takes a difficult subject to like on the surface and makes him a complete and actually likeable character. Very well done.Published 5 months ago by MCPeed
I enjoyed this book. It developed nicely, held unexpected surprises and indeed happily. It left me wanting to read more by this author. I give it 5 starsPublished 5 months ago by Leslie C
Great plot...even as Sebastian faces enemies he created, he still had the ability to show love and compassion. War always seems to have such lasting scars and deep wounds. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Selby Gaylock
The second book in the Captive Hearts Series was exactly what I expected and hoped for. It wasn't overly dramatic, but had moments between Sebastian and Milly that were passionate... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Heather E. Fowler
This book was sooo good! You will be be disappointed but you should read Captive first. Thumbs up to Grace Burrowes!Published 7 months ago by Book Lover