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The Duke's Captive (Winter Garden series) Mass Market Paperback – June 29, 2010
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From the Back Cover
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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At its core, it is about how people respond and work through terrible circumstances to find peace or redemption. It is a story of two lonely and scarred people who lived through trauma and have found their way back to one another--come what may. This process is not pretty but I did not come away thinking that anyone was forced. As another reviewer mentioned, it seemed that the hero was suffering from PTSD, and that the heroine came from her own abusive situation. If you can accept that and are willing to spend several hours in that space, then you should read this book because the character development is so well done and I give the author credit for representing something new.
People who like unconventional romances, who are willing to delve into darker subject matter will probably appreciate this well-written book. If you like more lighthearted, normal romance novels, I really do not recommend that you read this. You will absolutely hate it.