by Anne Gracie

September 2008
ISBN: 978-0-425-22324-6
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Mass Market Paperback

Kicking off her Devil Riders series with The Stolen Princess, author Anne Gracie introduced us to a quartet of heroes. In her latest novel His Captive Lady, we catch up with Harry Morant and his business partner Ethan Delaney as they head to Bath.

Riding through Hampshire in the pouring rain is not exactly what Harry planned, but his aunt is waiting for him in Bath. Since he and Ethan plan to find a nice piece of property and start their horse farm, he is eager to keep going. Catching up to a slow-moving dray, he is ready to pass when it happens – he sees her, and his heart stops. She is drenched and cold, but looks skyward as if the rain was a blessing. Her finely-boned features are compelling and haunted. After a wordless exchange the riders move on, but her memory lingers in Harry’s mind.

As Harry starts his search for property, the last thing he expects is to see her again. Yet here she is, living in the remnants of her family home, lost to creditors. When the property agent tries to have her removed Harry steps in. His deeply-rooted sense of chivalry demands that he see to her safety.

Lady Helen “Nell” Freymore is not used to gallantry. She has had enough deceit in her life and assumes that Harry has an ulterior motive for his kindness. Her family’s scandals and secrets have nearly destroyed her but she vows to go on. Someone else is depending on her.

One of my favorite characters from The Stolen Princess, it was easy to fall in love with Harry all over again. His own past and his relationship with his half-brother Gabe have made him the man he is. I enjoyed every moment of His Captive Bride and am looking forward to the next two books in the series.

Reviewed in September 2008 by Paula.

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