England, early February 1821
Lady Charis Weston is the most sought after heiress in England. Her greedy conniving stepbrothers, her guardians, have secreted her away and have nearly beaten her to death when she refuses to accede to their demands of her marrying the despicable lord they have chosen. Charis has only a few weeks left before she turns 21, and then her fortune will be in her control. Barely escaping alive from the abuse she has suffered from her stepbrothers, Charis takes refuge in a stable and decides to close her eyes just for a few minutes. Awakening to the sounds of the restless horse she is currently sharing company with, Charis is confronted by a man who claims he will not harm her. He then vows when he sees her injuries to help her. He is Sir Gideon Trevithick, the biggest hero in all of England.
Gideon Trevithick has survived unspeakable acts of violence and torture against him while he was held captive in India. Now known as the hero of Rangapindhi, Gideon wants nothing to do with the spotlight he has been under since his return to England. He craves the peace and solitude of his ancestral home in Cornwall. Discovering the young girl hiding in his horseís stable Gideon becomes outraged at the obvious mistreatment she has endured and promises her his protection if she comes with him. Then when her brothers track her down and threaten Charis again, the only solution Gideon can see is if he marries Charis himself. While grateful for his offer, Charis will not enter into a marriage in name only, for she has fallen desperately in love with the aloof Gideon who cannot stand the touch of another human being thanks to what he has suffered. With carefully plotted out seduction, Charis plans to make her husband forget the horrors he has lived through, and become her Captive of Sin.
Sensitive, romantic and totally captivating, I could not put Captive of Sin down! Charis and Gideon have both been victims of physical and mental abuse at the hands of their captors, but they seek solace from the growing feelings they have for one another. Anna Campbell just found herself a place on this readerís must read author list!