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Captive of My Desires [Mass Market Paperback]

Johanna Lindsey
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April 17 2007 Malory Family (Book 8)

Johanna Lindsey sweeps readers into the dazzlingly passionate world of the incomparable Malorys, an aristocratic family of rakehell adventurers and spirited ladies -- which turns ever more tempestuous when James Malory introduces the daughter of a pirate to London society.

Gabrielle Brooks sets sail from England to a Caribbean island in search of her estranged father and encounters a life-altering surprise -- her father is a pirate! After spending three wonderful years hunting treasure with him, Gabrielle is dismayed when he decides she must return to London to find a proper husband. His old friend James Malory will sponsor her in polite society. Gabrielle is escorted to balls and parties by James's wife, Georgina, and her brother, Drew Anderson, a dashing American sea captain and fun-loving rogue. When Drew embroils Gabrielle in a scandal the night before he's to sail home, the pirate's daughter vows revenge by commandeering Drew's ship and taking him prisoner. But as passion runs high on their sea voyage, it becomes difficult to tell who is truly the captor and who is the captive.

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Gabrielle Brooks knows that finding the perfect husband isn't going to be easy. Despite the fact that her father had called in a favor from the influential James Malory, who, along with his wife, Georgina, is sponsoring Gabrielle's debut, it is already midway through the season, and most of the eligible men have been tagged by other marriage-minded misses. And if word got out that Gabrielle was the daughter of a pirate, she might as well pack her bags and return home a confirmed spinster. In spite of all these drawbacks, Gabrielle does find one man with potential: American sea captain Drew Anderson. But Drew is quite clear about his feelings about marriage and pirates. When Gabrielle unexpectedly needs to return to the Caribbean, she decides to prove exactly how much of a pirate she really is by stealing Drew's ship and taking him captive. Lindsey adds a generous soupcon of swashbuckling action and adventure to the latest captivating addition to her wickedly witty, lusciously sensual Malory series. John Charles
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Johanna Lindsey has been hailed as one of the most popular authors of romantic fiction, with more than 60 million copies of her novels sold. World renowned for her novels of “first-rate romance” (Daily News, New York), Lindsey is the author of nearly fifty previous national bestselling novels, many of which reached the #1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list. Lindsey lives in New Hampshire with her family.

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3.0 out of 5 stars OKAY Feb. 20 2013
By Palpy
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Not her best but follows along the same lines as others. Well written but nothing new. This story line needs a bit more excitement like the earlier novels.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay but not "Johanna Lindsey" great June 21 2006
By R. Crane - Published on
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I have read all of Lindsey's novels and am one of the legions of her readers who think that the older novels are in a class by themselves, not matched by the newer ones. This latest novel by Lindsey does not buck that trend, although she manages to recreate some happy memories of her writing when she returns to the Malory clan. The book has excitment and adventure but is careless in the character development and plotline. Written by another author, the expectations would not be so high and this would pass as a good read. But, this is, after all, Johanna Lindsey, whose many novels are absolutely spell-binding.

In this story she returns to the Caribbean scene and pirates. It is less interesting than previous novels set here. Her plotline frequently runs to silly when she groups all the "rescuers" discussing their plans--in the middle of a public inn? Not in the privacy of one of their ships? Or in a private room? Hello? Didn't the editors grasp that this was ridiculously unreal for captains who strategize battles etc? Men who are used to spies everywhere? So of course this device allows their plans to be overheard and go awry. Couldn't she have been a little more thoughtful and clever? Why so sloppy?

Drew, the hero of the tale,is described physically in endless detail. Until the last chapters of the book we never get to feel what he is feeling or thinking except raw physical reactions. When we do, it is as though she is hurrying to finish the book and what she writes about him is totally predictable and disappointing. Yes, the characters do interact, and the story is fast-paced. But it is ho-hum. It is worth reading, but if you really want to have a true Lindsey experience go read her older novels and see why she was once so great.
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ghost Writer? Aug. 26 2006
By Mrs. Danvers - Published on
ANOTHER Lindsey book I couldn't finish.

I have come to believe the publishing company is using a "ghost writer" to pen the "Johanna Lindsey" novels. If you compare her early books...especially the Mallory her later novels, the quality, maturity and depth of the writing that made her early books so good is obviously not in the later books. I would even go so far as to say that her latest books haven't even been written by the same "ghost"...some are so shallow and silly I am amazed the publisher let them be attached to the Lindsey name.

Johanna Lindsey used to be on my "buy hardcover" list. Now I won't even buy paperback...either I get a book from the library or used...preferably from the library so I'm not paying for a book I won't finish.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Another rapist hero Oct. 2 2008
By Ember - Published on
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If I could give this zero stars I would. This book has another obnoxious, abusive, selfish, self-centered rapist as a hero. He even offers to make amends for raping her by not turning her over to the police.

After raping her, he chains her to a wall after making sure he had taken away the ability to rescue her father.

I couldn't finish this book. I knew the heroine would forgive the rapist and I just wanted him dead.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Captive of Your Boredom. Oct. 7 2006
By Ashley L. Carter - Published on
Sadly, I have to say I was gravely dissapointed with this book. I had even read the previous reviews and I thought they were just bored with Johanna Lidnsey and the book wasnt bad itself, but alas, it was.

When I first read the summary of this book, I was so thrilled. A woman takes a man and his ship captive, then the tables turn and she's the captive. Classic Johanna Lindsey storyline there, but something is missing.

Firstly, you never hear Drew's point of veiw. Maybe 4 SHORT times in the book you see his thoughts and emotions, but its all Gabrielle. Romance....what romance? I didn't see them fall in love. All they did to me was have sex and take a few walks along the deck. Shoot, Drew doesn't even speak of the word until page 305, and theres only 311 pages in the book! Gabrielle finds herself in love about 20-25 pages from the end, but I didn't see any romance. The lovemaking descriptions are quick and boring at best. The first time, oh my Lord...I had to put my book down because it was just too absurd. I don't know about Gabrielle, but if I woke up to find my dream was reality, I wouldn't be that willing. There was too much other stuff going on in this book...if I didn't know the book was about Gabrielle and Drew to start with, I might have had a time figuring it out.

So here I am, writing a bad review along with the others that I found hard to believe. But I had to find out for myself. I can honestly say that the only reason I finished this book rather than stopping 3 quarters way in frustration is because I hate to leave a book unfinished, and I wondered what other ridiculous thing might happen.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful as always June 21 2006
By Julie - Published on
I stayed up late last night to finish 'Captive of My Desires'. It was amazing, just like the rest of Lindsay's books. And unlike some of the usual romances, this book actually showed sufficient interaction between the two characters to depict them as enjoying each other's company and conversation.

The storyline was also fairly original. Gabrielle leaves England after her mother dies to search for her father, a man she rarely got to see and knew little about. She discovers that her father has been a pirate, actually more of a 'treasure hunter', before she was even born. She spends the next three years sailing the seas with him and his crew, searching for treasures. After three years of this, however, Gabby's father realizes that Gabby should have a season in London to find a husband, just as her mother would have wanted. Gabrielle would prefer to not go, but she doesn't put up too much of a fight. She is sponsored in London by one of her father's old pirate friends, James Malory, and James's wife George. George's brother Drew also happens to be visiting at the same time Gabby arrives. There is an immediate attraction, but they can't do anything about it because Gabrielle is wanting a husband, and Drew doesn't ever want to commit to marriage.

Unfortunately for Gabrielle, Drew causes her to be part of a scandal, and right after she learns of it, she finds out that her father is being held hostage, and the ransom the captor wants is Gabrielle. Gabrielle now needs a ship that can immediately sail, and she is also enraged with Drew, so as payback, she and some of her father's old crew take over Drew's ship. Drew, of course, is furious that she took over his ship, and he is chained in his cabin, powerless.

But Drew does hold some power over Gabby. They are hopelessly attracted to each other. It makes for a very interesting voyage.

You really must read this classic Malory novel. It is flawlessly written as usual, and is a powerful love story. I've fallen in love with Drew. (Of course, I'm also in love with all the Malory men.) Wonderful job, Ms. Lindsay.
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