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His Captive [Mass Market Paperback]

Diana Cosby

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Oct. 30 2007 Zebra Debut
With a wastrel brother and a treacherous former fiance, Lady Nichola Westcott hardly expects the dangerously seductive Scot who kidnaps her to be a man of his word. Though Sir Alexander MacGruder promises not to hurt her, Nichola's only value is as a pawn to be ransomed.Alexander's goal is to avenge his father's murder, not to become entangled with the enemy. But his desire to keep Nichola with him, in his home - in his bed - unwittingly make her a target for those who have no qualms about shedding English blood. Now Nichola is trapped - by her powerful attraction to a man whose touch shakes her to the core. Unwilling and unable to resist each other, can Nichola and Alexander save a love that has enslaved them both?

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra - Kensington (Oct. 30 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420101080
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420101089
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 11.9 x 17.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #765,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  112 reviews
56 of 64 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I WISH I DID NOT HAVE TO GIVE IT A STAR April 27 2013
By Pumitq - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Detested this book. I hate it when the heroine is so in love, but the hero does not fall in love until the end of the story and the heroine will go to any length to sacrifice her pride, for the sake of that love as in the case of this book. I wish reviewers (instead of repeating the plot over and over again) would be more specific about certain things, so that I could depend on them, and thus, be saved from buying and worse reading a book that I cannot stomach. I am sure there are a lot of readers who like the idea of a heroine pining for a hero that refuses to fall in love, there must be since most romance novels follow this formula, but I so hate this scenario.

SPOILER ALERT!!!!!1
This book is especially terrible in this regard. The heroine is not only desperately in love, but she begs the hero to make love to her (while he resists) and tries again and again to change his mind. She tells him that she loves him, and offers and gives him her innocence, while the hero does not reciprocate in words or deeds other than lust. When he finally decides to take her up on her offer, his thoughts are: that he does want her and will make this good for her. All the while thinking that she would have to leave soon.

YIKES!!!!!! This is not romantic, just pathetic.
33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating English/Scottish romance admist rebellion Nov. 15 2007
By Misuzmama - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
On the English/Scottish border, in the year 1296, Sir Alexander MacGruder, a Scot, is assigned a task by his brother. To kidnap an English Baron for ransom. The money is needed to pay for arms to help the rebels in the fight against English occupation. Upon gaining stealth entry into the castle, the Baron is nowhere to be found. Instead, in a split decision, Alexander decides to kidnap the nobleman's sister. Lady Nicola Westcourt is outraged and frightened by the dangerous and seductive Scot. As a mere pawn, Nicola is wary of Alexander's assurances of her safety. With revenge of his fathers death upper most in his mind, he cannot entangle himself with the enemy. But as everyday passes on their journey back into Scotland, a deep attraction for each other comes to light. Pushing their emerging feelings aside, they both must resist this deadly passion.

What a wonderful book! A really good *romance* centered romance. I say this because sometimes the love story is overshadowed in romance books (crazy I know!) and not given enough space (pages) to develop. Not here! The reader can actually *see* the deep love budding & building between the H/H. I ached for Alexander, torn for his love for Nicola and his duty to his homeland. And Nicola's frustration with her treacherous feelings. Each emotional scene between these two was tinged with sadness, knowing that this could be their last. A relationship that was doomed to failure from the beginning. I had no idea how Cosby (author) could resolve this problem, but this is a romance, so of course there is a happily-ever-after-ending. An ending which is quite clever, I might add, and completely believable.

Since most of the book focused on the romance, little was spent on the historical aspect. I would have liked have read a little bit more about the Scottish rebellion and Sir William Wallace. Those snippets were very interesting.

I found the secondary characters, mostly Alex's brothers, intriguing and hope to read about them in a sequel. The light-hearted rogue Duncan and the serious Earl would make great hero's.

So all-in-all good characterizations. Ample sexual tension. An old plot device made fresh. Mixed in with some action which makes this a captivating (ha ha -couldn't help myself!) Scottish romance debut.
23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Predictable with bland characters July 14 2008
By Melissa - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This novel was a predictable captor captive romance. There was a little twist in the plot at the end, but it was still your basic romance formula of: female captive hates her captor yet is drawn to him and attempts to escape several times, usually to her own detriment. There is also the requisite villian too. What would have elevated this novel to more than just a captive/captor plotline would have been really likeable leads. They were a bit bland.

English Lady Nichola, the heroine, never really knows her own mind. After she is captured from her brother's castle by Scottish hero Alexander she fights her feelings for him as they traverse Scotland. However, her actions did not demonstrate tender emotions. She was at times terribly ungrateful for his kindness when she clearly deserved his wrath.

Alex spent most of the time regretting his decision to capture Nichola because he believed her to be so vulnerable. I never saw it in Nichola except her irrational fear of storms and locked rooms. It seemed Alex was constantly saying "I'm sorry" to Nichola for every mishap that had occurred in her life. It was a bit tiresome. He is also torn between duty to country and his feelings for Nichola; she recognized this faster than he did.

Also, I did not see Nichola do much to endear herself to others, especially the Scots. This would have made her character richer and kinder as it was she seemed aloof with everyone.

As stated earlier, the ending has an unexpected twist which did surprise me, but other than the "that's interesting" ending, the book fell flat.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Really wanted to like this book... Feb. 5 2012
By JanetteB - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I love anything "Highlander" ... but after getting half way thru this book and just reading about how much Alexander wants Nichola and vise versa ... it got old really quick ... no real story line ... I would have given it a zero if it was offered ... really bad read ... and no ... I don't usually give bad book reviews ... but this one deserved it ... boring ...
24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time!! March 24 2008
By Romance Lass - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I kept waiting for this story to be believable and/or get better. I am the type who will read even a bad story to the end, always hoping for the best. This one was poorly written from the very beginning. I wasted the time reading it, so you don't have to.

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