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  • Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; 1 edition (April 17 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416505482
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416505488
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.3 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #448,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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
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About the Author

Johanna Lindsey is world-renowned for her “mastery of historical romance” (Entertainment Weekly), with more than sixty million copies of her novels sold.  She is the author of fifty-two 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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By Palpy on Feb. 20 2013
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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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I love this series and I have all of them
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was a good read
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66 of 71 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa75babc4) out of 5 stars Okay but not "Johanna Lindsey" great June 21 2006
By R. Crane - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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 26 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa75bae10) out of 5 stars Ghost Writer? Aug. 26 2006
By Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa777d06c) out of 5 stars Another rapist hero Oct. 2 2008
By Ember - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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
HASH(0xa777d2e8) out of 5 stars Captive of Your Boredom. Oct. 7 2006
By Ashley L. Carter - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa777d5dc) out of 5 stars Unfortunately Mediocre Jan. 14 2007
By Ashlee - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I have to agree with the other readers of Johanna Lindsey that her books have gone downhill recently. It's almost as if someone else has taken over the use of her name (which I'm sure isn't the case, since she does have a unique voice and style) or she's brainstorming with a new agent/publisher and letting them put their own spin on the books - it just doesn't 'sound' like her older work. I know evolution is part of the writing process, but (as many others have pointed out in reviews for her books over the last five years) hers seems to be devolving instead.

For example - something I noticed in this book (which may be very relevant in her other books, but never drew my attention) was that she rapidly jumped locations. I would expect the next segment/chapter to pick up at roughly the same time and it would be the next day or weeks later. It was jarring for the reader (at least, for this reader) and disappointing. After a particularly big moment in which the hero reveals a secret about the heroine, we're left with the cliffhanger of the secret coming out. Turn the page to read the outcome and it's the next morning and the heroine is going downstairs to visit with a friend. To be fair, there is a brief synopsis of what happened after the reveal, but it's not nearly as enjoyable as what we were led up to.

And while I didn't hate Captive of My Desires, I didn't like it either. It one of those that I was glad I checked out at the library. However, it was much better than last year's book (Marriage Most Scandalous - 2005) but I enjoyed Jeremy's story (A Loving Scoundrel - 2004) much more than I enjoyed this one. Captive had promise and I enjoyed it when it was set in London, but once they went aboard the ship, I lost interest - I finished the book, but it didn't hold the same appeal.

The biggest problem I had with the book was Drew. I've really enjoyed Drew's appearances in all of the other Malory novels (notably, Say You Love Me) and was looking forward to him having his own book, but it was such a disappointment. I felt what a lot of reader's seem to feel in being let-down by Jeremy's story a couple of years ago (I was never drawn to Jeremy, although I liked him, so I didn't dread or anticipate his story). Drew was always fun-loving with a quick wit and I was hoping he would find a heroine who would be able to match him comment for comment.

And while Gabby is a pretty good heroine, Drew does some horrible things (verbally) to her and shows no remorse for any of it. He does have a brief flash of guilt at one point in the story, but it's not focused on. The man ruined her reputation (mentioned in the summary on the inner cover of the book, so this is not a huge plot reveal) and made snide comments to her throughout the entire book. I was hoping Gabby would either surprise him with a right-hook or walk off and leave him to actually realize what he'd been saying to and about her.

Drew was much too cynical in this one and Gabby didn't have as much of a backbone as we were led to believe. After stating that she wouldn't marry the man if he begged her on his knees, she's putty with him a couple of pages later. I don't think I'm alone in saying that the heroine who turns to mush every time the hero kisses her is a tired cliche. Yes, it's fun once or twice, but Ms. Lindsey seems to use that as a fallback device for getting her characters out of their more irritable dispositions and back into the bedroom.

That being said, I truly didn't hate the book, but I won't be buying it in paperback either. It definitely doesn't rank among her worst books (which I classify as The Heir and/or The Pursuit) but it's not among her best, either. My favorites that she has written are Once a Princess, Love Only Once - the first Malory novel, and Prisoner of My Desire.

I really hope The Devil Who Tamed Her continues to show that the author is improving and getting back to her old story-telling capabilities, but I'll be checking it out from the library before I buy it.

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