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The Captive by Grace Burrowes
He'll never be free...

Captured and tortured by the French, Christian Severn, Duke of Mercia, survives by vowing to take revenge on his tormentors. Before the duke can pursue his version of justice, Gillian, Countess of Greendale, reminds him that his small daughter has suffered much in his absence, and needs her papa desperately.

Until he surrenders his heart...

Gilly endured her difficult marriage by avoiding confrontation and keeping peace at any cost. Christian's devotion to his daughter and his kindness toward Gilly give her hope that she could enjoy a future with him, for surely he of all men shares her loathing for violence in any form. Little does Gilly know, the battle for Christian's heart is only beginning.
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  • 19th Century
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The Captive by Grace Burrowes (7/14)
[Captive Hearts Trilogy - 1] (A- Warm)
Dark Romance - PTSD - Widow - Domestic Violence - Widower - Torture - Scars - Revenge

I would say these books need to be read in sequence and would not stand alone very well.


Christian, a Duke who went to war, is a Widower with an 8-year-old daughter named Lucy who is mute through trauma. He has PTSD and scars from torture both physical and emotional after he was captured by the French while bathing in the countryside. Christian lives for Revenge.
Gillian is a Widow, domestic violence survivor with scars both physical and emotional.

In the 2014 AAR Poll "Best Romance Couple" I voted for Christian and Gillian.
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