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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Review: The Traitor by Grace Burrowes / @SourcebooksCasa @GraceBurrowes

Title: Captive Hearts, Book 2: The Traitor
Author: Grace Burrowes
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release Date: August 5, 2014
Genre: Historical, Regency, Romance
ARC Received From: NetGalley
Reviewed For: Sourcebooks

The past will overtake him... 

Abandoned in France since boyhood, despite being heir to an English barony, Sebastian St. Clair makes impossible choices to survive a tour of duty in the French Army. He returns to England hoping for the peaceful life of a country gentleman, though old enemies insist on challenging him on the field of honor, one after another. 

But this time, he will not fight alone... 

Millicent Danforth desperately needs her position as companion to the Traitor Baron's aunt, but grieves to learn that Sebastian must continually fight a war long over. As Sebastian and Milly explore their growing passion, they uncover a plot that will cost Sebastian his life and his honor, unless he does battle once more-this time in the name of love.

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Ms. Burrowes introduced Sebastian in The Captive as Robert Girard, the interrogator and tormentor of English prisoners of war in France. How she managed to make me dislike him in the first book then feel sympathy and pity for him in this second book is beyond me, but she did it. And I love that angle.

Sebastian wasn't the tormentor; he was the tormented. He wasn't the interrogator; he was being interrogated. He wasn't a war hero receiving his due upon his return to England; he was an outcast, snubbed by peers of the realm, considered a traitor by his countrymen. Anyone associated with him was at risk of being injured or worse, so he distanced himself from others except his aunt and his acquaintance/friend Michael.

Milly was an unexpected twist to his plans. She was a temptation he couldn't afford to give into and a woman he had no business befriending. Somewhere between stolen embraces, searing kisses, and deep conversations, their feelings deepened from friendship to love. Nothing about Milly--not her inability to read or write nor her obnoxious relatives--deterred him from wanting to marry her, even if marriage was demanded after being caught in a compromising position.

I was anxious reading this story. I wanted Sebastian to be safe, to live the peaceful life he dreamed of, to go about town without being treated like an outcast. I wanted him to experience kindness and caring and tenderness and affection from a good woman, a woman who acknowledged what he did but loved him despite it. He deserved to know all of that, and he found all of that in Milly.

A slow and gentle falling in love story, this is a stellar addition to Ms. Burrowes' "Captive Hearts" series and one I plan on reading more than once.

Grace Burrowes grew up in central Pennsylvania and is the sixth out of seven children. She discovered romance novels when in junior high (back when there was a such a thing), and has been reading them voraciously ever since. Grace has a bachelor's degree in Political Science, a Bachelor of Music in Music History, (both from The Pennsylvania State University); a Master's Degree in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University; and a Juris Doctor from The National Law Center at The George Washington University. Her debut novel The Heir was chosen as a Publishers Weekly Top Five Romances for 2010, and is the first in an eight-sibling historical romance series published by Sourcebooks Casablanca.

Grace writes Georgian, Regency, Scottish Victorian and contemporary romances in both novella and novel lengths. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and Novelist, Inc. and enjoys giving workshops and speaking at writer’s conferences.

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