Friday, March 16, 2012

Captive Heart

Title: Captive Heart
Author:  Phoebe Conn
Publisher:  Samhain Publishing
ISBN:  978-1-60928-980-5
Genre:  {M/F} Retro Historical
Rating:  4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amethyst Nymph 

Celiese d’Loganville was snatched from her home and family during a Viking raid and now serves as a slave.  Her mistress, Olgrethe, is the pampered and spoiled daughter of the man who abducted her.  Celiese has done her best to fade into the background and go unnoticed by the horrible man Raktor until now.   

Olgrethe is being forced to marry a man to end a family feud that has gone on for centuries. Not a soul has laid eyes on this mysterious man in two years, and it’s rumored that he’s physically mutilated.  Wanting no part of this marriage, Olgrethe comes up with a plan to send Celiese in her place as the bride.  Celiese agrees so she can use this opportunity to gain her freedom. 

Mylan Vandahl didn’t want a wife who would look upon his body with disgust.  He tries to persuade Celiese that marriage between them wouldn’t work, but he’s drawn to the stunning beauty with the trusting heart.  Soon after their wedding, Mylan learns of Celiese’s true identity and he becomes outraged.   

Trust is broken between the couple and Mylan can’t forgive Celiese.  Now instead of treating her as a wife, he treats her as a slave.  Celiese tries to make him understand her reasons, but Mylan refuses to listen.  That man was too stubborn for his own good most of the time.  If only he’d done more thinking with his heart, and not his head, Mylan and Celiese might not have wasted so much time.  Just when I thought he would soften towards Celiese, something else would happen to prevent it.  I admit there were times I enjoyed watching Mylan get frustrated with Celiese, and then frustrated with himself for not being able to stay away from her.  Even when her life was endangered, I knew Mylan couldn’t turn his back on Celiese forever.   

Captive Heart is a moving historical romance that brings together two people who truly needed each other to be complete.  Mylan and Celiese were both damaged in their own ways, but they were able to open their hearts to love.  Even after all the things she lived through, Celiese kept an innocence about her that made me like her.  Readers will be drawn to this story from beginning to end.

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