New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes delivers a passionate, danger-filled Regency romance…
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.
Captive Hearts series:
The Captive (Book 1)
The Traitor (Book 2)
The Laird (Book 3)
Sebastian, Baron St. Clair, was abandoned by his family in France during the war against Napoleon. While serving in the French army, he was put in charge of holding and torturing English officers. Despite receiving an official pardon upon his return to England, he is regularly challenged to duels by his former prisoners. Millicent Danforth enters Sebastian's life as the paid companion of his elderly aunt. Compassionate and intelligent, Milly sees that Sebastian is more than the "Traitor Baron" and isn't averse to a few kisses as their attraction grows. But someone wants Sebastian dead, and Milly would rather not be widowed. Picking up where The Captive ended, Burrowes continues her examination of imprisonment and the wounds of war from unexpected and intriguing angles. Sebastian is surprisingly sympathetic, and the well built denouement supports his redemption. Subtle, cozy, thoughtful, and gently paced, this is a satisfying read that easily handles a difficult character and avoids any whiff of the middle-book blahs.