Title: The Traitor (Bk #2, Captive Hearts)
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Grace Burrowes
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, Aug 5, 2014
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
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.
In this Ms. Burrowes second offering in her Captive Hearts Series she examines the toll that war takes on those forced into doing unspeakable tasks. Sebastian, is English born but was raised in France where he is conscripted into the French army. He is not totally unsympathetic to his English upbringing and although he is tasked with interrogating captured English officers he devises ways to get some information from them while keeping them alive. But his methods are still torture for the officers. At wars end they are, one after another, challenging him to duels.
There is an evil villain behind the duels. He wants to see Sebastian dead, fearing Sebastian will tell about his criminal dealings during the war.
Millicent, has issues to deal with, but is in love with Sebastian and works diligently for his survival.
Once again Grace Burrowes delivers a mesmerizing story filled with romance, danger and action. She takes a character that we perhaps should loathe and with wisdom and finesse makes us cheer for his good outcome. His valet/bodyguard Michael Brodie is somewhat mysterious and there are some surprises offered concerning him. He is also the subject of the third book in this series, coming in September. We are introduced to Sebastian in the first book of the series (THE CAPTIVE) but this is a standalone novel. However, this is one of the best series of the year so I encourage you to start with The Captive.
Captive Hearts Series
- The CaptiveDeet’s Review of THE CAPTIVE
- The Traitor
- The Laird (Sept. 2014)