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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Exclusive Excerpt: Grace Burrowes' The Captive (#Giveaway)

Today we have an exclusive excerpt to share with you from Grace Burrowes upcoming historical romance, THE CAPTIVE! 



THE CAPTIVE
Author: Grace Burrowes
Release Date: July 1, 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Historical Romance
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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.



Teaser Text (Exclusive Excerpt)

“You are charming my countess,” Christian said, passing a brandy to St. Just. In civilian clothes, the colonel was handsomer than ever, and Christian was curiously glad to see him.

“Lady Greendale is charming me,” St. Just said, pausing before a pistol crossbow, the smallest in the Severn family collection. “My thanks for the libation. This little darling has to be quite venerable.”

He held his drink as he studied the weapon, a man who knew to savor the finer things, when another officer on leave might have tossed back his brandy at one go.

“That weapon is two hundred years old, at least,” Christian said. The crossbow was still lethal as hell in the right hands, too. “Her ladyship charms all in her ambit, including my daughter.” Though what had been amiss with the late earl of Greendale, that Gillian apparently hadn’t charmed him?

Christian poured himself a drink from the tray some thoughtful countess had sent up to the armory, half the amount he’d given St. Just.

St. Just turned his attention to a longbow, a weapon nearly as tall as the men who would have used it.

“If Lady Greendale is the reason your hands don’t shake, you’ve put on two stone of muscle, and your eyes no longer look like you recently took tea in hell’s family parlor, then I must consider her a friend.”

“She’s part of it.” Two stone? Well, perhaps one. One and a half. “A big part. She has the gift of domesticity, of creating a comforting sort of tranquility.”

Both men fell silent, while St. Just was polite enough to pretend to savor his drink, and Christian wondered why generations of Severns had kept these weapons in this high-ceilinged, carpeted stronghold as if they were treasures rather than instruments of death.

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Author Biography

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes' bestsellers include The Heir, The Soldier, Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal, Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish and Lady Eve's Indiscretion. Her Regency romances have received extensive praise, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Grace is branching out into short stories and Scotland-set Victorian romance with Sourcebooks. She is a practicing family law attorney and lives in rural Maryland.

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4 comments:

Sharlene said...

I love the cover & I love the excerpt! I am so looking forward to reading this!

Cheryl S. said...

I haven't read anything by Grace Burrows and definitely looking forward to it!

Glenda said...

If you have the least bit of interest in historical romance, you have to read Grace's books!

Thanks for the excerpt today!

Anita Yancey said...

I haven't read any of Grace's books yet, but I'm looking forward to it. Thanks for having the giveaway.