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Captive of My Desires (Malory Family) (edition 2007)

by Johanna Lindsey

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Title:Captive of My Desires (Malory Family)
Authors:Johanna Lindsey
Info:Pocket (2007), Mass Market Paperback, 464 pages
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The saga of the Malory/Anderson family continues. Boyd Anderson meets a young lady who is taking passage on his ship from America to London. He's immediately attracted and so is she, but she has a plan to see the world before settling down into marriage. Their paths cross again when she rescues his young niece from some kidnappers, but unfortunately, he thinks she's the kidnapper! To make up for his rough treatment of her during this caper, he offers her the use of his ship for her world tour. He also decides to try to seduce her into cutting that tour short and marrying him.
Lindsey's heroes, even the Victorian ones, are getting less high-handed and her heroines are getting more independent, which is probably largely a function of the zeitgeist, but very welcome. However, and of course, the dude gets his way in the end and Katey's world tour is cut short in favor of marriage and family. Meh. ( )
  EmScape | Dec 4, 2016 |
I've seen other's call this "Pride and Prejudice" meets "Pirates of the Caribbean" and that is a pretty apt description. This earns a star just for being a Malory book. ( )
  lesmel | Jul 12, 2013 |
Love James Malory, That's why I married him. The Malory series is, fun,sexy, and intelligent. ( )
  StacyLHanson | Sep 19, 2011 |
Okay, I'm cheating here, and I don't like them all equally, but I do love the Mallory's. They're all funny. I especially liked "Love Only Once" (the first book), "Gentle Rogue" (my favorite), and "The Magic of You" (where the heroine chases the hero shamelessly). ( )
  SabrinaJeffries | Apr 5, 2010 |
Gabrielle Brooks leaves the safety of England in search of her missing father. Her ship is attacked by pirates and she finds herself captive on their Caribbean island; only later to learn that her very own father is one their leaders. What a surprise! She spends 3 years with him treasure hunting and enjoying a very exciting, sun-filled life. The pirates she meets along the way are a hoot.

There are few marriageable men around the islands so Gabrielle reluctantly ends up back in London to husband hunt. She is sponsored by an old acquaintance of her father, James Mallory. Unfortunately, Drew Anderson, a pirate hating, marriage avoiding, sea captain and exasperating rogue, spoils her chances with the ton by basically calling her pirate trash. Drew is unremorseful which is where the bulk of the story begins.

Gabrielle, who had originally set her sites on Drew as a potential husband, takes revenge by hijacking his ship and holding him captive. Then comes the typical swash buckling pirate action with battles and damaging storms. Gabrielle is bent on rescuing her father from the evil Pierre Lacross. Drew is bent on getting his ship back. Even the Mallory’s are in on the action, bent on rescuing Drew from so-called pirates.

The plot does get a bit silly when everything starts to converge toward the end. It’s a mess. There is plenty of witty banter between Drew and Gabrielle, but the love story was not at all convincing. I didn’t like Drew, he was just plain rude all the time. There was no reason for Gabrielle to love him, except maybe his gorgeous body and the reader will soon tire of reading about his dashing figure. Drew could have been much better behaved.

The Mallory’s, James and Georgina are the best part of the story. It’s too bad the book wasn’t devoted entirely to them. ( )
  ladyviking2u | Nov 5, 2008 |
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Gabrielle is sailing to The Carribean searching for her merchant father, Nathan Brooks. The ship is suddenly overtaken by pirates and Gabrielle is captured. Gabrielle spends many days on a pirate island. A vile pirate named Pierre decides he wants Gabrielle for his own. Nathan arrives and saves her. Then he explains how he came to be a pirate.

Gabrielle spends several happy years with her father on his island home but the time comes when Nathan sends Gabrielle back to England to find a suitable husband. He sends her to his friend James Malory.

There, Gabrielle meets James' brother-in-law Drew. The attraction between Gabrielle and Drew simmers between them. One passionate kiss confirms Gabrielle's feelings toward him but she needs to fine a suitable husband and Drew is not looking for a wife. Drew inadvertently ruins Gabrielle's reputation by announcing that she is a pirate. Just as the scandal spreads, one of Nathan's crew comes to inform Gabrielle that Nathan is being held prisoner by Pierre and Pierre wants Gabrielle in exchange.

Drew's ship is about to set sail and Gabrielle and her father's crew overtake it to save her father. Drew can't decide which frustrates him more, his attraction to Gabrielle or his fury over being held captive on his own ship.

Gabriel decides to make Drew pay for ruining her reputation in England by making him wild for her and then leaving him flat, but Drew turns the tables on her. Once he has had her, Drew can't get Gabrielle off his mind. He agrees to help save Gabrielle's father and in the process, he and Gabrielle are growing closer, but their stubborn pride keeps getting in the way.

Drew thinks rescuing Gabrielle's father is going to be fairly simple, especially when James arrives, but Pierre isn't giving up easily. When they lose each other during the fight, Drew and Gabrielle finally realize their feelings are much deeper than they thought. If they can save Nathan and escape the pirates, they will have a chance to embrace the unexpected love they found in each other's arms.

Captive Of My Desires is a lovely historical romance. Gabrielle is delightful. She can take care of herself and yet she is vulnerable and sweet as well. Drew is charming and sexy. When they finally let go of their stubborn pride, Drew and Gabrielle make a loving couple and the stolen moments they share are very passionate. Daring pirates and thrilling sea voyages, make Captive Of My Desires a very exciting and entertaining story.
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After her mother's death, Gabrielle Brooks sets sail to the Caribbean in search of her father, discovers he has become a pirate, and spends three happy years sailing with him. His decision that she should return to London to find a proper husband leads to intrigue, scandal, and Gabrielle's passionate quest for revenge, as she finds herself falling in love with a carefree sea captain with no interest in matrimony.… (more)

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