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Captive of Sin by Anna Campbell


Cover art: Captive of Sin Reviewer: Danielle Mason
Title: Captive of Sin
Author: Anna Campbell
Publisher: Avon
ISBN-13: 978-0-06-168428-9
Release Date: November 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Romance
Year/Setting: England 1821
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Anna's Website: www.annacampbell.info

When Lady Charis runs away from her home and abusive stepbrothers she was very lucky to be found by Sir Gideon. When Gideon goes to check on his horse for the night he was surprised to find Charis hiding in the stall. When asked who she is Charis tells Gideon her name is Sarah and that she was ambushed on her way to stay with her Aunt in Portsmouth. Gideon knows right away that she is lying but decides to help her anyway and until she is ready to tell him the truth.

Charis is very intrigued by Gideon especially when she finds out that he is a hero…but a hero with a very big problem. Others cannot touch Gideon, nor can he touch others without becoming violently ill. Gideon was held captive for a year and chained to dying friends that is why he has his problem with touching. Charis is bound and determined to get through to him and help him with his problems as a way to kind of pay him back for all the trouble he is going through to help her. Especially since Gideon marries Charis to keep her and her money safe until she is old enough to come into the money on her own, which is only three weeks away. Charis's money is main reason her stepbrothers are so abusive they want her money any way they can get it.

Together, Charis and Gideon help one another with their problems. They are a great team from the get go, except for the one time Charis runs away. It’s like they are soul mates and can read one another's actions without realizing they have the connection. Once the connection is known, they can and will do anything to keep each other not only safe but also help each other through any problems they may have. Charis's big goal is to teach Gideon that he can love and be loved while Gideon's goal is to prove to Charis that not every man wants her for her money.

The big intrigue for me while reading this book was the relationship between Gideon and Charis. With Gideon's big problem of not being able to be touched, I couldn't put the book down in wondering if Charis would find a way to break him of this problem. If nothing else, I wanted her to maybe gain a relationship and be able to give Gideon something that he never thought he would ever be able to have. Its the good times that Gideon and Charis have together that makes this book one I personally could not put down. It also makes it an example of how love can and will conquer anything no matter how big or small.


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