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Chivalrous Captain, Rebel Mistress by Diane Gaston

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Cover art: Chivalrous Captain, Rebel Mistress Reviewer: Lori Graham
Title: Chivalrous Captain, Rebel Mistress - 2nd in the Three Soldiers series
Author: Diane Gaston
Publisher: Harlequin Historical
ISBN-13: 978-0-373-29609-5
Release Date: September 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Romance
Year/Setting: 1800s/Spain, Waterloo, Brussels and England
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild (period based)
Violent Content Rating: Minimal (period based for wartime)
Diane's Website/Blog: www.dianegaston.com


Captain Allan Landon is busy just trying to stay alive during Waterloo. He is delivering a message amidst chaos as he stumbles on a young boy. Questioning why the wayward child is wandering so close to a battle, he grabs the boy to get him to safety. Once things slow a bit, he was amazed to discover he rescued a woman—not a boy.

Marian Pullant has traveled the world with her parents (who are now deceased) but has never experienced anything near what is going on around her now. The captain makes her promise to hide in the chateau while he continues to fight so that she will stay safe but how can she do that when men are crying out around her. She does the only thing imaginable – she begins treating their wounds.

Allan does make good on his promise to return and get her to Brussels but not without getting wounded himself in the process. Marian is in the precarious position of caring for him with a villager’s barn—a villager she cannot communicate with so she is hopeful they will be safe. They eventually make it to Brussels where the fun continues.

Diane Gaston has created the second in her series—Three Soldiers. I have to say I am really looking forward to the final book in the series. Allan and Marian create some incredible dynamics in the middle of war. There is, of course , the sizzle and heat created between them, even though they know it shouldn’t be happening. As a young maiden, Marian doesn’t understand all of her feelings. Allan knows that he has nothing to offer her and no way to support her. In addition though, they are dealing with their feelings about the war itself and the right and wrong ways soldiers are treated. The scenes Diane builds as backdrops to her characters are robust and imaginative. All in all, I can’t think of a thing I would change.

Lori

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