Captivated and Entranced (Donavan Legacy Series)

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His interest in her was purely professional…or so he told himself.

Nash Kirkland had sought out Morgana Donovan, self-proclaimed witch, to help him research his latest screenplay. The hardheaded skeptic didn't believe for a minute she was what she professed to be, but Nash somehow found himself falling under her bewitching spell. Nash had never trusted his feelings. How could he be sure the irresistible passion he felt was real and not just ...

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Overview

His interest in her was purely professional…or so he told himself.

Nash Kirkland had sought out Morgana Donovan, self-proclaimed witch, to help him research his latest screenplay. The hardheaded skeptic didn't believe for a minute she was what she professed to be, but Nash somehow found himself falling under her bewitching spell. Nash had never trusted his feelings. How could he be sure the irresistible passion he felt was real and not just some conjurer's trick?

Obviously Sebastian Donovan was a fraud, but fiercely protective Mary Ellen Sutherland was desperate to find a missing baby and had run out of leads. So, reluctantly, the skeptical private investigator agreed to enlist Sebastian's help. Soon she had to admit—grudgingly—that this man had some pretty remarkable gifts. Especially his extraordinary ability to penetrate her tough facade and awaken her heart.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780373285723
  • Publisher: Silhouette
  • Publication date: 11/1/2008
  • Series: Donovan Legacy Series
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Nora Roberts
One of the most prolific and popular writers in the world, Nora Roberts (who also writes as her edgier alter-ego J. D. Robb) publishes multiple books a year. Not that it’s enough for her fans, who tear through her unconventional romances. With her trademark mix of fantasy, mystery, and romance, Roberts has created her own genre -- and romance fans are grateful for it!

Biography

Not only has Nora Roberts written more bestsellers than anyone else in the world (according to Publishers Weekly), she’s also created a hybrid genre of her own: the futuristic detective romance. And that’s on top of mastering every subgenre in the romance pie: the family saga, the historical, the suspense novel. But this most prolific and versatile of authors might never have tapped into her native talent if it hadn't been for one fateful snowstorm.

As her fans well know, in 1979 a blizzard trapped Roberts at home for a week with two bored little kids and a dwindling supply of chocolate. To maintain her sanity, Roberts started scribbling a story -- a romance novel like the Harlequin paperbacks she'd recently begun reading. The resulting manuscript was rejected by Harlequin, but that didn't matter to Roberts. She was hooked on writing. Several rejected manuscripts later, her first book was accepted for publication by Silhouette.

For several years, Roberts wrote category romances for Silhouette -- short books written to the publisher's specifications for length, subject matter and style, and marketed as part of a series of similar books. Roberts has said she never found the form restrictive. "If you write in category, you write knowing there's a framework, there are reader expectations," she explained. "If this doesn't suit you, you shouldn't write it. I don't believe for one moment you can write well what you wouldn't read for pleasure."

Roberts never violated the reader's expectations, but she did show a gift for bringing something fresh to the romance formula. Her first book, Irish Thoroughbred (1981), had as its heroine a strong-willed horse groom, in contrast to the fluttering young nurses and secretaries who populated most romances at the time. But Roberts's books didn't make significant waves until 1985, when she published Playing the Odds, which introduced the MacGregor clan. It was the first bestseller of many.

Roberts soon made a name for herself as a writer of spellbinding multigenerational sagas, creating families like the Scottish MacGregors, the Irish Donovans and the Ukrainian Stanislaskis. She also began working on romantic suspense novels, in which the love story unfolds beneath a looming threat of violence or disaster. She grew so prolific that she outstripped her publishers' ability to print and market Nora Roberts books, so she created an alter ego, J.D. Robb. Under the pseudonym, she began writing romantic detective novels set in the future. By then, millions of readers had discovered what Publishers Weekly called her "immeasurable diversity and talent."

Although the style and substance of her books has grown, Roberts remains loyal to the genre that launched her career. As she says, "The romance novel at its core celebrates that rush of emotions you have when you are falling in love, and it's a lovely thing to relive those feelings through a book."

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Roberts still lives in the same Maryland house she occupied when she first started writing -- though her carpenter husband has built on some additions. She and her husband also own Turn the Page Bookstore Café in Boonsboro, Maryland. When Roberts isn't busy writing, she likes to drop by the store, which specializes in Civil War titles as well as autographed copies of her own books.

Roberts sued fellow writer Janet Dailey in 1997, accusing her of plagiarizing numerous passages of her work over a period of years. Dailey paid a settlement and publicly apologized, blaming stress and a psychological disorder for her misconduct.

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    1. Also Known As:
      J. D. Robb; Sarah Hardesty; Jill March; Eleanor Marie Robertson (birth name)
    2. Hometown:
      Keedysville, Maryland
    1. Date of Birth:
      1950
    2. Place of Birth:
      Silver Spring, Maryland

Read an Excerpt

There was a marker in the ground where the Witch Tree had stood. The people of Monterey and Carmel valued nature. Tourists often came to study the words on the marker, or simply to stand and look at the sculptured old trees, the rocky shoreline, the sunning harbor seals.

Locals who had seen the tree for themselves, who remembered the day it had fallen, often mentioned the fact that Morgana Donovan had been born that night.

Some said it was a sign, others shrugged and called it coincidence. Still more simply wondered. No one denied that it was excellent local color to have a self-proclaimed witch born hardly a stone's throw away from a tree with a reputation.

Nash Kirkland considered it an amusing fact and an interesting hook. He spent a great deal of his time studying the supernatural. Vampires and werewolves and things that went bump in the night were a hell of a way to make a living. And he wouldn't have had it any other way.

Not that he believed in goblins or ghoulies—or witches, if it came to that. Men didn't turn into bats or wolves at moonrise, the dead did not walk, and women didn't soar through the night on broomsticks. Except in the pages of a book, or in the flickering light and shadow of a movie screen.

There, he was pleased to say, anything was possible.

He was a sensible man who knew the value of illusions, and the importance of simple entertainment. He was also enough of a dreamer to conjure images out of the shades of folklore and superstition for the masses to enjoy.

He'd fascinated the horror-film buff for seven years, starting with his first—and surprisingly successful—screenplay, Shape Shifter.

The fact was, Nash loved seeing his imagination come to life on-screen. He wasn't above popping into the neighborhood movie theater and happily devouring popcorn while the audience caught their breath, stifled screams or covered their eyes.

He delighted in knowing that the people who plunked down the price of a ticket to see one of his movies were going to get their money's worth of chills.

He always researched carefully. While writing the gruesome and amusing Midnight Blood, he'd spent a week in Romania interviewing a man who swore he was a direct descendant of Vlad, the Impaler—Count Dracula. Unfortunately, the count's descendant hadn't grown fangs or turned into a bat, but he had proven to possess a wealth of vampire lore and legend.

It was such folktales that inspired Nash to spin a story—particularly when they were related by someone whose belief gave them punch.

And people considered him weird, he thought, grinning to himself as he passed the entrance to Seventeen Mile Drive. Nash knew he was an ordinary, grounded-to-earth type. At least by California standards. He just made his living from illusion, from playing on basic fears and superstitions—and the pleasure people took in being scared silly. He figured his value to society was his ability to take the monster out of the closet and flash it on the silver screen in Technicolor, usually adding a few dashes of unapologetic sex and sly humor.

Nash Kirkland could bring the bogeyman to life, turn the gentle Dr. Jekyll into the evil Mr. Hyde, or invoke the mummy's curse. All by putting words on paper. Maybe that was why he was a cynic. Oh, he enjoyed stories about the supernatural—but he, of all people, knew that was all they were. Stories. And he had a million of them.

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  • Posted May 14, 2010

    Another great Nora

    As a long time Nora fan, this book didn't disappoint! The Donovan Witches are interesting and the characters are well developed. Although it is straight romance, there is a mystery that will hold your interest. the Donovans are very interesting and somewhat eccentric clan from Ireland who are a joy to know! It does make you wonder if there really could be such people in the world-a credit to Nora's very beleivable writing style. I would highly recommend this book as well as just about any Nora on the shelf!

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  • Posted March 27, 2010

    The Donovan's

    This is a typical Nora Roberts romantic fantasy, engaging, likable characters, but predictable. If you're a fan, you'll enjoy reading about the 4 cousins who are all gifted with some kind of magic power.
    The writing is easy to read, grabs you within the first few pages until you don't want to put it down and don't want it to end!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2008

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    Loved It

    Two stories about two family members but each story was completely different. I loved the first story, it was so touching I cried.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2012

    Loved it!

    A magical twist on another wonderful Nora Roberts book!!!

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

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    Nora, you capture my imagination...

    I so enjoy any of the books Nora Roberts writes. She draws you into her stories. They are easy reads and can put them down if you need to and go back to them and pick up where you left off. I especially enjoy her series books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2010

    THIS BOOK MAKES ONE QUESTION COULD THERE REALLY BE SUCH POWERS.

    THE UNKNOWN, ARE THERE SUCH WONERDFUL PEOPLE WHO USE MAGICAL GIFTS FOR THE GOOD OF OTHERS? THIS BOOK HAD ME WONDERING JUST A LITTLE.

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  • Posted February 18, 2010

    Great book!

    Loved the storylines -- good follow through with the characters from the first book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2010

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    Great book

    As always Nora Roberts writes another excellent story. She makes you feel as though you are part of the scenes as they take place. I love the stories she writes about Ireland especially the Donovan Legacy Series.

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  • Posted November 22, 2009

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    Make this an eBook!!!

    I love the whole Donavan Legacy series! I think I might be getting a Nook for Christmas and I would love to have all four of the stories on it! Please, please, PRETTY PLEASE make this an eBook. Thank you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2009

    Is very captivating!!

    This book was incredible. The story line was so enticing, it was hard to put it down. The characters are so charming that you almost immediately fall in love with them. You must buy the second in the series at the same time or you will be kicking yourself! I finished the first and couldn't wait to head back to Barnes and Nobles to purchase the second book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2009

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    Nora Roberts makes you believe magic is possible.

    Nora Roberts does an excellent job drawing the reader into the story, making the characters come to life, and creating a world that is no different but much more enchanting than the world in which we live. This is an excellent book to read and I would recommend this as a very good book for giving as a gift.

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