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Captivated (Donavan Legacy Series #1)

Captivated (Donavan Legacy Series #1)

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by Nora Roberts

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts comes the first bewitching novel in the Donovan Legacy series.

Their family shares the Donovan Gift. Each cousin has special powers that set them apart from ordinary mortals. But while their gifts bring great responsibilities, they bring even greater rewards...

It’s purely


From #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts comes the first bewitching novel in the Donovan Legacy series.

Their family shares the Donovan Gift. Each cousin has special powers that set them apart from ordinary mortals. But while their gifts bring great responsibilities, they bring even greater rewards...

It’s purely business between skeptic screenwriter Nash Kirkland and Morgana Donovan. When he visits the self-proclaimed witch's shop in Monterey, California, Nash only intends to ask for her help in researching his new screenplay. But before long, he finds himself falling under Morgana's spell....

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Penguin Publishing Group
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Donovan Legacy Series , #1
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18 Years

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By Nora Roberts

Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd.

Copyright © 2004 Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd.
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-373-28500-0

Chapter One

She was born the night the Witch Tree fell. With the first breath she drew, she tasted the power - the richness of it, and the bitterness. Her birth was one more link in a chain that had spanned centuries, a chain that was often gilded with the sheen of folklore and legend. But when the chain was rubbed clean, it held fast, tempered by the strength of truth.

There were other worlds, other places, where those first cries of birth were celebrated. Far beyond the sweeping vistas of the Monterey coast, where the child's lusty cry echoed through the old stone house, the new life was celebrated. In the secret places where magic still thrived - deep in the green hills of Ireland, on the windswept moors of Cornwall, deep in the caves of Wales, along the rocky coast of Brittany - that sweet song of life was welcomed.

And the old tree, hunched and gnarled by its age and its marriage to the wind, was a quiet sacrifice.

With its death, and a mother's willing pain, a new witch was born.

Though the choice would be hers - a gift, after all, can be refused, treasured or ignored - it would remain as much a part of the child, and the woman she became, as the color of her eyes. For now she was only an infant, her sight still dim, her thoughts still half-formed, shaking angry fists in the air even as her father laughed and pressed his first kiss on her downy head.

Her mother wept when the babe drank from her breast. Wept in joy and in sorrow. She knew already that she would have only this one girl child to celebrate the love and union she and her husband shared.

She had looked, and she had seen.

As she rocked the nursing child and sang an old song, she understood that there would be lessons to be taught, mistakes to be made. And she understood that one day - not so long from now, in the vast scope of lifetimes - her child would also look for love.

She hoped that of all the gifts she would pass along, all the truths she would tell, the child would understand one, the vital one.

That the purest magic is in the heart.

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.


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Meet the Author

Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels. She is also the author of the bestselling In Death series written under the pen name J. D. Robb. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print.

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Captivated (Donavan Legacy Series #1) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 71 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the Donovan series but beware.This is old series just republished.If you have been ROBERTS READER FOR YEARS, you have read it. Oldie but goodie.
Ejaygirl More than 1 year ago
I loved this story! I sometimes forget just how great a writer Nora Roberts is and was caught off guard with this book. The prose is almost lyrical and the characters come to life off the pages. It is truly a magical experience. Morgana is indeed captivating. I admire her confidence and self-awareness where she knows who she is and is content with life. Her attraction to Nash unsettled her in a really good way and she had the same imprint on him. This story captured the best of both of them and the conflict rising from his insecurities seemed realistic. Her cousin Sebastian is oh so intriguing and I cannot wait for his story. This book was written some time ago but it does not have a dated feel in the least. It's a wonderful romance between two very attractive characters and is so well written. This book should be a part of your Nora Roberts collection.
BookaholicTracy More than 1 year ago
Awesome Weekend Read. Loved it from beginning to end
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read a bunch of Nora Roberts books, and I have to say that this is one of my favorites. The romance between Nash and Morgana was amazing and sweet and the ending just breaks my heart 'in a good, sweet way' The rest of the series was very good, but this was my favorite.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I promise you you wont be sorry. Ive read every book nora roberts has out & again this is my fav series, family& i wish she wud write another.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was awesome.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really did not care for Nash, his character ruined the book for me. I felt Morgana was too good for him.
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Sheilags More than 1 year ago
It's Nora. What more needs to be said? She's the best.
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songbirdsue More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story. It was light and humorous and kept my interest with likable characters. I found the cousins close relationship drew me in. Some language and romance (not as bad as many)
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I am a Nora Roberts fan. Have read this book before & I enjoyed it just as much this time as the first read. I love the witches and mystical settings she creates in alot of her books.
MEMECN More than 1 year ago
Great reading. Love the passion and the family ties in the series.
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Another great series
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LaShunda More than 1 year ago
I love Nora Roberts books, but this one was pretty boring. I read through it and nothing much happened. I was expecting some kind of drama/suspense to occur but it didn't. I'm not going to buy the rest of the books and will try another trilogy.
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