Captivated (Donovan Legacy Series #1)

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His interest in her was purely professional . . . Or so he told himself. Nash Kirkland had sought out the alluring Morgana Donovan to help him research his latest screenplay, though the hardheaded skeptic didn't believe for a minute she was what she professed to be. But, as Morgana revealed herself to him, Nash found himself falling under her bewitching spell. Nash had never trusted his feelings and always kept them in check. So how could he be sure the irresistible passion he felt for Morgana was real and not ...

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Overview

His interest in her was purely professional . . . Or so he told himself. Nash Kirkland had sought out the alluring Morgana Donovan to help him research his latest screenplay, though the hardheaded skeptic didn't believe for a minute she was what she professed to be. But, as Morgana revealed herself to him, Nash found himself falling under her bewitching spell. Nash had never trusted his feelings and always kept them in check. So how could he be sure the irresistible passion he felt for Morgana was real and not just some conjurer's trick?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441857101
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 5/15/2010
  • Series: Donovan Legacy Series , #1
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 1 MP3-CD, 7 hrs. 47 min.
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Nora Roberts is a bestselling author of more than 209 romance novels. She was the first author to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. As of 2011, her novels had spent a combined 861 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List, including 176 weeks in the number-one spot. Over 280 million copies of her books are in print, including 12 million copies sold in 2005 alone.

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."

Good To Know

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

Captivated


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.

(Continues...)



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All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2012

    Love the Donovan series

    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.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 21, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    Captivated

    Awesome Weekend Read. Loved it from beginning to end

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2011

    Story OK, audiobook bad

    The story would probably be OK, but the narrator on the audiobook (in her incredible diction) accents all the wrong words. The main man comes out eager as a puppy, with no intelligence to redeem him. The main woman comes out wishy-washy. Read the book and skip the audio.

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 23, 2011

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    Captivating!

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2007

    Excellent

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2012

    Not one of my favorites

    I was disappointed in this book. I am a big Nora Roberts fan but I believe that the supernatural side of this story is what I didn't like.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    Amazing

    I'm excited about this book to come out! I recieved The Next Always for my birthday and absolutly loved it!!! And when i read the sneak peek to this book, I fell in love(:
    -Frankie Rae

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2008

    GREAT BOOK!

    I really enjoyed reading this book. It was awesome.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 4, 2014

    Adore the series

    It's Nora. What more needs to be said? She's the best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2014

    To oryan

    Sorry im so late if u r still on

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2014

    To brooky from oryan

    Ok. So what do you want talk about.

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  • Posted August 31, 2013

    I really enjoyed this story. It was light and humorous and kept

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2013

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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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2013

    Wolfgaze's description

    Name: Wolfgaze ••• Gender: tom ••• Rank: warrior ••• Appearance: long-furred dark gray tom with piercing yellow eyes much like a wolf's. He has long raven black wings that have silvery tips. ••• Personality: intelligent, loyal, humble, friendly, gives good advice, caring, protective. Watch out when he gets angry. Very fierce and brave in battle. ••• Past: won't tell anyone... unless he comepletely trusts them. ••• Kin: Hawk That Flies Through Shadow (mother) Darkstorm (father) Comet That Blazes in Night (brother) ••• Mate: wants but not desperate ••• Crush: Ravenwing.... Please please don't tell her ••• Kits: wants ••• Other: usually very active, I will try to notify you guys when I won't be on ••• [•*|Wolfgaze|*•]

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2013

    Ravenwing's Bio

    Gender-She cat//Mate-none// Apperance-Medium sized cat with white pelt, black paws, and gray wings//Personality- Caring, funny, tough. Will die for her clan or family. Persistant, daring, creative, adventurous//Kin-Inferno(she quit). Father-Unknown. Mother-former leader Mistystar. (She quit)// Kits-none//Signature- ~RW/~Ravenwing/+RW/+Ravenwing/RW/Ravenwing//Birth clan- Hurricaneclan//Posseses- Special potion that can heal almost anything//Rank-Warrior//Usually on- almost every day-active//Special skills- can fly/skilled fighter//~Ravenwing

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  • Posted March 8, 2013

    highly recommended

    Great reading. Love the passion and the family ties in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2012

    Anon

    Another great series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2012

    A magicql force

    Coms and sabs the twoleg in his heart. YOUR FREE!! GO HOME!! the tleg falls over dead.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2012

    Heronsoul

    I cant get up help


    Heronsoul

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2012

    JOIN LIGHTCLAN

    AT REPTILE!!!~Turtlestar

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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