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Captive Bride

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The irresistible call of adventure brings lovely Christina Wakefield to the alluring Arabian desert. But fate imprisons her after she encounters Sheik Abu, the strikingly handsome though arrogant adventurer, whom she had known in England as Philip Caxton.

Once Christina had rejected Philip's fervent offer of marriage. But now she is to be his slave -- desperate for the freedoms denied her...yet weakened by her heart's blazing desire to ...

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Overview

The irresistible call of adventure brings lovely Christina Wakefield to the alluring Arabian desert. But fate imprisons her after she encounters Sheik Abu, the strikingly handsome though arrogant adventurer, whom she had known in England as Philip Caxton.

Once Christina had rejected Philip's fervent offer of marriage. But now she is to be his slave -- desperate for the freedoms denied her...yet weakened by her heart's blazing desire to willingly explore her virile captor's most sensuous cravings.

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A virile chieftain kidnaps a young Englishwoman and takes her to his desert enclave in this 1977 classic captive-in-love-with-captor romance that is one of the many derivatives of The Sheik. Several of Lindsey's classics (she is another of the original "Avon Ladies") are being reprinted.

Readers will be sad to note that Kathleen E. Woodiwiss, the writer who launched the "Hot Historical" craze with the publication of The Flame and the Flowerin 1972, passed away on July 6, 2007, in Princeton, MN. She was one of the six original "Avon Ladies," and her books are often mentioned by readers as the ones that started them reading romance. She was completing her latest novel, Everlasting(Morrow, Oct.), at the time of her death. Coincidentally, Avon will be reprinting a number of her earlier titles in upcoming months. NB: These are classic works from the 1970s and will read somewhat differently from the historicals currently being published.


—Kristin Ramsdell
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780380016976
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/28/2009
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 325,083
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

One of the world's most successful authors of historical romance, every one of Johanna Lindsey's previous novels has been a national bestseller, and several of her titles have reached the #1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list. Ms. Lindsey lives in New England with her family.

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Chapter One

The weather was pleasantly warm on this early spring day in the year 1883. The slightest of breezes played daintily with the great oak trees that fined the long driveway leading to Wakefield Manor. Two fine white steeds attached to an open carriage stood breathing hard before the huge, twostory mansion.

Inside, Tommy Huntington paced fretfully back and forth across the large drawing room with its gold-brocade furniture, waiting impatiently for Christina Wakefield to come downstairs. Tommy had rushed over to see her after finally reaching a decision concerning her, but now he was getting nervous.

Damn it, she never used to take this long, he mused as he finally stopped pacing and stood before the window looking out at the Wakefields' vast estate, not until she started wearing dresses and putting her hair up. Now every time he came to see her, he ended up waiting a half hour or more before she would join him.

Tommy was having second thoughts about what he wanted to tell her, when two soft hands slipped over his eyes, and he could feel Christina's breasts pressed against his back.

"Guess who?" she whispered playfully in his ear.

Oh God, he wished she wouldn't do that anymore. It had been fine when they were children growing up together, but lately her nearness was driving him crazy with desire.

He turned to face her now, and was enchanted by her uncommon beauty. She was wearing a formfitting dark-blue-velvet dress with white lace adorning a high collar and long sleeves, and her golden hair was piled in countless ringlets about her head.

"I wish you wouldn't stare so, Tommy. You've been doing that more andmore of late, and it makes me nervous. I would think I had dirt on my face if I didn't know better," she said.

"I'm sorry, Crissy," he stammered. "It's just that you've changed so much this last year that I can't help myself. You're so beautiful now."

"Why, Tommy Huntington, are you telling me that I used to be ugly?" Christina teased him, pretending to be affronted.

"Of course not. You know what I mean."

"All right, I forgive you," she laughed as she crossed to the gold-brocade couch and sat down. "Now tell me why you are here so early. I didn't expect you until dinnertime, and Johnsy told me that you looked fit to be tied when you rushed in here." Tommy felt perplexed trying to find the right words, for he had not prepared his little speech. Well, he had better say something before he lost the courage.

"Crissy, I don't want you to go to London this summer. Your brother will be home in a couple of months, and I plan to ask him for your hand in marriage. Then, after we are married, if you still wish to see London, I'll take you."

Christina stared at him aghast. "You take too much for granted, Tommy!" she said harshly, but calmed down when she saw the stricken look on his boyish face. After all, she had always known this day was bound to come. "I'm sorry I snapped at you. I realize that our families have always considered us a perfect match, and perhaps someday we'll marry, but not now. You're only just eighteen, and I'm seventeen. We're too young to get married. You know I've always been isolated here. I love my home, but I want to meet new people and know the excitement of London. Can't you understand that?"

She paused, not wanting to hurt him. "I love you, Tommy, but not the way you want. You have always been my best friend, and I love you the same way I love my brother."

He had listened to her patiently, knowing how strong-minded she was, but her last words hurt him deeply

"Damn it, Crissy. I don't want to be a brother to you. I love you. I want you as a man wants a woman." He came over to her and, taking her hands, pulled her up against him. "I want you more than I've ever wanted anything else. Taking you in my arms and making love to you is all I can think about. It's become an obsession."

"You're talking foolishness, Tommy. I don't want to hear any more!"

Christina puffed away from him, and a moment later Johnsy, her old nanny, bustled into the room with tea. So no more was said on the subject.

They had an enjoyable dinner together after going for a long ride to relieve the tension. Since Christina had resumed her normal, carefree manner, Tommy tactfully did not mention his desire for her again.

Later that same night, as Tommy lay in his own bed thinking of Christina and that afternoon, he felt horribly apprehensive. He was suddenly positive that if Christina went to London this summer as she planned, it would change her whole life and ruin his. But there was nothing he could do to stop her.

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  • Posted August 31, 2011

    As a first novel not so bad.

    Considering this is Ms. Lindsey's first published work I don't think that it is that bad. The book came out in the mid-80s I believe and when you think of the other authors work at that time, this book is really pretty good. Please think about what was available to the average romance reader at the time, Harlequin and not much else in the US. So when reading this book take the writing with a grain of salt and think back to what we were reading back in the day.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 11, 2009

    Ummm...I don't think so.

    I do like Johanna Lindsey enough to forgive her for writing this book, but I she better not write so atrocious in the future. The first chapter in I knew something was wrong. By the middle of the second chapter I had it figured out. Not only were the characters wishy washy and childish, but the writing was very choppy. The writing style was similar to, "I got hungry, so I ate. The food was okay but it made me thirsty. So I srank some wine. Then I got tired so I went to bed." C'mon if I wanted to read that kind of style of writing I would read a third graders paper. How can a caharacter that was described as so independent and it was established that she hated the guy ever forgive him for kidnapping him let alone fall in love with him. Can we say stockjolm syndrome much? Would not reccomend this book unless you have ran out of everything else.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2010

    not worth the price of admission

    I have read well over 80 percent of her books and this one was obviously done early in her career before she finished developing her writing style. Some authors like McNaught, you can go back and enjoy their early works. This one is sub par for Lindsey and not worth the price of the book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Good...not Great!!

    I have read almost all of Jl's books and I really love her books!!!This one however I didnt love.It was good, but not great.The desert was a little boring for me and I didnt love Philip.Christina was sweet.Her realizing shes in love with him just fell out of the sky. BUT I do love her books and she writes them extremely well, so I will defenitely recommend any of her books.I'll give this one a 6/10.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2011

    Had potential, but failed

    The concept of this book really got my hopes up! It sounded like it was going to be amazing, but both lead characters got on my nerves! He was such a brute, I had no idea how she fell in love with him...and it happened so fast! There needed to be much more character development. I was so annoyed that she all the sudden had these deep feelings for him, and the ending was so drawn out...the last chapters took forever. And what was with her childhood friend trying to kill him, instead injuring her and then being forgiven?! Ridiculous

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 7, 2011

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    First Try, not bad, not great!

    Johanna Lindsey has come a long way in her writing since this book was first published. Her writing over the years has definately matured. Usually I can't put her books down when reading. This book was not such a book. However, with that said, some one new to romance novels may really enjoy reading this story. The idea for the book is clear, even if the story lacks substance. I am a huge fan of Johanna Lindsey's so if you have read this book as your first, please do not judge her by this work. Some of my favorite stories that she has written include - Secret Fire, Hearts Aflame, and Keeper of the heart, just to name a few. I hope this review helps.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2011

    Ehhh, not one of her best writings

    This book was blah for me, I prefer Lindsey's other books. I just don't like the whole enslavement just for sex and marriage plot, not my thing. To me there was no climax of the plot. The character developments were okay, but not her best....

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2007

    Long and choppy!

    I love Johanna, but this is the worst of her books by far! It was very choppy and it went on and on. I thought the couple was never going to get back together. I was very disappointed with this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2006

    Pass on all her books

    This book was awful I hated the main characters! The guy practically rapes her and the poor girl ends up getting Stockholm Syndrome. But what really ticked me off was that the girl was constantly being threatened to be beaten by her husband. What kind of relationship is that?!? Take my advice and pass on this book and all her others. She is a depressing author and her books will only made you mad at the main characters.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2006

    Twisted!

    I'm a big fan of Johanna Lindsey's superb Malory series but I was very disappointed with Captive Bride which I personally think is one of her worst books. The relationship between Phillip and Christina was just too weird and twisted. This is Johanna Lindsey's second worst book, her #1 worst book is A Pirate's Love which was even more twisted than Captive Bride!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2014

    Loved it.

    I was absorbed from start to finish.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2014

    ROMANCE AT ITS IMAGINATIVE BEST

    The one thing I love about JL's books are the variety in her plots. I know I won't be bored when I chose one of hers and this one was no exception. LORRAINE

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2013

    TERRIBLE

    The above about sums up the appeal of this book. Just awful - do not waste your money!! Poorly written, etc.

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  • Posted March 25, 2013

    Highly recommend

    Loved this story. Fast paced and could not put it down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2013

    THE BEST

    I love all her books. I have read this book 4 times.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2013

    Great

    Enjoyed very much.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 3, 2013

    Great book

    Just like the title says: Captivating!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2013

    A first novel

    Not great, but not horrible. This should be a free novel or $0.99 max. It is very stilted and superficial, no depth to the characters or their conversations. Good idea , but very amaturish. Apparently this was her first novel, thankfully she improved! I love her books but this one I wish I hadnt wasted my money on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2012

    Could have been better

    Great story but could have developed scenes and situations better. Left me wanting more info

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2012

    Great

    Great

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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