Captured by Desire

Captured by Desire

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by Kira Morgan
     
 

Young Florie Gilder has always known that her biological father is a noble—her only evidence an heirloom gold belt. Living as a commoner, she earns her keep as apprentice-jewelry-designer in her foster-father's goldsmithing shop. Secretly hoping to find her real father, she offers to sell the goldsmith's wares in the town of her birth—at the Selkirk Fair.

Overview

Young Florie Gilder has always known that her biological father is a noble—her only evidence an heirloom gold belt. Living as a commoner, she earns her keep as apprentice-jewelry-designer in her foster-father's goldsmithing shop. Secretly hoping to find her real father, she offers to sell the goldsmith's wares in the town of her birth—at the Selkirk Fair. With her heirloom gold belt on display, she hopes it will be recognized by her real father.

Leaving her booth at the Fair to take a moment's respite, Florie returns to find that a Lady Mavis Fraser of the Scottish court bought the gold belt (Mavis knows that her husband Lord Fraser would instantly recognize the belt as the link to the whereabouts of his illegitimate daughter whom he seeks to be reunited with, but such a reunion would foil Mavis's claim to her husband's estate). Florie, pursuing Lady Mavis, gives her back her money, wrests back the belt, and flees into the forest. Claiming Florie stole it from her, Mavis makes the authorities promise to find and execute Florie. Meanwhile, Rane MacAllister,a local hunter in the forest, mistakes the hiding Florie for a deer, wounding her with an arrow. He carries her to a local church where she will be guaranteed 40 days of sanctuary. When Lady Mavis hears the church has Florie, she commands Rane to guard her, but in the process he falls in love with her. Lady Mavis sets fire to the church, hoping to kill Florie, but Florie escapes. Rane's penalty for letting her escape will be death. At the eleventh hour, Florie returns, and must decide which she wants more—Rane's life, or her noble lineage...

Editorial Reviews

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Raves for Captured by Desire:

"...A seductive blend of romance, excitement, and intrigue with a dose of humor thrown in. With interesting characters that grab the reader's attention and a storyline that demands each page eagerly [be] turned, this is a must read for fans of historical romance. Robin Hood move over, Rane MacAllister is the new archer in town."

Score: 4 out of 5 points!

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"Highly dramatic and very exciting....Loved the story"
yankeeromancereviewers.blogspot.com
"Ever so sensual and emotional....the story is solid and very romantic."
Harriet Klausner
FIVE STARS ! ...An entertaining fast-paced sixteenth century historical romance....Historical readers will enjoy this exciting twisting tale as love arrives when you least expect it.
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The Reading Reviewer
It takes a good writer to take the reader to a place and time and have them feel as if they are there with the characters, and Ms. Morgan does just that with ease and entertainment.
www.marygramlich.com
www.TheSeasonForRomance.com
Rated "8" -- VERY GOOD!

Heat Level: Rated "4" -- HOT !

Bertrice Small
"A wonderful and rich tapestry of a novel."
Monica McCarty
"A rich, sensual, pull-at-the-heartstrings romance."
The Reading Reviewer - www.marygramlich.com
"It takes a good writer to take the reader to a place and time and have them feel as if they are there with the characters, and Ms. Morgan does just that with ease and entertainment."
Jennifer Ashley
"A finely crafted tale...a satisfying read."
Harriet Klausner - barnesandnoble.com/Captured-by-Desire/Kira-Morgan
FIVE STARS ! "...An entertaining fast-paced sixteenth century historical romance....Historical readers will enjoy this exciting twisting tale as love arrives when you least expect it."
From the Publisher
Starred review from Publishers Weekly for Seduced by Destiny:"

Morgan follows 2010's Captured by Desire with a delightful romance set in 16th-century Scotland....Readers weary of Scottish romance cliches will be thrilled to see these cheeky commoners trading blows and puns far away from drafty castles."
Publishers Weekly"

A wonderful and rich tapestry of a novel."—Bertrice Small, New York Times bestselling-author"

A rich, sensual, pull-at-the-heartstrings romance."—Monica McCarty, New York Times bestselling author"

A finely crafted tale...a satisfying read."—Jennifer Ashley, USA Today bestselling-author

Raves for Captured by Desire:

"...A seductive blend of romance, excitement, and intrigue with a dose of humor thrown in. With interesting characters that grab the reader's attention and a storyline that demands each page eagerly [be] turned, this is a must read for fans of historical romance. Robin Hood move over, Rane MacAllister is the new archer in town."

Score: 4 out of 5 points!—www.nightowlreviews.com"

Highly dramatic and very exciting....Loved the story"—www.romancereviewsmag.com"

Ever so sensual and emotional....the story is solid and very romantic."—yankeeromancereviewers.blogspot.com

FIVE STARS ! ...An entertaining fast-paced sixteenth century historical romance....Historical readers will enjoy this exciting twisting tale as love arrives when you least expect it."—Harriet Klausner, barnesandnoble.com/Captured-by-Desire/Kira-Morgan"

It takes a good writer to take the reader to a place and time and have them feel as if they are there with the characters, and Ms. Morgan does just that with ease and entertainment."—The Reading Reviewer, www.marygramlich.com

Rated "8" — VERY GOOD!

Heat Level: Rated "4" — HOT !—www.TheSeasonForRomance.com

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446548182
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
08/01/2010
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Kira Morgan is a third-generation California girl who is an avid traveler, the wife of a rock star, the mother of two fascinating children, and the beloved master of a pug named Worf.

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Captured by Desire 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1548 Master Goldsmith Miss Florie Gilder understands society dictates for women; as she is the talent who makes the beautiful pieces people buy, but her foster father gets the credit as the artisan because women are not allowed to create or sell these masterpieces. She becomes upset when the only item she owns that is not for sale, a piece her late mother gave her that her biological father created, is mistakenly sold to Lady Mavis Gilbert, wife of the Selkirk sheriff Gilbert. Florie steals her family heirloom, but Lady Mavis shouts thief and if apprehended she will be charged with theft. As she flees from the sheriff's men, Rane MacAllister, who hunts deer to feed the sheriff and the poor, shoots an arrow at her mistaken her gallop for that of an animal. He realizes his error when he gets closer. He takes the injured woman to a rundown church to heal while concealing her from the sheriff. As they fall in love, he knows his mission to the impoverished needs to come first, but he endangers it by hiding a "criminal" as he could lose his position as the sheriff's hunter or even be hung. From the opening line of "Thief", Captured By desire is an entertaining fast-paced sixteenth century historical romance. The lead couple seems star-crossed as he is the sheriff's hunter while she is the thief the sheriff chases. Historical readers will enjoy this exciting twisting tale as love arrives when you least expect it. Harriet Klausner
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GIANTSHINE More than 1 year ago
Raw emotion. You feel as though you are right in the middle of the entire story. Kudos and this is a great nook book. I could not put it down last night!
Jennmarie68 More than 1 year ago
This was a decent book. I liked the story, Florie trying to find out who she is, while falling in love with Rane who has some "finding" of his own to do. I liked Florie, she was determined, if nothing else. Then there was Rane, I liked him a lot. He was so strong, and yet so sensitive. They made for a great couple, lots of sparks flying there. The writing was pretty good. The story had a good pace, the characters were well developed. There was just something that I didn't fully connect with in this one. It's not that I didn't like it, I just didn't love it. But it kept me reading till the end. I think my issue is that I'm getting burnt out on historical romance. I need to get myself into a few books from different genres. Variety is the spice of life, right? I did like the story, and it did hold my interest. So I'd have to say it was worth the read.
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AAR More than 1 year ago
CAPTURED BY DESIRE by Kira Morgan is an amazing historical romance set in 1548 Scotland. It is well written with depth and details. The characters and plot are well developed, easy to follow, and will definitely fall in love with. It has betrayal, romance, sensuality, wit, danger, spies,trust, acceptance, finding your heritage, and following your heart.It is fast paced, a page turner, set on the edge of your seat, with twists and turns. It will capture your heart from page one to the end. The hero, Rane, is handsome, sexy, a huntsman for the sheriff,Lord Gilbert, loved by all the women of his village, tender hearted, and keeps his promises.He is also part Scottish and part Viking, which is supposed to make him irresistible to all woman. Legend is their is a curse which makes women love him. The heroine, Florie, is tall, strong willed, a goldsmith, determined to not fall in love or lose her heart to anyone. She is determined to find her biological father from an treasured heirloom giving to her by her mother on her deathbed. This heirloom causes her trouble from the wife of the Lord Gilbert(Lady Mavis), she recognizes the heirloom and is determined to destroy it and its owner. What follows is a dramatic conclusion with adventure, love, hate, betrayal, and what could have been a disaster for both Florie and Rane and their love. I would highly recommend this book especially if you enjoy all the romance and splender of a wonderful amazing historical romance. This book was received for review and details can be found at Forever an imprint of Hachette Book Group and My Addiction and More.
bridget3420 More than 1 year ago
This historical romance is a sure-fire winner for every romance fanatic. The title says it all! I couldn't help but picture myself as Florie and I drooled over Rane throughout the whole book.
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The_Reading_Reviewer More than 1 year ago
When you are a talented but uncomplicated woman living in a difficult and tragic time how do you cope? For Miss Florie Gilder it is a matter of accepting the tradition of the time and let the males run the show plus take the credit while you do all the work. She is a master goldsmith who creates works of art with her delicate hands and sells the wares she creates under the guise of letting everyone think her foster father is the genius yes in reality it is Florie that has the gift and always did. It was during one of the fares where Florie was selling her work when everything turned quickly into a horrific twist of fate she could never have predicted. There is one piece Florie could never sell and it is a pomander that her mother left her before she died. Her mother explained that it was a gift from Florie's biological father and with that piece she could find him which meant it held the key to her future. A misunderstanding has the piece being purchased by the Lady Mavis Fraser, wife to Lord Gilbert Fraser the Sherriff of Silkirk who also understands the significance of the piece of gold and wants it to destroy. But Florie grabs it back from Mavis and runs creating a situation where Florie is accused of stealing from the lady and branded a thief even though she returned the money. While on the run and near to escaping Florie is struck by a hunter's arrow and begs him to take her to the nearest church where she will receive 40 days of sanctuary from the charges and gain the needed time to prove her innocence. Rane McAlister consumed with guilt over injuring this wee slip of a lass does just that and cares for her himself knowing that the pain and agony she is suffering is from his arrow even though he meant his target to be a deer not the stunning female in his arms. But the irony in all of this lies with the fact the Rane is the huntsman to the Sheriff who seeks to have Florie tried for thievery against his own wife, Mavis. As the day's move forward each one brings Rane and Florie closer to realizing the truth of the story behind the accusations against her, the depth of their past lives and misdeeds along with the undeniable fact that they are falling slowly but surely in love with one another. This is so wrong and could never work but the warmth they find in one another's arms in unmistakable and the strength they had apart is nothing compared to the power they have together. Rane is quite the ladies man and Florie an unsophisticated woman but neither of these facts seem to dampen the draw each has for the other even though they are both strong willed and very uneven tempered. The times were hard and the life difficult in the 1500's but this story shows that not everything had to be harsh. These were terrible times yes but there was also love and tenderness with kind men who could love a strong willed woman. It takes a good writer to take the reader to a place and time and have them feel as if they are there with the characters and Ms. Morgan does just that with ease and entertainment. Mary Gramlich is The Reading Reviewer located at www.marygramlich.com