Love Held Captive by Shelley Shepard Gray is the third book in the Lone Star Hero’s Love Story series, and it picks up with both Major Ethan Kelly and Captain Devin Monroe’s stories, more of the prisoners during the Civil War that the previous books in the series has followed.
Major Ethan Kelly is haunted by the face of the woman at the house he led his soldiers to raid during the War Between the States. He could see in her eyes she was hurting and desperate, but his men had to eat. When the same sprite of a woman barges in his hotel room, trying to escape from another man in the hotel who Kelly knew in the war and who always rubbed him the wrong way, the plot thickens.
Meanwhile, Captain Devon Monroe is bewitched by the lovely Julianne, but he doesn’t know the secrets she hides. When Kelly calls for help in dealing with the man from his past, neither of them could have bargained for how intertwined all of their pasts are.
This book was an interesting conclusion to the series. All I could think while reading it was “what a small world!”. I did feel as if the plot could have moved faster; by the time the book finished it seemed as if it had only covered a couple of day’s worth of time, and that the characters didn’t know each other well enough for a romance, no matter how tied together their pasts were. Something about the plot just seemed odd, but I can’t put my finger on it. I will say that while the first book in the series was my favorite, I did really appreciate the hard topics that this whole series dealt with, from suicide to rape and from war to true love. It made the characters more deep and relatable.
Thank you to Zondervan for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own and were not required to be positive.
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