Love Held Captive (A Lone Star Hero’s Love Story) by Shelley Shepard Gray #mf #review

After the War Between the States, a Confederate officer longs to heal the heart of a beautiful woman—but first he’ll have to right the wrongs that were done to her.

Major Ethan Kelly has never been able to absolve himself of the guilt he feels for raiding a woman’s home shortly before he was taken prisoner during the Civil War. He is struggling to get through each day until he once again crosses paths with Lizbeth Barclay—the very woman he is trying to forget.

Life after the war is not much different for former Captain Devin Monroe until he meets Julianne VanFleet. He knows she is the woman he’s been waiting for, but he struggles to come to terms with the sacrifices she made to survive the war.

When Ethan and Devin discover that their former colonel, Adam Bushnell, is responsible for both Lizbeth’s and Julianne’s pain, they call on their former fellow soldiers to hunt him down. As the men band together to earn the trust of the women they love, Lizbeth and Julianne seek the justice they deserve in a country longing to heal.

I’ll start this review by saying that while this is the 3rd book in this series, it can be read as a complete standalone.  While there are updates given about the previous couples, this book has the information needed for the stories of Ethan and Devin.

Now, onto this book – I was actually very interested in how this book would work because it’s about 2 different couples.  Honestly, I almost expected it to just be 2 complete stories that were written separately, however I was very surprised at how entwined the stories were.  This book wouldn’t have been half as good as it is now if the characters would have been kept separate.

While this is a couples story, I didn’t feel like one couple got more “face time” than another.  The stories were so entwined that it worked out perfectly the way it was written.

Finding out more about Ethan and Devin, and the suffering that they had gone through was just horrible.  It was so well written that I couldn’t stop myself from feeling horrible for them.  And the same goes for Lizbeth and Julianne’s stories.  It was so interesting to see how 2 completely different women were both hurt, and while they were hurt differently, they both ended up becoming stronger for what they had been through.

Overall – this was an amazing story and I can’t wait to read more from this author in the future.