Second in Graham's Florida Civil War series. All books are about the same family and their decisions to fight brothers against brothers, cousins against cousins. Better understood when one reads the series in order: 1) Runaway, 2) Captive, 3) Rebel, 4) Surrender, 5) Glory, and 6) Triumph.
Teela Warren is engaged to marry a career military officer by order of her brutally abusive stepfather, however, the fiance knows that Teela's heart belongs to a half-breed Seminole accused of murder, kidnapping, and treason, among other things, James 'Running Bear' McKenzie.
James McKenzie, introduced in Runaway, is obsessed with Teela, though he grieves the death of his beloved wife and child; though he carries the weight of the Seminole nation on his shoulder; though he fears constantly for the lives of his white family and friends, lives that could easily be snatched within an instant; though he realizes that he can offer Teela nothing but an open sky and a hungry belly, he is still obsessed with her, and she with him.
Captive is captivating. Exciting, exhilirating, and sensitive. Captive will have you in tears, routing for the Native Americans that were so brutally decimated in Florida for land; but will also have you grieving for the innocents murdered in revenge. You will applaud the strength of leaders such as Osceola and understand their Native American's strength to endeavor. Graham's ability to capture the essence of the inner strength of the Seminoles is applauded!!
With her mother's death, Virginia belle Teela Warren is at her stepfather's mercy. When she refuses to wed the man he has chosen, Michael Warren demands Teela follow him to the Florida Territory where he has been assigned to route out the "savages."
Teela is fascinated by the lush and beautiful land and the McKenzie family who have taken her into their home as a guest. But it is handsome half-breed James McKenzie who intrigues her the most.
Living in two worlds, James is more Seminole than white and, as "Running Bear," fights at the side of famed chief Osceola. Yet from the first moment he meets Teela at his brother's home, James is trapped by his forbidden and heated desire to possess her.
As their passions explode Teela and James are caught between love and loyalty, between the world of the army and the Seminole, and as the Indian wars escalate and their love grows they are in increasing danger. Yet the purity of their love enables them to risk all for peace and happiness.
CAPTIVE is the first of a six-book series set in Florida between the ongoing Seminole Wars in 1847 and end of the Civil War in 1865. The books are fast paced with characters as beautiful and handsome, as untamed, and as dangerous as the state of Florida was at that time.
Teela was ordered to Florida by her step-father, Major Warren, whose military orders were to exterminate Indians. When she met the dark, handsome James McKenzie, she didn't know his job was to shepherd his mother's Seminole clan safely into the Everglades.
Evette W. reviewed Captive (Old Florida's MacKenzies, Bk 2) on
When sheltered southern belle teela warren gets a taste of lush exotic Florida territory, her senses are dazzled when she glimpses Halfbreed James Mckenzie her heart is in danger. HIs forbidden passion ignites her soul as the indian Wars rage around them.
James McKenzie is still grieving over the lose of his wife Naomi and daughter to disease and feels like his soul was buried with them. He has thrown himself completely into the confict between the Army and the Seminole Indians with no distractions until that one evening when his sister-in-law, Tara has convinced him to stay for a birthday party at Camaron for his brother Jarrett. (1 of my favorite scenes in the book!) After dressing in his finest, he spends time reflecting while staring into the fire place putting his back to the staircase..... Teela Warren is the step-daughter of the notorious Indian hater and military officer Michael Warren. She, herself, has been forced to live a strict military life, as well as received the blunt end of the whip at times when she has not conformed to her step-father's way of thinking. Having been brought by force from her home in Charleston with military escort to join Warren, Teela is to meet him on the neutral grounds of Camaron. As a guest at Camaron, she has been asked to join the celebrations of the evening. Dressed elegantly, Teela stops at the end of the staircase to admire the gentleman whom has his back to her thinking it is her host, Jarrett McKenzie- until he turns around and their eyes meet... Hey, I felt like I was there in the room with them. I enjoyed the book and it was a lot of fun reading more of Tara and Jarrett. I have already read Rebel and wished I had not skipped Captive. I highly recommend reading this series in sequence - I think you will enjoy the characters even more. Good Readin!!!