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.
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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.