Ian Wentworth was kidnapped and held captive for weeks over five years ago and he's still suffering nightmares. He believes that only making sure everyone involved is punished will leave him feeling better. Viola Bennington-Jones is the only one left. Now that she has come out of mourning for her late husband, it's time for justice to be served. He will destroy her life as his was. Viola Bennington-Jones has been paying for the last five years for the horrible actions of her sisters. Now it's time to take her place in Society to ensure that her son will have the life he deserves. But when Ian walks back into her life, Viola sees all her hopes and dreams come crashing down. Ian feels an instant attraction, but he is determined to pursue his plans of revenge, even if it means throwing away a chance of happiness with the only woman he has felt a connection with since the kidnapping. Will Viola be able to share her secrets with Ian, even at the cost of her child's place in Society? Will Ian be able to fill in the gaps in his memory, come to terms with the kidnapping, and give up his quest for revenge?
"The Duke's Captive" was an interesting take on the Regency Romance by Adele Ashworth. With a hero feeling helpless and insecure, Adele Ashworth creates a hero that is more accessible. The dance between the two main characters was well-done, with romance, seduction, anger, passion, humor, all weaved together. While the back story of the kidnapping was lacking and not fully explained, the story was still intriguing. This is an entertaining read, meant to be savored and enjoyed, like a rich and decadent chocolate.