Connolly is a British citizen stranded in Japan. Although
foreigners have been allowed to trade and work in Edo, her
employer’s partner insults a samurai lord, and by association,
her life takes a dark turn. Hannah is sold and put on display
in a brothel window! The plucky redhead turns the sketchy
situation to her advantage and attracts the notice of a
high-standing samurai lord.
Katsuhiro is aroused by Hannah’s steamy performance and makes
a quick decision. He’s fascinated by her coloring and strong
will. His best friend and lover, Masato, is displeased by
Katsuhiro’s attraction to what he views as a “barbarian.”
What Masato refuses to accept is Katsuhiro’s complexity.
century Japan is boiling with political conflict and intrigue.
It will take
Hannah’s quick wits and Katsuhiro’s insightfulness to
overcome the odds.
My dad and
uncle were huge Shogun fans. Later on, I enjoyed
reading authors influenced by James Clavell. The downside to
books back then was there weren’t any female protagonists, so
for me, Samurai Captive, was an exciting read.
Also, there were no relationships involving foreign women and
Japanese men. The megawatt hot love scenes between Hannah and
Katsuhiro (and Masato) in Samurai Captive, more
than made up for the lack.
Hannah is not
a “good girl.” She is tough, a survivor. An upper-class
Englishwoman could never have endured this. Most likely, she
would have drunk laudanum. Hannah has East End street smarts
that keep her from being a damsel in distress or a victim.
It’s important for me to underline that interaction between a
low-ranked foreign woman and a samurai lord would be closer to
nil. Ms. Sheridan’s research is tight in keeping the plotline
and characters believable without the history/culture
understands people. Like Hannah, he knew where and when to
compromise, which made him a solid, reliable leader. Katsu is
sexy, and his sensuality and warm humor highlight his
personality. What makes him unique is that he is both a
warrior and visionary. He is in touch with his innermost
you’re savvier about Tom Cruise in The Last Samurai,
you won’t be disappointed with Samurai Captive.
After all, there was no Hannah Connolly featured, which means
Hollywood still has some catching up to do, too.