Sunday, 12 May 2019

Captive Hearts - LM Connolly

Captive Hearts (Hearts on Fire #2)Captive Hearts by L.M. Connolly
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I've been meaning to read one of Lynne Connolly's books for quite some time and somehow managed to start reading one without realising that I was. This title is part of the Hearts of Fire series and released under the name L.M. Connolly. Unlike some of her other work, this is a contemporary, rather than historical romance.
The Hearts on Fire Series follows three brothers who share the same mother but grew up separately. I haven't read the first book Racing Hearts, but this is the kind of series where it really doesn't matter. Although the main character mentions his brothers and mother, we don't really 'see' them in this book and it works well as a stand-alone story.
Hotel owner Scarlett Woodward is struggling to keep her business afloat. On the day that she opens a letter containing an eye-watering offer for the place, she finds herself alone in the hotel. With no guests, her staff are all at home and when the mysterious Evan turns up, she soon finds herself drawn to him. Evan isn't all that he seems, he is actually Ethan Black, director of his family hotel business and mega rich. He's also the person looking to buy her hotel.
This romance story contains quite a few of the elements that often crop up in romances: A very wealthy hero, an arranged marriage, an unexpected baby, evil family members trying to keep them apart, a hero who thinks that he can't love. But it doesn't matter, together it all works well and I enjoyed reading about the romance between Ethan and Scarlett work well as a couple together. Ethan is quite sweet most of the time, (when he's not being too Alpha) and Scarlett can certainly stand up for herself and be her own woman.
There were a couple of times I was a little confused, as it seemed that they were talking as if something that had just been established hadn't actually happened. That was perhaps my misunderstanding though.
This was an enjoyable read and while it might be my first LM Connolly/Lynne Connolly read, I'm sure that it won't be my last.
I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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