Scarlett Woodward is struggling to keep the family hotel in London afloat. When the weekend brings only one guest, handsome and enigmatic Evan White, she sends the staff home to save funds. Scarlett sets the kitchen ablaze leaving them both in the dark and cold. The lack of electricity doesn’t mean there aren’t any sparks or heat.
A night of unexpected passion leads to a baby, but when Scarlett learns who Evan really is and what he was really doing at her hotel, she’s can’t say no to his marriage proposal fast enough, baby or no baby. Ethan Black was undercover on a research trip to buy Scarlett’s hotel without using his famous name or family business—the international Noir Group. He’s determined to build his own boutique hotel empire far from his manipulative and parasitic family.
He broke all his rules and jeopardized his plans when he slept with Scarlett, but no way will he abandon her or their child. He knows he needs to woo the independent beauty and let her see the real him, but it’s difficult when his family is determined to undermine his position on the board of directors and ruin all he has built with the Noir Group.
Ethan has spent his life making deals. Persuading Scarlett to fall in love with him may be the biggest challenge he has faced.
Title: Captive Hearts
Series: Hearts on Fire #2
Author: L.M. Connolly
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: July 1, 2019
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 4 stars
CAPTIVE HEARTS caught my attention early on and never let go. Scarlett is in trouble and she knows it. Keeping her family hotel afloat is becoming more difficult by the day. In fact, since she only has one guest she’s let the rest of the staff have the time off. That might have been a mistake or perhaps fate stepping in and setting the stage for a whirlwind romance with an undercover hotel tycoon out to prove himself on his own.
I’m enjoying the Racing Hearts series. Three brothers who seem to have the most amazing situations happen to them and those they care about. Although I’ll always recommend reading a series in order, if you cannot for whatever reason, this story can stand on its own quite well.
The chemistry between Evan and Scarlett is off the charts, even after she discovered exactly what he was doing at her hotel that fateful night. This story is full of misunderstandings, a family that cares more about their company bottom line than about anything else, one man’s choice to live his life differently and a sudden baby as a result of the best moment of his life so far. It’s emotional on many levels, steamy where needed with a really good story to be told. I had fun with this one and would not hesitate to recommend it to other Romance readers.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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