Genre: New Adult (Contemporary Romance) 18+
Warning: strong language, sex scenes
Date Published: November 10, 2014
It’s been four years since twenty-year-old Jessica Hayes has been home, but when she discovers her father is dying, she must return to her hometown in South Carolina and face her past. Jessica thought patching up her relationship with her father would be her biggest challenge, but when she runs into Ryan Dawson—the catalyst of all her problems—she wonders if coming home was a mistake.
Ryan knows he screwed up. Hell, he paid the price…with interest. But when he runs into his best friend’s little sister, Jessica, he’s reminded that his debt will never truly be paid. He may have turned his life around, but he can’t undo the damage. So, he does what he should have done all those years ago. He stays away from Jessica, and all the other personal demons that still haunt him.
Jessica thought she wanted nothing to with Ryan, but something is different about him and she needs to know why. When she discovers the truth behind his change, she puts her troubles aside and tries to help him. But is putting her heart back in the line of fire worth disrupting her stable life back in Ohio, or will the past repeat itself, leaving her brokenhearted once again?
Captured Love by Juliana Hagert is a story where you can feel the heartbreak and betrayal right along with the main character. After being away for four years, Jessica is forced to come home, because her father is deathly ill. Jessica has a lot of hurt that she's carrying from both her father and her first love, Ryan. Coming home is the last thing she wants to do, but she's really got a sweet heart. She cares about people. I think her time away did some good for her, but it also allowed her to escape rather than dealing with her problems. It takes a while before you're finally given the whole story of what went wrong between Ryan and Jessica, and I'll be honest.. I thought it was going to be a lot worse than it really was. All in all, I enjoyed this story. It's never too late for forgiveness.
The ARC of Captured Love by Juliana Haygert was kindly provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.
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While Juliana Haygert dreams of being Wonder Woman, Buffy, or a blood elf shadow priest, she settles for the less exciting—but equally gratifying—life of a wife, mother, and author. Thousands of miles away from her former home in Brazil, she now resides in Connecticut and spends her days writing about kick-ass heroines and the heroes who drive them crazy.
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