Title: Captured Heart
Series: Garrett's Point
Author: Savanna Grey
Release Date: 4/12/14
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
~Synopsis~Hometown girl Emma Heart is the sweet, loyal hometown girl that everybody loves. Born and raised in Garrett’s Point, there isn’t anywhere else she would rather be. Even after college, she came back to her small town to teach Kindergarten. Always the eternal optimist, all is right with the world until it all comes crashing down around her. Tragedy strikes rocking her strong foundation of faith and has her coming to the aide of her best friend’s seven-year-old daughter.
Jack Denton is on the fast track to partner in his Richmond, VA law firm. Working non-stop, he has no time for anything else but case files. Relationships are not a part of his vocabulary. He has acquaintances that he occasionally wines and dines with the mutual understanding the end result is meant for nothing more than mere shared pleasure between two consenting adults. His orderly, fast-paced life comes to an abrupt halt at the untimely death of his sister and her husband, leaving him as the guardian of his seven-year-old niece, Olivia.
At a crossroad intending to retrieve his niece, list his sister’s house and hire a nanny – all in a week’s time – Jack finds the tasks much more daunting than he imagined. His own grief is nothing compared to that of his niece, and with no experience on how to handle either, Jack takes the hand extended by Emma to help Olivia adjust and prepare for the move to Richmond. Garrett’s Point begins to pull Jack in as the citizens come together to support their own in a time of need. Jack doesn’t even know who his neighbors are back in Richmond. Apparently in Garrett’s Point, everybody knows your name. With assistance from the lovely kindergarten teacher, Jack learns to open his heart and let Olivia in. The problem is Emma has found a place in his heart as well. More and more Jack is finding the thought of leaving Emma not so pleasant, but he has a career plan he cannot put on hold for much longer, or he risks losing everything he has worked so hard for.
As time runs out, will Jack choose the path up the corporate ladder, or will he listen to his captured heart and choose love? Emma knows he will never be happy in a small town and sacrifices her own feelings for the happiness of his. Jack will have his work cut out for him if he intends to capture Heart.
“You may be used to people doing what you tell them to do, Jack, but I’m not one of them. When you want to treat me with respect and have an adult conversation about some very serious decisions, then we’ll talk, but not right now. Right now, I don’t wish to speak to you.”
Jack and Emma couldn’t be more different. Even though they’ve known each other for years, they have very different lifestyles. But, they have both been named guardians to Olivia after the death of her parents.
They are both struggling with this new information though. Olivia comes first now and Emma doesn’t want her to leave her hometown. Jack has no intention of moving, so they have plenty to figure out. They soon develop feelings for each other but, Jack isn’t the relationship type and Emma doesn’t do one night stands. So what happens if it’s more than one night?
I enjoyed this quick read. It was cute and funny in places, steamy in some and heartbreaking in others. Quite a bit was packed into it. You get into the heads of several characters. A couple times I did find it confusing. Skipping around to another’s thoughts. I also enjoyed all of Emma’s friends. They are very protective of each other and love one another very much. I give Captured Heart 3.5 – 4 stars.