Like any dutiful Scottish daughter, Libby Stewart puts her family first. She’s spent months helping her brother, a single father, care for his new daughter. The strain of her family commitments led to the painful demise of a two-year relationship. As Libby nurses her broken heart and relishes time with her niece, her father offers her a job managing his hotel. She’s ready to focus on her career and get her life back on track.
Alexander Mathews, a handsome American businessman who is staying at the hotel, has other plans for Libby. She’s taken aback when she meets Alex. He strikes her as arrogant and domineering, but regardless, the sexual tension between them is palpable. Libby fancies herself a good girl, but Alex quickly seduces her. Libby finds she is soon addicted to the passion she feels in Alex’s skilful hands.
Libby has never been so confused. Who is Alex Mathews, really? An international playboy, or truly the man of her dreams? When a confrontation with her ex-boyfriend turns violent and she questions Alex’s loyalty to her, Libby must decide if she wants to let this charismatic stranger from across the pond truly capture her heart.
I love books set in Scotland. In fact, if I could choose any accent to have, I’d take a Scottish one!
Libby has been working hard to get life back on track for her and her family. After a hard breakup and a family tragedy, she has moved into her family’s hotel to help them run it. Hoping for a fresh start, things seem to be going well until she meets Alex. He’s an American businessman staying at the hotel and when they meet it throws them both for a loop. Sure, he’s arrogant and demanding, but there’s an undeniable chemistry between them. Can true love blossom with so many obstacles to overcome?
This book was a bit more emotional than I expected. There’s a lot of sadness with Libby’s brother and his baby, it was touching. However, this is one of those instant attraction books. Libby and Alex meet and BOOM! Fireworks. I was really on the fence about it. I mean, the chemistry between them is written well, but I prefer a little bit of buildup in my romances. Instant attraction and lust is kind of hard for me to get into. I won’t say it didn’t work here, but I had to talk myself into just going with it in order to enjoy it.
I can imagine that Alex is a character that women will love. I think there was a lot about him that was captivating, but I don’t think I can put him on my book boyfriend list. He’s an alpha, and you all know how picky I am about my alphas. There’s a fine line between douchebaggery and alpha, and Alex seems to toe that line more often than I prefer. Not to mention, a lot of the drama in this book stems from massive miscommunication and I find that bothersome. To me, not a great story does that make. It’s a bit taxing to read and it makes me want to slap the characters around a bit.
Overall, I will say that I enjoyed this book. I’m not sure it’s one that will stick out for me in the future, but I will definitely read the next book in order to see what happens. 4 stars.
Our last stop is at the water’s edge. As the water splashes against the pebbles, I notice a seaplane has just landed at the jetty, and an excited couple is about to go for a tour. There’s no better way to see the loch than a bird’s-eye view from the sky. From up there you see the real majesty of the vast loch and surrounding highlands. From the sky the hotel glistens like a jewel against the unspoilt water’s edge.
“I love this view,” I say, looking over my shoulder at Alex, who’s standing just behind me. “Don’t think I’ll ever get tired of looking at it.” The water is still and has a calming effect on me.
“I have to admit that I don’t think I will either, although I think my point of view is especially spectacular,” he says with a smile so full of promises. He slips his left hand round my waist and places small kisses on the nape of my neck, which sends shock waves through my body.
“Libby, I’m going to turn you around and kiss you. I am warning you to give you a chance to say no. I’d rather not be slapped again.” Alex slowly turns me to face him, and all I see is a wanting look in his eyes. My breathing has altered, picked up pace, and my heart is racing. I do want this.
“Well, what are you waiting for then?” I whisper in invitation.
That’s all it takes. One hand is still on my waist.
The other reaches up to my chin and tilts my face, so I am watching as his face comes closer. His soft, wet lips meet mine, and they taste so sweet. And before I know it, I’m kissing him back.
When we eventually pull ourselves apart, all I can do is sigh. He still has one arm held firmly round my waist. I notice his smile.
What a beautiful smile it is.
“I hope that makes up for my mistake earlier today?”
“It certainly does. But as you recall, I already accepted your apology hours ago,” I say, smiling back at him.
I live just outside Glasgow, Scotland with my husband of seventeen years and our, sometimes delightful, five children. My busy days include helping my husband manage the family business, while the kids take up the majority of the time, schools runs, parties and all the various sports clubs they attend. I find escape from the chaos of everyday life in good books, particularly stories of passionate romantic relationships. Let’s face it we all dream of the happily ever after’s.
For as far back as I can remember I have devoted my time to my family and for that I wouldn’t change a thing, but whilst thinking what I wanted to do for me, I had this niggling feeling to write, but pushed it to the back of my mind, for a good few months. Several months later and it was still there along with the names Elizabeth and Alexander, so thought I have nothing to lose so why not give it a go. Never in a million years when I started writing He’s Captured My Heart, a tale of contemporary erotic romance set in Scotland, did I think I would actually finish it, never mind do anything with it.
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