Capturing and Releasing Hearts (Hearts Series #6) by Sabrina Lacey
Released: July 27, 2014
Genre: Erotic romance
Publisher: Lacey Publications
Reviewed by Sarah
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The Series Finale: What do you do when your worst fears come true? Annie and Brendan both got what they never wanted, but always feared would come. Now Brendan can’t forgive her, and Annie won’t beg. She knows that when you chase a man, he runs. But someone from Annie’s past is on his way to capture her heart, so Brendan had better decide soon... before it’s too late. Should he fight... or let her go?
This is the finale for the Heart series. You will need to read all the other books to fully understand the ending.
I can’t believe this is the last book. It’s one of the few serial romances that has captured and kept my attention throughout. Often I find myself getting bored with either predictability in the plotline or lack of creativity when a series should have concluded. I have never felt that with the Heart series.
We start off this with Annie and Brenden not speaking to each other. He has found out her identity and cast her aside for perpetuating a lie of not knowing one another. Christiano is on his way to once again save her. With this scene set, you think it’s going to be an epic battle of who will she choose but, like many times in the previous books, appearances can be deceiving. During the serial romance, I always just assumed everything would end with Brenden and Annie getting together but a couple of chapters into this book, I could completely see her going back to Italy. Think about it, she would be happy with her other half, Brenden, and then we could possibly get a Christiano book/series, but if she gets back together with Christiano, he loves her unconditionally and is a great caretaker. See how I spiral when there’s too much thinking. It’s at this point I realize no matter who she chooses I’d be satisfied…unless she gets neither. It’s one of the few books, I contemplated skipping to the end to see who Annie ends up with, but I controlled myself. Fortunately I was rewarded less than halfway through when, in true Lacey fashion, the choice is taken away and is decided by circumstances outside of Annie’s control.
With decisions made, Annie still isn’t guaranteed her happy ending. There’s some turbulence that still has to transpire before we get to that. Incongruously, it’s the malicious presence of Tommy that brings things together.
Even more enjoyable is the last several chapters jump time, months into the future, so there is a complete ending. I was surprised there was such a happily ever after from a series with so many twists and turns I could never figure out what was going to happen next. It, for most books would be completely normal, but for this serial romance was atypical…and lovely but still within the credibility of Annie.
I look forward to many more reads by Lacey in the future specifically for her ability to write layered, imperfect characters and fantastic plot twists.
Rating: 5 Stars
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I have a large appetite for books with pensive alpha males. I tend to lean towards erotica and contemporary romance. I am completely addicted to my Kindle and feel naked when it’s not with me. If you have any recommendations, feel free to email them. I’m a single-ish woman with two crazy dogs. I also love football and basketball. Living in Oklahoma City, my teams are the Thunder and Sooners.