Review: Captured (Fallen Siren #0.5) by S.J. Harper

June 30, 2014 Review 0 ★★★★

Review: Captured (Fallen Siren #0.5) by S.J. HarperCaptured by S. J. Harper
Series: Fallen Siren #0.5
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Published by Roc on June 10, 2014
Pages: 171
Format: eBook
Source: Author
Reviewed by: Libbie
4 Stars

Sexual content

Sex scenes

Emma Monroe is a Fallen Siren, cursed by the gods and banished to Earth for her failure to prevent the kidnapping of Persephone. She’s had many names and many lives, but only one mission: redemption. Now she works for the FBI and is on temporary assignment in Charleston. Solving this next missing persons case could be the key to ending her ancient curse—unless the temptation that’s her new partner gets in the way.

Zack Armstrong is a Werewolf. Tall, dark, and dangerous, he currently works for one of the bureau’s elite Child Abduction Rapid Deployment teams. In many respects the man is every bit as mysterious as his secret and perilous past. But there are two things he’s certain about, that he’s going to get his man and his woman.

When Zack finds himself suddenly shy a partner and a third child goes missing in Charleston, Emma goes from consultant to CARD team member in the space of a few hours. The abductions of the first two boys ended in murder, an outcome that neither Zack nor Emma can abide. As they race against time to track down the kidnapper and rescue the latest victim, they find themselves fighting something just as treacherous—a growing attraction that can’t be ignored or denied

Ever find yourself wondering about a loved-book’s backstory reference and thinking “hey, I wish I could read that”? I did when I first read Cursed. I loved Emma and Zach from the start with the references to their first case, I kept going back to Goodreads, wondering if I’d missed one.

I hadn’t. It wasn’t out yet. But it is now. And CAPTURED is everything I’d hoped to find when I was looking in vain for their first case together.

A quick read, at just under 150 pages, CAPTURED does a great job showing what Zach and Emma were like at first meeting – and I’m thrilled to announce that Zach’s wit and charm are just as adorable as they were in Cursed. The story itself focuses more on the pair solving a case and setting up their dynamic as co-investigators, but the sparks are there. Emma’s a little more distant than she was in Cursed, and for good reason. In CAPTURED, she hasn’t had months and months to think about Zach. She’s determined to do her job and go home – like she always did.

Even for a novella, the case is surprisingly complex and doesn’t feel like something just thrown together. The twists and false leads made for a compelling read and made me all the more thirsty for Reckoning.

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