Release Date: June 10, 2014
Publisher: OmniLit Press
Source: Author via Book Monster
Recommended By: Carla Galloway
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Join FBI Agents Emma Monroe and Zack Armstrong.
She’s a Siren. He’s a Werewolf.
Their mission is redemption.
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.
Siren is a Siren. A sexual creature, born of Gaia. I'm one of he three, cursed by Demeter thousands of years ago for failing to protect Persephone. For failing to rescue her before she was dragged by Hades to the Underworld. It's for this I atone. For this I pay. It's the reason I couldn't run. The reason I need to see this through. The reason I must find Cooper.
I read Cursed last year and totally loved S.J. Harper's new procedural urban fantasy. I haven't read a Siren for a heroine so it was an exciting first time for me. Emma Monroe satisfied my expectations and curiosity so it's only natural that I would jump at this little novella the writing duo released recently.
CAPTURED is sort of a timely read given the horrible headline news about an irresponsible dad who "forgot" his son in his hot car. Fallen Siren series 0.5's themes are abduction, poor babies drowned, and crazy parents. I guess I'm into undeserving parent stories lately. Anyway, I'm immediately invested with the story and was on board with solving the mystery. When the big reveal happened, my heart broke hard because the motive behind the abduction isn't this supernatural thing you'd expect, rather a pair of psychos were trying to bring their dead kid back through an atrocious way. It's a tragic story both sides if you look at it closely but of course my heart goes out to the victims and their parents.
Now novellas, especially the prequels, can be a hit or miss. Sometimes it's underdeveloped, at times unrelated to the main series arc, or worse, totally bland and a waste of time. CAPTURED isn't any of that. The plot might not have a big impact on the series but revealed a lot about Zack and Emma's character and their relationship. I'm confused though, CAPTURED is supposedly a prequel novella but the description of book 1, Cursed, said that that was Emma and Zack's first case. I know I'm being nitpicky but I'm particular about my timelines. That aside, CAPTURED is a great prequel and I'm glad I didn't skip it.
S.J. Harper is the pen name for the writing team of Samantha Sommersby and Jeanne C. Stein, two friends who met at Comic-Con in San Diego and quickly bonded over a mutual love of good wine, edgy urban fantasy, and everything Joss Whedon.
Samantha Sommersby left what she used to call her “real life” day job in the psychiatric field to pursue writing full-time in 2007. She is the author of more than ten novels and novellas including the critically acclaimed Forbidden series. She currently lives with her husband and cocker spaniel, Buck, in a century old Southern California Craftsman. Sam happily spends her days immersed in a world where vampires, werewolves, and demons are real, myths and legends are revered, magic is possible, and love still conquers all.
Jeanne Stein is the national bestselling author of The Anna Strong Vampire Chronicles. She also has numerous short story credits, including most recently the novella, Blood Debt, from the New York Times bestselling anthology, Hexed. Her series has been picked up in three foreign countries and her short stories published in collections here in the US and the UK. She lives in Denver, CO where she finds gardening a challenge more daunting than navigating the world of mythical creatures.
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