Brilliant scientist Dr. Emma Blackstone is lured from her self-imposed isolation by the promise of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with NASA – but as soon as she relocates to the Sunshine State, Emma finds herself studying her handsome new co-worker almost as intently as the cutting-edge genome project they’re working on together.
Dr. Theodore “Teddy” Johnson is the opposite of every nerdy cliche – a tattooed, Harley-riding genius who prefers worn jeans and work boots to a stuffy white coat. More than that, he’s the first man Emma’s ever met who understands what it was like growing up with a mind like hers.
For Teddy, genome sequencing is child’s play compared to unlocking the enigma of Emma’s heart. Layer by layer, he begins peeling back the barriers built up over a lifetime of isolation and anxiety – the result of Emma’s terrifying childhood growing up in a sinister ‘school for the gifted.’ However, just as Teddy begins to forge the first real connection of Emma’s life, the gut-wrenching past she thought she’d escaped suddenly comes back to haunt her.
Pursued by sinister shadows from her childhood, Emma and Teddy are forced to flee for their lives – escaping to Maine, and the beautiful splendor of Teddy’s family home in Harmony.
There, the brilliant Dr. Blackstone continues to make discoveries – only not the kind you’d uncover in a lab. Instead, Emma discovers just how quickly and deeply you can fall in love with both a person, and a place.
But if she’s ever going to have a future with Teddy Johnson – or embrace the peace and beauty of Harmony – Emma’s going to have to face her past first.
It’s just all the more terrifying to risk it all when – for the first time in Emma’s life – she’s actually got something to lose.
With Brilliant Captive, author Holly S. Martin adds a brand-new, stand-alone installment to her popular Johnson Family series – a fast-flowing, deeply emotional love story that seamlessly weaves together heart-warming romance with pulse-racing suspense.
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“Another page turner. I love how the family is always supporting each other and strong together. I didn’t want the story to end. Thank you!”
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Such a great read
“This was my favorite so far! Actually I feel that way about each one of them. All are so good, I cannot put the book down until I finish it.”
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“This young super intelligent couple see the absolute worse of mankind & the best of community & family love. Can’t wait for Bear’s story.”