I received Caged Hearts by S. M Nicholas as a review copy from StoryOrigin and I am thankful to them for the same.
Zoologist Grace Parker is better with animals than she is with people. Trust has been difficult for her ever since her boyfriend cheated on her with a mean girl back in high school. The one constant in her life has always been Mary’s Zoo.
And Ethan Stewart.
Ethan is everything Grace wants in a guy: besides his obvious good looks, his kindness and consideration are difficult to ignore. He’s always known Grace has a unique connection to the animals, and because of him, she gets paid doing something she loves.
But being with Ethan is forbidden. In fact, dating him could have dire consequences for the zoo. On the brink of bankruptcy, the new owners want Ethan to marry their daughter. Ethan is a world-renowned zoologist, and having him not only as part of their staff but part of their family will only make them look more worthy.
Grace must come to terms with these conflicting feelings of love and loyalty if she’s finally going to open her heart to anyone who doesn’t have fur.
Grace Parker gets the job as a volunteer at Mary’s zoo. Ethan Stewart, the owner’s son manages the zoo and assigns her the job to take care of a rescued giraffe. And she makes friends with the giraffe, even gives her a name, Zulu. In the meanwhile, Ethan and Grace are attracted to each other.
But there are complications. The work code of conduct does not allow any romantic liaisons among co-workers. And Ethan is engaged to the daughter of the new owner. And then there is her ex, who wants her back.
A simple friends to lovers romance with a zoo thrown in. I loved the characters and even the secondary characters like Grace’s best friend, Ethan’s family and little Ava. The descriptions of the zoo are detailed and I felt that I was actually visiting a zoo and enjoying myself. I loved the carnival too. The language is simple and the story fast paced.
DISCLAIMER: I received a free ebook from StoryOrigin in exchange for an honest review. I have not received any monetary compensation for the same.