Years ago Layla Matthews suffered memory loss following an accident. Sensing significant events happened prior to her amnesia, Layla is determined to find answers. What she finds is Nathan Sinclair who hates her on sight. His adverse reaction confuses Layla who has never intentionally hurt anyone. Her resolve strengthens to find the truth but Nathan is more determined to keep her from ever finding out what really happened. The truth is that years ago Nathan stole Layla from his twin brother Andrew only to believe she betrayed him when he found her kissing Andrew. Then Layla had the accident and Nathan vowed to forget her. Now Layla is back and Nathan wants revenge. Unfortunately Nathan still has no control over his feelings for Layla. He wants her gone but can’t bear losing her, especially if she finds out the truth and decides to go back to his brother. Layla eventually learns everything and despite Nathan’s manipulations, she loves him and is determined to prove to him that he doesn’t need contracts to hold her because he’s already holding her heart.
The Owner of His Heart is good from start to finish. The interracial romance is about a love triangle with moments of suspense and intense passion and is a sure pleaser for readers. The story has an intriguing beginning with Layla’s memory loss and the shocking reaction her presence has for Nathan. From this point on I couldn’t put the novel down. Nathan Sinclair’s character brought out all sorts of emotions as I learned more about him. He’s a real bastard but I couldn’t help liking him despite his underhanded methods in winning Layla. In the end, if Layla didn’t have feelings for him, nothing Nathan did could have convinced her to leave his brother and be with him. I particularly like that both lead characters were such a contrast in personalities. Nathan is a beautiful ogre at times, while Layla is as sweet as a saint. Together they balance each other perfectly and the scenes where Layla’s niceness rubs off on Nathan are simply delightful and funny. I loved that the mystery behind Layla and Nathan’s past did not spill out all at once but in tidbits; effectively holding my interest but not leaving me frustrated at any point. It seems kind of calculating on Nathan’s part to make a play for his twin brother’s girl but considering that Layla felt the same and hadn’t consummated her relationship with Andrew makes it more palatable.