Monday, January 9, 2017

Book Review: Capturing the Captain by C.K. Brooke

Capturing the Captain 
(America Pirate Romance #1)
by C.K. Brooke
Genre: Adult Historical Adventure Romance
Release Date: April 26th 2016
Limitless Publishing

From the Back Cover:

In 1720, it’s a pirate’s life for Abigail Clear, daughter of a notorious colonial pirate captain…

But when a rival crew invades Abigail’s ship, she is taken prisoner. Now aboard the enemy vessel, she must contend with its formidable captain. But who is the real captive?

Locked away in the belly of The Indomitable is no place for a woman…

Captain James Morrow is more than displeased to discover his sole captive to be none other than an untamable young lass who will earn him no bounty. Yet if he can soften the little rogue, she just might switch her loyalties to him, and reveal the whereabouts of the infamous thief who sired her—and his stolen treasure. But two can play that game, as Abi is equally inclined to charm the dogged sailor off her father’s tail. 

Might she and Captain Morrow run the risk of falling for their own charades? 

They dance about their disguises as genuine developing emotions clash against deeper motives, and suspicion runs high. When the captain finally steals a first kiss, Abi decides it’s high time to make her escape—fleeing not only his vessel, but her fondness for the man who intends to see her father hang. 

The high seas heat up as Captain Morrow’s quest to recapture Abi is halted by her pirate father, Captain Clear. Will James succeed in pursuit of his captive love, or will his desires conspire to make him a captive himself?

My Review:

This was a good, solid read and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. While I don't typically read pirate books (not because I dislike them, but because I just haven't seen enough of them), I recommend picking this one up and trying it out. The romance is light-hearted and sweet, so keep that in mind because I wasn't quite expecting that for a pirate romance.

It's my understanding that during this time period (and I could be wrong here), women on ships were not welcome and regarded with suspicion and derision. I was curious as to how the author was going to get around that pesky little tidbit given that the main character was a captain's daughter and lived on a ship. I was pleasantly surprised with her creative and sound explanation and how she addressed the hero's approach to dealing with the heroine. 

The love story was slow to build and very sweet -- another surprise because these guys are pirates and you don't exactly expect sweet. I always thought of pirates as starring in more of the bodice-ripper type books from the 80s... you know, more of the pillaging types? Sweet's not very realistic and these pirates were a little too... fluffy and sensitive for my taste. Maybe they take sensitivity training classes? 

Even so, the story was enjoyable because you were never quite sure how the main characters truly felt -- was it an act or did they truly feel for one another? Each character kept questioning the other throughout the book and it helped to build the anticipation of those wonderful romantic tingles. I'm a big fan of tingles.

My biggest complaint was the ending. It ended in a rush. Did the author just get bored and throw up her hands? I was disappointed that after all this build-up between the two main characters... we didn't get to actually see them reunite. It faded to freaking black and then we're slapped with a two page epilogue that hints at a HEA. What the freaking hell? I want tingles! Gimme my tingles.

I feel slightly cheated.

Aside from that, I'd still recommend this book. But I'm sending out this plea to the author -- please consider going back at some point and take a look at your ending. Seriously -- what's really good right now can be so much better if you just put a little more into the ending. Can we at least see them reunite? Something? Fading to black in such a pivotal moment is so... so... anticlimactic. I want a HEA... not a hint of a HEA.

Sheesh. Forget the wine. I need some rum. 

My Rating:

About the Author

C.K. Brooke is a 2015 Shelf Unbound Notable Indie author with a five-star rating by Readers' Favorite. She holds numerous fantasy and romance publications with 48fourteen, Limitless Publishing, and Elphame Press. Her lifelong passion is books - reading, writing, editing, publishing and blogging about them. When not blissing out in literary land, she enjoys info-tainment podcasts, singing, songwriting and playing the piano. She lives in Washington, Michigan with her husband and young son. There's tons to check out at the new, so come and see what she's up to! Check out her VIP Newsletter (Subscribers get a free eBook!)

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