Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Review: Commanding His Heart by C.K. Brooke

Title: Commanding His Heart
Author: C.K. Brooke
Genre/Age: Historical Romance/Adult
Series: America Pirate Romances (Book Two)
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Format: ebook via Author
Rating: ✺✺✺
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SynopsisIn Jamestown, 1785, Emeline Winthrop dreams of marrying a dashing groom...

When Em's parents bestow her hand to a coldhearted widower three times her age, she's desperate. On the eve of her engagement, she escapes to the James River and stows away aboard an acquaintance's rigger. Little does she realize, she's found her way aboard a pirate ship.

Commander Miers Redding would never have dreamed of pirating in his naval days...

However, partnering with the unsavory Captain Crawley is the only way to complete his dangerous mission. When a young lady sneaks aboard The Black Rose, his cover is nearly blown, but the quick-thinking commander saves their skins by pretending to be her husband.

A façade as newlyweds during a dangerous, whirlwind voyage to the Caribbean is bound to convince not only the pirate crew of the couple's affections, but possibly each other. Yet the mystifying Virginia belle is hiding something from him... And what, exactly, is Commander Redding's mysterious mission? These secrets could end their love, their mission - and their lives.


**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.**

Swashbuckling fun on the high seas!

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Emeline wants to find a loving husband to call her own, a marriage like her sister has. But when her parents announce her engagement to a man who is nothing like the husband she desires, Em is stuck with a difficult decision to make. To stay and be at the mercy of a violent man or to flee and put her safety into a stranger's hands.

Miers has no choice but to lie when a familiar woman is found stowing away on the ship. Pretending to be Em's husband is a small price to pay to keep her safe from the clutches of the pirates. Yet, having her there is dangerous to his mission. One he's given up everything for.

Being on board a pirate's vessel isn't what Em had been imagining when she made her escape. She tries to make the best of the situation and the awkward marriage she now has to fake. When Miers realizes he may be falling for his false wife, he knows there is no way they could ever make their marriage real. Not with the future he's bound to have after consorting with pirates.

This was a quick and easy read. Out of the two books in this series, I think this one is my favorite so far. Mostly because I loved the fake wife angle. It's always a fun way for a couple to get to know one another, while pretending to already be a pair. This one was made even more interesting with the addition of pirates and a mysterious mission.

Em was a great character and well developed. We meet her first and get to see into her life and family. She's put into a tough spot and I loved her backbone. No weak-willed heroine found here. Then we're introduced to Miers, and I was a little confused at first, wondering how a member of the Royal Navy was going to fit into this story about pirates. It doesn't take long for us to learn how.

The pacing was steady and it only took me a few hours to read the whole thing. Once we board the ship and the story really gets started, I didn't want to put the book down. I love the way this author's writing weaves a story that just sucks you right in. Every one of her books that I've read have done the same. You can see the scene and feel the emotions.

The romance is pretty tame but doesn't disappoint. If anything, I think I enjoyed this couple's love story more than some I've read with all the steam. Here, we can really see the struggle between our pair as they try to come to terms with their developing feelings despite the circumstances. When the secret mission is finally exposed, I think my mouth literally dropped open. And Eliza was a surprisingly great character.

In closing...
A fun pirate romance! I can't wait to see what adventure we go on next. Five suns!



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