Friday, January 12, 2018

Review: Captain's Lady by Jamaila Brinkley

Title: Captain's Lady
Author: Jamaila Brinkley
Genre/Age: Paranormal Romance/Adult
Series: None
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Format: ebook via The Romance Reviews
Rating: ✺✺✺
SynopsisCaptain Jack Boone would like nothing better than to get back to plundering the seas, legally or otherwise. But suddenly, he’s a viscount, and his friends and family are insisting he needs a wife. When he’s asked to consult on a magical problem, he finds the perfect solution to his own issue: a convenient bride. 

Katherine Ashe wants only to help her sister, who’s caught in an unpleasant predicament. When marriage to Jack Boone seems to be the only solution, she takes the opportunity to have her own household, escaping her overbearing aunt’s house once and for all and helping her sister in the bargain. 

But before their convenient marriage can settle in, there’s a flight to Scotland to arrange; a budding sorceress to soothe—and oh, yes—a baby. 

Jack and Kate are surrounded by chaos. Can they come through it to find an unexpected love? 

The Romance Review

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

Surprising, in more ways than one!

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Jack is a newly titled gentleman with an estate to run. As a captain for so many years, he is used to life at sea and knows nothing about managing a home or breeding pigs. The answer to his problem is to marry a woman with the knowledge to do what he can't so he can go back to his ship. So when the opportunity arrives, he jumps on it.

Kate hadn't planned to marry at all. Yet, when her sister falls into a delicate situation and reveals dangerous magical abilities, Kate knows one of them must marry. Still, Kate is stunned when she offers her own hand in marriage to the handsome lord, instead of her sister. The man is everything she never thought she would find. The problem is, he doesn't plan to stick around. Can she convince him that his place is by her side and not on the high seas?

It was the cover that first drew me to this book and I initially thought it was a historical romance. Well it is, but it's also a paranormal novel with several characters having or receiving magic throughout the story. I can honestly say that I haven't read anything quite like this. It was a traditional historical story in many ways, with English society's rules and yet it somehow incorporated magic without it seeming out of place or forced. Thumbs up, for sure.

Our couple's personalities were another surprise. Jack reminded me a lot of my own husband. He wasn't afraid of marrying a strong and intelligent woman and he had a perverse sense of humor. I chuckled a lot while reading the book. And Kate was both protective over her sister and loyal to her new husband. She was a girl after my own heart and easy to connect with.

I'm not used to reading stories where the couple are so perfectly suited and actually accept their relationship without a lot of strife. This pair saw an advantage to being married and jumped in without chapters and chapters of conflict. In fact, most of their troubles stemmed from other characters and uncertainties about the direction of their future. I was quite content while reading this story.

The romance was pretty good. The pair teased each other and communicated fairly well for two strangers. The bedroom scenes were glossed over. That was a bit of a bummer as I usually look forward to seeing the fireworks happen. The couple are intimate quite a bit, but we don't get to see much of it. While I don't necessarily think it took anything away from the story, I do wish we had gotten at least one one good love scene.

In closing...
I am curious about the other couples mentioned in this book. And I definitely want to know what happens with Kate's sister. Four suns!

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