#Review Captain of my Heart (Heroes of the Sea #2) by Danelle Harmon (@DanelleHarmon) #HeroesOfTheSea #HistoricalRomance #CaptainOfMyHeart via @aurorapub
He wanted no woman, except one made of sails and wood and wind …
Handsome, wily Irish privateer Captain Brendan Jay Merrick is running from a painful past — and fighting for a new nation’s future when he arrives in the colonial town of Newburyport, Massachusetts, with plans for shipwright Ephraim Ashton to build his magnificent new schooner. Brendan’s daring sea battles against His Majesty’s fleet have made him a legend in his adopted country — but one look at the dashing stranger and Ashton’s daughter Mira starts making plans of her own. . . .
She wanted no man — but him.
Brash, hot-tempered, and born at sea in a raging gale, Mira Ashton is more than most men can manage. Disguising herself as a crew member and sneaking aboard Brendan’s newly-built Kestrel, she becomes the schooner’s finest gunner . . . and the captain’s most outrageous distraction. As desire ignites between them, Mira finds herself competing against Kestrel for Brendan’s love. But when tragedy strikes, Mira must join forces with her mighty rival in a daring adventure that turns the tide of battle and brings glorious victory to the colonists, the captain . . . and the lady who has captured his heart
Now this is wonderful, who doesn’t love a pirate romance? Captain f My Heart is book two in the Heroes of the Sea series, I haven’t read the first book in this series but that didn’t really matter as I cam e into this book as though it was a stand-alone and it is an easy to read story that will grab your attention. This is the first book I have read by Danielle Harmon and I can say without a doubt that it will not be the last, I thoroughly enjoyed her creative imagination and easy to read style of writing.
From the first page I was gripped by the story, the story begins in 1775 newly promoted and all around golden boy of the Royal Navy, Flag Captain; Brendan Merrick is shot and falls over board to be thought as dead, all because of a jealous and spiteful fellow officer; Captain Crichton – who really is a horrid, manipulative and sinister man you’ve ever come across. He really is acid! But don’t think that once Brendan is nearly killed that is the end we see of evil Critchon, oh no! Three years later the handsome young Irishman is alive and is now a privateer working with the America. He plans for one of the best shipwright Ephraim Ashton to build him a whole new ship and because of his fierce and legendary reputation of his battles against the British fleet, Ashton agrees and builds him the beautiful Kestrel.
But Brendan is yet again nearly killed again by his former nemesis, poor Brendan again ends up in the water, not to worry Ashton’s children are at the rescue, which is where Brendan meets Ashton’s vivacious, spirited and feisty daughter; Mira. Mira is a brilliant character, I love her determination, her fire and the fact that she becomes Brendan’s best gunner aboard the Kestrel as she sneaks aboard dressed as a boy. Brendan is a little taken back by her, she isn’t at all what he is used to, she is definitely no wilting wallflower, this is what draws his attention to her.
I love Brendan, but then again I do have a soft spot for Irish rogues who have a twinkle 😉 I have always thought you always know the measure of a man, from how he treats his men and Brendan is a brilliant Captain. I found him to be quite the contradiction, in one hand he is fierce, animalistic, powerful and impossibly sexy and ion the other he is caring, kind, a thinker with a real warm and kind heart. The romance between Mira and Brendan is fun, saucy, tender and passionate, they are both so alike which does mean fire.
What particularly struck me was how much research the author put into this, the battle scenes are breath-taking, the description the sights, smells of the sea and the ships in particular are atmospheric and stunning. I can smell the sea salt and hear the gulls from my cosy chair, I have read many sea based romances and this has to be one of the best, Ms. Harmon has a true talent for engaging the reader with stunning writing and compelling story telling, which hooks you from the very first page and you will devour every word.
This really is wonderful and one that I cannot recommended enough!
This was a complimentary copy via Aurora Publicity, Thank you Pam.
Captain Of My Heart is available from Amazon.