Land. Power. Influence.
Mary O’Malley knows these are the only things that matter in her war-torn country. Determined to win back her ancestral home, she must embark on a journey across the Atlantic disguised as a cabin boy. But her ruse brings her under the control of a dangerous sea captain who demands from her the one thing she will never give — complete and total submission.
Captain Richard Grant runs a tight ship, and he didn’t claw his way up through the ranks of the Royal Navy to be undone by a headstrong Irish girl hell-bent on jeopardizing his mission and his crew. If she insists on dressing like a man, then she can take his punishments. He demands obedience, but his insatiable need for her leads to a complex game of sex, desire, and dominance not even he can control.
Awakened by the passion Grant stirs in her, Mary finds herself falling for the stern captain. But when her false identity leads to rumors of her spying for the French, she must choose between her love for Ireland and the man who commands her body — and her heart.
About the Author
As a child, Colleen Halverson used to play in the woods imagining worlds and telling stories to herself. Growing up on military bases, she found solace in her local library and later decided to make a living sharing the wonders of literature to poor, unsuspecting college freshmen. After backpacking through Ireland and singing in a traditional Irish music band, she earned a PhD in English with a specialization in Irish literature. When she’s not making up stories or teaching, she can be found hiking the rolling hills of the Driftless area of Wisconsin with her husband and two children. She also writes as C.B. Halverson.
Genre: Historical Romance
Title: The Captain’s Rebel
Series: Irish Heroines #1
Author: C.B. Halverson
Publisher: Entangled: Scorched
Source: IndieSage PR
I thought this book was pretty amazing, considering that I get bored with historical romances if there aren’t highlanders or time-traveling involved. Then again, there’s a lot of hot domination going on so maybe that kinda helped.
Mary is a head-strong woman, most especially so because of the era she lives in. Ireland’s suffered a lot, and with the Rebellion of 1798 (God I actually learned something), she is just one of the many who have lived through loss and pain. As a raised rebel, she vows to see her home free and safe once more, which is why she’ll do anything to assure it. Anything.
The writing was pretty good, informative while engaging. The whole thing seemed a little far-fetched with a ton of luck but it’s those kinds of coincidences that always make for a fun adventure. The ending was a wee bit weird, emotion wise, particularly Mary’s change of heart but again, I don’t exactly have the grounds to judge her in that life-or-death situation. What matters is that it was entertaining and gripping. As a historical romance, I thought it did a little more than I expected. I was thoroughly involved, laughing, crying… other things. The characters were likable and a little complex, the war was thrilling, and the romance was… perfectly matched.
I’m a little more excited about this one because I’m actually looking forward to checking out other historical romances. If I can be educated while being entertained with love and risk, I want it. This is perfect for the people on the same boat as me, as well as those who like the spices added to the seemingly proper men of the seas.
God, I want an English captain to go down with…
On his ship.
Metaphorically, of course.
I’m going to stop now.