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.
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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.
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5 out of 5 stars
This book was amazing! I was hooked from the very first page to the very last. Seriously, this book was pretty much everything I didn't know I needed in a historical romance. I loved everything about this book.
The characters were all intriguing and entertaining. Mary had a habit of finding herself in really bad situations, but I loved her tenacity and her love for her home and her desire to help people.As for Captain Richard Grant, I got to admit I wasn't completely sold on him at the beginning, but he intrigued me enough to give him a chance. The man could be brutal at times, but as I continued reading the author never made me doubt that he really cared for Mary and wanted what was best for her.
The plot of this book was on point. It was exciting and had me on the edge of my seat to see if Mary really was going to find Johnny and clear her name. And talking about Johnny, I really felt bad for his character. He wasn't a malicious character like I was expecting him to be when I started reading, but I found him too easily swayed and kind of weak.
And of course the highlight for me in this story was the love story. The situation between Mary and Captain Grant wasn't one that you would think would lead to romance, but the author set it all up in a way that it really worked and I believed wholeheartedly in the love between Mary and Richard. And on top of that this book was also such a wonderfully steamy read. This the first truly erotic historical romance I have read and I got to say I liked it.
Overall, I loved this book. It's definitely going to be one of those books that I reread again and again and I can't wait to read more from this author!