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The Captain of All Pleasures [Mass Market Paperback]

Kresley Cole
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Book Description

July 1, 2003
In her exhilarating debut novel, Kresley Cole captures the drama, passion, and boundless adventure of the high seas -- as one fiery lass finds herself caught in a tide of torrid romance.

Raised as a free spirit aboard her American sea captain father's majestic clipper ship, willful Nicole Lassiter has never encountered an obstacle she couldn't overcome -- until she meets Captain Derek Sutherland. His sizzling kisses leave her longing, but after they share a night of passion, his subsequent disdain makes her blood boil. Nicole vows to take her revenge -- by helping her father beat Sutherland in a high-stakes competition: the Great Circle Race from England to Australia.
Nicole's scheme is thrown overboard after her father is wrongly imprisoned, yet she remains undaunted -- taking to the high seas with her father's ship. But a storm wrecks her plans, and she finds herself a virtual prisoner aboard Sutherland's vessel. And while her mind tells her she should escape, her body urges her to surrender...


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Susan Wiggs Irresistible and passionate...a truly winning debut novel.

About the Author

*Sign up for Kresley's email newsletter to receive the latest book release updates, as well as info about contests & giveaways ( kresleycole.com/newsletter/ )
     Kresley Cole is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the electrifying Immortals After Dark paranormal series, the young adult Arcana Chronicles series, the erotic Gamemakers Series, and five award-winning historical romances.
     A master's grad and former athlete, she has traveled over much of the world and draws from those experiences to create her memorable characters and settings. 
     Her IAD books have been translated into eighteen foreign languages, garnered three RITA awards, and consistently appear on the bestseller lists, in the U.S. and abroad.
     You can learn more about her and her work at kresleycole.com or facebook.com/KresleyCole

Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; First Edition edition (July 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743466497
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743466493
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #346,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot, Sexy and Full of Adventure July 16, 2003
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London 1856 - Nicole Lassiter, was indeed something of an original - more at home on the deck of a ship in the attire of sailor, than in a dress at the finishing schools her grandmother sent her to in an attempt to turn her into a proper lady. But a deal was a deal and she had, after all, mastered seven out of the nine subjects at the school before she and the school mutually parted company! Now she was searching for her father, Captain Lassiter along the dockside. She just had to convince him to let her take part in the Great Circle race from London to Sydney. This search led to the Mermaid - a place that sailors came to find `company'. Well she found him and soon she caught her first glimpse of her father's biggest competitor and enemy - Derek Sutherland - rake, drunk - and gloriously handsome and virile. As preparations for the race progressed so did the sabotaging of certain ships. Stumbling upon just such an event - Nicole ended up running for her life right into the arms of Sutherland - or from the frying pan into the fire. For both it would be the beginning of a passionate encounter that would change the course of both their lives. Soon after this fateful meeting, Derek learns that Nicole is his nemesis' daughter and when he inadvertently causes Nicole's father to miss out on the start of the race, Nicole decides to take over the helm in place of her father. Now both are determined to best one another on the high seas where anything could and does happen!
This was a very good debut novel that leaves you with a satisfying end and whets your appetite in setting up the stage for a sequel starring Derek's' brother Grant.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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Make a good-sized space on your keeper shelf for this sensational new author because she's only just begun! Kresley Cole's first release "The Captain of all Pleasures" packs adventure, suspense, passion and sensuality into this high sea adventure.
Not only are the main characters strong, real and larger than life, but Kresley has the gift of character development that gives the reader an up close and personal view without stifling you with repetition of the mundane. Kresley keeps it fresh and suspenseful providing a great escape for the romantic adventurer inside all of us.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rocky debut novel - later works far superior :( April 21, 2011
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Sassy sailor lady seeks gruff but sexy captain for high-seas hi-jinks and sex romp.

Kresley Cole is a really fun author and her McCarrick trillogy rank up there with my all time favorite books. However, this one is a rough start and having read her later works you can literally see her struggling with plot and pacing in this clumsy and borderline dull book. It's not that its HORRIBLE (it's a passable if forgettable romance novel) but if you're used to her more recent books, you're likely to find yourself disappointed in this one.

Major issues:
- The hero and heroine spend vast amounts of time apart. Most romance novels sparkle the brightest when they're thrust together, struggling uphill through seemingly insurmountable challenges, bantering, trying to figure out if they hate or love each other, etc. Much of that tension is missing during the long stretches where they're floating about in separate boats.

- There is a supporting cast of characters who are almost laughably one dimensional/borderline cliche. There is a relatively impotent "father" who is mostly incarcerated but pops up once in a while to be worried and/or indignant about what his daughter is doing. There is the "gruff but lovable Irisher" who serves as stand-in father and part-time babysitter. The battle ax grand dame who's actually a softie underneath. And don't forget the "hooker with the heart of gold".

- The pacing of the story is uneven. I guess the major plot arc is the two of them competing in a big boat race, however the race doesn't even start until halfway through the book. There are many lulls before, during, and after the boat race where very little is actually happening.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome November 3, 2003
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Excellent read, I highly recommend picking up a copy, it's a definite keeper! This book was extremely well written and fast paced, I couldn't put it down. I wanted to read all of her other work as soon a I finished reading this one. I was amazed to find out this was the first book that had ever been published by this author. She is a really talented writer, and I am looking forward to the publishing of Mrs. Cole's second book, The Price of Pleasure, telling Sea Captain Grant Sutherland's story, that is said to be released soon from Pocket books.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Passion on the open sea July 20, 2003
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Captain Derek Sutherland is every woman's fantasy. Once you start to read this book you won't be able to put it down. The scenes are hot, steamy and downright sinful. I love the plot from the beginning to the very last page. Derek's herione is headstrong and determined a perect match for his aloof and distant personality.
This is a must have for your book shelf. Don't miss out on a chance to own it. I can't wait for the sequel with Grant Sutherland THE PRICE OF PLEASURE.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Couldn't put it down! I am truly addicted.
Can't wait to see the next one that comes in the series.
Published 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Its Kresley Cole do I need to say anything more.
Its Kresley Cole do I need to say anything more. Always love her reads and a nice cup of tea in my library cuddled up in a blanket on the couch.
Published 1 month ago by jules
5.0 out of 5 stars love this book
wonderful book. I had it in paperback for years. when I moved into a small space, I garage saled nearly all of my books. I was very happy to find it available as a kindle book. Read more
Published 9 months ago by choosyfloosy
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh how the captain can pleasure
kresley Cole is one of my favorite authors.she's done it again with this romantically wild romp sailing across the sea. Read more
Published 9 months ago by EnVee
3.0 out of 5 stars Three and a half of you must
I like the story thing is it doesn't have much conversation. It's paragraph after paragraph. I just think conversations make a story livelier. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read - enjoyed every word
Kresley Cole writes great novels - fast moving, great characters. Love all of her books. Very descriptive and really well written
Published 13 months ago by Maria Wauchope
5.0 out of 5 stars The Captain of All Pleasures by Kresley Cole
I enjoyed this book because it had good characters and a good love story. I gave it a four & half star rating because although it had all the elements needed it had a little too... Read more
Published 13 months ago by By Jennifer Blake
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable.
this book had a good story line. I did give it a bit lower rating because it was not a very fast moving story, especially at the beginning. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
I did enjoy this book but it wasn't my favorite by this author. I believe this was one of her earlier books.
Published 17 months ago by BobDobbs
4.0 out of 5 stars Thinking
Loved the strong willed lead female. Really enjoyed the chase and the constant back and forth with the captain. The side story was great to.
Published 18 months ago by Chris
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Kresley Cole is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the electrifying Immortals After Dark paranormal series, the young adult Arcana Chronicles series, the erotic Gamemakers Series, and five award-winning historical romances.

A master's grad and former athlete, she has traveled over much of the world and draws from those experiences to create her memorable characters and settings.

Her books have been translated into twenty foreign languages, garnered three RITA awards, and consistently appear on the bestseller lists, in the U.S. and abroad.

You can learn more about her and her work at www.kresleycole.com or www.facebook.com/KresleyCole

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