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Don't miss this high adventure! Loved this story.
A dark pirate novel with a female captain who is on the hunt for a treasure, but the map is more riddle than answer.
Jennifer Bray Weber has written a story that's a refreshing change from the typical alpha male roles we see in romance. However, don't think her prisoner, a handsome, intriguing stranger named Ricker, is anybody's mama's boy. He is every bit the alpha male who is secure enough to follow our captain when needed. When these two get together, anything can happen...and does!
I enjoyed every page of this book and was glad it accompanied me to the beach.
Captain Joelle Quint is smart, tough, and capable. Her crew respects and obeys her, and she has a subordinate-with-benefits thing going on with her first mate. Her ship sails around the Caribbean doing jobs for folks who don’t want to get their hands dirty.
At the beginning of the book, she takes a commission to track down a mutinied ship and search for a hidden letter on-board about Spanish ship movement. Or something. Honestly, I wasn’t exactly clear on the politics of the time so I didn’t try too hard to keep track of which country was spying on which, and why. Joelle has a job to do, that’s the point. But as she walks past a slave auction, she sees a haggard yet sexy man up for auction who claims to be a map reader. She happens to have a backstory that requires the assistance of a map reader, so she swallows her moral high ground and buys a slave.
Sloan Ricker figures his new owner is a “bit of fluff,” and he plans to either charm her to win his freedom, or incite mutiny in the crew. He very quickly learns that the crew is a brotherhood in support of its captain, and that the captain herself is too smart to be tricked.
Of course there was insta-lust between them, which made me a bit uncomfortable because Joelle shouldn’t be ogling her crew members, slaves or not, and Sloan shouldn’t be thinking of any woman as someone he needs to dominate sexually. Luckily the book avoided any common pitfalls in that area, and I was pleasantly surprised with the way their relationship developed.
I can’t say enough good things about Joelle. She demonstrates authority over her crew, she’s brave but not reckless, patient in battle, and smart about cutting her losses, living to fight another day. She thinks this:
“Men…Why must they seek retribution for every wrongdoing against them?”
And this: “Rape. How original. Men. ’Twas always about popping their cork.”
And she tells Sloan, “I think it wise to reason with your head and not your cock.”
Joelle is not afraid to tell it like it is. Even when she and Sloan get a little close, she realizes that he could undermine her authority on the ship, so she lays down the law pretty quickly, causing him to get sulky. But she’s got her priorities.
Sloan isn’t so bad, either. He’s willing to change his original plans when he sees they won’t work. He’s good with the crew, and the sails. He has an excellent sword fight scene. Plus, he realizes that Joelle doesn’t need him to step forward and protect her, and also that she’s a really good captain and it’s okay if he takes orders from a woman.
Given all that, Sloan does dominate a little bit in the bedroom, but Joelle lets him know that he’s only doing it because she allows it. They have pirate sex, which includes ramming, lancing, and a “swift onslaught.” Yes, I enjoyed the naughty nautical descriptions.
I enjoyed just about everything about this book. There was a conflict near the end where I didn’t quite understand who was double-crossing whom, and I wasn’t sure if I really cared about the Spanish armada. But the shipboard scenes were detailed, the motley crew was amusing and tightly-knit, the battles were exciting without being too long, and I believed in Joelle as a tough pirate captain. Cool stuff.
This review originally posted on Red Hot Books at: http://redhotbooks.com/2014/07/review-mutiny-of-the-heart-by-jennifer-bray-weber.html
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Lets meet the key players in the story:
We have Captain Joelle Quint who wants to figure this mystery her left so long ago. Some may believe it's crazy that she continues to search for it, but it's her last connection to her father.
Sloan Ricker the slave who was bought by Joelle. Yet he has a skill she needs. For exchange of helping her figure out the map she will offer him his freedom. Sounds like a good trade.
We have Valeryn who is jealous of Sloan cause he's taking Joelle's attention away from him. He's in love with Joelle, but he kind of burned sometime ago. Good job lover boy, so now he has competition. Let's not forget he's the first mate.
So, we have a lady pirate, a slave boy, and a first mate. Of course Sloan and Valeryn are two alpha males circling around each other most of the book.
Aside from the love-triangle the story is pretty good. We find a lot of action in Mutiny of the Heart, and actually it's the battles that grabbed my attention more than the love story. Then again the love-triangle issue. I just couldn't wrapped my brain with the idea with Joelle still having feelings for Valeryn after learning what he had done to her. There shouldn't have been a real choice when it came to choosing between Sloan and Valeryn. However, she still had feelings for Valeryn. Mutiny of the Heart is a good story if you love pirates and love-triangles. I love one out of the two things. Even with the love-triangle I did like the ending, and it was a feel good kind of ending.
Rating 3 1/2 Stars
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