By Jennifer Haymore
Editions: audiobook, ebook, paperback
Expected publication: July 31st 2012 by Forever
Genre: Historical Romance
Forbidden passion is the ultimate temptation…
Captain William Langley knows the ocean well, but nothing could prepare him for what he discovers adrift on the cold Irish Sea. The tiny boat carries two passengers: a child—and Meg Donovan, Will’s long-lost love. Meg’s disappearance at sea eight years ago was a devastating blow. Now she’s back, as beautiful as ever, and with secrets as deep as Will’s own.
After years held captive by a cold-blooded pirate, Meg has finally escaped with little Jake, the boy she’s come to love as if he were her own. But the pirate wants his revenge—and Meg must do whatever it takes to shield Jake from the madman. Determined not to lose Meg again, Will vows to protect them both, yet Meg can’t risk putting the only man she’s ever loved in danger. With the threat to her safety growing, and her passion for Will burning brighter every day, surrendering herself to Will might be a pleasure too tempting to resist.
The historical world of the novel was convincing enough and interesting, though much of the action takes place on ships, so we’re not overly involved in historical ‘high’ society. The ‘out at sea’, ocean, whatever scenery was interesting but not overly focused on. I didn’t mind it, the fact that world was subtle helped me focus on the plot and characters more.
Now, focused on them as I was, the main couple William and Meg were fun, but they didn’t win me all the way. I felt bad for them both, I got where they were coming from and what their motivations were, but I didn’t really connect with them on a personal level as much as I would have liked. Oddly, I connected more with Jess and Will’s second in command, in fact, though they were present for less time in the story and they had smaller roles.
I’m not sure why, but neither Will nor Meg came off as charismatic for me, though their personal stories were touching.
The plot was historically adapted, let’s say, the way the story evolved including the traditional themes of secrets, conspiracies, villains and wrongdoers, ambitious parents. These elements were woven into an interesting story, but I for one didn’t feel hooked all the way. I was curious, I wanted to see how it went, but it didn’t strike me as gripping. This perhaps had to do with my chemistry with the main couple, I’m sure if I had been more emotionally involved where they were concerned, I would have responded otherwise.
Part of what I really liked was the writing, because though with some characters I didn’t really connect, I did connect with others as I’ve said before. And even though the story itself didn’t hook me all the way, the way it was written kept me interested till the end.
As far as curb appeal goes, the cover & blurb combo look awesome and they would get me to buy the book most likely if I were historically inclined on the day.
All in all, I say this was an interesting read, though I wasn’t overly excited I was entertained and I thoroughly enjoyed the Jess and Mr. Briggs arc, in fact I found myself wishing they would have been the mains.