Captain Merric

Captain Merric by Rebecca Cohen: Review by Lost in a Book

Synopsis:

A tale of pirates, lost love, and the fight for a happy ending.

After he’s set adrift and left to die by his mutinous crew, the last person Royal Navy officer Daniel Horton expects to come to his rescue is Captain Merric. An infamous pirate, Merric is known as much for stealing his victims’ hearts as their jewels. Daniel’s world is about to be turned upside down when he recognises Captain Merric as none other than Edward Merriston, someone he thought he’d never see again.
Edward can’t believe Daniel Horton is aboard his ship. While Edward is willing to do anything he can to get a second chance at their happy ending, Daniel isn’t interested in digging up the past. But Daniel is one priceless treasure Captain Merric isn’t about to let go of without a fight.

Captain Merric first appeared as short story in a pirate-themed anthology. Now completely rewritten and extended he is ready to set sail again.

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4 Stars

Ahoy Mateys!! I’ve been back in pirate land the past few weeks enjoying all of these upcoming/newly released pirate romances. This one continues my streak of pirate success and I enjoyed the world Rebecca Cohen created in Captain Merric.

Daniel and Edward were lovers when they were younger. At that time in England, their relationship had to be hidden or face arrest. Edward sets off to sea only never to return home. Daniel finds out about Edward’s death and continues to mourn him for the next 15 years as he climbs rank in The Royal Navy to that of Captain. Daniel’s crew sets him adrift in the ocean and leaves him to die. Luckily for Daniel, the Opal sails by and brings him on board and face to face with the man he thought dead so many years ago, Edward Captain Merric.

Right away Daniel is angry, hurt, relieved, and devastated that Merric is alive, well, and has been living the high life in the Caribbean. Merric has his own reasons for shock at seeing Daniel yet he’s so happy and wants to start where they left off with his one true love. *Silly Merric*

“As you said, what is past is past. I am no more in your future today than yesterday before I knew you were alive.”

After their reunion, each man must determine what they can and can’t live with, what they will or will not forgive and what it means for their future. I didn’t understand Captain Merric in the first half. As a pirate captain, it was clear. As a man devastated by heartbreak for 15 years, I didn’t see it. His words were contrary to his actions as he attempted to win back Daniel’s affections. Even at 80% he was expressing his absolute love and yet was extremely tempted by others? As a pirate, Merric was successful at plundering on the seas. They enjoyed their rum, finery, and warm bodies but they still had a sense of humanity in tact when encountering “the enemy.”

Daniel’s much easier to understand with his ice veins and “empty shell.” He makes Merric work for everything. He built up walls over many years and it takes a while for them to be knocked down, for him to get out of his head, and back on the trail to rational-thought land. Merric has a hard time controlling his feelings and this causes relational strife.

I believed their relationship towards the end of the book but would have liked more time with them being on the same page. I was disappointed there wasn’t an epilogue. I don’t need one for every book I read if there is decent closure at the end. This has a HEA *I think* but their options for the future were left open ended. Maybe there will be another book that provides complete closure?.? Captain Merric also had a lot of repetition going on, especially during conversations where I was internally shouting you said that already. Again.

This second chance romance was entertaining. It’s a familiar take on pirates while at the same time being completely different. Friendly pirates? Who knew. Recommended.

Copy provided for honest review.

Ever After

 

Ever After by Riley Hart & Christina Lee: Review by Lost in a Book for @BMBR

Synopsis:

As next in line for the Evergreen crown, Prince Merrick Davendall’s future involves ruling, marriage, and producing an heir of his own. But he’s long been tormented by desires that are far from princely. Especially when the beautiful Cassius is promoted to be his new valet, and Merrick is struck by a longing like never before—a longing to know him far beyond royal and servant.

After his father’s passing, Cassius Havendale’s sole duty is to provide for his family. A promotion to serve a pampered prince is something he endures only for their sake. Surely Prince Merrick has no understanding of the true suffering of the common people, nor could he possibly understand what it’s like to desperately desire something he cannot have.

Except the prince is not at all what Cassius imagined. Kind, humorous, and caring to those in need, he also shares Cassius’s affinity for the arts. In fact, Merrick understands his deepest vulnerabilities in a most remarkable way.

As their affection deepens, the underlying tension between them becomes unbearable and they’re unable to ignore it any longer. But when the queen prepares a lavish ball with all the eligible ladies in the land in attendance, Merrick must fulfill his obligations to his country, and Cassius has the needs of his family to consider. They’ve long known their stolen moments would have to come to an end, but are they ready to give up one another and the idea of a happily-ever-after?

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Review

Reviewed for @BMBR

3.5 Stars

Tag Team with R

I had some serious grabby hands for this book. Before I cracked it open, many of my happy boxes were checked; Historical, fantasy, fairy tale spin off, difference in stations, and an interesting cover. While it didn’t live up to the excite I had going into it, it was still ridiculously sweet, with some enjoyable moments, and likable MCs.

Prince Merrick is the crown prince and his parents are trying to wife him up and knock her up so he can ensure the line of succession. He’s a dreamer and an artist with a kind heart and an affinity for men. Merrick is also loyal and squelches his desire while focusing on duty to his family, throne, and the people in his kingdom. He’s also pretty successful at keeping everything under wraps until he needs a new valet and the gorgeously intriguing, Cassius is chosen.

Cassius is under employ at the palace and moves up the ranks quickly. He’s a hard worker that focuses on providing for his family after the passing of his father. He’s enamored with Prince Merrick and helping him dress and bathe doesn’t help his attraction in the slightest.

Both men are around the same age and develop a solid bond. They understand the demands of duty and the implications of their sexuality for those around them. Especially in a time when it’s frowned upon. Their sense of duty delays a connection beyond friendship. Ever After is a slooooooow burn that is full of attraction and stolen moments that were innocent- yet full of potential. Once they break the proverbial seal…yowza. They were also adorable while content to just be together in silent companionship. There wasn’t much angst other than the obvious difference in station and sexuality that led to an easy HEA.

The first 3/4 of the story had me back and forth on my enjoyment levels. All the suitor situations dragged on with the force feeding of eligible women. The pace and plot picked up around 75% causing my enjoyment level to increase. I’m just a bit confused about the historical elements. It went back and forth between trying to use Valet/Prince customs and language to then got lost and became more modern communication/convienences on the next page. I’m assuming that’s where the fantasy elements came in which requires much suspension in “reality?” Around 85% there were finally some of feels that I wish were available throughout. They left me happy but also disappointed at the missed opportunity for the rest of the book.

Let’s talk about the females in this story… LOVE them. They were written with backbones, strength, fire, loyalty, and compassion. It’s always refreshing whether in M/M of M/F to have strong characters without the need to prop one up by demeaning or short-changing another.

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Overall, this book has a sweet setting, sweet MCs, sweet romance, sweet families, sweet, sweet, sweet. That’s not a bad thing and many will absolutely connect with these adorable men and their plight. I would have liked more cohesive historical elements, more action (not that kind…) to shake up the monotony, and more feels. Still, a pleasant read and recommended for those that are looking for low angst with a ginormous helping of cheesy sweetness.

Copy provided for honest review.

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Like a Gentleman

Like a Gentleman by Eliot Grayson: Review by Lost in a Book

Like a Gentleman: A Regency Romance

Blurb

James Rowley, penniless younger brother of an earl, discovers his rejected sensational story has been stolen and printed under another name — and he’s certain his editor is the guilty party. Determined to get his due, he sets out for London to take revenge on the perfidious L. Wells. He means to have satisfaction, even if he needs to pose as a simpering fop in a pink waistcoat to get it.

Two years before, intrigued by his favorite writer’s talent and wit, Leo Wells had visited the Rowley estate incognito, seen James’s portrait — and promptly lost what was left of his heart. Ever since, Leo has fought his obsession with his favorite writer. Unaware of the manuscript’s theft, he’s bewildered and heartbroken when James, acting the part of a sneering dandy, visits him in person only to use his obvious attraction against him.

From Gloucestershire to London to Portsmouth, can two men with society and secrets dividing them find happiness?

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4 Stars

Actual footage of me when I stumble across a new m/m historical romance:

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What? I can totally pull of the greedy unicorn look!!

So much excite!! Seriously.

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Luckily, this one didn’t disappoint and I knocked it back faster than a bottle of fine wine. Like a Gentleman is a short book at 69 pages but it’s a fully realized story that packed in everything I love about the genre.

James is a gentleman and brother to an Earl. He is typically laid back and doesn’t act in a manner befit of his station. Well, until he realizes that his manuscript has been stolen and published under another name. The anger he has at being plagiarized provides enough motivation to start acting like an uptight gentleman with all the bells and whistles of an OTT dandy. With his fop armor in place, James meets with the only person that could be responsible for such thievery; L. Wells, his editor.

L. Wells (aka Leo) has been obsessed with James for years. Their correspondence, typically snarky and witty in nature, has served as foreplay over the years and only stoked the fire on his feelings for the gorgeous James and his mischievous smile. They’ve never met until James storms into his office full of arrogance.

I won’t provide too many details on the plot but will say the events that follow are full of snark, humor, humiliation, passion, and repentance. There were times when my heart felt heavy for Leo and James; each at different moments. There were other times where I was smiling like a goof because of the antics taking place and the sexy cat and mouse game they were playing. Then, there were times where my kindle was gonna explode from the chemistry. They had it in spades. Oh, did I mention hate sex? *drool* It was all angry, growly, and pinning to the wall… and then there was that shift where the hate eased into an all consuming need.

”Anger warred with tenderness. He wanted to make James beg; he wanted to give him everything.”

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I loved Leo and wanted to hug him while at the same time, climb him like the perverted monkey I am. James could be an ass but it didn’t make me like him any less either. *shrug* I really enjoyed this book. Was it perfect? No, the ending could have been a tad slower paced from the anger transition to all is well. I consider it a win that I wanted it to be longer. The cover while appropriate, doesn’t give me cover-lust. This book was well written and engaging. I hope another story will be coming my way starring James’ friend, Turner. *hint hint* *nudge nudge* Definitely recommended for fans of historical romance.

Thank you to the author for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.