Cover Design: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design
Length: 55,000 words approx.
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.
I’m a big fan of pirates in books and movies, and with this book being an M/M pirate romance by an author I’d enjoyed reading previously it was a no-brainer for me to add this to my reading list.
I really enjoyed these characters, especially Edward (Captain Merric). He’s the perfect pirate—becoming one out of necessity, not crazy bloodthirsty or merciless, takes care of his crew, and is successful without unnecessary harm. Daniel at times comes across as hard and cold in his attitude once he and Edward are reunited. Both he and Edward have their own reasons for distrust and wariness when it comes to each other thanks to the machinations of Edward’s father many years ago, so there’s plenty for both to work through and come to terms with to move on from the past.
There’s no doubt that feelings are still present for both men, and though Daniel does resist, you know eventually he’s going to give in. Once he does, it’s evident that the chemistry between him and Edward is still there in spades, even if Daniel is convinced that his relative inexperience physically will eventually cause a rift between them. Most of the conflict between them comes from Daniel’s resistance to delving back into their relationship since his future is so uncertain, and from his distress at how easily Edward could believe the things his father engineered.
In the second half of the book when I was expecting additional conflict as the part of the storyline involving Daniel’s crew comes back into play, I was surprised at how quickly things were resolved—almost just glossed over. And while some additional drama seemed imminent with his father’s insistence that Daniel marry, that didn’t quite pan out either. In fact, the hurdles I was expecting to cause issues for Daniel getting back to Edward again seemed to be too easily wrapped up as quickly as those problems cropped up in the first place.
Overall though, Captain Merric kept my attention and did make me feel invested in Edward and Daniel finally getting a chance to be happy together, so my rating is hovering between 3.75 and 4 stars. Fans of M/M historical romance featuring pirates will enjoy this story, though the adult language and sexual content does make this one for readers 18+.
Rebecca Cohen is a Brit abroad. Having swapped the Thames for the Rhine, she has left London behind and now lives with her husband and young son in Basel, Switzerland. She can often be found with a pen in one hand and a cup of Darjeeling in the other.
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