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    Lusty adventure on the high seas!

    The Captain’s Rebel by C.B. Halverson is the first story I’ve read by this author, and being a Scorched title ensures there will be steamy scenes as part of the seafaring voyage taken by the heroine to secure her fortunes. It’s a swashbuckling adventure with a side of kink that leads to a very satisfying happy ever after. Mary O’Malley is tired of waiting. Determined to secure her rightful place as the Lady of Castle Dunraven which once belonged to her ancestors, she slowly but surely seduces a promise of marriage from Johnny Brighton, son of the current Lord. When Johnny heads off to fight with the English Navy, her plans are thwarted. A scheming and jealous wannabe suitor destroys the papers proving Mary’s claims, leaving her running for her life, determined to find Johnny come hell or high water. Disguised as a cabin boy, Mary finds her way onto the ship that Johnny was last seen upon. The dangerous but very attractive Captain Richard Grant sees through her disguise and soon Mary finds herself embroiled in an affair with the Captain that opens up a whole new world of dominance and submission. Intrigue, passion, and danger court their every move and Mary must make the ultimate choice – her country, or her heart. I really enjoyed this adventurous and very sexy romance! One must understand that Mary's situation as a young woman in this time period is one of limitations and she believes her only way out of poverty is to marry Johnny. It's her singular goal, and she'll do anything to achieve it. At the same time, she doesn't love him, and though they have some sexual encounters at the start of the story before Johnny joins the Navy, she feels no real emotional attachment to him (nor him to her). Thus, the relationship she enters into with the Captain on his ship, where she must pretend to be his cabin boy and cater to him, is purely a sexual one (at least at first) and doesn't change her goal to find Johnny and marry him. This may make her seem cold-hearted but in her circumstances survival trumps emotions. The story is told in first person point of view, which took a bit to get used to at first, but explains the thoughts behind her actions and makes her a more sympathetic character. Captain Grant is a respected Navy Officer, used to a well run ship and having people follow his orders. As Mary is the only woman on board, and one who attends him daily, he finds it hard to fight his attraction to her. A strapping punishment meted out as he would any other under his command leads to some surprising revelations, and starts a sexual relationship between them. Neither is under any illusion that what is happening between them is permanent. But along the way, something changes and their hearts get involved. Of course it's never smooth sailing at sea, and when French enemy ships are spotted, all bets for an easy voyage are off. There are several action packed scenes that add to the drama and intensity of the story as Mary finds herself embroiled in questions of crown and country. Mary and the Captain eventually get their happy ending but not without testing the limits of their trust and commitment to each other. The Captain's Rebel is an exciting and lusty adventure on the high seas!
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    Well written, Hot but also sweet!

    This was my first C. B. Halverson book. I wasn't sure if I was going to like this story, I've read many books and for the most part, first person really doesn't work for me. This is not the case with this book. It was very well done. Mary is a very strong-willed woman. She is more than happy to marry her childhood friend to regain her family's lands and to actually help the people who live on them. Mary and her beau Johnny become betrothed in secret and she is beyond happy until Johnny tells her he is going off to war. All hell breaks loose when her father tries to marry her to another man. And Mary's adventure begins! I really enjoyed the basic story in this book. And then there were the hot parts! LOL Wasn't strictly necessary but made the story and the situation so much more intense. The relationship between the "cabin boy" and the Captain was very well written, and well laid out. The pace of the story kept me interested and engaged not letting me put it down too much. It was so intense that it has taken me quite a few days to formulate my thoughts on the book. I will look for more by this author, this was a hot, sweet, thoughtful romance. Courtesy Copy received
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    Fantastic!

    WOW was I shocked when I started reading this book! I knew that it was labeled as Erotica, but I was not expecting it to be so hot that I thought my iPad was going to burst into flames! The way I explained this to my besty and hubby was "This is Fifty Shades meets Historical!" But it was also entertaining and full of an amazing story line! I really liked Mary and Captain Grant, both are strong individuals that have had to fight and work for everything they have. I may not have liked the way Mary plotted and schemed to try to get her way, but I can understand her motives enough that it didn't make me hate her. The reason I am only giving this book a 4 star is because I feel like the story was missing a bit at the end. I didn't expect it to end and wrap up like that, it felt to quick. I expected there to be more after story I guess. BUT that is my opinion and even though it ended abruptly I still very much LOVED this book. It kept me interested and sucked in for the entire thing, which made getting anything done EXTREMELY hard!! So if your're looking for something that is Historical but HOT AND SPICY give this book a shot. You will not be disappointed! * I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.*
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