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Land. Power. Influence. Mary O’Malley knows these are the only things that matter in her war-torn country.

Determined to win back her ancestral home, she must embark on a journey across the Atlantic disguised as a cabin boy. But her ruse brings her under the control of a dangerous sea captain who demands from her the one thing she will never give—complete and total submission.

Captain Richard Grant runs a tight ship, and he didn’t claw his way up through the ranks of the Royal Navy to be undone by a headstrong Irish girl hell-bent on jeopardizing his mission and his crew. If she insists on dressing like a man, then she can take his punishments. He demands obedience, but his insatiable need for her leads to a complex game of sex, desire, and dominance not even he can control.

Awakened by the passion Grant stirs in her, Mary finds herself falling for the stern captain. But when her false identity leads to rumors of her spying for the French, she must choose between her love for Ireland and the man who commands her body—and her heart.

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.
5 stars for me!
Courtesy Copy received

Colleen Halverson

As a child, Colleen Halverson used to play in the woods imagining worlds and telling stories to herself. Growing up on military bases, she found solace in her local library and later decided to make a living sharing the wonders of literature to poor, unsuspecting college freshmen. After backpacking through Ireland and singing in a traditional Irish music band, she earned a PhD in English with a specialization in Irish literature. When she’s not making up stories or teaching, she can be found hiking the rolling hills of the Driftless area of Wisconsin with her husband and two children.

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