Monday, 19 September 2016

Mutiny of the Heart by Jennifer Bray-Weber

Title: Mutiny of the Heart
Series: Romancing the Pirate (#4)
Author: Jennifer Bray-Weber
From: Netgalley
Genre: Historical Romance, Pirates
Release Date: 23rd June 2014
Challenges: 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2016 Blogger Shame, Summer COYER 2016
Links: Goodreads - Amazon 
Synopsis (from Goodreads): Navigating the high seas as the female captain of a pirate ship means always being on your guard--especially when one takes a temptingly handsome slave on board. Captain Joelle Quint believes the slave claiming to be a cartographer can help her decipher the map her father left her when she was a child. She's spent years trying to unlock its truths, hoping that it holds the answers to a dark family secret. Sloan Ricker has no intention of remaining captive. When the fiery, red-headed captain offers him his freedom in exchange for solving her map, what begins as an opportunity to escape becomes a struggle to make the beautiful, intriguing Joelle his mistress in more ways than one. Amidst a battle with the Royal Navy and a first mate's jealousy, Joelle also fights her growing lust. And as much as he'd like to deny it, Ricker's desire for Joelle has overcome his initial disdain. To get the answers, independence and love that they both long for, Joelle and Ricker must relinquish control to each other...or die trying.

While Mutiny of the Heart is part of the Romancing the Pirate series, I haven't previously read any of the other books in the series and I didn't feel like I was missing any major pieces of information. However it was clear that there are crossover characters and other links between the books. 

There was solid chemistry right from the beginning between Joelle and Sloan, though they were both stubborn characters so it did take them a little while to actually accept that they liked each other more than as a physical release. I bought into their attraction, probably because they weren't declaring undying love from the off but did feel more than just the physical. 

There was also plenty of action and intrigue in Mutiny of the Heart and that was what really caught my attention. Think Pirates of the Caribean style action (though without the magic elements). There were boat battles, people battles and plots afoot and it was all done well. 

I did worry for a little bit about the love triangle, especially as instead of the more adolescent love triangles that are so prevalent in YA fiction, this was between three adults who could physically hurt each other at any moment. The tension and competative air between Valeryn and Sloan was palable and you could believe that they both liked Joelle, but it was clear where her heart really lay. 

This was a good read, I definitely enjoyed it.