Captain Blackwell’s Prize
Published by FireshipPress.com in 2012
3.4-4 stars out of 5
A romantic adventure from the days of wooden ships and iron men, Captain Blackwell’s Prize is a story of honor, duty, social class and the bond of sensual love.
A small, audacious British frigate does battle against a large but ungainly Spanish ship. British Captain James Blackwell intercepts the Spanish La Trinidad, out maneuvers and out guns the treasure ship and boards her. Fighting alongside the Spanish captain, sword in hand, is a beautiful woman. The battle is quickly over. The Spanish captain is killed in the fray and his ship damaged beyond repair. Its survivors and treasure are taken aboard the British ship, Inconstant.
Captain Blackwell’s Prize features sword fights and sea battles alongside the manners, ideas, and prejudices of men and women from the time of Nelson and Napoleon.
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This Nautical historical fiction is action-packed from a fiery love story to epic battles in the beginning of the book to terrible weather on the sea which risks the lives of everyone involved. The Story starts off when the Trinidad is overtaken by Captain Blackwell (Captain of the Inconstant), and his crew during a startling face paced opening fight scene. The members of the Trinidad are then moved on over to Captain Blackwell`s ship and though all of them get sent below Mercedes stays in a room very close to Captain Blackwells in which romance ensues despite the fact that they are from countries that don`t really get along with each other and the fact that she`s a prisoner… however that`s the joy of fiction and romance you can take it where ever you darn well wanna!
Mercedes is certainly smart and very multi-layered. A beautiful girl who mysterious beginnings, she knows English, Spanish and French and is also an accomplished reader which is rare in this time. She also boasts of a love of books and that pretty much won me over in Chapter 3 when she mentioned that fact about herself. Also is apparently really steady on her feet considering basically nothing seems to faze her, not crazy storms or the capture of the ship she was traveling on, nor the demise of those I am sure she had gotten to know and accustomed too during her travels.
Captain Blackwell seems very straight laced and hard edged. He doesn’t strike me as a man who would fall in love easily or even let someone in too close. He loves his job and his crew and does what he can to make sure people are safe and those who need to be brought to justice face just that.
There are some …`sex` scenes in this book… I`m not a huge fan of those but they weren`t overly detailed and were fairly short. I tend to just skip over them because they make me feel a little awkward and like I`m going to get in trouble? Which is insane because I’m adult and I can read what I want to? This story is actually pretty action packed for a book that I thought was going to be primarily about romance. One other thing I wasn’t huge on was all the ‘ship’ knowledge…or talk… or description (Ugh I am butchering this sentence) I don’t know much about that so the detail was a little to informed for my knowledge of it.
Over all thought it was a good read, not my usual type of reading but not bad over all. I would recommend this book for anyone who likes Historical Fiction that combines a good dose of romance and action… Also if you’re interested in ships or even just have knowledge you’ll probably enjoy this a little bit more than me. I am not sure if I would rate this 3.5 or 4 so on good reads I’ll just rate it as 4.
Oh, also was very happy things ended happily for the main characters and that there cuteness can continue on into eternity! ❤