One year ago Charlotte Bower’s life was ripped apart when Creek Indians attacked, killed her parents, and separated her from her young brother - now, she will stop at nothing to find him. After a year of captivity, she has finally made her escape. Her search will begin in New Orleans, where captives were taken after the raid. But how to reach a city hundreds of miles away? As she watches men boarding a waiting ship, Charlotte formulates a bold plan: If it’s men they need for the ship’s crew, it’s a man they’ll get. Taking on her childhood nickname, Charlie, it is all too easy to gain passage on the New Orleans-bound vessel. Easy, that is, until Charlie is caught....
From the moment he sets eyes on the new deckhand, Captain Alden Thatcher knows one thing for certain: Charlie Bower is no man. But for reasons of his own, he keeps her secret. As their journey progresses, however, the voyage is increasingly ill-fated. With danger ever present, Charlie and the captain find themselves relying on one another in ways they’d never imagined. As they draw closer to her goal, Charlotte is faced with the most perilous adventure of all - an adventure that may risk her heart.
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Not exactly a romance novel
First, I couldn't with the narrator's accents. Maybe it's a personal thing, but nothing about it was immersive.
Second, I think this title has been mislabeled. it feels a lot less like a romance novel and more like a young adult novel with romantic themes. it's really just a love story. there's no tension whatsoever throughout the book and absolutely no culmination of said tension. it's mostly a story about a girl having an adventure with a girlish crush on her captain, and then at the end the guy decides he loves her. there was no character development and no reason that they should have gotten together. it's like the character development happened before the book.
That said, I finished the book but felt unsatisfied until I realized that it was because there was no heat, no steam. It's a good story, I just don't think it was what I was looking for and I feel that I was mislead.
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