Monday, April 16, 2018

Review Tour: Captain Merric by Rebecca Cohen (Review + Giveaway)

Cover Design: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design

Length: 55,000 words approx.


A tale of pirates, lost love, and the fight for a happy ending.

After he’s set adrift and left to die by his mutinous crew, the last person Royal Navy officer Daniel Horton expects to come to his rescue is Captain Merric. An infamous pirate, Merric is known as much for stealing his victims’ hearts as their jewels. Daniel’s world is about to be turned upside down when he recognises Captain Merric as none other than Edward Merriston, someone he thought he'd never see again.
Edward can’t believe Daniel Horton is aboard his ship. While Edward is willing to do anything he can to get a second chance at their happy ending, Daniel isn’t interested in digging up the past. But Daniel is one priceless treasure Captain Merric isn’t about to let go of without a fight.

Captain Merric first appeared as short story in a pirate-themed anthology. Now completely rewritten and extended he is ready to set sail again.

4 Stars!

I love historical books and I love pirates, but I don't think we get all that many of those in the MM community, so of course, I jumped at the chance to review this one.

As pirate books go, I found Captain Merric to be very enjoyable and I liked that it was a second chance at love for both Edward and Daniel.

Daniel was a bit stuffy and it took me a bit to warm up to him, especially when he kept going over and over and over again about Edward having had other lovers in the 15 years they were apart. However, even if I was frustrated at this, I could see his point and how this fed on his insecurities. Edward was all I was expecting for a pirate, dominant and charismatic, and yet oddly vulnerable where it came to Daniel. I loved that Daniel didn't just fall into Edward's arms, and Edward had to work to regain his trust, even if he'd never lost his love. They had great rapport and seemed to fit well together, once they finally stopped fighting and started talking, that is. ;) Their chemistry was really good and they were really hot together.

I was a bit mystified by the whole "Let's find Daniel a wife" angle when Daniel returned to England. It didn't really seem to have any point, especially seeing how it was never going to pan out.

Overall, this was an entertaining read. It was well-written, although the editing seemed a bit lacking and it dragged a bit in the middle, but it didn't detract from the story (much). Recommendable!

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

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Author Bio

Rebecca Cohen is a Brit abroad. Having swapped the Thames for the Rhine, she has left London behind and now lives with her husband and young son in Basel, Switzerland. She can often be found with a pen in one hand and a cup of Darjeeling in the other.


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  1. i love to read about a pirates life
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  2. I don't really like pirates, but this book seems like it doesn't glorify criminals, so I might give it a try.
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  3. Sounds like a interesting read.
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  4. Thanks for the review, this sounds great. I love pirate stories. As a kid (after reading Treasure Island, etc.), I loved swashbuckling with a stick as a sword and a rope swing my halyard. I love historicals, pirates' roguish nature, and then when I found out about GAY pirate stories, oh my! - Purple Reader,
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  5. I love pirates, in my mind they represent freedom. They live and die by their own rules.