The Captain’s Rebel
Author: C.B. Halverson Genre: Erotica Publisher: Entangled Publishing
So, this was a case where buying strictly because I fell in love with the cover and not reading anything about the book came to bite me a little bit (but seriously, that cover is gorgeous). I bought this book expecting a sea romance, not at all realizing that what I, in fact, bought was a sea erotica. My low rating isn’t due to this error on my part (I can’t fault the book for being what it is and not what I ignorantly thought it was, naturally), but for numerous things that caused me, unfortunately, to not enjoy it as much as I hoped I would.
- Positive BDSM relationship. Like I mentioned above, not only did I not realize this was an erotica, but I also didn’t read between the lines from the back-cover and realize that this was actually a novel about a BDSM relationship. I’ve only read one other romance that hinted at that kind of relationship, so it was refreshing and new to read a book where it was not only the focus of the relationship, but written in a positive way.
- Sea setting. This novel definitely sparked a desire to read more romances set on the seas (have recommendations!? Hit me up in the comments).
- Well-written sex. What can I say? I know what I like and nothing irritates me more than reading a romance (or, in this case, erotica) than poorly written sex scenes that make me feel nothing.
- The lack of character development. Having not read a lot of erotica (read: any), I’m not sure if this is something tied to that genre or not, but I have a hard time believing that would be case. While the sex was really well written, I struggled with the character development–in particular with our lovers, Mary and Grant. I wanted more of a build-up to their relationship and I found the ending unbelievable on Mary’s part, because I didn’t really understand what drove her to her decision (aside from the idea of that was what was “supposed” to happen).
- The hard-to-believe romance. And this ties into why I felt their was a lack of character development, because the romance was just so instant, that it was hard to believe that a rigid and respected captain, like Grant was written to be, would act the way he did after discovering Mary on his ship.
- The pacing. I also thought this book just flew through what could have been a really interesting and thought-provoking plot, but instead rushed it and didn’t give us time to get invested, before the book ended. The ending was also really rushed, so I was just left with feeling a little empty, instead of satisfied.
Unfortunately, this was a read that, despite reading it all in one sitting, I found myself disappointed, by the end. If erotica is your jam, then this might be the book for you! For me, I just needed more support for all aspects of the book that wasn’t tied to the sex scenes, as I felt everything else was quite lacking.