Friday, February 1, 2013

Captain Blackwell's Prize by VE Ulett

This nautical tale of love and high seas adventure features Captain Blackwell and his "prize", Mercedes de Aragon. Taken as a hostage after Captain Blackwell captures La Trinidad, Mercedes is a woman who knows what men want. To buy her protection, she takes up with Captain Blackwell. She loses her heart to the burly sea captain. Danger abounds about the Inconstant, especially during war.

This tale brings a lot of unexpected surprises. Mercedes is not your typical damsel in distress. She can sword fight, she wears men's clothes at times, and she isn't scared of being a woman. She is level headed and presents herself as an equal at all times. Captain Blackwell isn't your typical Sea Captain either. He can be gentle, and tries to accommodate Mercedes at all times.  This love story is a good slowly building love story, which doesn't rely on lust. The fighting scenes can be intense, but never gruesome. The plot twists make the book a short challenge, especially the last half where the action is concentrated. I really enjoyed this book!!

Praise for Captain Blackwell's Prize

“… a satisfying page-turner. Ulett’s characters are as convincing as her naval action is credible.” - Julian Mackrell, Historic Naval Fiction

“a fine story … Highly recommended for those who enjoy a romantic tale with a little action included as well.” - Jeff Westerhoff, Historical Novels Review

About the Author

A long time resident of California, V.E. Ulett is an avid reader as well as writer of historical fiction.  V.E. is a member of the National Books Critics Circle and an active member and reviewer for the Historical Novel Society.  Eighteenth and nineteenth century journals and letters inspired the writing of CAPTAIN BLACKWELL'S PRIZE. The sequel takes Captain Blackwell and Mercedes to the far side of the world, on a new personal, and cultural adventure.

I reviewed this book for Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours. 

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