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April 25 2012 @ 04:31 pm
The Captain of All Pleasures by Kresley Cole (1)  
Title: The Captain of All Pleasures
Series: Sutherland Brothers, 1
Author: Kresley Cole
Pages (or KB): 387 (536 kb)
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Links: Paperback, Kindle

Book Description:
In her exhilarating debut novel, Kresley Cole captures the drama, passion, and boundless adventure of the high seas -- as one fiery lass finds herself caught in a tide of torrid romance.

Raised as a free spirit aboard her American sea captain father's majestic clipper ship, willful Nicole Lassiter has never encountered an obstacle she couldn't overcome -- until she meets Captain Derek Sutherland. His sizzling kisses leave her longing, but after they share a night of passion, his subsequent disdain makes her blood boil. Nicole vows to take her revenge -- by helping her father beat Sutherland in a high-stakes competition: the Great Circle Race from England to Australia.

Nicole's scheme is thrown overboard after her father is wrongly imprisoned, yet she remains undaunted -- taking to the high seas with her father's ship. But a storm wrecks her plans, and she finds herself a virtual prisoner aboard Sutherland's vessel. And while her mind tells her she should escape, her body urges her to surrender...

What did you think of the book? (Why this book?, New Author? Read more by author? Keeping? Thoughts on Hero? Heroine?)
Despite my lack of enthusiasm for love/hate situations, Cole did a wonderful job providing the passion and attraction between Nicole and Derek. And while it seems out of the ordinary for Nicole to be a sea-woman the portrayal of her in such a roll was well done.

Derek's lack luster attitude before meeting Nicole is eventually explained and actually makes sense. You actually feel bad for him because of the series of circumstances that led to where you was when Nicole ran into him.

Nicole is a surprise at every step with her knowledge of the sea and her friendships among those not considered suitable for a young lady. She's a strong-willed woman who goes after what she wants.

My only real complaint is that for honorable men, Cole's heroes tend to make dishonorable decisions even if they change their mind after the fact. Still Cole's writing really grabs you and keeps you interested the entire way through the story. Well worth the effort.

Book in the Series:
The Captain of All Pleasures
The Price of Pleasure