Capturing the Captain (America Pirate Romance #1)
by C.K. Brooke
Genre: Adult Historical Adventure Romance
Release Date: April 26th 2016
Summary from Goodreads:
In 1720, it’s a pirate’s life for Abigail Clear, daughter of a notorious colonial pirate captain…
But when a rival crew invades Abigail’s ship, she is taken prisoner. Now aboard the enemy vessel, she must contend with its formidable captain. But who is the real captive?
Locked away in the belly of The Indomitable is no place for a woman…
Captain James Morrow is more than displeased to discover his sole captive to be none other than an untamable young lass who will earn him no bounty. Yet if he can soften the little rogue, she just might switch her loyalties to him, and reveal the whereabouts of the infamous thief who sired her—and his stolen treasure. But two can play that game, as Abi is equally inclined to charm the dogged sailor off her father’s tail.
Might she and Captain Morrow run the risk of falling for their own charades?
They dance about their disguises as genuine developing emotions clash against deeper motives, and suspicion runs high. When the captain finally steals a first kiss, Abi decides it’s high time to make her escape—fleeing not only his vessel, but her fondness for the man who intends to see her father hang.
The high seas heat up as Captain Morrow’s quest to recapture Abi is halted by her pirate father, Captain Clear. Will James succeed in pursuit of his captive love, or will his desires conspire to make him a captive himself?
*Advisory: Contains some sensual/sexual content
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Start writing a pirate novel—especially a romance—and you’ll quickly learn there’s a lot more to writing pirates than “Arr, matey!” (In fact, the pirate lingo gets old fast unless you use it sparingly.) Films like Pirates of the Caribbean show us charming yet eccentric rogues like Captain Jack Sparrow in the pirate’s role, with perhaps other pirates who are older or more crass than he, or even beastly and mythical, such as Davy Jones with the tentacles growing out of his face. But as a romance writer tackling the popular motif of a pirate lover, a beast won’t do, and just a rogue is not enough.
Our pirate lead has to have a justifiable reason for being a rogue. He ought to have a history, a backstory that understandably brought him to pirating. Maybe some attachments, something he cares about, to make him sympathetic, and to make it believable that he could come to care for the leading lady, as he invariably will. He does not have to be handsome. In fact, the star of my first American Pirate Romance novel with Limitless Publishing, Capturing the Captain, is a bald, scarred, and tattooed ruffian of a privateer captain. But he’s strong in both physique and disposition, and some readers have informed me that he was my sexiest hero yet.
Which brings me to another pirate face: the hero. Although it sounds like an oxymoron, audiences always enjoy a decent pirate hero. Just like in mob movies, or other stories where we’re given a criminal to root for, our hero may break traditional laws, but he still operates within his own code. He retains some ethics and standards. He may play by his own rules, but there are rules no less. Therefore, when a rival pirate breaks the code, he becomes the “bad pirate,” and our hero is the “good pirate.” Objectively, it may be questionable to call a pirate a “hero” or “good,” or to justify him as a love interest, if he’s murdering and stealing from innocent people. So, that’s where his code of honor comes in. Say he’s only murdering truly despicable enemies, or those who tried to harm the leading lady. Or he’s stealing for a good cause, or to right a wrong, or from greedy people (a la Robin Hood).
Another face of a pirate is the leader. Not only can powerful men be appealing, but the captain in charge—even a pirate—cares for his ship and crew, and fulfills his many responsibilities. Criminal or not, he’s an effective and trustworthy leader. In Capturing the Captain, Captain James Morrow is a pirate-turned-privateer captain who struggles to exert his authority over the pirate’s daughter whom he mistakenly kidnapped. In their battle of wills, he proves himself a capable and trustworthy leader, which eventually softens her heart. But the leader doesn’t always have to be the captain of the ship. My upcoming second American Pirate Romance, Commanding His Heart (TBR by Limitless Publishing in October 2017), features a naval commander-turned-gentleman-pirate (for a good cause) as our leading man.
None of this is to say that a pirate hero should be without his flaws. Don’t you wish you could own your flaws as proudly and fearlessly as a pirate does? The swearing, the mangledness, the seedy past, the rough swagger… I think that’s what we love about a bad boy: how raw, how unashamedly flawed he is. And the heroine learns to love him, not just in spite of that, but because of it.
Last but not least, the pirate face featured in my first pirate novel is…lady. Yes, technically Captain James Morrow is a privateer, and the pirate who captures his heart is young Abigail Clear, daughter of a notorious colonial pirate captain. In captivity, Abi discovers her femininity after years of pirating among her father’s rowdy crew. She’s still a kicking, spitting, protesting pirate, through and through…but the captain’s love begins to tame her into the lady she never knew she could be.
In conclusion, a pirate can wear many hats, and it takes more than grog and a Scottish brogue to make a solid literary pirate hero (although neither can hurt). By virtue of being a pirate, he’s an automatic “bad boy.” But he ain’t beyond the love and empathy of the heroine—or the reader—if he’s painted with all the right strokes.
About the Author
C.K. Brooke is a 2015 Shelf Unbound Notable Indie author with a five-star rating by Readers’ Favorite. She holds numerous fantasy and romance publications with 48fourteen, Limitless Publishing, and Elphame Press. Her lifelong passion is books – reading, writing, editing, publishing and blogging about them. When not blissing out in literary land, she enjoys info-tainment podcasts, singing, songwriting and playing the piano. She lives in Washington, Michigan with her husband and young son. There’s tons to check out at the new CKBrooke.com, so come and see what she’s up to!
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