DESTINY'S CAPTIVE - Beverly Jenkins
Harper Collins/Avon Books
REVIEWER: Beverly Jackson | RATING: B+
SYNOPSIS: Noah Yates fully believes in the joys of a happy family and a good wife. But that's not the life for him. No, he would much rather sail the wild seas in search of adventure, not tied down. But then the unthinkable happens . . . he finds himself literally tied down. To a bed. By a woman.
REVIEW: Concluding his business in Havana, Cuba Noah Yates cannot wait to sail his ship, Alanza, towards home so he can walk his mother down the aisle. His plans are abruptly interrupted when a female pirate and her companions kidnaps and robs him of his ship, evoking memories of a hurtful episode in his past. Pilar Banderas intends Noah no bodily harm releasing him to row himself ashore. While vowing to hunt the “little pirate” down if it takes the rest of his life, but neither Noah nor Pilar could envision their next life-altering confrontation.
DESTINY’S CAPTIVE is a beautiful, poignant, sensual story of two unsettled good-hearted souls who must reach deep within themselves to meet their greatest challenge - letting go of their troubled pasts to trust and love with an open heart. This story has a darker storyline than her usual romances, but in Jenkins’ able hands sensitive subjects is handled with finesse and dignity. Noah longs for the happiness his brothers have found in their satisfying marriage but a secret he has withheld from his family plagues his ability to freely give his heart. Noah acknowledges he has a dark soul and readers will take the heartfelt journey into his hidden past as he confronts his demons so he can live his life to the fullest.
Feisty strongly independent Pilar is fully committed to actively helping the Cuban rebels and her warrior spirit does not have time for affairs of the heart, or at least she thought so. I enjoyed the freshness of the enthralling sword fight between the hero and heroine to set off the tone of their relationship. There is no lack of sizzling sexual seduction between the couple and how the gallant Noah initiates the innocent Pilar into soaring sexual fulfillment will have readers sighing with contentment.
The book setting is the late 1800s and the locations of Cuba, Florida, California along with the travel from the East to West coasts allows for the author to skillfully integrate historical events of the era. At first the beginning flow was a little jarring but the story quickly settles into a more even flow and in the end this emotionally moving story won my heart. The concept of a strong supportive family plays a big part in allowing the couple to be themselves yet be a part of a close-knit community.
DESTINY’S CAPTIVE is the third book in the Destiny Series. With warmth, humor, angst and relatable scenarios, Jenkins provides a tale of heartfelt desires to end this series. But as fans know you never know when a character will appear in a future book. While this book stands alone the themes of family, suave alpha heroes, spirited atypical heroines, and sensuous love scenes makes the entire series a must read.
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