Captain’s Price by Lyla Sinclair
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Length: Short Story (86 pgs)
Rating: 5 Cherries
Reviewed by Honeysuckle
Captain’s Private Journal, May 30, 1790
My heart pounds hard in my chest as I think of her—the lass awaiting me, naked in my cabin as I commanded. She was discovered masquerading as one of my seamen, yet I am still appalled at myself for demanding such a lewd price for her passage. But when I looked into her eyes—wide, but somehow beckoning—I was filled with a need deeper than any I’d ever known.
For her. For Julianna.
Can I truly touch her and taste her and satisfy my lust on her without taking the maidenhead meant for another? I am a man of impeccable self-control—an asset that has redeemed my family and ensured I’ll not become my wayward father. Then what has taken hold of me? Each moment, the urge to go to her and steal away all that rightfully belongs to another man grows more irresistible. I must touch her. I must hold her. I must drive myself into her…
I must not.
“The last thing we need on this boat is a bloody virgin.”
Forced to out herself as a female in disguise rather than a young seaman, Julianna’s reckless attempt to reach America and her lost love has just gotten a little more exciting. Okay, a lot, actually! Publically debased, for her own good, and then imprisoned in the Captain’s quarters for the duration of the voyage, at the beck and pleasure of the Captain himself. Could it get any worse? Maybe, but I can promise you it definitely gets better! Much, much better!!
I just love a heroine that doesn’t fall apart even under pressure. Julianna is spunky, strong willed, clever and almost more than one man can handle. Captain Price has to draw upon every last ounce of his patience to not take what both he and Julianna desperately want.
Despite the “acts of fornication” Julianna witnesses on board the ship she truly is an innocent. Drew teaches her so much about how to pleasure herself as well as a man. Ms. Sinclair’s writing is so vivid it felt deliciously voyeuristic to be taken along for the lessons.
The point of view changes quite often throughout this short story moving back and forth between Captain Price and Julianna. Thankfully, it isn’t difficult to follow. Ms. Sinclair’s use of the Captain’s log to dictate Captain Price's thoughts and reveal his plans to the reader was brilliant.
Ms. Sinclair never fails to entertain with her unique characters, witty dialogue and well developed plots. Captain’s Price was no exception. I quickly soaked up this novella in one setting and can’t wait to see what Ms. Sinclair has waiting for us next.