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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Captain’s Man by Scarlet Blackwell

The Captain’s Man by Scarlet Blackwell
Publisher: Total-E-Bound
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (99 pages)
Other: Anal play/sex, spanking, voyeurism, masturbation, toys, BDSM, M/M, M/M/M, menage, Multiple partners
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Amaryllis

The Captain always goes down with his ship.

Josh Addison is recovering from a broken heart on a two week cruise of the Mediterranean.

Enter the captain of the ship, the dashingly handsome Kane Kessler. Josh is determined not to fall for him and convinced Kane won’t look twice. That’s not what his crazy neighbours Erik and Freddie think – and neither does Kane himself.

He wants to make Josh the Captain’s Man.

It’s a sin how much I enjoyed this story. I laughed so hard and then I felt so sad. It’s funny, sexy, sweet, naughty and poignant all at once. At only ninety-nine pages, it’s a lot more than I was expecting. I was anticipating just a frivolous vacation cruise romp with lots of hot sex. And it is that but it’s so much more, too. It’s a real romance with plenty of real emotional risk for both heroes.

Joshua Addison is a very authentic character, vulnerable and funny. I fell in love with him and got right into identifying with him. I was crying “Oh no, you didn’t!” each time that he did something stupid out of self-protection or pride, and feeling happy for him when things worked out anyway.

Captain Kane Kessler is commanding and sexy with just the right touch of the forbidden, or maybe I should say the forbidding. Joshua has been deeply hurt in the recent past and he’s not quite ready for the intensity that Kane shines on him. I enjoyed experiencing all the angst, anxiety and adoration of this once-in-a-lifetime affair with Joshua. In addition, the world of the cruise and the exotic locales they visit is brought to life. I could just smell the salt tang and coconut oils and hear the gulls.

Ms. Blackwell doesn’t shy away from showing their conflict, be it emotional, mental or physical. There are a few scenes of physical aggression between the two. It made it more real for me and it wasn’t overdone. It made it seem like two men in actual fact fighting their own attraction for each other in a relationship with high stakes. Their emotional conflict plays out in the sexual scenes in a beautifully interwoven way, nothing gratuitous here. And the sex is raw and hot, and tender and vulnerable all at once, certainly not for the faint of heart. This book is a full-bodied erotic romance.

The Captain’s Man is a for real love story about two for real men. I can see myself adding it to my guilty pleasures list and reading it more than once. Now I can’t wait to read the next book.


Sue Swift said...

I also read the Captain's Man and it is wonderful!

heather said...

Thanks for the review, it sounds great :)