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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Captain’s Lady by by Lorhainne Eckhart

The Captain’s Lady by by Lorhainne Eckhart
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full (316 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Fern

Captain Eric Hamilton is a powerful force in the U.S. Navy, having earned himself a reputation of being a hard-nosed chauvinist. He’s commander of the USS Larsen, a destroyer, currently deployed in the Persian Gulf during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Abby Carlton has just escaped from the man who held her captive for a year. Abducted while traveling in Paris, she was given to an Arab man as a gift, until one night she makes her desperate escape.

While on patrol one morning Captain Eric Hamilton discovers a dinghy floating aimlessly. Abby is found, battered and in an advanced state of pregnancy, lying in the bottom of the dinghy. From the moment she lay on the deck of his ship her honest innocence finds a way to penetrate his hardened heart. But time is running out. Eric is falsely accused of sexual assault and the CIA wants Abby and the baby for bait to flush out her captor, who is suspected of recent terrorist activity in the gulf.

The cover drew me in and the blurb snared me. How could it not? A story involving a woman sold into slavery and the Navy Captain that saves her – what’s not to like? But I soon discovered there is far more to The Captain’s Lady than meets the eye. You have the tension, the uncertainty, the intensity. Each element expands, pulling you into the story, until you can’t wait to learn what happens next. What begins as a romance becomes a complex web of false accusation, and each page draws you in deeper and deeper.

The twists and turns work brilliantly here, ensuring the pace remains brisk throughout. There isn’t a dull or boring moment, and when you’re not enjoying the sultry chemistry between Abby and Eric, you’ll have plenty of suspense and intrigue to keep you on your toes. That’s one of the best aspects of the story. All of the characters are perfectly developed, and not just the protagonists. The author has a talent for shifting between all of the players seamlessly, using the voices necessary to convey what needs to be shared.

As for the romance itself, I loved Abby and Eric. They complement one another beautifully. He is strong and willful where she cannot be. It’s this contrast that offers the largest surprise, because ultimately, it’s her strength and determination that will bring them together.

Lorhaine Eckhart has woven a thoroughly enjoyable and memorable story that is tightly written and wonderfully delivered. There is never a dull moment in The Captain’s Lady. A romance I thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend.