- Title: Blackhearts (Blackhearts, #1)
- Author: Nicole Castroman
- Date Released: February 9, 2016
- Page Count: 384
- My Rating: 3/5
Blackbeard the pirate was known for striking fear in the hearts of the bravest of sailors. But once he was just a young man who dreamed of leaving his rigid life behind to chase adventure in faraway lands. Nothing could stop him—until he met the one girl who would change everything.
Edward “Teach” Drummond, son of one of Bristol’s richest merchants, has just returned from a year-long journey on the high seas to find his life in shambles. Betrothed to a girl he doesn’t love and sick of the high society he was born into, Teach dreams only of returning to the vast ocean he’d begun to call home. There’s just one problem: convincing his father to let him leave and never come back.
Following her parents’ deaths, Anne Barrett is left penniless and soon to be homeless. Though she’s barely worked a day in her life, Anne is forced to take a job as a maid in the home of Master Drummond. Lonely days stretch into weeks, and Anne longs for escape. How will she ever realize her dream of sailing to Curaçao—where her mother was born—when she’s stuck in England?
From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn to each other, they’re trapped by society and their own circumstances. Faced with an impossible choice, they must decide to chase their dreams and go, or follow their hearts and stay.
I’m going to go ahead and say that I did fairly enjoy this book. Was it as expected it to be? Not so much. I was expecting pirates and action and romance. All I got was a little taste of piracy and a whole lot of romance.
I’m not saying that I didn’t like this book because that is definitely not the case. I really liked it. But I guess I was waiting for more.
The romance in this book is the main aspect to the story. There’s nothing wrong with that but when I think Blackbeard, I don’t think of a love story. It does make sense though to have this book as the beginning of his notorious ways. Edward Teach has just set sail for a year, only to return home a changed man. It’s then that he meets Anne, one of his father’s maids. There is no insta-love either! The love that Teach and Anne have grows slowly throughout the book.
Anne is the perfect female protagonist. She challenges Teach and makes him realize what he wants in life. The ending was a whirlwind of occurrences that I would not have expected. No wonder Teach becomes one of the most feared pirates of all time.
All in all, Blackhearts was enjoyable. I wish I would have known its main plot was romance because I think my expectations would have been different. I hope that in book two there is more action, pirates, and epic battles.