"The Captain of All Pleasures"
By: Kresley Cole
Synopsis from Amazon.com:
Raised as a free spirit aboard her American sea captain father's majestic clipper ship, willful Nicole Lassiter has never encountered an obstacle she couldn't overcome -- until she meets Captain Derek Sutherland. His sizzling kisses leave her longing, but after they share a night of passion, his subsequent disdain makes her blood boil. Nicole vows to take her revenge -- by helping her father beat Sutherland in a high-stakes competition: the Great Circle Race from England to Australia.Nicole's scheme is thrown overboard after her father is wrongly imprisoned, yet she remains undaunted -- taking to the high seas with her father's ship. But a storm wrecks her plans, and she finds herself a virtual prisoner aboard Sutherland's vessel. And while her mind tells her she should escape, her body urges her to surrender...
I’ve expressed my love for Kresley Cole numerous times, but today I’m going to talk about Cole’s pirate series…that came before the ever loveable Immortals After Dark series. I picked up Kresley’s very first novel, “Captain of All Pleasures” on a snowy afternoon in January. Sure you can tell it’s a debut, but it still shines like a star!
Nicole has been raised in a boarding school away from her seafaring Father. When she reaches the age of maturity, she wishes to return to her family (the crew aboard her father’s ship) and sail around the world. Of course this isn’t the best course of action for any young lady of breeding and her father wants to forbid it. Cookie cutter pirate romance really, until you meet the hero.
Captain Derek Sutherland HATES Nicole’s father. They have competed in speed races against one another for years, suspect the other of creating discord and cheating, and just have an all together dislike for one another. Of course Derek sees Nicole and is instantly smitten (yay!) but when he finds out who Nicole’s Father is, is immediately suspicious.
Some important plot points occur and suddenly Nicole is thrust into the position of Captain aboard her Father’s ship. This is where the character’s true beings come to fruition. Both are strong and independent. Both are very intelligent individuals who inspire loyalty in their crews. There is a hidden evil out to destroy both of their shipping empires, but through their cunning and working together they are able to defeat it.
The characters make the story, truly. Derek is so smarmy but the good kind that makes you want more. Nicole really comes into her own; at the beginning she seems to be young and immature but by the end you can really tell there has been a growth or a learning curve. Kresley Cole has a way with characters to make even the meanest, evilest, or most misunderstood people seem relatable or interesting. It’s truly a gift. A miraculous story teller, I would recommend “Captain of All Pleasures” to anyone who is a fan of Cole’s work or just enjoys a travelling romance.
Publisher: Pocket Books
Date of Publication: July 1, 2003
# of Pages: 384