The Yacht catches fire.
She ends up stranded in the ocean, terrified, and scared of the uncertain. Until they show up. The pirates. Terrified, Indigo and Eric have to face the reality that this might be the end for them. These are pirates, they are the criminals of the ocean. What chance have they got of surviving this nightmare?
Then she lays eyes on Hendrix. He's the Captain, he's gorgeous, rugged, and mean. He's planning on keeping her to repay his debt to another man, by selling her. Now Indigo has a crazy ex after her, as well as a pirate she can't seem to get out of her head.
Come on this heart wrenching, dark, angsty and dangerous adventure as two people so opposite, find something so beautiful.
Indigo has had a difficult life as her father disappeared and then her mother succumbed to cancer, which meant Indigo ended up in state care. Whilst there, she met and fell in love with Kane but he was a violent man and now Indigo is on the run trying to escape his vengeful ways. Indigo persuades her friend Eric to take a boat trip with her but a freak accident sees them lost and adrift in a life raft but when they are "rescued”, it's out of the proverbial frying pan and into the fire as it’s a crew of modern day pirates who find them!
Ok now, this is fiction so be prepared to suspend all belief. The central male character, Hendricks, is no Jack Sparrow but he is written as a gorgeous hunk of a male, but one who can be very violent. These larger than life characters sail the high seas getting involved in all sorts of bother but I was a little disappointed we didn't get to experience just how the Pirates on board ship made their money. That being said, Hendricks will have you wanting a pirate of your own as underneath that explosive exterior is a seething mass of contradictions and a hunger to dominate that will leave many readers breathless! O boy, he is seriously hot!
Indigo is kind of hard to pigeon hole really. She has been a victim, but she has managed to survive and her loyalty to her friend Eric is admirable but I admit I really did not like Eric, so occasionally thought she needed her head tested! She is a fighter and as a heroine it works very well as I didn’t want her to be a total pushover. I liked that she stood up for herself and embraced her new reality. It may not be what she wanted but Indigo is a character with depths and a strong backbone and whilst many would have floundered in those circumstances, she constantly looked for a way forward. Yes, Indigo is a survivor!
This is romantic fiction so Ms Jewel can take poetic license and just have fun which she clearly has, but for me at times it didn't quite work. This is a contemporary story but the Pirates had a mermaid on the front of their boat, really? There are lots of aarrrrr pirate comments which I thought was funny but I would have expected the modern crew to be, well, frankly modern! Then there's the easy way characters seem to have money to buy/ hire boats which did not make sense and there's quite a lot of violence which is glossed over. What does work though, are the intimate scenes between the two main characters as it’s a romance so yes, most readers will be pleased.
So there's a happy ending of sorts but it's not quite over yet. Fans of Ms Jewel's MC books will no doubt feel it's a must read, but I think if you just want a piece of pure escapism then you will enjoy this. I read it in one sitting so I guess that means I was hooked and would recommend to those who enjoy alpha males no matter how farfetched!