Published by MIRA on April 26th 2016
FINAL DECISION: I generally love Laurens books, but this one was almost boring for the first half. The second half (after the hero and heroine meet) was really good, but I couldn’t help but wish that they had met earlier to pick up the pacing.
THE STORY: Captain Robert Frobisher picks up the investigation into the disappearances of people in West Africa. He travels there with the mission to find the camp of the slavers who have been kidnapping men, women and children. When he arrives, Robert finds another person doing her own search. Miss Aileen Hopkins has come to West Africa searching for her younger brother who is one of the missing. Robert knows that he has to convince Miss Hopkins to stop her search before she disturbs the wrong person and ends up missing as well.
OPINION: This book was just so-so for me. Once Robert and Aileen met and began investigating together, things heated up and the pace of the story picked up. Unfortunately, that really didn’t happen until halfway through the book.
For the entire first part of the book Robert and Aileen are engaged in their own investigations and the investigation is the central story in the book. What I really wanted was to know more about these characters, but instead, I got detail about the kidnapping and methods of investigations. Those items don’t bother me in a Laurens book because the mystery is central to the story, but here, the hero and heroine spent too much time apart on the investigation.
Once Robert and Aileen join forces, the story picked up and I was happily turning pages. The two are clearly the perfect match and there wasn’t much keeping them apart except for the adventure they are on. Truthfully, the adventure/mystery itself was much more intriguing and exciting once they joined forces. If there was more of that in the book and less of them apart, I would have really enjoyed this book.
WORTH MENTIONING: I usually never mention things like covers, but I have to say this one might be one of the worst I have seen. The expression on Robert’s face on the front creeped me out every time I looked at it.
CONNECTED BOOKS: A BUCCANEER AT HEART is the second book in the Adventurers Quartet. These book feature a continuing overarching storyline and are meant to be read in order. That being said, the romance itself is completely self contained.
STAR RATING: I give this book 2.5 stars.