Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Book Review with featured author, Sophie Barnes: Her Seafaring Scoundrel

Her Seafaring Scoundrel by Sophie Barnes

Publisher & Release: Sophie Barnes, April 28, 2020

Time and setting:  Regency England & the open seas

Genre: Historical Romance

Length: 320 Pages

Heat Level: 1 flame

Rating: 5 Gold Crowns

Book Description: 

he last thing she wants is a husband...
Least of all one determined to win her heart...

Lady Cassandra has no desire to marry. But when Captain Devlin Crawford brings scandal to her doorstep and offers salvation, she cannot say no. Not with her daughter's future at stake. So she decides to accept Devlin's offer, provided he agrees to never being intimate with her. For although Cassandra is drawn to Devlin, she refuses to dishonor the memory of her one true love.

Devlin knows he's made a mess, but now that it's done, marrying Cassandra doesn't seem like the worst idea in the world. Far from it, though it will take serious effort on his part to convince her of this. Especially since she's never stopped mourning the man she was meant to marry over a decade ago. So once they set off on a grand ocean voyage, Devlin embarks on his greatest adventure yet - the wooing of his wife.

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Thanks go to the author and Net Galley for a complimentary copy of Her Seafaring Scoundrel for the purpose of reading and reviewing prior to publication. A Regency romance and book 3 The Crawfords. My opinions are my own and no one has influenced me in any way.

Her Seafaring Scoundrel is an emotionally charged reading experience with engaging character and an intriguing plot. The pacing is fantastic and kept me enmeshed in the story from start to finish.

Lady Cassandra’s character is endearing. She stole my heart from the start. She has not had an easy time. Her betrothed died days before their marriage and she found out she carried his child. Her parents and society cast her off. Her brother buys her cottage where she takes in orphans and other women who find themselves in a similar situation to her. She spends her life running her orphanage and her daughter. She will do anything to ensure Penelope’s happiness.

Devlin Crawford is our hero and is a great character. He’s spent years roaming the high seas, never spending more than a few weeks in England. When he arrives at his brother’s ducal residence, he agrees to attend his ball. He defends Lady Cassandra’s honor and informs the gossip they are betrothed. Although he has no plans to live in England, he does want to protect Cassandra. He has admired her from afar for years.

The romance between Cassandra and Devlin is a rocky road with plenty of emotions going on between them. Cassandra has mourned her Timothy and doesn’t want a true marriage, but the attraction between her and Devlin is too strong to ignore. There’s fantastic sexual tension between them. There’s a totally unexpected twist, which makes this a fantastic read!

If you enjoy Regency romance with amazing characters and an emotionally charged plot, then you will love Her Seafaring Scoundrel as much as I. Ms. Barnes is a talented author, and I’m so glad I agreed to read this. It had been some time since I’d read one of her books. I will be reading the prior books in this great series. Happy reading!


1.     She took tap dancing lessons from the age of six until the age of ten.
2.     Un-agented, she managed to secure her first contract with Avon Books – her number 1 publisher of choice. She has also made her own website and her first five book trailers on her own. Coming up with creative marketing ideas, like the advent story that she ran on her website in 2013, and the online flip book she created for Lady Sarah’s Sinful Desires, has been a fun experience for her.
3.     When relaxing with family and friends, she loves to play board games – especially Carcasonne, Bohnansa and Puerto Rico.
4.     Her favorite ‘costume movie’ is Gone with the Wind.
5.     As much as she’s always enjoyed writing, it was never something that she thought she’d make a career of, but rather something she imagined would make a good hobby one day. Fortunately, her opinion about that has changed.
6.     She used to love acting and has played both the wicked witch in a Snow Whitepantomime, Adriana in Shakespeare’s A Comedy of Errors and an old, dying woman in Oliver Twist.
7.     Of all the countries she’s ever traveled to, her favorites are New Zealand and Mallorca. She hopes one day to visit Greece, China and South Africa too.
8.    She loooooooooooves Tiramisu and Creme Brulee.
9.     Her favorite art museums are, Musee D’Orsay in Paris and Glyptoteket in Copenhagen.
10.  She spent ten years of her childhood in the south of Spain.
11.   As far as theatrical performances go, her favorites are: The Phantom of the Operaand The Magic Flute. Unfortunately she’s only seen the first half of Phantom since she spent the second half in a London hospital.
12.  Her favorite movies are: SabrinaThe Princess BrideTo Catch a ThiefSomewhere in Timeand My Fair Lady.
13.  Her favorite TV shows are: Blacklist, Blind Spot and Supernatural
14.  She enjoys DIY and is proud of having put up molding on her own while her husband was away on business.
15.  Sophie loves Christmas, especially in Scandinavia where it’s the biggest holiday of the year.

Author Bio:

Born in Denmark, Sophie has spent her youth traveling with her parents to wonderful places all around the world. She’s lived in five different countries, on three different continents, and speaks Danish, English, French, Spanish and Romanian.
She has studied design in Paris and New York and has a bachelor’s degree from Parson’s School of design, but most impressive of all – she’s been married to the same man three times, in three different countries and in three different dresses.
While living in Africa, Sophie turned to her lifelong passion – writing.
When she’s not busy, dreaming up her next romance novel, Sophie enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, cooking, gardening, watching romantic comedies and, of course, reading. She currently lives on the East Coast.
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