Apr 5, 2011
The Pagan & The Pen Book Reviews
Title: A Captain’s Order—A Duke’s Command
Author: Tamara Gill
Publisher: Noble Romance Publishing
Genre: Historical Romance
Length: 33 pgs
Reviewed By: Madeline Smoot
Writing Ability: 5
Overall Card Rating:
About the Book: (blurb from website)
Lady Eloise Bartholomew’s trip to Australia on the shirttails on her adventurous brother ends in tragedy when he dies from a fever. But with the conventions of English society suspended on the high seas, she finds passion and excitement in the arms of a rugged ship’s captain—only to be dumped back into the ton, still burning from the fire ignited in her and the loss of the only man she could ever love.
More at home on his ship than dallying with the ton, Gabriel Lyons, now the Duke of Dale, intended never to set foot in London again. But when an elder brother dies, and the woman who claimed his heart over his love for the ocean brings him home, he knows he has to face the secrets of his past. He can only pray their love will survive the scandal that sent him away, the lies he has told her, and the duel he must fight for his honor and her hand.
Lady Eloise Bartholomew has just returned from Australia where her brother passed away. Unfortunately, she is not only morning the loss of her sibling, but the loss of a delectable sea captain who stole her heart and captured her erstwhile imagination.
Gabriel Lyons is the sea captain that is captivated by the young and adventurous Lady Eloise. He has arrived in London to not only recapture the heart of Lady Bartholomew but to also take his rightful place as Duke of Dales.
The cover is pure perfection. It is exactly what a nautical romance cover should look like. This story is one of the best historical romance novellas I have read this year, and the author’s writing ability is top notch, the details she uses wraps around the reader and sucks them into the world of gentry.
This novella is an absolute delight to get lost in. The storyline allows the reader to sink into the world of gentry in London. No detail was spared to give the reader a true sense of the environment and the characters.
This powerful work could only be made better by expanding it to novel length. The love scenes are both sweet and mouthwatering at the same time. It is hard to imagine this novella receiving anything but rave reviews.
Pagan Elements: none