Review: Sea of Ruin by Pam Godwin
Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author.
Love prevailed, not in the windless calm of life, but in the ruin.
Oh, Pam Godwin, take my heart and my money because goodness me, woman, is there anything you can't write?! Her latest novel is a dark historical romance set in the high seas, and whatever bar I may have set for this--and trust me, that bar was far into the heavens--was blown to smithereens. Sea of Ruin has, indeed, ruined me for all other books, and not just those that fall exclusively under this romance sub-genre. Godwin has already made a reputation for herself when it comes to writing the kinds of romances that she wants to, making no apologies for it, and thank goodness for that because I, as a reader, am reaping the rewards of her unbridled and impressively written storytelling. With this newest book of hers, she's given her readers something new but still with that quintessential brand that makes your recognize it as a Pam Godwin original, and readers are certainly basking in it.
I've been waffling on whether I should even give a brief bit of information about what the story is, but dare I say that this is one of those tales that are best relished when you go into it blind? What I can tell you is that Bennett Sharp very much lives up to her name; she's sharp as a tack, takes no prisoners, and has earned the respect of those under her command. She is, hands down, the most remarkable female pirate captain I've ever come across, whether it be on paper (virtual or not) or on screen. The fact that there are two men she's up against--libertine Priest Farrell and pirate hunter Lord Ashley Cutler--highlights how much of a force Bennett is to be reckoned with.
If you're looking for a "bodice ripper", look elsewhere, but if you've been searching for the sort of romance that sweeps you away and makes you forget about whatever it is that's happening right now--and let's face it, we all need that escape at the moment, even if it is just for a few hours--then I implore you to read Sea of Ruin today. That doesn't mean, however, that Bennett's story is mindless entertainment. If anything, it gave me something to think about aside from giving me the "feels". In that time and setting, women like Bennett were a rare breed. She knew what she wanted and she went after it. She knew who she was and held her head up high. She was a forerunner, yet she was someone who also had her baser needs. She embraced the woman that she was, and come hell or high water, she fought for the life she lived. Pam Godwin, I bow before your greatness. Five-plus stars. ♥
Release Date: 28 April 2020
Date Read: 28 April 2020
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