Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman
“Blackbeard the pirate was known for striking fear in the hearts of the bravest of sailors. But once he was just a young man who dreamed of leaving his rigid life behind to chase adventure in faraway lands. Nothing could stop him—until he met the one girl who would change everything.
Edward “Teach” Drummond, son of one of Bristol’s richest merchants, has just returned from a year-long journey on the high seas to find his life in shambles. Betrothed to a girl he doesn’t love and sick of the high society he was born into, Teach dreams only of returning to the vast ocean he’d begun to call home. There’s just one problem: convincing his father to let him leave and never come back.
Following her parents’ deaths, Anne Barrett is left penniless and soon to be homeless. Though she’s barely worked a day in her life, Anne is forced to take a job as a maid in the home of Master Drummond. Lonely days stretch into weeks, and Anne longs for escape. How will she ever realize her dream of sailing to Curaçao—where her mother was born—when she’s stuck in England?
From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn to each other, they’re trapped by society and their own circumstances. Faced with an impossible choice, they must decide to chase their dreams and go, or follow their hearts and stay.” ~ Cover description from Goodreads
Slow burn of a book but not boring in my opinion. This is the imagined story of Blackbeard… Before he was Blackbeard and how he became such. An origin story. In my opinion this is historical regency romance but for the YA genre! I’m not sure why it has such mixed reviews. I enjoyed it. But then again historical romance is like that…. you either love it or hate it so this book isn’t for everyone.
I liked the author’s note at the end of the story. Castroman gave some insight on her research into Blackbeard and it made her imaging of his origin believable. After reading Blackhearts I would be ready to believe this story is EXACTLY why Blackbeard had named his ship Queen Anne’s Revenge.
Well imagined. Clearly written. Easy to follow.
There was just enough action, back stabbing, and romance to be a great introduction to a series to have me hooked. There is a MAJOR cliff hanger at the end of this book so I’m REALLY glad I already Blacksouls (book 2) to dive straight into. This adventure has officially moved to the high seas!
I also just want to say I love the covers for this series.
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