Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Captain by Lauren Rowe
[Paperback WON at Shameless Book Con!]
It wasn’t the way this kind of story was supposed to go . . .
Insta-love isn’t supposed to turn into insta-hate.
But that’s exactly what happened when the hot-as-hell dreamboat I met in a bar turned out to be a lying, cheating scumbag-player-douche looking for nothing but a little side action. Jerk.
And he has the nerve to call me a liar and a “sociopath”? Assh*le.
And now, three months later, through a mind-blowing series of events I couldn’t have predicted in a million years, it turns out my boss is marrying his sister in Hawaii and I’ve got to play nice with him for an entire freaking week.
Okay, sure, I’ll put on a happy face this week and act like I’ve never even met the jerk before–did I mention his sister is marrying my boss?–but that doesn’t mean I’ll like it. And it certainly doesn’t mean I’ll stop secretly hating the cocky bastard’s guts.
Because I do.
I hate him.
I really do.
I just wish my brain would explain the situation to my body . . . because every time he flashes that panty-melting smile at me, it takes all my self-restraint not to jump the bastard’s hot-as-f*ck bones.
Oh Captain, my Captain… I cannot tell you how freaking lucky I am that I won this book. Not only is the physical copy gorgeous (love that cover and it’s the perfect size for a paperback), but the content proved something I didn’t think possible: insta-love can absolutely work!
First, story time:
Several months ago I kept hearing about Ball Peen Hammer and how great it was. Fast forward a few months to October and I’m excited to see that Lauren Rowe is attending Shameless Book Con in Orlando. I knew immediately that I was going to buy Ball Peen Hammer at the convention. (Signed copy! What!)
When I finally made it to LR’s table, however, Ball Peen Hammer was sold out. When I started (kinda) fake crying, she told me that she was doing a giveaway for Ball Peen Hammer and Captain. I didn’t realize that Captain actually takes place, timeline-wise, before Ball Peen Hammer, so I immediately entered the giveaway with the intention of just buying the ebooks when I got home.
Well, later that I day, I find out that I won!
Another twist of fate: I got completely knocked on my ass with the flu a few weeks after I got the books in the mail and ended up devouring both in a day each as I slowly died in bed.
I will warn you that these books are a sort of spin-off from LR’s The Club series (which I haven’t read). I really wish I knew this before reading these books only because you can tell that several of the characters in Captain and Ball Peen Hammer have great back stories from that series.
I’m kind of stickler about reading a series (even spinoffs) in order according to the timeline, and I wish the descriptions were more clear about this. That is literally the only downside of this novel.
I absolutely fell in love with all of the characters, the writing style, the steam, the laughs, and the storyline.
As I mentioned before, I’m not typically a huge fan of insta-love, mostly because I tend to ask a lot of character and relationship development, and insta-love rarely allows for me to really get into the characters and the relationship between them. I want the attraction to be believable… to be shown and not told.
Somehow LR had me invested in the characters and their budding relationship essentially through only a conversation that takes place at a bar. I was right there with Tessa and Ryan through every bantery word.
Another thing that LR managed to convince me I’d been previously wrong about was my annoyance with simple misunderstandings that tear two characters apart. Typically that has me rolling my eyes, however, she made the misunderstanding almost unpreventable.
The hate-to-love trope was also starting to get old for me, but this book refreshed it in an unexpected way.
This review will be a novel if I go through everything I loved about it, but one last thing: the relationships between the Morgan family members is so like my own and LR nails the interactions so well. I’m such a sucker for familial relationships done well in books.
If you’re looking for a sizzling, hilarious insta-love romance done right, you’ll love Captain.
(PS: you know I love an author when I use initials instead of their name. Please see: MZ = Mariana Zapata)
Audiobook Performance: 5 Stars
You might be wondering why I have an audiobook performance rating when I read the paperback book… the reason is because I also listened to the audiobook. That’s how much I loved it.
As if LR wasn’t talented enough, she also reads her own audiobooks and kicks so much ass at it. I love knowing that when she’s reading it, it sounds exactly as it is intended. She also chose such a great reader to accompany her with the performance. John Lane’s deep voice is so swoony and perfect for Ryan!
This book is part of the Audible Romance Package AND Kindle Unlimited. THERE IS NO GOOD REASON NOT TO READ IT IF YOU HAVE EITHER OF THOSE SUBSCRIPTIONS! #rantover
Butterfly Rating: 4 Stars
Re-read Worthiness: Yes
Oh yes. It has already been read twice.
Bookshelf Placement: Yes
It’s already there! It’s signed, too!
Book Boyfriend Rating: 5 stars
Ryan is a cocky bastard, but he’s also sweet, loyal, charismatic and successful. What more could you want?
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(As of 12.20.17)