Her Seafaring Scoundrel
The Crawfords Series
by Sophie Barnes
Publication Date: April 28, 2020
Genres: Adult, Historical, Romance
The 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.
I have read and reviewed a LOT of books, but I don’t think I have ever given a 5-star rating to every book in a series – until now. The Crawford brothers have been some of the best heroes I’ve ever read and their ladies match them in every way. The writing is excellent, the characters are fully developed, and the epilogues – OMGoodness. These books have some of the best epilogues I’ve ever read!
The brother we know the least about is Devlin Crawford because he’s a sea captain and spends nine months at sea and only one month at home in England before he leaves again. Devlin loves the sea and the freedom it offers and at the same time, he hates being land-bound in England. There are too many bad memories there and he’s never comfortable. He knows he’ll never marry because he couldn’t be married and be at sea all the time – not to mention the horrible example his own parents set. His father was an awful, awful, awful man and drove all three of the triplet brothers away.
Devlin’s ship arrived in London and he headed straight for his brother’s home. His brother, Caleb, Duke of Camberly (No Ordinary Duke), married six years ago and has several children on whom Devlin dotes. Devlin doesn’t expect his brother to be in residence, but he is. He also doesn’t expect that his mother is there along with his sister-in-law’s good friend Cassandra Moor. Devlin has always liked and admired Cassandra who, along with the wives of his brothers, Caleb and Griffin (More Than a Rogue), run a home for children. He admires Cassandra’s intelligence and strength. Almost as soon as Devlin’s mother finds out he’s there, she announces that Caleb and Mary are giving a ball and insists that Devlin is required to attend. And that, dear friends, is where all of the trouble begins…
We’ve met and grown to love Cassandra in the first two books and now, we get to learn more of her and her backstory – and what a story it is. We knew she was ruined and that she had an illegitimate child, but now we know how that happened and how it has affected the last thirteen years of her life. She is an admirable woman and you will absolutely adore her. She is a very, very busy woman and certainly doesn’t have time to be attending a ball – even one given by her very best friend, Mary. She agrees to attend even though she knows it will cause quite a stir given her ‘ruined’ status. She’ll attend for a bit and then sneak out early – but as she tries to leave, she encounters Devlin who insists on a dance. Oh dear, why did he have to bring attention to her?
As Devlin, Caleb, and another friend are speaking out on the terrace, a vile and nasty woman nearby begins to make unsavory comments about Cassandra. Devlin listens and grows angrier and angrier – until the anger gets the better of him. The next thing he knows, he’s announcing to the old biddy that Cassandra is to become his wife. Uh-Oh. Now what?
Now, Devlin has to convince a woman who has absolutely no desire to marry, that she needs to marry him. Then he has to convince her that they can make a good match. You’ll love their journey into their HEA and it really was a hard-won battle. For a while, I began to wonder if it really was going to happen.
I absolutely adored Penelope, Cassandra’s daughter. She is a delightful twelve-year-old with a very sharp mind and an adventurous spirit. The best part is, she adores Devlin and does her part to help him win her mother.
You will absolutely adore this book and this series. I can’t recommend it highly enough. I will say that I got a bit tired of hearing about Timothy – I think that went on a bit too long and Cassandra’s reactions to a number of things were just too over-the-top. It didn’t keep me from loving the book and the characters, but it was somewhat annoying.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
About Sophie Barnes
Born in Denmark, Sophie has spent her youth traveling with her parents to wonderful places all around the world.
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. She currently lives on the East Coast.