After a fire burns down their home, motherless Charlie Sinclair, age 6, is taken aboard his father’s ship and, over the years, works his way up to the rank of second mate. But Charlie has a secret. He’s not the captain’s son … she’s his daughter and she’s tough as nails but completely ignorant about life on land. She longs for love, but knows she can never find love unlessAfter a fire burns down their home, motherless Charlie Sinclair, age 6, is taken aboard his father’s ship and, over the years, works his way up to the rank of second mate. But Charlie has a secret. He’s not the captain’s son … she’s his daughter and she’s tough as nails but completely ignorant about life on land. She longs for love, but knows she can never find love unless she's willing to give up her life. With a jagged scar slashing across his once handsome face, Privateer Capt. Jaxon Bloodworthy, has given up all hope of finding love when Charlie Sinclair is abandoned by her shipmates aboard his ship. He soon discovers her secret and is amazed that when she looks at him, she does not see his disfigurement. To announce to his crew Charlie is under his protection, Jaxon kisses her on deck making her knees weak and the world fade away. Society would have dictated that she slap him for taking such liberties but Charlie knows nothing about land-rules--she only knows what her heart feels and doesn’t understand that his restraint is not because he doesn’t want her, it’s because he doesn’t want to take advantage of her naiveté.This is a full-length novel. It contains graphic love scenes....
|Title||:||An Officer But No Gentleman|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||385 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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An Officer But No Gentleman Reviews
There are a lot of comments in the reviews of this book about the grammar and the anachronistic use of modern language. I have to say, neither of those things bothered me, and perhaps that is because (whether it is right or not) I tend to set my standards a little lower for Kindle Unlimited offerings. However, I am a big believer in "sample" reading, and this book's lead-in sucked me right to the "read for free" button. The premise of the story is a little unbelievable, with a 22-year old woman masquerading as a man for nearly her entire life on the tight quarters of a sea ship. Accept it and move on.Byrd does a passable job of justifying the reason for Charlie's presence as a man on the ship and the reasons her shipmates don't recognize her gender. I've read relatively few historic romances largely set on a ship, and I found the portions of the book describing her responsibilities on the ship and her interactions with the men she supervised to be very enjoyable. As any gender, Charlie is a character-and-a-half. Charlie is given no leeway as a woman, and this is ably demonstrated by Byrd in many physical and emotional ways. The sea battle is exciting, as are the dockside visits.Where the book lost it a little for me was in the romance. I loved Charlie's acceptance of Jackson's scars - it was as though she didn't even see them. I, myself, forgot about them until reminded. I had a harder time accepting Jackson's abrupt affection for Charlie. There needed to be some tension in the romance as it developed, but Byrd saves that for later in the story. Once the book shifts location to land, there is an abrupt addition of many characters and even in how Charlie and Jackson behave toward one another. Several plot twists are introduced in the latter part of the book that keep the action barreling toward the end.
Charlie Sinclair is a likable main protagonist and the story has a nice flow and good pacing. The plot develops well and it's easy for the reader to hope and wish for Charlie's happily ever after.Personally, I found too many typing and grammatical errors in the book, particularly in the last third. It just got annoying. It could have done with another couple of read-throughs from the author. Also, life on board the Arcadia and the Dragon's Lair seem to have been well-researched but there wasn't the same level of description used for the chapters which were land-based.In sum, good story but needs polishing.
Naval historical American romance set on the high seas (for the most part) with a cross dressing young lady and a sexy pirate with a big family.Miss/Mr. Charlie Sinclair has mostly grown up on her father's ship, she earned her way through the ranks until the awful day that her father is killed and then she is stolen on to the pirate, Captain Jaxon Bloodworthy's very fast modern ship. I really liked tough smart Charlie and her best friend, Monty. But there was too much back and forth lies, confrontations and mistrust between Charlie and Captain Bloodworthy for more then 3 stars.I liked watching Charlie adapt from man to woman which was the most interesting part of the story. People see what they want to see, so Charlie was believably a 'boy' to almost everyone for her whole life.385 pages and kindle freebie3 stars
I find myself at a loss, for all the favorable reviews that I saw before I started reading book I just didn't enjoy it half as much as I thought I would. I think my biggest problem is that the writing seemed a bit Juvenal, the H&h feel in love too quickly and there didn't seem to be a connection other than passion. I'm still trying to wrap my head around parts of this story, some things like the time period just didn't feel authentic when you read the different speech patterns. For a light non-serious read it was ok but it to me tended to boarder a bit on the line of crack.
I really loved the storyline for this novel. Nothing makes for an interesting romance like cross-dressing or long confinements at sea. The reason I cannot give this five stars is entirely grammatical. There are multiple misspellings in the text. The characters also use the endearment, 'baby', which threw me off because it seems so out of place for this time period. That being said, it is a delightful story and a very enjoyable read.
CuteThis was a cute read. The characters are easily likable or disliked and the plot was pretty straightforward. My only complaint would be timing of reveals, I would have liked it more if certain things hadn't been revealed so quickly.
Is a great book to read
I enjoyed this sweat book about two people who find each other and slowly fall in love.
Loved this book, Charlie is great. The story is well told and had me believing it could happen. The romance is wonderful, I couldn't put this book down and read through the wee hours.
I actually really enjoyed this and it was a pleasant faced paced read.