Review: The Captain's Man (Captain #1) & The Captain's Beloved (Captain #2) by Scarlett Blackwell

The captain always goes down with his ship…

Josh is left heartbroken and lacking self-esteem when his partner leaves him for another man. He has to take a two-week Mediterranean cruise on his own and it’s a good job his crazy neighbors, Erik and Freddie, are there to take him in hand and make him realize his true potential.

There’s another man who recognizes Josh’s obvious worth, too—the guy in charge of the ship, Captain Kane Kessler. A six-feet-two Adonis with a body just made for sin.

But Josh doesn’t want a fling and flings are what Kane specializes in when he’s working. Nevertheless, the two instantly collide—a meeting of like minds and desperate bodies. While Josh tries to come to terms with the fact that he will be another notch on the captain’s bedpost at the end of the holiday, Kane begins to realize two weeks might not be enough to get everything he needs from Josh…

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of auto-fellatio and voyeurism/exhibitionism.

Publisher's Note: This book was previously released under the same title. It has been re-edited for re-release.

All aboard the Magic Peen Cruise of the Greek Isles!

I'm surprised the magic peen didn't generate enough power for a trip around the world, but the two weeks sailing around the Greek Isles proved more than enough time for Josh to fall in lub with Captain Cocksure and his magic peen. Actually, they both have amazeballs rebound capabilities. I'm thinking things would begin to get sore and even chafe but who cares about such middling tasks when you're in LUB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, right? Right. I'm still at a loss as to how they went from 'fuck you' to 'fuck me' in a blink but mine is not to question why.

So, what we have here is a one handed read with a peculiar m/f vibe. You know the drill. Alpha-hole alpha treats the damsel like shit 95% of the time, she then drama llama's on him like nobody's business, playing games and trying to make him jelly when she's not crying in her ouzo over how he could treat her like this!!! When they're not locked in the beast with two backs they're saying horrible things to each other or worse which is where my suspend disbelief band snapped.

It's no secret I enjoy kink. I'm not wholly opposed to alpha-holes either. I mean, I'm not dating one, but to each their own. Where I start to get fussy is when that line is blurred, when important things get assumed. Within BDSM there is (or should be) a structure, boundaries, so when/if someone gets slapped you assume they want to be. When/if someone gets pushed down, has their hair pulled, is generally roughed up and maybe even humiliated I assume they've negotiated these things beforehand with a safeword if things go too far. In the absence of that construct it's just abuse. If it goes further and one party fucks the other while they're struggling and saying 'no', that's rape. And I can't support that message even if it's crouched in but they're so hot for each other or their passion is so raw.

I read these back to back and most of these concerns are addressed in the sequel, but still. I cannot abide such behavior being explained away because the characters thrive on a steady diet of drama and spin around on a constant loop of fucking and fighting. That dog just ain't gonna hunt.

The fucking was P-L-E-N-T-I-F-U-L too. And some of it was pretty hot. These two have the stamina of teens but their rebound time would put them to shame! There is also a completely lovable, hypersexual, mouthy, hella gay secondary character named Freddie who is the shining star of this show. I need a Freddie. Hell, everyone needs a Freddie!

Recommend for those who do not possess the pesky ethics I do. Still 2 Hearts because of Freddie.

*pets Freddie*

A summer fling just wasn’t enough for Kane…

It’s been four months since Josh Addison fell for Kane Kessler, the captain of his vacation cruise liner. He never thought to set eyes on him again but Kane’s come all the way to Anchorage to see him.

For Kane this is a casual hookup during his downtime. He wants to prevent his heart getting involved at all costs. But Josh, hopelessly in love, has different ideas…

Reader Advisory: This book contains public sex, voyeurism, ménage and sex with food. This book is best read in sequence as a sequel to The Captain's Man.

Publisher's Note: This book has previously been released by Pride Publishing. It has been revised and re-edited for re-release.

The Magic Peen went NEXT LEVEL in the sequel. They put some serious miles on the fuck truck to Pound Town. I hope their truck's not a lease cuz they're gonna get PENALized when they turn that sucker in. *high fives self*

You will need your suspend disbelief goggles because Captain Cocksure and his maiden boy enter FSoG territory in the sequel. The game playing turns manipulative once the douchey cheating ex is introduced and what better way to ensure your beloved stays true than to insinuate to the alpha that if he leaves she may have no choice but to go back to him? You know how territorial they are! Nothing'll make an alpha need to mark his territory than the hint of another male sniffing around on their territory! 

You know what step 2 is, right? Lots of sex. Make sure their partner NEVER forgets who can fuck them into oblivion! Sex fixes all the problems. Who needs to talk when you could make the sweet lub? Also, why talk when every single time you do one of you ends up pissed off or crying? 

Did I mention how much sex there is? Because even I got bored with all the sex. Then again, it did become a little same same. Parts of it are hot. Blackwell definitely thinks outside the box and I do like a cock slut bottom with an exhibitionist kink, but even I tire of the finger lube before fucking, hair pulling and all the arching. There are only so many times one can have THE MOST AMAZMATASTIC ORGASM OF THEIR LIFE!!! before I start side eyeing them. Every once in a while you gotta mail it in onacounta LIFE. But I won't lie I mostly enjoyed it even though Josh may as well have a pussy. There's even a sex scene that is logistically impossible in the manlove. I'm not even mentioning some of the adjectives used to describe him.

Captain Cocksure takes to defending his woman even by fisticuffs a la The Grey One, but he still can't commit because reasons. The ending is predictable and easy peasy. Thankfully Freddie makes another appearance and he's just as OTT as ever.

Not a think piece but still pretty hot. I'd recommend skipping over all the talking bits.

A review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

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  1. Love this review. Magic Peens FTW... Or not. I actually remember angry fucking a high school nemesis once we had graduated and I was too drunk to regret my actions... A relationship did not ensue. So it is possible to go completely insane-drunk and say fuck you and fuck me at the same time.... Was that a bit of an overshare?