Commander of His Heart by Arlem Hawks

September 16, 2020 | 1 Comment
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Commander of His Heart by Arlem HawksCommander of His Heart
Author: Arlem Hawks
Series: Promise of Forever After #4
Genres: Historical Romance
Format: eBook, Print
Pages: 125
Date: September 16, 2020
Publisher: Love Letter Press

Love is a luxury she can’t afford until he comes aboard.

Lessons in propriety did little to prepare Marah Kinsley for life on board a creaky old boat. Now widowed, the boat is her livelihood, if she can only keep the navy from learning that she has shouldered the work of maintaining it. When a handsome lieutenant is granted command, Marah has to curb her growing attraction to keep him from uncovering the truth and taking away her means of supporting her family.

Lieutenant Collin Boyd is elated to finally have his own command, until he lays eyes on the decrepit Teaspoon. What’s more, the bosun is mysteriously ill, and the brig is being run by the bosun’s young and determined wife. Trying to stay optimistic, he agrees to let her continue serving as her husband’s replacement until Mr. Kinsley recovers. But when Marah is caught in her lie, Collin is faced with the choice to let her remain at her post and threaten his career or cast her out of his crew to fend for herself.

As they work together patrolling enemy waters, their dependence on each other grows. A mistake and a court-martial threaten to separate them forever, forcing Marah to examine her heart. Can she give up her family’s dream to rescue her second chance at love?

Rating: Mild. Mild kissing; mild (nonsexual) violence or horror.


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About Arlem Hawks

Arlem Hawks

Arlem Hawks began making up stories before she could write. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in communications and an emphasis in print journalism. She also studied French. When she isn’t writing, Arlem is baking her characters’ favorite foods, sewing Regency dresses, learning how to play the tin whistle, and painting with watercolors.

One response to “Commander of His Heart by Arlem Hawks

  1. Maria

    This is a quick read book, perfect for an evening’s read. I love the premise of this series. The idea of these girlhood friends being held together by a bracelet that they pass back and forth to each other is very sweet. And it seems to give strength where needed.

    I have a little bit of trouble believing that the premise of this book could really happen but maybe it could. If you can get past that (or maybe others don’t think it would be a problem) then the story is fun. You’ve got a woman who has no fear of doing a man’s job even if it is dangerous and also no fear of standing up to her captain. It is fun to watch her manipulate each of his complaints to point out that he is the one with a problem and then walk off. She comes across as very strong and secure in her skin but she really does feel insecure inside.

    The captain is quite likable but we don’t really see him “captaining” very much. The story is short so most interactions are between the love interests. With his softhearted kindness towards her I wonder if he is callused enough to be a captain that demands compliance and respect. I mean she and her brothers are all lying to him. I think most captains would have had some kind of punishment for at least the brothers if he didn’t want to punish a woman.

    There was one point in the story that was disappointing to me but perhaps more realistic than what I wanted to have happen. But I’m just a little vindictive when I read. Ha.

    No sex or language
    Violence: one quick skirmish
    *I received a complimentary ARC of this book and voluntarily chose to review it.

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