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The Wicked Captain (Blackhaven Brides #13) by Mary Lancaster. Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.

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A dreadful poem inspires a treasure hunt and wicked temptation…

When a lame young officer presents widow Eve Cramond with an atrocious love poem penned by her late husband, she knows John is trying to tell her something from beyond the grave—namely, the location of valuable jewels stolen from his mother. With the help of Captain Lawrence, she tries to decipher his meaning and discover the treasure that could save her children from penury and release her from the unwelcome duty of begging financial help from her husband's cousin, the Earl of Braithwaite.

But, of course, life isn't so simple. Lawrence proves to be a dangerous distraction in his own right, and for the first time ever, Eve contemplates taking a lover…

Still recovering from a serious war injury, the easy going and reckless Lawrence is in Blackhaven for a reunion with his old friends. He anticipates a great deal of long-missed carousing, though he does not expect to play the highwayman or to fall in love with his late colonel's lady.

Worse, Bonaparte is back in Paris, and the allies are massing to defeat him once and for all. Lawrence refuses to let his injury stand in the way of fighting in this last battle, but there are other obstacles, including prison—and Eve, whom he can—t bear to leave.


After a year of convalescence Captain Charles Lawrence is at last fit enough to deliver a message to the family of a fallen comrade.  The town of Blackhaven with it's healing waters will prove to have more benifits than he could imagine.  
Mrs Eve Cramond is staying with her husband's family for a short holiday.  Her sister hopes that the wealthy family members will offer financial help because of the children.  Eve hates the idea of begging but her children have needs.  Although maybe the message the Captain has bought could help.  
A lovely mystery to solve with very amusing characters.  There are lots of friendships in this story both newly formed and those formed in war.  A lighthearted read where we meet characters from previous books in the series.  This book can easily be read on it's own.  
Good fun.


Mary Lancaster's first love was historical fiction. Since then she has grown to love coffee, chocolate, red wine and black and white films - simultaneously where possible. She hates housework.

As a direct consequence of the first love, she studied history at St. Andrews University, after which she worked variously as editorial assistant, researcher and librarian. Although she has always written stories for her own entertainment, she began to make serious efforts toward publication in order to distract herself from a job she disliked. She now writes full time at her seaside home in Scotland, which she shares with her husband and three children.

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