Book review: Her Seafaring Scoundrel by Sophie Barnes

Published by: Sophie Barnes

Publication date: April 28th, 2020

ASIN: B082397S2Q

Price: $3.99 (kindle) $11.99 (paperback)


Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Synopsis (taken from Amazon listing)

The following review contains some spoilers. I have labeled the part of this review containing parts of the book you should not read if you have not read the book already.

I received a free copy of this book from the author through IndiesagePr.

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.


Her Seafaring Scoundrel was a well written clean romance revolving around the ostracized daughter of an Earl and the rebellious son of a Duke who preferred the life of a sea Captain to the rules and restrictions of the English society. This was a well written slow burn historical romance that sucked you in from the first page. Cassandra was a well-developed complex character, I connected with her from the first scene. I did find her daughter to be too mature for her age but I understood realistically if your mother was shunned by her parents and brought you up in a home for children one would be forced to grow up. The only critique on her daughter was I found her too willing and agreeable to such a sudden change as Devlin uproots their life with his sea journey ahead. I loved the romance and the push and pull from Devlin and Cassandra, I could feel the passion leap off the page when they kissed. The act of making love fell flat for me I needed more detail and it was a few scenes away from being closed door sex. The cover of this book suggested that the book would be partially steamy and this book did not deliver.

I enjoyed reading this book, it was filled with the appropriate amount of humor and suspense, and it was evenly paced. I loved the surrounding characters, and even though I did not read the previous books in this series I got a glimpse of the various personalities of each character.

Spoiler: Do not read any further if you have not read the book.

I enjoyed “Her Seafaring Scoundrel but in the end of the book the fact that Devlin did not immediately choose his wife over his duties of being a Captain brought me down from the high I was on as they confessed that they loved each other. He was willing to leave his pregnant wife, a woman who put aside the guilt she harbored for thirteen years to spend a life with him to the cruel society he tried to save her from. In the end he chose her but I couldn’t forgive him for having that split second indecisiveness, those thoughts should have crossed his mind when he realized that their union wouldn’t be a chaste one.

I did enjoy this book and I look forward to reading more from Ms. Barnes.

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My name is Latoya Fife and I blog about the books that I love. I read and listen to Cozy Mysteries, Contemporary, Historical, Paranormal and Erotic romance books.

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