Sea of Ruin – Pam Godwin

Genre: Romance
Publisher: Self-published
Pages: 482
Release Date: April 28, 2020

Bennett Sharp is on the run. 
Wanted for piracy, she fears neither God nor death nor man. 
Except Priest Farrell. 

The unfaithful, stormy-eyed libertine hunts her with terrifying possessiveness. Nothing will stop him from coming for her. Not his unforgivable betrayal. Not when she’s captured by the ice-cold pirate hunter, Lord Ashley Cutler. 
She must escape Ashley’s prison and Priest’s deceit. But can she walk away from their twisted desires? 

Two gorgeous captains stand on opposite sides of the law. When they collide in a battle to protect her, the lines blur between enemies and lovers. 
Passion heats, secrets unravel, and hearts entangle until they break. 
Can love prevail in the sea of ruin? 

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Sea of Ruin is an incredibly violent and sexual novel. Trigger warnings for rape, assault, violence, torture.

I really wanted to like Sea of Ruin, but the middle of the book almost ruined it completely for me.

Sea of Ruin started out well with an introduction of the main character, Bennett. She’s an incredibly fierce, competent, and ruthless pirate. I clicked with her instantly, so watching her experience violence and rape was difficult. Sex and sexual violence are at the core of this novel. I didn’t think I’d ever write this, but there was just too much sex. It was page upon page of sex with nothing else going on. For a large chunk of the novel, Bennett is sewing a dress while trying to seduce Lord Ashley Cutler with nothing else happening.

The lines of consent become blurred all too often throughout the novel when it isn’t outright rape. I’m not exactly sure how Bennett falls in love with Ashley since their relationship is rooted in assault and emotional manipulation. He’s also an asshole.

I really wish Sea of Ruin would have focused more on Bennett and Priest. I was instantly interested in Priest from the moment he was introduced. This might explain my dislike of Ashley.

Overall, Sea of Ruin is a roller coaster of emotions as Bennett is tested in everyway possible before the truth is revealed. If you’re a fan of dark romance novels, Sea of Ruin will be sure to please.

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