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The Captain's Revenge (The Syren's Mutiny, 2)

Rating: 3 Stars

Caelum stopped his father, but at what cost? Brigid was gone, taken by the very woman she once owed her life to, and Caelum was now wanted for his father's murder. Now, he has to deal with the aftermath of his decisions, and with the other syrens who only seem determined to make his life more difficult. Brigid, torn from the new life she had begun to make for herself, must now endure the wrath of the goddess who had saved her. To survive, she shuts herself down, silently hoping that Caelum will rescue her and silently resigning herself to the fact that he won't make it in time before her body succumbs to Cliodhna's torture. When whisperings of a mysterious witch in the South reach Caelum, he's willing to do whatever it takes to get Brigid back, including giving up that which he holds most dear. But will he be able to save her in time? And will what remains of his father's crew really give up that easily?

I have to admit I was slightly disappointed with this read. It was promoted as a spice level of 5, but it honestly was not even close to that. For one it has one "spicy" scene and this isn't until almost 80% of the way into the book, which slow burn so okay, but still... I would say like a 1-2 spice rating would have been more accurate. Anyway, moving past that element. Early on a lot of the book felt very repetitive, like yes I get the point. The men aren't a fan of the syren's and the syren's don't like them but they have to work together if they are going to get Brigid back. It just felt like half of the chapters could have been left out and gotten the same point across.

I love the syren and pirate aspect, but I feel like we didn't get much of either in this one. While I think it is a good story and concept idea, I just felt like something was missing for me in this one. It felt like the plot moved super slowly in this one, just to be wrapped up super quickly in the end. I would have liked more of the big revenge battle and less of the Brigid rescue mission and all that entailed. Overall I think the author has a good concept and if you are looking for comfort/cozy read type books this series is probably a good fit, given the pacing of the novel.

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