Book Review: Captain of My Heart by Danelle Harmon

Captain of My Heart by Danelle Harmon

Heroes of the Sea, Book 2

Danelle Harmon Inc., December 10, 2013

514 pages

Historical Romance



He wanted no woman, except one made of sails and wood and wind …

Handsome, wily Irish privateer Captain Brendan Jay Merrick is running from a painful past — and fighting for a new nation’s future when he arrives in the colonial town of Newburyport, Massachusetts, with plans for shipwright Ephraim Ashton to build his magnificent new schooner. Brendan’s daring sea battles against His Majesty’s fleet have made him a legend in his adopted country — but one look at the dashing stranger and Ashton’s daughter Mira starts making plans of her own. . . .

She wanted no man — but him.

Brash, hot-tempered, and born at sea in a raging gale, Mira Ashton is more than most men can manage. Disguising herself as a crew member and sneaking aboard Brendan’s newly-built Kestrel, she becomes the schooner’s finest gunner . . . and the captain’s most outrageous distraction. As desire ignites between them, Mira finds herself competing against Kestrel for Brendan’s love. But when tragedy strikes, Mira must join forces with her mighty rival in a daring adventure that turns the tide of battle and brings glorious victory to the colonists, the captain . . . and the lady who has captured his heart.






I was at first a bit intimated at the size of this read, as well as seafaring theme, the time period, and that this is an older written book. I’m so glad I gave it a go. I LOVED IT! Action, romance, eccentric characters, and battles at sea against the backdrop of war. The descriptions are wonderful (setting, characters, schooner). Krestrel, Captain Merrick’s schooner, is a front and center character herself. Details are brilliant and seems like a lot of research went into this book. I highly recommend Captain of My Heart. I just came across that Heir to the Sea is now out (came out in 2017). It’s the journey of the youngest son of the Captain Brendan and Mira Merrick. Can’t wait to read it.

Reviewed by Comfy Chair Books/Lisa Reigel

Review copy provided by Aurora Publicity



“One of my all-time favorite authors!”  JULIA QUINN, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of The Bridgertons

“Provocative and passionate!” LISA KLEYPAS, New York Times Bestselling Author

“Danelle Harmon’s style is as bold and sexy as her unforgettable characters!” – LORETTA CHASE, New York Times Bestselling Author FIVE STARS!

Critical reviews for CAPTAIN OF MY HEART:

“A guiltless pleasure of a read with an absolutely fantastic plot full of action, romance, intrigue, the open seas, treachery! I can’t remember how long it has been since I have been so in love with a group of characters! This is one of those warm and ooey-gooey stories that stays with a person for a long time. … Read it for yourselves and see what all this fuss is about!  Goforth and buy it”  — Krissie Gorman, bookworm2bookworm blog

“An exhilarating, funny, sensual romance with a love story as tempestuous as the sea. Captain Of My Heart is an unqualified delight… convincing, engrossing, unforgettable.”                                                                 — Romantic Times Magazine

“I love, love, love tortured heroes … Except that Brendan isn’t exactly tortured… he’s more a shameless rakelike Captain Jack Sparrow … cunning, smart, charming and funny. Mira is wonderful!  Lovely main characters … tempestuous love story … great supporting characters … An enjoyable time!”    — Lidyane Dutra, the Literary Reality Blog

“Prepare for a rollicking good time! Enchanting characters, witty dialogue, superb writing make Captain Of My Heart a thoroughly enjoyable read. I highly recommend it!”                                    — Katherine Sutcliffe, Author

“Spicy, sensual reading at its best … with humorous touches.  A winner!”                                                                 — Rendezvous Magazine



harmonNew York Times and USA Today bestselling author Danelle Harmon has written seventeen critically acclaimed and award-winning books, with many being published all over the world. A Massachusetts native, she has lived in Great Britain, though these days she and her English husband make their home in New England with their daughter Emma and numerous animals including five dogs, an Egyptian Arabian horse, and a flock of pet chickens. Danelle enjoys reading, spending time with family, friends and her animals, dog showing, plane-spotting, and sailing her reproduction 19th century skiff, Kestrel II. She welcomes email from her readers and can be reached at









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