TLC Book Tours: The Daredevil Snared by Stephanie Laurens (Review + Giftcard Giveaway!)

The Daredevil Snared
by Stephanie Laurens
Copyright 2016
ISBN: 9780778318965
The Story:
Responsibility knocks, and a reckless, hedonistic man responds and opens the door to love—thus is a daredevil snared.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens brings you the third installment in THE ADVENTURERS QUARTET, continuing the drama of Regency-era high seas adventure, laced with a mystery shrouded in the heat of tropical jungles, and spiced with the passionate romances of four couples and their unexpected journeys into love.
Captain Caleb Frobisher, hedonistic youngest son of a seafaring dynasty, wants to be taken seriously by his family, and understands he has to prove himself sufficiently reformed. When opportunity strikes, he seizes the next leg of the covert mission his brothers have been pursuing and sails to Freetown. His actions are decisive, and he completes the mission’s next stage—but responsibility, once exercised, has taken root, and he remains in the jungle to guard the captives whose rescue is the mission’s ultimate goal.
Katherine Fortescue has fled the life of poverty her wastrel father had bequeathed her and come to Freetown as a governess, only to be kidnapped and put to work overseeing a child workforce at a mine. She and the other captured adults understand that their lives are limited by the life of the mine. Guarded by well-armed and well-trained mercenaries, the captives have been searching for some means of escape, but in vain. Then Katherine meets a handsome man—a captain—in the jungle, and he and his crew bring the sweet promise of rescue.
The sadistic mercenary captain who runs the mine has other ideas, but Caleb’s true strength lies in extracting advantage from adversity, and through the clashes that follow, he matures into the leader of men he was always destined to be. The sort of man Katherine can trust—with her body, with her life. With her love.
The first voyage is one of exploration, the second one of discovery. The third journey brings maturity, while the fourth is a voyage of second chances. Continue the journey and follow the adventure, the mystery, and the romances to the dramatic end.
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My Thoughts:
I read the first book in the series and thought it was just okay -- too slow getting started for me. This book started out similarly, BUT the setting was so interesting that I didn't mind that there wasn't a whole bunch of action. I can't say I've ever read a romance novel where the heroine was kidnapped to work a diamond mine. Yeeeah, it's a little off the wall, but it kind of works. Sometimes in a historical novel, it's nice to leave the ballroom for some suspense and danger.

That said, about 1/3 of the way into the story, suspension of disbelief became the key point for this reader. All of a sudden the story switched gears from an intense search and rescue operation with all involved trying to figure a way out of forced labor before the mine runs dry and they are killed, to a straight up lusty romp. I like a bodice ripper every once in a while, but this book read like two different stories were slapped together. If the romance were toned down just a liiiiittle, I think this could have been such a great story!

I really wanted to love this book, but I ended up just liking it. I might try the next book in the series just because the eldest Frobisher seems cool. ;)

~My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

*I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.*

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