Review: Caught by Kimberley Cale

Title: Caught

Author: Kimberley Cale

Series: Sea Temptress Series (Book 1)

Page Length: 224

Publication Date: Aug. 11, 2020

Synopsis: A vengeful pirate…
Ruthless pirate captain Quinn O’Connor is bent on getting revenge on the creatures who wrecked his ship and killed his crew. When he claims their leader as his captive, he doesn’t expect the scorching consequences that come with being stranded with her on a mysterious island.

A beautiful sea temptress…
Lorelei, a daughter of Poseidon, is willing to bargain with the dangerous pirate who captured her in order to save the ones she loves. He believes the worst of her and her kind, and when he drags her onto dry land, turning her beautiful tail into a pair of unsteady legs, she’s not sure if she’ll be able to return home—and soon she starts to wonder if she really wants to.

Magic and mayhem bring them together…
With each smoldering kiss, each heated touch, their desire blazes higher. Can they overcome misunderstandings and monstrous enemies seeking to tear them apart? Will a mermaid challenge her fate for the love of a pirate? Will the vengeful pirate give up his revenge and take on a god to save his mermaid? 

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My Review:

Caught, the first book in the Sea Temptress Series, is the story of Lorelei, a mermaid who falls in love with her pirate captor. Quinn, the captain of a sunken pirate ship, mistakenly blames Lorelei for his ship’s demise. Though he is determined to punish her for the death of his crew and loss of his ship, Quinn doesn’t expect to fall for the enchanting woman.

Lorelei is betrothed to a ruthless, murderous siren, and her only desire is to find a way to break the engagement, save her sisters from the same demise, and escape from her father Poseidon’s clutches. Is she willing to risk everything for the man who captured her? Will Quinn put his misgivings and preconceived notions about women to protect Lorelei?

This is an engaging mermaid romance with well-developed, complex protagonists. Lorelei’s relationship with her sisters is one of my favorite parts of the book. Lorelei sacrifices so much to protect her sisters, and her love for them is strong and true, as is their love for her. Lorelei’s trust in and protection of her sisters says a lot about her character.

Quinn’s character is a bit more difficult to love, especially at the start of the story. His years as a pirate have hardened him, and his thirst for revenge blinds him. I like that Lorelei’s strength of character breaks through Quinn’s emotional barriers. She makes Quinn want to be a better man. Of all the characters in the story, Quinn shows the most growth.

The mythology and mermaid lore as well as the supernatural elements of the story, are also interesting. I like how the author weaves Greek mythology into the story and puts a fresh spin on well-known gods and mythical creatures. Poseidon, mermaids, sirens, fairies, and more are presented with a unique and interesting spin.

There is talk of sexual assault early in the story. While seeking vengeance, Quinn intends to have sex with Lorelei, whether she wants to or not. Though he doesn’t follow through, this part might trigger readers. Also, Lorelei agrees to have sex with Quinn as part of a deal and while held captive. Though not forced, Lorelei sleeps with Quinn after he lies to her. Though their relationship quickly turns to one of love and passion, it starts under dubious circumstances.

Thanks so much to Netgalley and the author for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.


Favorite Parts:

  • The mythology and mermaid lore.
  • The strong sisterly bond.
  • Quinn’s character growth.


Readers who enjoy spicy romance novels with mermaids, pirates, and interesting mythology will enjoy Caught.

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