Cris Reads | KISS ME, CAPTAIN By Gwen Jones

French billionaire Marcel Mercier loves women. And there's a string of broken hearts across two continents to prove it. But as CEO of Mercier Shipping, he's got more important things to worry about … like why the charter company he just purchased in the United States is suddenly the center of an international media firestorm.

Now that big, bad Mercier Shipping owns Captain Dani Lloyd's ship, she's sure her job is at stake. But she won't go down without a fight—even if it means chaining herself to the mast of the Esther Reed and refusing to set foot on shore.

The delectable captain and her newsworthy dramatics are a PR nightmare, but Marcel is happy to let Dani prove her skills on a weeklong sail to Boston. He knows no woman can resist him for that long … in fact, he's counting on it.

But Marcel's plan to seduce Dani backfires as sparks fly between the billionaire playboy and the passionate captain. Which leaves Marcel realizing that winning her heart is a challenge he can't afford to lose.

Marcel Mercier is far from the perfect hero. He's a womanizer, self-centered and a pampered rich-boy who is used to always getting his way. Before meeting Dani, he thought it would be a piece of cake to seduce her out of her job and off of his boat, saving his company from a PR nightmare. What he hadn't counted on was a woman who couldn't care less about his bank account and whose resistance didn't melt at the sound of his French accent.

I'm so glad that the author chose to make the heroine the Captain, as it's not something you usually come across in Romance novels. Nor do you usually find a glimpse into female employment and treatment in male dominated fields and the prejudices women in positions of power often face. I loved that Dani was such a strong woman, who knew what mattered most to her and was willing to put her career and her reputation on the line to stand up for it and protect the ship's future.

As a couple, these two throw off lots of sparks. They start off on opposing sides of the battlefield, Dani trying to prove her worth and keep her position as Captain, and Marcel trying to make it to Boston by his deadline while seducing Dani out of her ship. Somehow along the way, they grow to love each other more than they care about getting their own way.

The highlight of this book for me is definitely Marcel's bilingually dirty mouth. It's just fantastic and keeps a vein of heat running throughout the entire novel. The man can make you melt in French and English and some of things he says...damn! Once the seduction begins, you just can't wait for these two to finally get together and all of that push and pull leading up to it just makes the wait all that much better. Marcel's tender side also comes out throughout the book and you know that what he's feeling for Dani is much more than mere lust.

So, if you're looking for a determined, head-strong heroine and a book boyfriend who makes being bad sound so good. pick up Kiss Me, Captain by Gwen Jones.

Disclaimer: As an Avon Addict, I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions shared are my own.

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Gwen Jones, MFA, is an Assistant Professor of English at Mercer County College, in West Windsor, NJ and a mentor in Graduate Studies at Western Connecticut State University’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative and Professional Writing program. She’s been married to her husband, Frank, for more years than she’d like to admit, is an unabashed born-and-bred native of Southern New Jersey and the Jersey Shore, and finds all things political the highest form of entertainment. When not civilly espousing a progressive agenda, she can be found trolling neighborhood streets and greenways, perched under an umbrella at several Jersey beaches, or haunting movie theaters or random tri-state live performance spaces. Associations that have admitted to accepting her are The Romance Writers of America, Liberty States Fiction Writers, and The Association of Writers and Writing Programs. When she’s not atop any given flat space reading trashy novels or the occasional liberal diatribe, she’s usually writing women’s fiction or romance, or essays the odd person has been known to call “humorous.” 

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