Rescued by the Captain by Laura A Barnes – Review by Shannon Fowler

Rescued By the Captain (Romancing the Spies, #1)Rescued By the Captain by Laura A. Barnes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“It all started with a kiss in the rose garden.”

Sigh. This is a sweet story set in the early 1800’s. There’s no texting or phones calls. Information was passed by word of mouth. The major way of transportation was by sea or horseback. Simple injuries and sickness could easily turn to death. Reputations were easily ruined and virtues could just as easily be preserved. There were pirates and unscrupulous people everywhere. These people add to the mystery and adventure of this story.

I enjoyed this story. The main characters, Thorn and Ivy, seemed in tuned with each other. Even in their love confused state. Thorn and Ivy are perfect for each other even if there are a few years between them. Thorn and Ivy are characters that learn not everyone is honest and true. This story was easy to read and with minor characters like Sammy, this story is complete.

This is my first book by Barnes but will not be my last as I am looking forward to Maxwell’s and Charles’ I stories. I hope to read that Thorn and Ivy have more adventures together as well. Barnes makes “being rescued” something we all should want!

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Rescued By the Captain (Romancing the Spies #1) by Laura A. Barnes – Review by Liz Vrchota

Rescued By the Captain (Romancing the Spies, #1)Rescued By the Captain by Laura A. Barnes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Normally I would have never even picked up this book just based off of the cover. I tend to avoid the covers that look like a Harlequin romance novel, simply because they do not keep my attention. However, I am glad that I chose to read some of the reviews and then give it a chance. It was a pretty decent read for a rainy day.

There is a lot of intrigue, action, drama, and of course pirates that will keep you reading till the very end in one sitting. It may not have been my typical choice of novel but the author, Laura Barnes, made sure to keep things relevant and interesting. I found myself relating to Ivy even though historically she is far different from myself.

Ivy is determined to save her brother. She is a strong willed woman and believes in jumping right away to accomplish what you wish to do. This does pose as a benefit as much as a deterrent. Something I too struggle with. She means well and eventually figures out her way, which is what really made me appreciate her character.

Marcus is madly in love with Ivy. His determination lies in protecting her. He never wavered in his love and devotion which made me love him. Too often guys are the jerks that have to evolve in a lot of romances. But this guy was consistent and I loved that about him.

Overall this was a great historical romantic read, with realistic problems to overcome before the characters can get that happily ever after they so desire. I was pleasantly surprised and look forward to reading the next book in the series, Rescued by the Spy.

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Rescued By the Captain (Romancing the Spies #1) by Laura A. Barnes – Review by Heather Bahm

Rescued By the Captain (Romancing the Spies, #1)Rescued By the Captain by Laura A. Barnes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Laura A. Barnes’ Rescued by the Captain is the first book within the Romancing the Spies series. This historical themed romance was a refreshing read from the contemporary romances I tend to read. I enjoyed the locales and the sequences of being at sea with the captain aboard a ship. Add in pirates and/or devious characters with less than stellar motives, it creates a climatic story that will explode at one point casting all characters in one direction or another – leaving the question, who will succumb and who will succeed. Both the lead and secondary characters were all well written/received, nothing lacked within the story line or character development. Truly a very well written novel.

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Rescued by the Captain (Romancing the Spies Series Book #1) by Laura A. Barnes – Review by Angela Hayes

4 Stars


Rescued by the Captain is the first book in the Romancing the Spies series by Laura A. Barnes. This is an intriguing historical romance that has mystery, suspense, kidnapping, being in the right place at the right time, passion, love, spice, unrest, plots, treason, action, adventure, and some drama. This is my first book by Ms. Barnes and this is also her debut novel- although she has written a couple more in the time since this one was released. I think this is a great debut story, and I look forward to reading more of her books.

As the story starts, I was drawn into an adventure on the high seas- meeting Captain Marcus Thornhill (Thorn) who is a 29-year-old commissioned officer, entrusted with special missions on behalf of the government. He had just plucked a young woman out of the ocean, barely alive- and is shocked to see a face from his past. Ivy had never been far from his mind these past 7 years. Now that fate had cast her into his life once more, he was determined to find a way to prove himself to her and win her trust and love, again. But these are dangerous times and he knows she’s hiding something from him. What happens when everything is revealed?

Ivy Mallory has been through quite an ordeal before finally being plucked out of the ocean, unconscious and on the brink of death. Little does she expect that when she finally opens her eyes, it would be to see the man she’s loved since she was 16- the same man who rejected her and broke her heart. But, she can’t allow him to hurt her again- she will have to remain strong and guarded. Not to mention that she can’t let anything distract her from her mission to save her brother.

What ensues makes for some really great reading, and if this story is anything to go by- the rest of the series loos set to be fantastic!


Thank you, Ms. Barnes!