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Captain's Captive

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  33 reviews
What if the man who made love to you last night does not recognize you in the morning? True, you had been in disguise, but still... and what if this happened when you were fleeing for your life? Marilee Booth masquerades as an old woman and hires on as a cook aboard a ship headed to the colonies. She seeks to evade her stepmother, who has attempted to kill her. She is smit ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published September 9th 2015 by Black Opal Books
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Betty Yoder
Dec 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great "step back in time" story. Leslie Hachtel is a good writer that puts you and your mind back in time with adventure and romance. Her writing is easy to read, sit on the edge of your chair literature that makes you want to read another story by the author. I just knew Marilee would have to have the Captain, but didn't know how she was going to do it. It seems hopeless, but unafraid and gutsy, you root for this young lady in disguise, in fear, going after what she dreams. Adult reading I woul ...more
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Leslie Hachtel is a new-to-me author I had the pleasure of meeting at the RWA conference in July. I knew she wrote historical romances, but had somehow missed out they had the element of romantic suspense as well. I was pleasantly surprised to discover Captain's Captive included a bit of suspense along the way.

I absolutely adored Marilee Booth. She is such a strong woman, who disguises herself as an older woman cook named Mary to escape a threat on her life. I love that the moment she saw the ca
Oct 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic romance novel that is full of adventure! Leslie Hatchel has created a fast paced, love filled, dangerous adventure for Marilee and Robert. Marilee is a wealthy young girl who just endured the death of her father. Her Stepmother is enacting revenge on her stepdaughter since her father left everything in his will to Marilee. Marilee decides to flee for her life and take passage to the colonies. She disguises herself as an old maiden who begs Tate to allow her passage on his ship i ...more
Kirsten Smith
Dec 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was the first book that I have read from this author. The preview of the book on the back was a good description of what was to come. I thought that the book had very good qualities to it: adventure, romance, a “villain” (or two), the sweet characters and the rough. Personally, I thought that the characters where not terribly believable because of what Marilee expected of Robert and the speed of the relationships. If you are able to look past that and how the characters talked this book was ...more
Brittany Harrison
Dec 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
After reading the "back of the book" summary I was intrigued. I love a good romance story and have recently been getting more into the historical fiction genre. A damsel in disguise stowed away on a ship who sleeps with the Captain? That's gutsy, since there are limited options regarding a quick getaway if things get awkward...

Marilee Booth is in the process of fleeing for her life, escaping her step-mother in England to start a new life in the colonies. What she doesn't plan on, however, is fal
Dec 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Leslie Hachtel's novel, Captain's Captive delivers what is promised. For the reader looking for an simply fun adventure, the romantic endeavors of Marilee and Robert will more than suffice. Unfortunately this isn't my cup of tea or perhaps I was unfairly comparing the characters to those represented by Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightly, and Johnny Depp in the movie, Pirates of the Caribbean. Several times I wanted to put the book down and watch the Disney film instead. What kept me engaged was Hacht ...more
Linda Diaz
Nov 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Romance and adventure await you on the sea! Imagine if you had to flee your country and embark on a journey to a new land. Such is the dilemma for Marilee Booth. A woman alone on a ship is dangerous in any era, but especially in the early 1700s. Yet Marilee is a determined woman and keeps her head held high while moving forward with her life.

One of my favorite characters is the captain’s right-hand man, Tate. He is honest and perceptive, to say the least. Tate has been loyal to the captain and d
Beth Winters
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book. It had a bit of mystery and romance both. I like that there were a few unexpected turns in the plot even though there were quite a few predictable plots. It did not distract or take away from the story. Marilee gets so mad and frustrated at Robert because he doesn't recognize her under the disguise. She basically wants to write him off and have nothing to do with him because of it. What does she expect? She was wearing a disguise as Mary, and he took her at face valu ...more
Ms. Hachtel is a new author to me, and I thoroughly enjoyed her story. A fast paced Historical romance/Suspense set in America and England, both on and and on sea. A unique story in many ways with a few twists and turns. Well written with engaging and entertaining characters, danger, suspense, mystery, passion, secrets, and falling in love amidst danger and secrets.
An intriguing and interesting story. The main characters, as well as, the secondary characters will capture the reader's hearts and
Oct 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Captain’s Captive a romance novel with the core issue being a case of mistaken identity, and how it pulls apart Marilee and Captain Stuart. Marilee is running from dangers at home, and masquerades as an old woman and obtains the position as the cook on Captain Stuart’s ship. Right away Marilee is drawn to the captain, but he only sees her as an old woman. Marilee continues to harbor feeling for the captain and things build from there.
Marilee’s character and her predicament are well built up, an
Joan Kundra
Dec 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Leslie Hachtel held ME captive as I read Captain's Captive! I'm usually not a fan of historical fiction or pirates. But I'm a SUCKER for romance and LOVE fairy tales! This is like a fairy tale for grown ups! Marilee Booth leaves England for "the Colonies" as a stowaway on a ship bound for Virginia. Why? Because her father passed away and her evil step-mother wants her dead. Disguised as the old lady, Mary, who became the cook on a cargo ship. On the last night of the journey, without her disguis ...more
Michelle Robertson
Dec 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Captain’s Captive written by Leslie Hachtel is a historical fiction romance novel introducing readers to a little bit of everything from action and romance, to betrayal and forgiveness. The development of the characters and story plot its self was very well thought through and written. Each character had believable personalities making them seem very life like. The plot and scenes had a little bit of everything within them, predictable moments, as well as unexpected twists to keep a reader on th ...more
Michelle Mccormick
Dec 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am a sucker for a good romance novel and throw in a little mystery and adventure and I am truly satisfied! Captain's Captive kept me intrigued and entertained throughout because who doesn't love a great fairy tale with stowaways, disguises, evil stepmothers, and pirates.
I thought that Leslie Hachtel did a great job with creating not only an interesting and engaging storyline, but her characters were written beautifully. Marilee's story starts out very Cinderella like with her trying to escape
Traci Hamm
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As an avid reader of historical romance, I always am pulled to the stories of sailors, so this was a natural fit for me. I found that the author (Leslie Hatchel) did a very good job of explaining how our protagonist, Marilee, got herself into her predicament. She even explained for me how she was masquerading as an old woman and how a wealthy socialite learned how to cook so well! (To be honest, I was trying to find the flaws in the story, but Hatchel clears things up nicely.) Throughout the boo ...more
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
A fast paced adult fairy tale. Leslie Hachtel added her own take to a familiar story, making it a unique and exciting story! The characters are well developed and the majority of the book, keeps you on the edge of your seat. I loved the way Marilee and Robert's (Captain Stuart) love story played out. "Captain's Captive" will definitely keep you captivated. There is murder, love, romance, and excitement all thrown together in this well written book. The romance sections of the book weren't over t ...more
Oct 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Leslie Hachtel has written a fun romance novel that will keep the reader guessing all the way through the book. This is an enjoyable read that is perfect for a lazy afternoon/evening as it is difficult to put down once you start. There is romance, murder, and mystery all wrapped up in this adventure novel. The author's writing made me feel as though I was part of a bygone era. I could imagine what it was like to be back in the 18th century, traveling around the world by boat. I totally fell in l ...more
K. Allison Davis
Dec 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable lazy day read! 18th century romantic mystery that keeps you engaged from start to finish. The plot had several unexpected twists and the characters were well developed and likeable. I agree with several other reviewers that the title is a bit deceptive, however, that doesn't change that it was a well written good book. I particularly liked the 18th century aspect, setting it apart from modern day mysteries and allowed me to use my imagination to fill in the details of how I pictured th ...more
Dennis Yoder
Dec 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Good old fashion romance but with a twist. Marilee let her raging passion get away from her with the Captain. I thought it very naive of her to keep shoving him away while all the time that is what she really wanted. He was not the sharpest knife in the drawer when it came to talking to women. He really had trouble telling Marilee that he loved her. I was surprised that the former playmate turned out to be such a brutal and greedy thug. The one thing I didn't see coming was the return of the ste ...more
Kelly Carr
Jan 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Picking up this book I honestly was not sure what to expect, I don't read much in the romance genre and was excited to give this book a shot. If you are a fan of romance and historical fiction I think this book will be a perfect choice, for me what I enjoyed most was the descriptions of day to day life on the ship and the mystery! The plot really took a turn that I definitely did not see coming especially with the character of Jason that reappears in Marilee's life, you will just have to read it ...more
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. It was lots of fun and really exciting, it kept my interest from the first page to the last page. There were also lots of twists, I kept thinking the book was wrapping up and then another layer of the story from would develop. I thought the author did a great job of bringing together a bunch of different stories and also showing different sides of some of the characters. From the title I expected the main character to be a "damsel in distress", but instead she was s ...more
Ashlee Fletcher
Dec 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I thought this novel was great! It kept my attention and was an easy read! What's not to love about an 18th century love story between a captain and a stowaway posing as an aged cook to escape her enemy in England. Marilee is faced with a lot of twist and turns in her voyage to escape her past life. Just when she thinks she's at the best place in her life her past creeps up on her. And of course, who comes to her aid, her strong and willful Robert. Their love for one another always prevails and ...more
Penny Rosier
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
I like my heroines feisty and Miss Hachtel's "damsel in distress" does not disappoint. What a great look at the "pirate life" after Hollywood has dolled it up for us. I like my romance with a little grit and a lot more realism. The characters were fun to get to know and see how they developed. The story moved along and took me with it. It did remind me of other stories or fairy tales but Miss Hachtel still had a way of making it her own story and kept me reading until the very end. It was a grea ...more
Kimberly Lanton
Dec 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. Started off with a bit of confusion but quickly caught up to enjoy when the main character and the Captain set sail. Captain's Captive was a quick read and very enjoyable. A love story, adventure and some hidden secrets to keep you on your toes. I loved the old time era and the characters were believable. Watch for the twists in this story, I wasn't expecting it! I would recommend this book to both men and women as both will enjoy.
**I received a free copy for an hones
Deborah Kilduff
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I always enjoy a good historical fiction and this book did not disappoint. It had all the elements of a good romance as well: a plucky heroine, a handsome hero, silly misunderstandings and hidden desires. In that way it was a bit predictable but still kept me interested. The evil stepmother was a good touch. This book was well written and the author did a good job of setting the scene and describing the characters. I would recommend this book and would like to read more from this author.
I receiv
Lea(nora)’s Book Nooks
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
What a fun book this was! Mystery, intrigue, romance and some family drama all rolled into one novel, with enough anticipation and wonder about what will happen next to keep you turning the pages. Just when you think you have the plot figured out, it twists and turns on you once again. Fans of historical romance and plots with a strong, lead woman will certainly enjoy this story. Perfect escape novel and while I won't share anything about the ending (who is with who), trust me that it's worth th ...more
Jun 14, 2016 rated it liked it
*I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways*

Really a 2.5 star book

This is a decent romance novel although the title doesn't really make sense (the captain never takes anyone captive). Marilee's reasons for why she is mad at Robert are possibly the dumbest I've ever heard; it's like we just needed some reason, no matter how flimsy, so that the two don't get together right away. Also, sometimes the way the two talk together feels drawn out and in need of an editor to cut some of it
Oct 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Marilee dons an old woman disguise to get a job aboard a ship heading for the colonies to escape her stepmother, who wants her dead. She falls for the captain and decides to remove her disguise and spend their last night on the ship together in his bed. But the colonies may not be as safe as she hoped. A historical romance with drama, suspense and plenty of romance to keep it interesting. The story was faced paced and the characters likable and entertaining an enjoyable read.
Jan 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was pleasantly surprised by this book. This was a good balance of intrigue and romance. It was easy to get into and it kept me interested until the end. I also liked the use of flashbacks to give some of the exposition of the the story without slowing down the beginning of the story. While I am not sure how accurate some of the historical details may be, it is a very entertaining read.
Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Although I am not one who is into pirates and sea adventures I couldn't help but grab this book and dig in. Boy am I glad. It was fun and believable for the time period and the characters made it worthwhile. This is the perfect read for an afternoon! Well written with some action, a villain or two and good laughs. I would definitely recommend it but it also has some innuendo so not necessarily for the young set. ...more
Oct 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a Goodreads win. It has a cute plot. Marilee Booth needs to get away from her bad stepmother and she hires onto a ship disquised a old woman cook. She likes the captain but he sees her as crew. On the last night she takes off the disquise and her life changes and the colonies may not be as safe as she thought.
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Leslie Hachtel was born in Ohio, raised in New York and has lived all over the country. Her various jobs, including licensed veterinary technician, caterer, horseback riding instructor for the disabled and advertising media buyer have given her a wealth of experiences.
However, it has been writing that has consistently been her passion.

Leslie lives in Florida with a fabulously supportive engineer

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