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Sea of Ruin

(Sea of Ruin #1)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  3,365 ratings  ·  912 reviews
Bennett Sharp is on the run.
Wanted for piracy, she fears neither God nor death nor man.
Except Priest Farrell.

The unfaithful, stormy-eyed libertine hunts her with terrifying possessiveness. Nothing will stop him from coming for her. Not his unforgivable betrayal. Not when she's captured by the ice-cold pirate hunter, Lord Ashley Cutler.
She must escape Ashley's prison an
Kindle Edition, 482 pages
Published April 28th 2020 by Heartbound Media, Inc.
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Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
DNF @ 15%

I got this as an ARC - and am VERY grateful. I have really loved Pam Godwin's books in the past and she's one of my favorite authors...

But, I think I am finally going to call this one here. I've had it on the "on-hold" shelf of perpetual purgatory for quite some time and I have to be honest with myself: I'm not going to finish this thing. And, for those who care (those who don't, feel free to stop here, who can blame you?), here's why...

1) I have finally come to the conclusion that I ju
Pam Godwin
Feb 01, 2020 marked it as wrote  ·  (Review from the author)
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Set in the 1700’s with two jealous-possessive anti-heroes, a ferocious heroine, and all the charm and sizzling passion of a historical romance, this standalone is dark, dirty, and scorching hot.

"Sea of Ruin is a masterpiece." ~ Emma Scott
"Beautiful, soul-shattering, and utterly delicious." ~ Ilsa Madden-Mills
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
Love isn’t a decision. It arrives unannounced, breeds madness, and leaves a sea of ruin in its wake.

Two words: FUCKING. EPIC.

My god. Y'all. I'm rendered speechless. This is easily my favorite Pam Godwin book to date. And considering I've read and loved her entire backlist, that's saying something. But this book? It was something else entirely. Mesmerizing. Magical. Unique. And totally and completely unforgettable. It was unlike any book I've read lately, and I loved it so much
❥ KAT ❥ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books
aq 'SEA OF RUIN:' Is a full length historical romance novel by Pam Godwin.

MY REVIEW AND OTHERS: can also be found on my blog:

Spoiler free Review...I'm not even going to go into the plot..

Unique, unputdownable, utterly unexpected! This book bypassed 5 stars and landed on my 2020 favourite book shelf! Highly recommend!!

I went into this unknowingly not knowing what to expect, I gulped at the vast amount of pages ahead of me, but with hand on heart that
May 24, 2020 rated it did not like it
*1.5 stars*

Listen, I’ve read multiple books by this author and her modus operandi is helpless beautiful FCs who’re either sexually abused or oppressed by the men in their lives. It's noteworthy that her heroes also seem identical (Ashley and Emeric -from Dark Notes- are practically interchangeable).

Additionally, using rape as a plot driver-regardless of the period or setting-is lazy, unimaginative and boring.

So, no, I don’t think this is epic or even that good of a story.
Mali Mor ❤️ The Romantic Blogger

Bennett Sharp is the daughter of a pirate who has dreamed of sailing in her own ship ever since she can remember, but at the age of 14 she had to grow up too fast when tragedy left her to survive by herself - with only revenge guiding her. 🔥⚓

7 years later, Bennett is a captain of her own pirate ship (she's so awesome!!!) and everything works according to plan, until her lover, Priest Farrell (who is a pirate himself) breaks her heart - and if that's not enough, she's also captured by a pira
Lucie V.
Love isn’t a decision. It arrives unannounced, breeds madness, and leaves a sea of ruin in its wake.

✅ Pirates
✅ Drak atmosphere
✅ Characters
✅ Hate-lo-love / Captor/captive
✅ Smut and sexual tension 🔥🔥
✅ Action
✅ Plot and pace
❗️❗️ Explicit scenes of rape and torture

I LOVED this book SO MUCH! 😍😍😍
Thank you so much Paige for the rec. 💙
You know you thoroughly enjoyed a book when you just finished it and you already want to read it all over again.

Mesmerizing. Magical. U
Shabby  -BookBistroBlog
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Billions Of Blue Blistering Barnacles!! When my Utmost fave author writes my Utmost fave trope, my hearts just bellows- “Weigh anchor! All hands prepare to make sail!”
This is a new trope for Godwin but as usual she shines and advances by knots and fathoms, this is her Most potent work yet. Best job with narration, plotting, characterization and slick advancement. Arousing and electrifying, it will transport you to the rolling decks and creaking planks aboard a Pirate ship and your feet may
Lacey (laceybooklovers)
A dark historical romance with PIRATES. Need I say more?

I was a pirate captain, a rebel queen of the sea, fighting against the conformities of society and the oppressive laws of man.

Holy moly, I absolutely loved this book – it was addictive, gritty, intense, and unputdownable! I've been dying to read Sea of Ruin ever since I heard Pam Godwin was writing a dark historical romance. I’m a big fan of her dark romances and I couldn't wait to see her twist on a historical setting. Sea of Ruin turned o
Villains Do It Better
2.5 Stars


So... This was different... In an engaging but odd and weird, never have read something like this ever before, type of way. I won't put spoilers, but you can count on this being the most unique love triangle you will ever read.

What I really liked about it, which I always like about Pam Godwin's books, is her writing. I can totally hate something but still want to read it simply because of how amazing Pam's writing is. In this book specifically, she did a great job i
If you want a super angsty and super dark pirate romance, Pam Godwin delivers on that front. And when I mean a pirate romance, both the main character Bennett and one of her love interests are actual pirates. They run into other pirates. They capture pirates and are captured themselves by pirates. Pirates galore! Be prepared, though, for a SUPER dark romance when it comes to these pirates.

Trigger Warnings for sexual assault, rape, torture, and infertility.

When I say that this book is angsty, i
I've decided NOT to rate this book for the reasons that I'll specify in this review, so bear with me till the end.

Sea of Ruin, is a standalone HR, featuring Bennett Sharp, a woman pirate; Priest Farell, a pirate and Ashley Cutler, a pirate hunter.

Married and estranged with the notorious pirate, Priest, Bennett is heartbroken over his infidelity and the fact that she loves him still. She promptly refuses to take him back. While on the sea, her ship is attacked by Lord Ashley Cutler, Commodore of
Saint Monique
3 'The idea was great, just the execution was lacking*' stars

*as my high school gym professor used to say when we were playing volleyball and dive for the ball, then missed it

First, a very big apology to everyone who was excited about this review. I just can't bring myself to write it but I'll try to do my best. So, here's not really a review but more like a collection of my thoughts about the book.

▪ This was way better than King of Libertines. Go figure.
▪ The cover is gorgeous! 😍😍😍
▪ I still ver
Genre: Dark Historical Romance
Type: Standalone
POV: First Person – Female

Years of hard work earned Bennett Sharp her place in the open sea. As a female pirate captain, she had a fair share of difficulties but none compared to being hunted by two ruthless men. Priest Farrell and Lord Ashley Cutler came from the opposite sides of the society but with a singular mission: to get Bennett under their clutch before she slipped away.

Bennett was such a full-rounded character. I loved her sass an
Jewel Ann
Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Pam is one of the most masterful writers I have ever read. Skillfully executed, penned to perfection ... Sea of Ruin will leave you breathless. Bennett, Priest, and Ashley are my new obsession, and this is sitting at the top of my 2020 favorite list! READ. THIS. BOOK!
5 exquisite force of destruction stars

Bennett Sharp is a woman on the run, from her past, her heart and her soul… She commands the Jade like no other captain can. Born and bred from two worlds; her worlds collide in ways she’s never imagined. Breaking her and re-building her into the woman she is today.

Priest Farrell was the sea, Rough. Dangerous. Dependable. He was the unstoppable force that haunted her dreams and hunted her like a shadow.

Lord Ashley Cutler was a man unbendable, driven by his
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4-4,5 STARS

What a fantastic read, amazing storyline and strong characters!I devour it, I started and I couldn't put it down!It was fast paced, hot and dark!It took me by surprise and I enjoyed every minute of it!


The history between Bennet and Priest is intense and emotional.Their chemistry was scorching with tension!I adored Ashley too sigh such a unique character.These characters will stay with me for a long time!

I want to read more books like this one by Pam Go
~**Anna**~ A Romance Reader
Mar 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a ride!

This was an epic read. If you like pirate romance then you need to read this book. It was quite the adventure and I was captivated from the start.

This story is not for the faint of heart though. It has pretty gruesome scenes, but it made this story feel more real. Pirate life is not glamorous and it can be quite brutal.

I loved Bennet. She’s so strong and such a badass! She’s captain of a pirate ship and commands her ship with a fist of iron. But she’s also loyal and loves with all
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars!
(ARC provided by author)

-"Love isn't a decision. It arrives unannounced, breeds madness, and leaves a sea of ruin in its wake.

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Bennett Sharp is the daughter of a notorious pirate and an English countess who loses everything at the age of fourteen. She’s forced to choose her path in life which is plagued by danger and hopeless, impossible situations. She’s a bold, fierce, rebellious, determined force to be reckoned with. She’s untamed beauty with a spirit that can’t be broken. She igno
RATING: 5 'Pirate Captain' HEARTS!

“Love isn’t a decision. It arrives unannounced, breeds madness, and leaves a sea of ruin in its wake.”

Sea of Ruin takes us on an adventurous voyage filled with swashbuckling high-seas thrills, surrounded by a dark, edgy atmosphere that lends itself as a backdrop to not only the unimaginable acts of violence and brutality our heroine faces, but also the carnal romance.

He was the highlight of my life, someone I looked forward to seeing despe
Jennifer Kyle
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
4 Stars ⭐️
TJ ☾
3.5 Stars

Wow Pam Godwin really took Danni, Cole, and Trace from One is a Promise but made them pirates. No joke their personalities were copied and pasted. I might've been mad at the blatant serving of recycled material but I happen to like pirates so fuck it, I'll play I guess


So our heroine Danni, oh sorry, Bennett (I didn't say I wouldn't be petty about it) is kind of hard to describe bc she has a deceptively strong, kickass personality, but she was also at the mercy of other people for almo
Deanna❤Pink Lady❤️
5 “Epic” Stars

Blow Me Down......I absolutely LOVED this book. It was an EPIC historical pirate romance that completely captured me and never let me go. Pam Godwin wrote a dark, brutal, passionate tale that was gut wrenching as much as it was an adventurous exotic swashbuckling saga.

Bennett Sharp is a fierce heroine. The daughter of an infamous pirate and a British noblewoman, the sea is where her heart lies. She is loyal, strong, witty and sexually liberated. To be a woman pirate is no easy fea
Emma Scott
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Stunning. Simply incredible level of detail, world-building, and authenticity as a backdrop to a beautiful love story described in gorgeous prose. I’ve been raving about this book all over and it deserves every accolade. A top read of 2020, one hundred percent.
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sea of Ruin is an adventure. A fabulous dark historical pirate romance. What a treat. What a journey. Bennett is truly the hero and shining star of this story. The ultimate heroine. She went through hell and came out the winner. The survivor. Sea of Ruin is a pirate romance and the author doesn’t hold back. It’s dark, it’s uncomfortable and it’s gritty. I felt I was with Bennett all the way. Experiencing her trials and especially her dealing with love. Sea of Ruin is a romance. A love triangle a ...more

After nearly 500 pages of swashbuckling adventure and raunchy sex on the high seas, I feel like I've just binge-watched the entire Pirates of the Caribbean franchise on sexy steroids. wOW.

(pls enjoy this vaguely nautical gif I found featuring queen Emilia)

I think because of the ethereal look to the cover, I went into this expecting it to be a fantasy of sorts—but it wasn't (it's a historical), and I wasn't disappointed in the LEAST. Pam Godwin's prose blew me out of
I've heard about this nonstop, so I finally decided to read it for a Reading Challenge under my 5 Star prediction category. It's my 1st ever Historical Romance (I think).... and it's about Pirates. I guess those always existed, I just never really thought about it. I think the gorgeous cover finally persuaded me to try this one out. I love Pirates and this one lived up to all my expectations.

This is very dark, all the trigger warnings, and all the Stars from me!
Korrie’s Korner
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 Pirate stars for this EPIC tale!

“Love had hunted me, captured me, bred madness, and yes, it left a sea of ruin in its wake.”

I really and truly have no words for a review. This book tested my boundaries as a reader, but I am so glad I kept on with it. This was more than a story, this was an experience that isn’t for the faint of heart. I can’t talk about much that happened in this story because there is a HUGE plot twist that I never saw coming a mile away. I’m heart deep in my feels right now,
Lo Bookfrantic
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: f-br, arc-review-ng


Genre:  Dark Historical Pirate Romance
Type:  Standalone
POV:  First Person Dual

”There was only so much suffering a person could endure before they broke.  Sometimes, broken things couldn’t be put back together.”

Bennett Sharp had to grow up very quickly when tragedy left her homeless at only fourteen years old.  She had to learned how to survive and only revenge is what kept her going. 

”Magic pulsed between us, producin
TheBibliotheque ♡
Romancetheque Book Club is getting dark this month of September, aye!

There is *a lot* to unpack here. Like, so much I don't even know where to start.
But I'll tell you this much, if you are looking for a dark romance to get started in the genre, move along. I don't think this is for you.
I know because not only I (a dark romance newbie) miscalculated that, but I sort of brought along with me a whole freaking book club. And yes, most of the people were dark romance newbies too. And sure, a little b
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New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author, Pam Godwin, lives in the Midwest with her husband, their two children, and a foulmouthed parrot. When she ran away, she traveled fourteen countries across five continents, attended three universities, and married the vocalist of her favorite rock band.

Java, tobacco, and dark romance novels are her favorite indulgences, and migh

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