Blackbeard the pirate was known for striking fear in the hearts of the bravest of sailors. But once he was just a young man who dreamed of leaving his rigid life behind to chase adventure in faraway lands. Nothing could stop him—until he met the one girl who would change everything.
Edward "Teach" Drummond, son of one of Bristol's richest merchants, has just returned from a year-long journey on the high seas to find his life in shambles. Betrothed to a girl he doesn’t love and sick of the high society he was born into, Teach dreams only of returning to the vast ocean he’d begun to call home. There's just one problem: convincing his father to let him leave and never come back.
Following her parents' deaths, Anne Barrett is left penniless and soon to be homeless. Though she’s barely worked a day in her life, Anne is forced to take a job as a maid in the home of Master Drummond. Lonely days stretch into weeks, and Anne longs for escape. How will she ever realize her dream of sailing to Curaçao—where her mother was born—when she's stuck in England?
From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn to each other, they’re trapped by society and their own circumstances. Faced with an impossible choice, they must decide to chase their dreams and go, or follow their hearts and stay.
I've been on a recent pirate/mermaid/tale of the high seas craze and I was so happy to have picked this up after reading the fantastic, To Kill A Kingdom. Blackhearts had an intriguing title, cover and premise - a story about the origins of Blackbeard before he became the notorious pirate? Sold!
I went into this expecting there to be a lot more pirating and a lot more adventure but it was 100% historical romance and although that slightly disappointed me, I wasn't totally put off by it. I grew to like Teach "Edward" despite his initial pompousness and I admired Anne for her resilience. Were they perfect characters? No. In fact, they both had many flaws. But it was nice to read about not so perfect characters and follow them on their adventure of love.
The first half of the book was slow but the second half definitely picked up and from then, it was literally full-speed ahead till the end. I just picked up the next book in this duology because it seems like that one has the pirating adventure I so wished Blackhearts had, and I'm excited to see the conclusion of Anne and Teach's love story.