I received this book for free from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Hunt on Dark Waters by Katee Robert
Narrator: Simone Lewis, Will Watt
Series: Crimson Sails #1
Published by Berkley Publishing Group, Penguin Random House Audio on November 7, 2023
Genres: Fiction / Fantasy / Romance
Length: 9 hours 32 minutes
Format: ARC, Audiobook
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A stern captain meets his witchy match in this captivating first fantasy romance novel in the Crimson Sails series from Katee Robert, the New York Times bestselling author of the TikTok smash-hit Neon Gods.
Evelyn is a witch with a perfect storm of impulses: terrible taste in bed partners, sticky fingers, and a lust for danger. After she steals from her vampire ex and falls through a portal to another realm, she’s fished out of the waters by a band of seafarers and their telekinetic captain. She’s immediately given a choice—join their ship’s crew or die.
Bowen has no memory of his life before he became one of the Cŵn Annwn. He and his band of pirates are bound by vow to patrol through Threshold, the magical sea in between realms, keeping the portals to other worlds safe. When he rescues Evelyn, he doesn’t expect to be attracted to the unflappably brassy pickpocket. The longer he spends in her presence, the more he begins to question if his heart is the next thing she’ll steal.
But as tension heats up between Bowen and Evelyn, the danger at sea escalates as well. Because Evelyn has no intention of keeping her vows to the Cŵn Annwn, and if she betrays the crew, both she and Bowen will pay the ultimate price....
I really enjoyed this book! Evelyn is a great character. After things go wrong with her vampire ex, she finds herself in another world where she meets Bowen. Bowen is the captain of his ship but has no memories from the days before he became part of the crew. They are attracted to each other right away and soon Bowen is questioning all the things that he thought that he knew.
This book was packed with all the action that I hoped for balanced with just the right amount of romance. And yes, there were plenty of spicy scenes as one would expect from a Katee Robert novel. I thought that the connection between Evelyn and Bowen felt authentic and they really seemed perfect together. I thought that the world the story was set in was fascinating and I look forward to seeing more of it.
I listened to the audiobook and thought Simone Lewis and Will Watt did a great job with the story. I always prefer multiple narrators when the story is told from more than one perspective and I thought these two narrators were able to bring the characters to life remarkably well. I thought that their voices complimented each other very nicely and I am certain that their performance added to my overall enjoyment.
I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this book to others. I thought it was a fun story full of surprises, action, great characters, some romances, and just the right amount of spice. I look forward to picking up the next book in this series as soon as it becomes available.
I received a review copy of this book from Berkley Publishing Group and Penguin Random House Audio.