Hello everyone! I’m so excited to share this fun Fantasy Romance with you all today! Be sure to keep reading for my thoughts and a giveaway! Thank you to Rockstar Book Tours for including me on this blog tour!
Title: TO KILL A CURSE (A Lingering Sea Novel Book 1)
Author: Jennifer Jenkins
Pub. Date: October 24, 2019
Publisher: Flying Unicorn Press
Synopsis: Would you touch the one you loved, even if it might kill them?
Antonio, a merchant sailor, has no idea how dangerous Fina Perona is when he rescues her from drowning in the middle of the Lingering Sea. His ship is headed to the home Fina just abandoned, carrying desperately needed payment for her father’s prized wine stores. Pirates attack, and as Antonio and Fina escape the clutches of slavery, she steals back her family’s small fortune from the pirate captain’s quarters. Fina doesn’t need Antonio’s protection, she’s more dangerous than he could ever be, but she needs his experience as a navigator and agrees to give him a cut of the payment in exchange for his help. Returning the money is the only way Fina knows how to atone for inadvertently killing her own brother, but what she doesn’t realize is, before Antonio was a sailor, he was a thief.
While threats of curses, witches, bandits, pirates, and traitors are all very real, Fina and Antonio are the most dangerous players in this story of true love and betrayal. Will they become each other’s demise or salvation as they set out to find redemption and to kill a curse?
“Beware the touch of the snake! Her skin is poison, and she carries misfortune wherever she goes!”
Fina Perona is a walking curse. Those who touch her skin have terrible luck, sometimes lethal, befall them. Since getting cursed, Fina has pushed everyone away for their own safety. Soon she becomes too dangerous for even her own village so she decides to steal a boat and leave the only home she’s ever known. But a terrible storm crashes her little boat and she is saved from the wreckage by a mysterious stranger and a crew on a merchant ship, with her family’s payment and means of survival aboard. As has been since getting cursed, terrible misfortune comes upon her rescuers and they find themselves captured by pirates who are in search of the large chest with her familys money inside. When the pirate captain learns of Fina’s curse, he sees it as a terrible weapon that he wants for himself.
“True, she might not know the world outside of her village very well, but she wasn’t a child. And no matter how good he was with his lock picks or his fancy knowledge of the stars, she would always be the more dangerous of the pair. He just didn’t know it.”
Already planning an escape, Antonio, Fina’s mysterious rescuer, comes to her aide, and together the two are able to flee from the pirates along with the chest of money. Together, they embark on a great journey of adventures, self-discovery, and even though Fina has been pushing people away her whole life, she finds that Antonio is somehow slipping past all her defenses.
“Antonio. A magician of many talents.”
This was an intriguing read. It was a bit slow for the first portion of it but after their escape from the pirates the speed picked up a bit and I found myself invested in the two’s story. Told from the point of view of Fina, and the point of view of Antonio through journal entries, it goes back and forth between the two. Antonio was a very closed off person to Fina but through his journal entries we get to see the happenings in his head. They both have their secrets and hold them close to their hearts which is a bit painful to watch at times cuz all I could think at certain points was dang if they would just tell each other what’s up some of these issues could have gotten resolved much quicker. But alas, they do not. I had a bit of a hard time feeling a connection between the two, it seemed a bit forced at times. I did enjoy the ending and felt it wrapped up nicely. Some points in the plot seemed a little rushed and I wish there could have been more interactions between Fina, Antonio, and the pirate captain. Recommended for fans of high seas adventures, curses that kill, and opposites attract romance. I give this 3 out of 5 stars.
With her degree in History and Secondary Education, Jennifer Jenkins had every intention of teaching teens to love George Washington, the Napoleonic Wars, and Ancient Sparta . . . until the writing began. In addition to her Lingering Sea series, Jennifer is the author of the bestselling Nameless trilogy and Teen Writer’s Guide: Your Road Map to Writing (releasing March 2020). She is a co-founder of Teen Author Boot Camp, and divides her time between reading, taking spontaneous trips, researching random events from the past, and fostering her adrenaline junkie addictions. Learn more at www.authorjenniferjenkins.com
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