Indigo has a troubled past and there’s no denying it. Tired of being scared, she sets sail aboard a private yacht, hopeful that the open waters of the Atlantic will give her and best friend Eric a much-needed respite.
As if trouble followed her, the yacht catches fire. Stranded in the ocean, cold, hungry, desperate, and alone, Eric and Indi struggle to survive.
Just when they think things couldn’t get much worse, they are captured, held hostage by a band of modern-day pirates. Now they’re in even more trouble than they could have ever imagined.
What Indigo couldn’t have predicted is how broodingly handsome Hendrix, their captain, is. The moment Indi lays eyes on him, she feels sparks fly. But Hendrix is determined, powerful, and hard to crack.
Hendrix has plans for Indi, dark plans that will put her life at risk. If only Indi could connect with him, it might be more than just lust on the line… it might save her life.
I loved the idea of this book because it was so original, and when I listened to the narration of Carmen Rose, I was hooked! Carmen Rose narrated beautifully. She has a lovely voice with such a nice English accent that I enjoyed the way she brought this book to life.
At the heart of it, this book illustrates Stockholm Syndrome with a woman who falls in love with her captor, and vise versa. But, that dark aspect makes this read intriguing and visceral. Captain Hendrix (a pirate) scoops up Indigo and her friend Eric from a raft at sea, as they escaped a yacht explosion with their lives. Yet life in captivity is a pretty scary thing, and there were times in which Indigo's erratic behaviors made her an unlikeable heroine. I chalked down her teetering from selfless to selfish as part of her fight-flight responses and adrenaline rush, as a captive. However, Indigo, overall, was a brave woman who pushed through her circumstances hoping for something better. Well, Captain Hendrix is ruthless and completely unlikable at the beginning, but along the way his humanity breaks through and with many twists and turns in the plot, and reappearances of impacting people in Indigo's life, well you have one exciting adventure.
Was this story believable?---Absolutely not, but it was enjoyable. There are a lot of questions that come up, like why did Indigo rent a yacht to sail across the pond from the U.S. to the U.K., and why does the narrator have an English accent when Indigo lived most of her life in the U.S…..well, those questions get answered somewhat. But, you have to just read this book for fun, and not for realism.
Oh, the love scenes progressed from simply lusty to steamy and emotional. There is dirty talk and graphic detail in the scenes. One aspect I thought was somewhat comical was how Hendrix referred to Indigo as "Innocensia (innocence)"---yet, this innocent girl really knew something about finding a man's g-spot….OMG…crazy! LOL
I can't wait to read the next book and find out more about Dimitri and Jess's dark romance, as well as find out what new developments spring forth with Hendrix and Indigo!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
It's against the rules. You're not meant to fall for your captor.
Who knew a modern day pirate story would interest me? When I started the book one evening, I just expected to listen to a couple of chapters and then go to bed. Yeahhhhh. Didn't happen. In fact, it was well after midnight when I regrettably put up my iPod.
I might add that there were a few parts in this book that I couldn't stand. The heroines name for one. Indigo. Ugh. And her best friend, Eric, got on my nerves as well. I know they were captured, blah, blah, blah but he just didn't have a personality. At all. Lastly, the cover for this book is all wrong. She's described in the book as being blonde but a brunette is stuck on the cover. :/
Overall, I enjoyed the book. The characters are great, the action is superb, and the passion is HOT! The sex scenes will leave you panting and wanting more. Hendrix (the hero) is dominant and has a rough personality. I really, really liked him. I love to read about bad boys. He's definitely one of them. Who doesn't love a sexy pirate???
I never thought it possible to want someone so much, until him. I can't get enough of what he has to offer. He gives it, and I can't stop taking.
Carmen Rose was outstanding with the delivery of the story
7 of 13 people found this review helpful
It was a really good story but the ending wrapped up a little too quickly,. I loved the characters but most of all I loved the voice of the reader, Bravo!
Before you begin reading this book know that it has a cliff hanger and you have to read the sequel to learn the ending.
This is actually a reread. I liked it better the first time around but this time I found that I really wasn't too thrilled with the story. I've revamped my review a bit because of that.
This was a decent story. I liked Indigo alright but Hendrix was a real jerk for the majority of the story. The story has a good amount of action and there is some violence and deaths (well these are pirates...) but overall the dark content isn't too bad. I will say that what was between Indigo and Hendrix seemed more stockholm syndrome than an actual relationship.
Indigo is a good woman who hasn't had a good life. Her father left her and her mother when she was young and a few years later her mother died from cancer. Indigo ended up in foster care and it was there that she met her first (and only) boyfriend. They escaped foster care together but soon he began to beat her and she eventually tried to escape. He came after her and ended up in jail but he's getting out and already threatening her. Indigo decides it's time to make a new life in another country.
Hendrix didn't have a good life and struggled on the streets to survive when he was young. He ended up a pirate and after years on the sea he put together his own crew and is captain of his own ship. Hendrix is very distrustful of letting the wrong people get close, including (or maybe especially) women.
Indigo decided to relocate to London to escape her ex. She's taking a yacht across the Atlantic to the UK. She has a BFF, Eric, who's been her friend since they were kids. He doesn't agree with her running away because of her ex and is certain that her ex wouldn't come after her since she has a restraining order on him (alas I have no sarcasm font for that sentence). She's determined to go though so Eric decides to go with her on the trip over, take care of some business he has in the UK and then he'll fly back home (trying to convince her she's wrong the whole way). They get on the yacht and not too long into the journey there's a fire on board. The captain (and sole crew member) tells them there's a problem and to evacuate on the lifeboat while he fixes it. Indigo and Eric are in the lifeboat when the boat explodes and they're left drifting without supplies for days. When they are rescued, it's by pirates who don't treat them very well at all. Indigo finds the captain extremely attractive on first sight but less so when he tells her he intends to sell her to someone as a sex slave to settle a debt.
So Indigo is stuck on board the ship and just waiting to be sold. When Indigo makes moves to attempt an escape, Hendrix decides to use Eric against her. She was willing to do anything to escape being sold except risk her BFF. She ends up bargaining with Hendrix to behave and not try to escape if he keeps Eric alive and sets him free. Eric isn't very happy about this deal, apparently expecting Indigo to pull a miracle out of her butt and fly them to freedom. TBH, Eric was pretty much a butt head to Indigo and turned on her as soon as things got rough. It was hard to imagine this being the same guy that had been friends with her since childhood. Indigo makes friends with a girl on board the ship, Jess, who helps her realize she needs to get Hendrix to see her as a person in order to get him not to sell her. Indigo decides to try to seduce Hendrix (she is attracted to him even if she knows she shouldn't be) but she ends up falling herself in the effort. There's some action and angst with a good dose of drama (and a few twists that I certainly wasn't expecting) as things between Indigo and Hendrix get worked out. The story ends with Indigo and Hendrix together and starting a HEA together but there is a bit of a cliffy because Jess get kidnapped at the end (the lead in to book #2 of the series).
This was a decent story but I had a hard time getting into it because of Hendrix acting like a jerk which had me wanting to kick him in the balls. I really couldn't see how Indigo fell for Hendrix so fast when pretty much the whole time she's his prisoner and telling her he's going to sell her as a sex slave! Good ending but overall, I wasn't very thrilled with the story on the whole.
* note - The narrator did a pretty good job but I don't see why the narrator had an English accent when Indigo was supposedly Australian/American. It was just kind of strange.
What did you love best about Enslaved by the Ocean?
I think the narrator ruined Hendrix's speaking. I read the book a while ago, then just recently listened to it, and I did not like what she did with voices. The only speaking I liked was Indigo's. Everyone else was kinda ruined.
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This is the first book I have read from Bella Jewel and it was AMAZING!!! At first I was skeptical about the whole modern day pirate thing but I was in the mood for something different, something I have never read before. Enslaved by the Ocean was that perfect something........... Not only did the story catch and hold my attention from the very beginning, I hated to see it come to an end. If you are in the mood for sexy pirates definitely check this out and I highly recommend the audiobook. This was also the first book I have listened to that was narrated by Carmen Rose and boy did she do an excellent job bringing the characters to life. Overall, a wonderful story!!!!
I loved it and thought it was a nice read. Kept me thinking and trying to figure out the story.
well this book had a good concept and the beginnings of a fairly decent storyline ...but it fell through in a lot of places. The sex scenes were very good though. Some of the dialogue was kind of corney.
I thought the narrator did a really good job wth the different characters
The story was good but the narration was terribly monotone and dulled the story down.