Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman


byNicole Castroman

Kobo ebook | February 9, 2016

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In this stunningly creative debut “filled with well-drawn characters…and smoldering passion,” (Booklist) Nicole Castroman reimagines the origins of history’s most infamous pirate—Blackbeard.

When Edward “Teach” Drummond, son of one of Bristol’s richest merchants, returns home from a year at sea, he finds his life in shambles. Betrothed to a girl he doesn’t love and sick of the high society he was born into, all Teach wants is to return to the vast ocean he calls home. There’s just one problem: he must convince his father to let him leave and never come back.

Following the death of her parents, Anne Barrett is left penniless. Though she’s barely worked a day in her life, Anne takes a job as a maid in the home of Master Drummond. Lonely days stretch into weeks and Anne longs to escape the confines of her now mundane life. How will she ever achieve her dream of sailing to Curaçao—her mother’s birthplace—when she’s trapped in England?

From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn together by a shared desire for freedom, but kept apart by Teach’s father, their love is as passionate as it is forbidden. Faced with an impossible choice, Teach and Anne must decide whether to chase their dreams and leave England forever—or follow their hearts and stay together.
Title:BlackheartsFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:February 9, 2016Publisher:Simon PulseLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1481432710

ISBN - 13:9781481432719

Customer Reviews of Blackhearts


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love It This isn’t as adventurous as the cover implies, but it’s fast paced and has a pretty close to perfect romance. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved the story, didn't love the ending Loved the book up until the end, where the whole problem could have been easily avoided...however, i am looking forward to the sequel. All in all a good read.
Date published: 2017-04-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great start! This is probably one of the few book that I read in one sitting where the reason is that I couldn't put it down. Loved the dynamic between Teach and Anne (the name a giveaway to their future interaction because of Blackbeard's ship). It was a relatively easy read, but no less interesting. Looking forward to the sequel!
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from LOVED IT I really enjoyed this book and the elements of the book that were realistic, like how Teach's father didn't support his dreams of becoming a captain because he wanted something better for him. I also really appreciated that Teach loved his father despite him being controlling because some authors forget that even if you have the worst parent in the world, you still love them and want them to be better. I also appreciated how this fictional story actually ties in with most Blackbeard facts and am super pumped for the next book. One thing I didn't love about the book was that there were a few problems in the plot that could've easily been avoided if the main characters just paid attention a little bit. If you've read the book, you should know what I'm talking about. There was a certain turning point in the book that caused a huge problem in the story that could have easily been avoided if Anne had just been a little more careful and a little more honest. I know a lot people didn't like the book because they were expecting more pirates, but I actually really loved the book without it and can't wait for the next book.
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review from This is the Story of My(Reading) Life Well this is truly a Blackbeard origin story. I knew that going in. Just not to the degree of Blackbeard not being known as Blackbeard, or to not even be at sea. But there you have it, Blackhearts is a love story that eventually produced when of the most notorious pirates. Well Castroman's take on that bit of history. So getting over that hump of no pirates and sea adventures, Blackhearts turned out to be a pretty good historical romance. That's how I ended up reading it anyhow. It definitely has all the scandal an intrigue that comes with a historical romantic backdrop. Edward is returning home to his wealthy merchant father and his "chosen" betrothed. Anne is the maid holding a big secret well trying to escape to freedom. Any relationship that develops just screams recipe for disaster. I mean it's already spelled out with the name of Blackbeard's/Edward's future ship. I like how their relationship started off on a mutual annoyance to realizing that they both craved freedom(which the open sea provides). Anne has a natural sassy-ness. Edward is naturally protective with an underlying darker side. What I thought added a great layer to the story is Anne being of mixed ethnicity. Which is obviously something you would never see back then. Castroman could have made Anne just another poor white girl and based on the time period I know I would have thought nothing of it. But by not, there was more to Anne and her surroundings; how people reacted to her, whether just staring, being disgusted or the few that didn't continue to notice. The setting of Bristol drew me right in. Not only am I sucker for a seaside town, but I also have family routes there. So you know, it's close to my heart. As you might imagine Edward and Anne are not in for an easy love. Blackhearts can definitely stand alone, as I believe it's meant to. But we were just getting to the good stuff, adventure and piracy, so I can only hope there's more to come on the horizon.
Date published: 2016-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal novel that has me by my heartstrings Don't mind me, sobbing in the corner over here. I'm just a tad heartbroken over here. Let me just start off by saying that Blackhearts is phenomenal. I love this book. It's been a while since a book has grabbed me by my heartstrings and doesn't let go. I started reading this on the bus to school and then I couldn't stop reading it when I got to school. I decided to go to school early to write an essay that I hadn't started yet, but I still hadn't started it, because I HAD to know what was going on next. BLACKHEARTS tells the story of Edward "Teach" Drummond, before he became the legendary and notorious pirate, Blackbeard. It also tells of Anne Barret, the illegitimate daughter of a merchant and a slave from Curaçao. With her parents dead and no money to her name, she finds herself working on the Drummond estate as a maid. All she wants is the freedom to choose her own life and to travel to the place her mother was born, just as all Teach wants is out of his arranged engagement and to sail the seas as captain of a ship. The chemistry between Anne and Teach is palpable. From the first moment they met each other, there was a tension between them that most certainly developed into something more. I loved reading their interactions and the slow development of their relationship. I ship the two so hard. I love Anne. She's intelligent and educated, thanks to her father teaching her how to read and educating her. She's stubborn and it's clear to others and to Teach that there's something about her that makes her more than just a maid. Anne is a realist and she's very aware of her situation and what she must do in order to get her freedom. Teach is the son of a successful and wealthy merchant, whose father has aspirations of becoming an aristocrat. This leads Teach to rub elbows with some of the more elite families of Bristol. Despite the fact that he doesn't want the marriage arranged between him and the daughter of an aristocrat, he is under the thumb of his father, especially if he has any hopes of acquiring his inheritance. I love this novel and it'll be one that I'll be thrusting upon my friends in the very near future. The ending of this novel left my heart in pieces, but it was well worth it. BLACKHEARTS pulled me in from the first chapter and sucked me into the world of Anne and Teach and still has yet to let me go. I hope you guys read this novel and love it just as much as I have.
Date published: 2016-02-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great origin story This is the story of Blackbeard the pirate before he became Blackbeard, when Edward ‘Teach’ Drummond was just the son of a merchant returning home after a year at sea. His father has great plans for him, including marriage to a girl he doesn’t love, but all Edward wants is to hit the open seas again. Anne Barrett works as a maid in the Drummond household but longs for the day she will escape and sail away to the place her mother was from. When these two meet, they’re drawn to the way neither acts as expected of them but being together is near impossible. This was a book I was looking forward to for some time. A Blackbeard origin story sounded like something I would definitely be interested in reading. I’m glad that it turned out to be not only interesting but also entertaining and a book I didn’t want to stop reading. The book was told in the dual POVs of Edward and Anne. Both characters were caught in the situation where their heart wanted one thing but everyone was telling them they had to do the opposite. I found myself enjoying both characters, though maybe Anne a little more because I really loved her spirit and how she would stand up for herself when others looked down on her due to her skin color, gender, or position in society. They both had similar personalities but were still different enough to know whose POV it was at all times. Their personalities also led them to clash a lot and their fights were tense but also fun to read. I was glad Anne could give just as good as she got in their fights so it didn’t feel like Edward was using his position over her. The plot was one that was a slow burn. There was a lot of focus on Edward and Anne’s journeys, separately and together, so it didn’t leave much time for development of other characters, which was a bit disappointing. We did get a couple of characters that were more fleshed out and some relationships defined and strengthened but the main focus was always on Edward and Anne. Since this was an origin story, there wasn’t much of the book that took place on a ship and there was only talk of pirates. There were hints of how scary Edward could be and if there’s more books to come, I’m excited to go on that journey with him. There was a lot of slow burn romance between Edward and Anne and a lot of them fighting against society’s constraints, both together and separately. The pull toward freedom was always strong for both of them. I find myself torn between liking the book as is with this ending or hoping for more. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2016-02-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great debut! Edward “Teach” Drummond is the son of a very wealthy merchant in Bristol, England. Anne Barrett is a half English and West Indes daughter of another respectable merchant. After her brother throws her out on the street, he ends up giving her a place at Drummond’a household working as the cook. Anne is determined to leave and find what’s left of her mother’s family while Teach has no intention of marrying the wealthy aristocrat’s daughter. First thing, this not set on a ship at all. It’s practically an origin story about Blackbird. I kept hoping there was going to be some sort of sailing done, but I gave up halfway through. It’s all set in England with all the high-born and low-born characters. Side characters like Mary and Margery annoyed me simply because of their racist remarks. There’s wasn’t much to like either about Teach’s father and Patience. These characters had so much prejudice against Anne for being a darker skin colour that I wanted to punch them sometimes. Then there’s our main characters, told in their point of view, I liked them both. Anne and Teach were just so alike which is why they argued so much. I loved that Anne is independent and strong-willed, even though her retorts could get her unemployed, she kept true to herself and go her father and mother. Though she does make mistakes and she gets in trouble, she’s perfectly flawed. Then there’s Teach who has changed from the moment he stepped off the ship after a year’s voyage. I liked how he finally learned to be independent and that also helped him be a better person, by seeing other for who they were. I love their chemistry and it wasn’t love at first sight at all! Their meeting was the funniest encounter I’ve read so far. I really think historical fans would like this one. There’s a bit of a soap opera like plot, but the ending seems like there’s going to be a whole lot of adventures coming our way. Cannot wait for the next installment! I’m enthralled with Blackbeard’s next voyage!
Date published: 2016-02-04