Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Audio review/Giveaway: Blackwell's Paradise by V.E. Ulett

“Not for the faint hearted – Captain Blackwell pulls no punches! Prepare for a right roaring romp in the company of two of the most captivating characters in historical fiction.” - Alaric Bond, author of Turn A Blind Eye, and the Fighting Sail Series

Relive the pleasure of falling into the past with the author of Captain Blackwell’s Prize, in Volume II of Blackwell’s Adventures.

The repercussions of a court martial and the ill-will of powerful men at the Admiralty pursue Royal Navy captain James Blackwell into the Pacific, where danger lurks around every coral reef. Even if Captain Blackwell and Mercedes survive the venture into the world of early nineteenth century exploration, can they emerge unchanged with their love intact. The mission to the Great South Sea will test their loyalties and strength, and define the characters of Captain Blackwell and his lady in Blackwell’s Paradise.

  • Narrated by: V. E. Ulett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins 
  • Unabridged Audiobook

  • Release Date:06-30-15
  • Publisher: Eva Ulett
  • audiobook provided as part of tour (via author)
  • ***1/2 

Blackwell's Paradise is the second book in V.E. Ulett's Blackwell's Adventure Series.  Though I haven't read the first, Captain Blackwell's Prize, I had no problems following the storyline here.

Blackwell's Paradise takes place on the high seas in and around Hawaii.  There is a nice balance here between adventure and historical romance, which meshed together nicely.  This is my first time reading V.E. Ulett and I was impressed.  She gave a vivd picture of life not just the sea but the Hawaiian Islands as well.  It wasn't hard to visualize some of the history through the original inhabitants customs and way of life.

The plot was interesting and played out nicely, lots of action with a realistic story.  I like both Mercedes and James and the way they interacted not just with each other but their circumstances.

I listened to the audio version for this one but as I continue on with this series I will opt for the book version.  The pace of the audio was slow and I found myself  upping the speed, otherwise I would have found it annoying - 13 hours for a 300 page book is too long (imho).

Highly recommend this book to those that like historical romance along with lots of action.



“This entire trilogy has lots of adventure, lots of romance, and lots of wonderful settings that will thrill any historical fiction reader.” – Meg Wessel, A Bookish Affair

“A real pleasure to read, this book can stand alone, although I recommend reading the previous volumes to see additional development of the main characters.” – Jeff Westerhoff, Historical Novels Review

A long time resident of California, V.E. Ulett is an avid reader as well as writer of historical fiction. Proud to be an Old Salt Press author, V.E. is also a member of the National Books Critics Circle and an active member and reviewer for the Historical Novel Society.

Eighteenth and nineteenth century journals and letters inspired the writing of CAPTAIN BLACKWELL’S PRIZE. The sequels takes Captain Blackwell and Mercedes to the far side of the world, on new personal and cultural adventures. Coming soon from V.E. Ulett, a historical adventure with a fantastic edge.
For more information visit V.E. Ulett’s website.

You can also find her on Facebook, Amazon, and Goodreads.


Monday, July 27
Spotlight & Excerpt at Unshelfish
Spotlight & Excerpt at What Is That Book About
Tuesday, July 28
Review & Excerpt at Oh, For the Hook of a Book
Wednesday, July 29
Review at Book Nerd
 Thursday, July 30
Spotlight at A Literary Vacation
Friday, July 31
Sunday, August 2
Review at Beth’s Book Nook Blog (Blackwell’s Paradise Audio Book)
Monday, August 3
Review at Beth’s Book Nook Blog (Blackwell’s Homecoming)



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Blackwell's Homecoming

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