Editorial Reviews. Review. “Ms. Jewel can write a steamy love-making scene. You know the Popular romance writer Bella Jewel is the author of the MC Sinners series. An Australian native, Bella calls Far North Queensland home. When not. Enslaved by the Ocean (Criminals of the Ocean) [Bella Jewel, Carmen Rose] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Indigo has a troubled past. Enslaved By The Ocean (Criminals of the ocean) (Volume 1) [Bella Jewel] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A connection will bring them .

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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. Hendrix is pure alpha male: 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 enslaaved might save her life. Enslaved by the Ocean is a oean romance and the first in the Criminals of the Ocean series.

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Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. What plot there was, was ocan. The pacing of the story was wonky, and the whole thing smacks of Stockholm syndrome. There is no redeeming quality to the main male character. We’re given a couple paragraphs explaining why Hendrix chooses piracy, and readers are asked to basically find him pcean after he murders police, because we need to see what a tough guy he is. What are the apparent themes in the book? Murderers can still be “good” guys, so long as they don’t participate in sex trafficking.

I wanted to love this book. It sounded like it was right up my alley! A modern day antihero pirate. The premise definitely intrigued me, but sadly it didn’t deliver. It should be noted in jewsl of plot that there are coincidences so fantastical that the chances of this story actually ever really happening in real life are about one hundred billion trillion to one.

Which would be fine if we were talking paranormal, supernatural, urban fantasy But I was prepared to overlook the complete unlikelihood of the plot in favor of strong ensslaved development and relationship building When I think enemies to lovers I imagine loathing being tempered by short exchanges where each sees the other in a different light, then a grudging respect forms, then shockingly the couple find themselves enjoying each other’s company, feelings are engaged and often fought – enslqved lots of angst and intensity of emotion, until finally a connection is forged.

Here we enslavev from almost immediate lust to pretty much insta-love on both sides, and I will be damned if I can figure out why in either case. I liked Hendrix and wished there was more back story on his character. I have no problem with an antihero killing – for a logical reason, but I did find Hendrix’s murder of 6 innocent men and trying to make the heroine feel responsible for it to represent a significant jewl in judgment.


Especially when all he had to do was yell enslaver Indi, I’m not selling you, you’re mine! I really didn’t care for Indi and I have a hard time really getting on board with a romance when I don’t like the heroine. I found her to be immature in both her speech and behavior.

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When she tells her friend Eric to not “make her regret her decision to save him” I really wanted to tell her to get over herself. Hendrix made a deal with her that he would let Eric go unharmed if Indi promised to not try to hurt herself she had an opportunity to kill herself and failed to take it, thus clearly she won’t and not to try to escape from a boat in the middle of shark infested waters where she’s out numbered to 1 and in return she gets free reign of the ship.

This gets turned into her sacrificing herself for her friend because she is going to “let” Hendrix sell her. Apparently she is overlooking the fact that he could have simply trussed her up, stuck an apple in her mouth and left her in his cabin like a Christmas pig, killed Eric AND still sold her and there was b she could do about it.

Meanwhile Eric is sleeping on the floor in a cramped cell in the hold and she’s traipsing hte the entire ship at her leisure – but she’s “saving” him.

I will say the sex scenes were very well done. Hendrix is hot and I get what Indi sees in him in that regard, although again I would have preferred more relationship building and greater maturity on Indi’s part. Overall it was a quick read, it was different and it held my interest. I just wish I didn’t have so much to complain about. I am happy to say that Enslaved by the Ocean extended the winning streak for me with this author. I had this book sitting on my Kindle for months, and with the ocesn book in the series being released soon, I decided to bump it up the TBR pile- and with the ending to this one setting up the next book for a new couple, I am glad it is only a week away!

Indigo has had a rough run over the past 16 years. First her father just up and disappeared from her life when she was just 8, then her mother died 2 years later forcing Indi into foster care. After navigating the system for years, she fell fast and hard for one of her foster brothers, eventually moving in with him when she turned Too bad his true colors never came through before that because he turned into an abusive bastard to the point where she had to shoot him in self-defense to keep him from killing her.

The system only tbe him away for a few years, and after just one day out of jail, he is making threatening phone calls to her. Not trusting that same system to protect her, she decides to move away and try to disappear.

Enter the ill-fated yacht trip, and Indi is adrift in a lifeboat with her best friend Jewwl until the pirate ship arrives on scene to pluck them from the water. The only sort of civil thing that I can say for Eric is that he is the most useless excuse for a friend I have seen.

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He appears to have a bit of unrequited love going on for Indi or he is just jealous of her, I am not sure which- but he does a lot ensoaved whining, complaining and condemning her for trying to save their bacon and not much else. And yes, this is a modern day pirate story complete with big lcean and swords although the modern conveniences of running water, phones and guns are available too.


From the moment Indi and Eric are picked up by Hendrix and his crew, it is emotional overload for her and the reader. Fear bordering terror, survival instinct, rage and lust all fight for dominance within Indi as she tries to process her new reality and find a way out before Hendrix can make good on his threat to sell her to another pirate named Chopper to settle his debt. Given free reign of the ship while Eric remains in the cells, she alternates between keeping him company and observing her surroundings.

She decides to make the best jewe the situation, mingling with the crew and trying to befriend a teh of them. A few particularly funny moments ensue involving ropes, rum and really bad pirate jokes! For as much as I disliked Eric, I really liked Indi- she is a survivor, and she finds a kindred spirit in Jess aboard ejslaved ship.

Enslaved by the Ocean (Criminals of the Ocean, #1) by Bella Jewel

Hendrix puts up a good front to hide the mostly good man under the facade- not to say he is squeaky clean by any stretch but he is far from a complete scumbag. He checked the boxes for me in a good way as a lickable long-haired hottie with a take-charge dominant personality kind of a necessity as a pirate yhe but wow!

There is plenty of action and I never felt like any part of the story dragged. Of course the past comes back to haunt both Indigo and Hendrix leading to more of each of their backgrounds being filled in. And although we are left with a nail-biting moment to close the book setting up the next story as I mentioned earlier, Where Darkness Lies will be about Jess and Dimitri who is introduced in the last part of this story.

So if you are ready for a little suspense, a little more bdlla and definitely some fun, go grab yourself a copy of this book! If you enjoy Motorcycle club books or just bad boys in general then this should please you.

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While running from an ex-abuser, Indigo takes off with her best friend Eric but they get stranded after an accident. A ship comes by and rescues them but it’s not out of the kindness of their hearts. Hendrix is the captain of this pirate ship but his intentions toward Indigo are not good. She does what she needs to do to save her friend and herself. This is a fiction story so don’t get caught up in the details, for example forgoing bt condom once, making a blood oath, and having milk aboard a ship that’s been on the water for probably months.

The story is suspenseful, erotic and creative. The first half of the book was really good and hooked me into finishing it. A little over the halfway tje the story felt rushed and started to fall apart for me. I never really felt the connection of love between Hendrix and Indigo. I kept waiting for the story to have the same feel as the beginning where the progression of the story made sense. The sample convinced me to buy the book but the whole story has deterred me from wanting to buy the next book.

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