BLACKHEARTS Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway


BLACKHEARTS comes out tomorrow and I cannot wait for everyone to read it and meet Anne and Teach. It’s such a gorgeous and romantic and heartbreaking story I just know everyone will fall in love with and will be as hopeful as I am that there will be a sequel.

But until your copy lands in your mailbox, on your eReader, or shows up on the shelves of your local bookstores, you should totally check out the other stops on the tour to read a few interviews with and guest posts by Nicole Castroman to learn more about BLACKHEARTS. There are also a few reviews, including mine which is below, so if you want to see what a few bloggers think about this awesome book before you read it, be sure to take a peek at these stops, too.

And if you want the chance to win a SIGNED copy of BLACKHEARTS, don’t forget to enter in the Rafflecopter a bit further down in the post.



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Author: Nicole Castroman
Release date: February 9, 2016
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 384
Formats: Hardcover, eBook


In this stunningly creative debut, Nicole Castroman reimagines the origins of history’s most infamous pirate—Blackbeard—and tells the story of the girl who captured his heart and then broke it, setting him on a path to destruction.

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.


Note: This review is based on an eARC received from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.

The Review

Whether you’ve always been curious to know more about Blackbeard before he became such a notorious pirate or your interest was piqued after reading this book’s description, Nicole Castroman’s BLACKHEARTS promises to more than satisfy. The author’s imagining of Teach’s earlier life with the girl who captured his heart reveals a life that is just as exciting as his life at sea. Deception, betrayal, secrets, lies, and forbidden romance are only a handful of the things that await readers and characters alike in this riveting tale.

Anne Barrett was looking for any way to escape the prison that was the Drummond household. She did not fit in with the other staff and being a maid would never earn her the money she needed to afford passage on a ship headed to the West Indies, a place she thought she might be able to call home.

She had a plan. It was risky. And while she knew there was a real chance it would fall apart, that she’d be captured and forced to stay, she never imagined having a reason she might want to.

Edward Drummond hated the fact that he had to return home to a job he didn’t enjoy and a life he didn’t want. His time at sea didn’t quench his thirst for it, rather it ignited a passion in him to captain a ship, set sail, and leave the land behind.

But with a promise made that his father is dead set on ensuring he keep, a plan for his future that has already been mapped out, and no means of securing a ship on his own, it seems his dream of a life at sea will only ever be that. A dream. And while he wants to honor his commitments, the prospect of living a life on land feels like a fate worse than death. At least until he meets a girl just as alluring as the sea.

Nicole Castroman imagined a story that is stunning and romantic and heartbreaking and spellbinding. It has moments that are funny and heartwarming and others that are nail-biting and suspenseful. Its two main characters, Anne and Teach, are immensely likable. It offers a couple of twists to keep things interesting. And it delivers a conclusion that will leave you desperate for more.

BLACKHEARTS is not a pirate story, but rather a pirate-in-the-making story. And while there are no swashbuckling tales of adventure on the high seas for Anne and Teach, there is definitely some adventure and plenty of romance. It is a beautifully written, remarkably well-researched, gorgeous must-must-must read that weaves together fact with fiction to bring to life many of the missing pieces from one of history’s most famous pirates.

The Rating


About Nicole Castroman

Nicole Castroman

Nicole was lucky enough to come with her very own best friend…she has a twin sister who can read her mind and finish her sentences for her.

At the age of 13, she went to Europe for the first time and it changed her life. She loves learning about different people, languages and cultures and speaks fluent German. She knows enough Spanish to get herself into trouble and can still read the Cyrillic alphabet from when she studied Russian.

She received her B.A. from Brigham Young University and has lived in Germany, Austria and two different places called Georgia. One is the country located on the Black Sea. The other is the state of Georgia where she now lives with her handsome husband and two beautiful children who continue to amaze her.


The Giveaway

There is a tour-wide giveaway for…

  • ONE (1) winner will receive a signed finished copy of BLACKHEARTS – US only

Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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The Tour Schedule

Week One

Week Two

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