A MelanieM Review: Hearts at Sea by Cristina Bruni


Rating: 3.25 stars out of 5


Benjamin Scott is a fair man and a fearless sea captain, but his heart is broken. During a fierce battle in the West Indies, he witnessed the death of his best man, Jack, who fell into the sea before Benjamin had the chance to confess his love.

Now, in Gibraltar, Benjamin runs into a stranger named John who bears an uncanny resemblance to his lost love. A friendship grows between the two, and soon turns to love. But John suffers from amnesia and wants to find out who he really is.

When John learns he isn’t Jack, Benjamin’s first lover, saved from the sea, he leaves Gibraltar with a heart full of sadness. Once Benjamin discovers John has left him, he sets sail to find him. Will he be able to find the courage to confess his love before he loses John, as well

Hearts at Sea by Cristina Bruni is a short, sweet romance placed in historical setting.  We don’t get much background on the men, virtually no naval context, actual ship’s life, historical era, language, nothing that gives an accurate feel for the era or naval military elements involved.  What the author does give you is a love between two men under unusual circumstances, an illegal attraction born of hope and passion.

It’s nicely done but honestly could be set down in any year.  I never quite felt as though the setting was authentic as I have done in other historical novels.

However, if all you are looking for is a quick sweet love story, this might just do the trick.



Cover art is gorgeous, getting right into the heart of the story and characters.

Sales Links:  JMS Books LLC  | Amazon

Book Details:

Kindle Edition, Second edition of book by the title of “Gibraltar”, 53 pages
Published September 22nd 2018 by JMS Books LLC (first published September 8th 2014)
Original TitleGibraltar
Edition LanguageEnglish

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