I need some fresh eyes here, thanks in advance! I'll definitely return all critiques. I feel like I have all the pieces but it's not quite "sparkling" yet.
As the daughter of a freed slave and a white man, Mena occupies a tenuous place in the society of colonial Jamaica. Her future seems assured after a proposal from a titled plantation owner, but Mena can't stomach the thought of being mistress of a slave-owning plantation. Her father threatens to disown her if she refuses the proposal, so Mena runs away to find her beloved stepbrother, a pirate-hunting naval officer. She plans to convince him to marry her instead.
Her plan does not include falling for Nathaniel, the handsome, hook-handed captain of the ship she stows away on. At first displeased with the trespassing stowaway, Nathaniel's gruff exterior softens when Mena helps with the daily entries in the ship's log, as his penmanship suffered after losing his hand.
Mena finds her way into Nathaniel's heart--and bed--as she continues to search for her stepbrother, all the while wondering if she can consign herself to a chaste marriage after knowing true passion. But her stepbrother finds her when his Royal Navy crew boards their ship to arrest Nathaniel. Mena discovers that Nathaniel has been harboring a dark secret: he's a wanted pirate.
With Nathaniel facing the noose, Mena must decide if his life is worth saving. Saving his life means risking hers to break him out of prison, along with becoming a fugitive and abandoning her home. But if she does nothing, the man she loves will hang.
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