Review: Sea of Ruin by Pam Godwin

Posted January 23, 2023 by Stephanie in 5 Stars, Historical Romance, Review / 7 Comments

Title: Sea of Ruin
Author: Pam Godwin
Publication: April 28, 2020 by Heartbound Media, Inc.
Genre: Historical Romance
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Rating: 5/5★

Bennett Sharp is on the run.
Wanted for piracy, she fears neither God nor death nor man.
Except Priest Farrell.

The unfaithful, stormy-eyed libertine hunts her with terrifying possessiveness. Nothing will stop him from coming for her. Not his unforgivable betrayal. Not when she’s captured by the ice-cold pirate hunter, Lord Ashley Cutler.
She must escape Ashley’s prison and Priest’s deceit. But can she walk away from their twisted desires?

Two gorgeous captains stand on opposite sides of the law. When they collide in a battle to protect her, the lines blur between enemies and lovers.
Passion heats, secrets unravel, and hearts entangle until they break.
Can love prevail in the sea of ruin?


“Love prevailed, not in the windless calm of life, but in the ruin.”

A dark historical romance with pirates. That was everything I needed to know when deciding to start this book and oh boy, it was one incredible read! It was my very first Pam Godwin book and I’m gonna have to read more books of hers because Sea of Ruin really impressed me. It really was the chef’s kiss!

Bennett Sharp, a feisty, brave pirate captain. I had such a crush on her and her cracking good comebacks always made me laugh a lot. She went through so freaking much in this book right from the start, it was absolutely heartbreaking at times. She really was the epitome of ‘what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger’.

Priest Farrell, a passionate libertine and pirate. He was completely focused on Bennett and finding her ever since she ran away from him. They had a pretty messy history as we find out he betrayed Bennett two years ago. When I read this I was pretty conflicted about him but when I read more of his story I fell for him just as hard. You really couldn’t deny that his feelings for Bennett were really strong and true.

Ashley Cutler, an English lord, commodore and pirate hunter. BE STILL MY HEART. I was mesmerized by him right away and so was Bennett. He seemed cold at first and all about his duty to the Crown, but underneath the unfeeling exterior there lay undeniable passion. Passion that Bennett certainly liked awakening.

Sea of Ruin by Pam Godwin was a rollercoaster of emotions that I didn’t mind being on. It was a really dark story that definitely isn’t for the faint of heart but it was also a story of courage, love, resilience, adventure and a big fuck you to patriarchy. Needless to say, I absolutely loved this book.


About the author:

Pam Godwin lives in the Midwest with her husband, their two children, and a foulmouthed parrot. When she ran away, she traveled fourteen countries across five continents, attended three universities, and married the vocalist of her favorite rock band.

Java, tobacco, and dark romance novels are her favorite indulgences, and might be considered more unhealthy than her aversion to sleeping, eating meat, and dolls with blinking eyes.

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