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When Carmen Ventura takes up her post as commander of the Strega, she becomes the new Captain Sirena, the legendary pirate most people think is just a myth created to scare children. Her first quest is to search for the "treasured chest" hidden by her predecessor. But before she can even begin the hunt, she runs into Marko Lucin, ...
When Carmen Ventura takes up her post as commander of the Strega, she becomes the new Captain Sirena, the legendary pirate most people think is just a myth created to scare children. Her first quest is to search for the "treasured chest" hidden by her predecessor. But before she can even begin the hunt, she runs into Marko Lucin, captain of the Levant and Carmen's most insane adventure yet.
How can the most beautiful woman he's ever seen be a bloody pirate?
Never one to pass up an adventure, especially where pretty women are concerned, Marko finds his ultimate challenge in Carmen. Not only does he fall for her courage, spunk, and intelligence, but the lady pirate can also help him get what he wants-the famous treasure everyone whispers about. His only problem-how long can he play the charming captain before she discovers his true intentions?
Posted April 5, 2014
Of Pirates and Unexpected Treasure.
“Treasured Chest” by Zrinka Jelic is a story about female pirates of the Strega on a mission to help the poor folk downtrodden by nobility. It reminded me of Robin Hood on the seas, but the strong yet feminine touch was refreshing.
With the previous Captain Sirena’s passing in the first chapter, Carmen Ventura was named as the new captain to take her place. With notorious stories spread about the existence of the Strega, the new Captain Sirena must keep their existence a myth to the ones they continued to attack on the high seas. One thing plagued Carmen. The previous captain asked her to find and protect her special treasure with only a little key in her possession.
Meanwhile, Marko Lucin, captain of the Levant, is attacked and captured by a mean seaman named Gaspar who is after a map in Marko’s possession. During a raid by the fabled women of the Strega, Marko escaped and became marooned on an island with the map. He started a fire to lure Sirena and her ship to shore. He’d been drawn to her beauty as he stayed hidden during the scuffle between her crew and Gaspar’s men before she sank Gaspar’s ship.
Before long, Sirena rescued Marko only to discover a strong attraction to this man. It seemed as though she recognized him, but how and why eluded her until much later. Would she dare let a man possess her heart? Not if she could help it, but with the map he revealed to her and the chemistry brewing between them, she’d help him find his treasure before she sent him on his way. Perhaps, he’d inadvertently help her find the treasure she sought.
The journey with Sirena and Marko and the fights scenes kept me riveted to the story. The female crew worked together as a well-oiled machine under Marta’s, the quartermaster’s, raspy commands. Due to the steamy love scenes, I recommend this story to adults who love swashbuckling adventure in Mediterranean seas.
Posted February 20, 2014
Treasured Chest, by Zrinka Jelic, could be considered a historical romance. It could just as easily be called a rousing historical adventure. At once straight forward and subtle, it is difficult to review the book without introducing a spoiler. There aren’t a lot of surprises in Treasured Chest, but the ones in has are important. The title, which might at first seem a bit strange, is perfect.
The writing is solid and Jelic’s book follows a logical, if sometimes surprising, progression. The characters are well-written and for the most part multi-dimensional. The one exception to this is the villain of the piece, and his isn’t the kind of person who, in novels or in real like, tends to be multi-dimensional. For a truly despicable bad guy he fits the rose perfectly.
There are some minor, I’m tempted to say irrelevant, historical inaccuracies in the Treasured Chest. There is no recorded case of a pirate vessel with an all-female crew, and no historical record of pirates making anyone walk the plank. So what? This is a novel, not a history textbook, and if such tiny literary devices weren’t allowed there wouldn’t be any historical novels.
Zrinka Jelic’s Treasured Chest is a good read as either a swashbuckler or a historical romance.
Posted February 23, 2013
I have yet to read a pirate tale as accurate as this one, from both setting to characterization and dialogue. Everything was so vividly done that you felt like you were there! Now I’m not a big romance guy, nor have I read many romances, but from what experiences I’ve had in my previous reads, this had great chemistry between Carmen and Marko. In many works, the characters are almost “forced” to love each other; they “fall in love” almost instantly that it is almost absurd, but in this book, you could actually see their relationship develop throughout their struggles. Carmen’s independence was also a great break from the typical damsel in distress as well.
All in all, if you love the pirate or historical genres, this one is a must read.
Posted December 16, 2012
Well, this is not my usual genre. However I was captivated right away. I mean, a pirate ship of mermaids? I had to know. Add to that a treasure map and you are hooked. I will not give anymore away!
Zrinka has fully developed her characters. You feel their happiness and their pain. It is historical and it is well researched. The roles of the men, law enforcement, women...all accurate. The scenes of ship battles were so real I could almost smell the gunpowder!
This is the first installment of a series, and it is a GREAT start! Anyone who loves romance will find this to be a treasure!
Posted December 16, 2012
This book grabbed me and I couldn't put it down until the end. The scenery so vivid, the adventure the witty dialogue that moves the plot along, before I knew it, the day has ended and to my dismay so did the book. but it continues to live inside me and always will.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 8, 2012
This book had no problem starting up. I was engulfed into the story from the teaser in the beginning and the pace was kept swift and interesting for the rest of the book. It's historical fiction, but I'm sure anyone modern can get into after. After all, this isn't normally my genre.
I won't give spoilers, but this book was very descriptive, I actually felt as if I were there on the ship dodging cannon fire myself! The conflict is set up early with the demise of the Captain, and that's all I'll say. It took me a while to get used to the pirate lingo, but hey, who doesn't love pirates? I was willing to learn it all while I was reading. I could tell the world she set the novel in was well researched. From the description in the clothes and the nasty attitude portrayed by these women in the novel, you'd swear she was pirate herself.
If you love pirates, this is easily an installment to add to your collection. I'm sure Johnny Deep would appreciate it!