I just hate it when women are portrayed as fools. I really do. As readers, we are supposed to identify with the heroine and fall a bit in love with the hero.
In "The Sea Sprite", the heroine got on my nerves and i felt soo sorry for the hero.
The heroine is pushy, risks the lives of her crew - she's a sea captain, which is more than a little out of the ordinary - and does nothing but mourne the loss of her "one true love" (cue violins) who is presumed dead after an accident at sea.
She meets the hero, and instead of recognizing him - I mean, honestly!! If she loved him that much, why didn't she recognize him??? - she insists that he isn't her lost true love. In fact, she almost feels as if she's being unfaithful to the memory of her lost love.
The whole thing kind of bothered me - the female sea captian set in medieval times, the fact that NO ONE recognized the new guy as a scarred version of the old guy. Well, they think it's him - and they go on with this charade of dressing him up, shaving his beard, and trying to make him look more and more like the guy they remember.
Which only makes the poor guy feel more and more sad - he doesn't think he is who they think he is - so all the dressing up is re-inforcing the fact that his "sea sprite" doesn't really love him, but the memory of the man she lost.
At any rate, I just didn't care for this book. Save your money and borrow it from a friend - or better yet, find a good book and spend your time enjoying it!