I have no clue what I was thinking when I started this book but it was nothing like I thought. It surprised me all the way around. I love the way the author didn't tell all in the blurb like most do now days, so you get some great surprises in the story. Not only do you get one love story between the hero and heroine but you get an extra surprise with the hero's brothers love affair.
Let me first state this story will not be for the faint of heart. Yes, it has its cruel moments and the author tells pretty much all of it. But you have to look at the title and wonder where it fits in and when you find out you might not like it one bit. I know I didn't but I still found it brilliant and unexpected, even though I was cringeing at the time.
The heroine Aeron is great. I love that she is a strong willed pirate that will slit anyone through that does wrong to people. Yep, she's more of a robin hood to some ladies but with all that she has went thought I sure don't blame her. Plus I loved that she get the right hero for her, Orrin. He's one that will not break her spirit, he loves her just like she is, sword, scars and all.
One problem some will have is the characters all fall for each other very, very quickly without fuss. I didn't mind it so much with everything else going on in the story. I will say this could have been easily made into two books and a lot of detail brought out that would have knocked some socks off. But since this is the first book by this author I am not going to harp on things because I am very much impressed and know she will expand more as she grows in writing.
I highly recommend this new author and book to anyone who likes historical romance and pirates
When I first started reading this book, I had to look up what a cat o' nine tails was because I had no clue. Then I held onto my seat as the ride to pirate land began!
Ms. Leever's words are captivating and passionate as the story of female pirate, Aeron Lynch, and pirate hunter, Orrin Walsh, unfold in a romantic tale that takes the reader out to sea and onto a secret island. It is a story that reveals tragic past secrets, seeking retribution and finding one's true love. There's some violent scenes and sword fight action too! It is a pirate story after all. Interested yet?
In addition to Aeron, I found the other female characters were just as strong and engaging as well. I mean Queen Winifred puts the evil queen in Snow White to shame! The male characters were written well as ideal to their female counterparts. The Walsh brothers, Orrin and Kale, are deliciously hunky with very good hearts.
Finally, yes, there is a lot of romance. Aeron and Orrin have quite a few romantic interludes that were beautifully written. If you're not a fan of instant connection, then I'd pass on this book, but you would be missing out on an amazing debut novel. In all honesty, wouldn't you make good use of a private lagoon if you had access to it?
This is definitely a story I will read again. I very much look forward to see what's next from this fab author!
Captivating and passionate, as Ms. Leever puts a twist on a pirate's tale, by taking us on an adventure with a female pirate who captivates us with her heart of gold.
Aeron Lynch isn't what she appears to be and soon Orrin Walsh finds that out for himself.
Orrin is a sexy pirate hunter with a very good heart. Having lost his mother and sisters, who were raped and killed by pirates, Orrin along with his brother Kale and his father hunt these pirates and give them what they deserve. Now that their father has died it is just Orrin and Kale.
Orrin is on a quest to capture the lovely and spirited Aeron by Queen Winifred herself. Orrin takes off in search of Aeron. Finally he finds out where the allusive Aeron is. She isn't what he expects. He finds her and is totally taken with her. She is beautiful.
Spotting Orrin watching her bathe she captures him or does he allow himself to be caught? Anyways she takes him to her camp where he is shocked at what he sees. In camp there are the people that Aeron captured and they aren't captives as the Queen said instead they are happy and living as a family. They are safe; Aeron is providing the comforts they need and has led them to freedom.
As Orrin and Aeron get to know each other there is definitely something between them, Orrin vows to stop his quest for the Queen and instead help Aeron.
Meanwhile someone in the camp has become quite enamored with Aeron finding himself to be in love with her and does in no way want Orrin to take what he thinks is his. So off he runs to the Queen to let her know what is going on and where the secret island is.Read more ›
This is my first pirate romance in YEARS, and it didn't disappoint. If there are any sort of conventions for writing a pirate bodice ripper, then I can happily say that Patricia Leever has given them a playful twist in a way that works.
She has a deft touch with the language, keeping it period appropriate without getting overly formal in the process. It's also pretty clear that she had fun with this story, as the little light hearted moments gave the story a lift in all the right places.
Each key player in the story had their own history fleshed out in such a way that doesn't go into exhaustive detail, but rounds them out into multi-layered characters that I found engaging. The story kept a tight pace with a few surprising twists and turns that I thoroughly enjoyed. Oh, and she had all the nautical jargon down as well (not that I'd really know)!
This made for a great holiday read, and I happily recommend it!