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Seduced by a Pirate (A Fairy Tales Novella) Kindle Edition

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Length: 136 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 663 KB
  • Print Length: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Impulse (October 30, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 30, 2012
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0092QKWVU
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A reviewer from USA Today wrote that she "found herself devouring [Eloisa's] book like a dieter with a Hershey bar"; People Magazine raved that "romance writing does not get much better than this." Eloisa wrote her first novel after graduating from Harvard, but alas, it was rejected by every possible publisher. After she got a couple more degrees and a job as a Shakespeare professor, she tried again, with much greater success. Over twenty best-sellers later, she teaches Shakespeare in the English Department at Fordham University in New York City. She's also the mother of two children and, in a particularly delicious irony for a romance writer, is married to a genuine Italian knight.

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Format: Kindle Edition
Rating: B+ ... Heat: Warm

I was really excited to learn that Miz James was going to be releasing a companion novella to The Ugly Duchess. The moment that the brawny and bronzed Griffin limped onto those pages, I wanted to know more about him. And the poor wife he left behind for more than a decade.

Sir Griffin Barry is a pirate. And a husband. A very absent husband. After a calamitous wedding night, Griffin disappeared from England and ended up ruling the high seas as Captain of The Flying Poppy for fourteen years. And, if not for his injured leg, he may never have stepped back on English soil again. But once he is back in London and civilization, knowing his bum leg would be a death sentence in his old world, Griffin decides to start over. His first order of business: reclaim his long neglected wife.

Phoebe, abandoned by her husband and unsure why, was never willing to dwell on it or pity herself. Though her family may have bought her a husband, she never needed him or his name and title. I loved how independent she was, how she defied everyone's expectations. Phoebe was definitely not what Griffin was expecting. Me either, for that matter.

From the very first, when husband and wife are reunited--sparks fly and tempers flare. Combine one rough and rugged privateer with a self-sufficient lady used to answering to no man and, yeah, the sparks start a'flyin'! And misunderstandings grow... till their passion boils over... and the truth with it. The truth about Griffin's disappearance, the reason for Phoebe's three children. The truth of their marriage in general.

Seduced by a Pirate was cute and charming and full of surprises. And it was full to the brim of lusty and tender moments between Griffin and Phoebe.
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seriously??? this was ridiculously short. he spends 14 years away, left on his wedding day, never spent any time with her and on his first evening home he tells her he is in love with her while they have sex for the first time. then the next page is a few months in the future, everyone is happy and pregnant. then next chapter they have twins and live happily ever after. there, just saved you 99 cents.
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The hero is an ex-pirate (OK, privateer or maybe pirate who pirates only from pirates) so I expected a little emotional swashbuckling here. But no. This is a generic, somewhat uninteresting romance.

If you read The Ugly Duchess (Happily Ever After...), you know all about Sir Griffin Barry, cousin of the hero of that book and renowned pirate who left his bride on their wedding night before consummation of the marriage and found himself on the high seas. He spends the next 14 years pirating from pirates and slave ships, releasing the slaves, investing booty wisely and becoming a rich man. An injury to his leg requires him to give up his pirating ways and he heads home.

Griffin's wife Phoebe has been living an independent life and is not looking forward to or hoping for Griffin's return. I, on the other hand, as a reader, was looking forward to this reunion, expecting major fireworks, with resentment, distrust, disgust and dislike of the hero on the part of the heroine. Major groveling on the part of the hero would also have been good and most of the novel spent in a long and difficult reconciliation.

But no. Hero returns home. Heroine is there with three children. Hero sleeps with heroine. That's basically it. Everybody is happy. (Except, I guess, for me.) I also forgot to mention that there was some sort of estrangement between hero and his father and that also turned out to be a nonevent.

So I found this to be disappointing and a bit boring. I wanted some conflict between H and h. I got nothing. BTW, the novella takes up only 76% of the download. The rest is Eloisa James promoting her other work. Is she hard up for money lately? She does a lot of self-promotion in her books' afterwords.
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Sir Griffin Barry has returned home after 14 years of piracy to find that his wife has moved on without him. While at sea, he made sure to send her money to support her and when he returns home, he finds that she has had not one but three illegitimate children. Caught between anger that his wife cheated and understanding because he was far from faithful himself, he is determined to win his wife over. But things aren't always what they seem.

As with everything [author: Eloisa James] writes, it has all the necessary components to make it an excellent story. It's well written, good characters, a intriguing plot, at least one very smutty scene, and all the other things required for a great historical romance. My issue, I believe, falls into the shortness of the story. The more historical romance novellas I read, the more I think that maybe they shouldn't be written in that form. Everything feels so rushed to me and I do not like it. All the great romances I've read have been almost 400 pages (actually, for some odd reason, most of them are exactly 374 pages...I have no idea why), and that's plenty of time for a fully developed plot, great character development, and more than one truly steamy sex scene. Now imagine trying to fit all of that into a measly 136 pages. It never works out well, in my humble opinion.

Bottom line? Well, if you like Eloisa's work or just historical romance in general, you will enjoy this. Don't go into it looking for an overly complicated plot or a lot of exposition because you won't get that. You will get a short, good story that leaves you wanting more.

****Thank you to Avon for providing me with an eARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review****
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