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Del Robertson lives, works, and plays in San Antonio, Texas, where, much to the disappointment of her twin nieces, she emphatically does not ride a horse to work every morning.
An avid reader, whose mom graciously looked the other way while she devoured Nancy Drew books beneath the covers with a flashlight every night, Del has been penning short stories since she was old enough to pick up a Husky pencil. Thanks to the encouragement of her partner and the coincidental/accidental breaking of her favorite pencil, she was eventually convinced to take up the keyboard. After that, it was years spent writing stories for the Web before having a manuscript accepted by Intaglio Publications. Taming the Wolff is her first published novel.
Kris Wolff rules the seas from her ship the Wolfbane as one of the most feared pirate captains. Her ruthless reputation is well earned and she is extremely successful at taking ships and making her crew wealthy. If her crew knew that she was a woman though because, despite her ability, the crew would surely kill her. Everything is thrown into disarray when she attacks a ship on its way to the Spanish Americas and kidnaps Duchess DeVale and her two daughters. Her intention is to hold them for ransom however the oldest daughter Alexis proves a complication. Alexis is headstrong, daring and beautiful and Kris isn't quite sure how to deal with her. The fact that they are drawn to each other doesn't make matters any easier because Alexis thinks Kris is a man. Unfortunately, Alexis is doing everything she can to undermine the pirates' plans while winning the captain's trust. She succeeds in having her mother and sister escape, but when Kris is wounded, she feels compelled to help her. While she is nursing Kris, Alexis discovers she is a woman which sends Alexis reeling. Alexis finds herself being both drawn to and repulsed by the idea of a relationship with Kris as she is drawn deeper into the adventurous life of the pirates. Perhaps, if she could make Kris settle down, something might be possible between them, but forces are working against them. There is a traitor in the crew who is trying to betray them to Captain Jackson, the captain of the ship from which the DeVale family was kidnapped and the man who is hunting them. Sword fights, sinking ships and political intrigue swirl around them as Kris and Alexis try to decide if there is a place in the world for them, providing they survive.
Del Robertson has scored a winner in her first novel.Read more ›
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Notorious pirate Captain Kris Wolff is not what he seems. In actual fact, he is a woman. Not many people know this, least of all her crew. They would kill her for sure, they would never take orders from a woman.
When Kris and her crew abduct the DeVale's, a noble born mother and her two daughters, she has no way of knowing she would fall head over heels in love with one of the daughter's, the beautiful and alluring Lady Alexis DeVale. Alexis is engaged to be married to a Spanish nobleman, the result of a treaty agreement between Spain and England. But Alexis is falling in love with Kris. However, when Alexis discovers Kris's secret, she's upset and disgusted. No matter how disgusted Alexis thinks she is and should be, she can't resist the seductive charm of the pirate captain. Will Alexis let her heart rule her head and go with her feelings?
Alexis is torn between her feelings for Kris and her loyalty to her family and her country. She betrays Kris and eventually her sister escapes and shortly afterwards her mother. Alexis has her chance to escape, but stays with Kris when she is injured.
It's not long after this that Kris and Alexis realize they have a traitor in their midst, one of Kris's own crew. Who is it? Will they discover who the culprit is in time to prevent their position being given away? Worse still, the traitor is in cahoots with Captain Jackson, the captain of the ship the DeVale's were abducted from. He will stop at nothing to get his revenge and to destroy Kris and her crew. Will he succeed?
This book was published a while ago with a different publisher. It's been completely re-edited. I am so pleased to see that it has become available again.Read more ›
If I'm not mistaken, this is the first offering from the intriguing Del Robertson. I always look forward to reading the work of new authors and was certainly not disappointed here.
Kris Wolff is not a man, but only a handful of people know that. The men on her ship would kill her if they knew. However, they are fiercely loyal to their beloved pirate captain. When capturing loot from a Spanish ship, Kris' crew abducts the beautiful Alexis DeVale, her sister, and her mother for ransom. Not happy about having hostages on board her ship, Kris agrees due to the upside potential. Little does she know Alexis is betrothed to a Spanish noble to solidify a treaty between England and Spain. As such, both Navies are after her ship.
Due to a risky situation in the captain's quarters, Alexis discovers Kris' secret and is turned off immediately. However, she cannot deny the magnetic attraction she has for the sea farer. Despite objections from her mother, altercations with other ships, and a ransom / rescue attempt, Alexis stands by Kris - until they have a disagreement. Ultimately they come to an understanding, but how will things ultimately end?
Bottom Line - Great new author. Engaging story with a little complexity and lovable main characters. Take a chance in this one. You won't be disappointed.
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This is pretty much what you would expect from a lesbian pirate story... one sexy captain in drag, battles here and there, a smelly crew, and some hot booty the captain can't resist. Not just the golden goblets and jewels booty, but the willful green-eyed blonde variety who is properly kidnapped and detained aboard the ship indefinitely. The story is written in first person with each chapter alternating between the point of view of the captain and the lady.
Nothing original here and the writing was pretty average. The storytelling was below average. I've also been ruined after reading Merry Shannon's well-written Branded Ann, and these other lezzie pirate stories fall short by comparison and are just plain silly. It may have been decent for fanfic but as a published book... meh. The best thing about this one (besides not being ridiculously priced at the usual 9.99) is the blonde... this author never failed to give us descriptions and that certainly helped. Not enough on the captain, though. I didn't think there was much to tame about this sappy and weakly developed captain... gritty my ass- more like Taming the Poodle.
There are a number of sex scenes, but they tended to be brief and not particularly graphic. I recall one that was kinda sexy... but cut short. All the battles dragged on forever and I felt the book carried on much too long. If the romance were more exciting, that mighta helped... but there really isn't any build up here. It moved too fast in all the wrong ways. A lot of back and forth stuff... but sexual tension isn't a skill here.Read more ›
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