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The Privateer [Kindle Edition]

Dawn Mactavish
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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Book Description


Lark at first hoped it was a simple nightmare: If she closed her eyes, she would be back in the mahogany bed of her spacious boudoir at Eddington Hall, and all would be well. Her father, the earl of Roxburgh, would not be dead by his own hand, and she would not be in Marshalsea debtor's prison.

Such was not to be. Ere the Marshalsea could do its worst, the earl of Grayshire intervened. Lark shivered, considering the mysterious stone-faced noble. He'd paid her bond while the rest of London turned an eye as blind as the one beneath his eye patch. But while his touch was electric and his gaze piercing, for what purpose had he bought her freedom? A plan including Cornwall, return to the world of the haute ton, and embroilment in a struggle against both England's own Admiralty and the French. But even more perilous, the ex-sea captain might plunder her heart. No, this was not a dream. As Lark would soon learn, her dreams had never ended so well.

Editorial Reviews


"Historical romance at its best!" -- --Deborah MacGillivray, author of A Restless Knight

entertaining tale is set on the high seas, but there are high jinks on land that certainly delight, thanks to charming characters -- --Kathe Robins, Romantic Times Magazine

About the Author

Award-winning author Dawn MacTavish is a regular columnist featured in women's special interest publications world and nationwide for over thirty years, one of which CROCHET WORLD, published by House of White Birches, since its inception over twenty-five years ago.

Dawn writes historical fiction. She is primarily a Regency Romance novelist, writing both traditional Regencies, and Regency-set historicals. Some of her other works include historical paranormals, and Celtic and Norse Medievals, incorporating the history, theology, legend, and lore of her heritage.

Dawn lives in Long Island, New York, with her double-coated Tuxedo cat, Shadowfax (alias, Miss Fuzz), and Espirit, her scandalous Senegal parrot, an incurable flirt.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2178 KB
  • Print Length: 325 pages
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance (December 31, 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001AV68WM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,543 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Secondary characters are better than the leads March 31, 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I know I am in the minority here but I just was not enthralled with the Privateer. It had all the makings of a good novel, interesting and unusual circumstances but the main characters were rather bland.

Lady Lark is redeemed from debtor's prison by an unknown benefactor. Lord Basil "King" Kingston springs her from prison to be a companion for his mother, the Countess.

Lady Lark is in prison thanks to her gambling father. She gladly accepts King's offer of employment and sets out to the coast with him to meet his mother. The Countess has more personality than both the lead characters together. She is meddlesome, patronizing and at times mean but I never really disliked her because I truly understood her motives. She loves her son, King, but despised his father.

Lark was quick to jump to conclusions, distrustful and never communicated her thoughts to King. He was supposed to telepathically know what she was feeling and thinking. When asked about her feelings, Lark became entirely passive aggressive, except with his mother. But even then, when questions got too sticky with the Countess she walked away.

For his part, King is not such a bad guy. He seems to be quite angry at his mother. She never loved his father and treated his half brother rather shoddily. King is commissioned to be a privateer for the Crown. He knows the smuggling trade is a way of life for the people of his community and is torn between duty and loyalty to family and friends.

There are secondary characters in this novel that are interesting, King's half brother for instance and his steward. They play a role in this novel and I really liked them. They were opposite Lark, who came off as self righteous and judgmental. If only she had a more trusting nature with the man she loved. If only King would learn to read her moodiness and if only King's mother could have refereed more of their disagreements this could have been a 4 or 5 star novel.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good idea...but so boring October 7, 2008
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I wanted to like this book. I wanted to like the characters and feel their connection, but I couldn't.

The idea of rescuing the heroine from debtors' prison was such a good one, and the writing style of the story was unique. However, I just could not feel any emotion for or between the hero and heroine. The story was so slow moving that I kept putting it down and reading other books in between. I thought almost all of the characters had very little personality and I had no understanding of how the h/h fell in love when they had rarely spoken to one another. There was also so much description that I really couldn't see the forest for all the trees. It bogged the story down even more and caused it not to flow. This book was just such a struggle for me to get through.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not What I thought July 14, 2008
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Sadly I found this book in a word, boring. It lacks the certain thrill of "watching" as two individuals unwillingly falling in love that is usually found in such plots. As for the mother, though I can see others thought she was a "pistol," in actuality she is a bitter old woman who brings misery to herself and her company. I did feel sorry for her but not in the way I think the author intended. And all the secondary characters, the authors just keeps switching their importance, never really filling out their full characters. I was more than an a little disappointed with this book.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 blue ribbons from Romance Junkies February 1, 2008
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London, 1812
At twenty-two years old Lark Eddington is in dire straits. Her father's gambling and subsequent suicide have left her destitute with a mountain of debts. She did what she could to raise the funds to pay off the debtors but she's still a few hundred pounds short - for that she's thrown into debtor's prison.

Basil, 'King', Kingston, Earl of Grayshire, needs to acquire a companion for his eccentric mother and she insists that the young woman be selected come from a debtor's. He plans to marry and beget heirs as soon as he has his mother settled. It seems simple enough but few things in life ever are and Basil's about to discover just how complicated things can get.

King's visiting Marshalsea where he hopes to find a suitable young woman to serve as a companion to his mother. He witnesses Lark's humiliation at having her possessions stolen by fellow debtors. He'd heard of her father's unfortunate problem and death but hadn't been aware that she was in such dire straits. She's a well brought up young lady and would be a perfect companion for his mother.

Being plucked from the dismal existence at Marshalsea by King is a godsend to Lark. That she's completely oblivious to his intentions poses a bit of a problem but then he's paid off her debt and she owes him. The only regret she has about leaving the debtor's prison is leaving behind her newfound friend Agnes. It isn't until she's well away from the horrible conditions and abuse of the prison that she learns King's intentions but not before suffering abuse at the hands of his own servants. King's enraged by the audacity his servants exhibit and Biddy is turned out without reference over the incident.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars engaging Regency romance December 28, 2007
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In 1812 following the shocking suicide death of her father an Earl, Lady Lark Eddington has no time to mourn as she is immediately incarcerated even before his corpse is cold in Marshalsea Debtor's Prison as she cannot pay back his debt. Lark has no way out until Earl Basil "King" Kingston, makes remittance. She assumes she will pay him back with her body as he must have paid for a mistress as no one else blinked when she was taken away; instead he stuns her further when he tells her he hired her as his mother's companion as he will marry soon and needs her out of the main house and living with her companion in the dower house.

King finds Lark fascinating and intelligent besides being beautiful. However, he has no time to look into why he is so attracted to her, as the Admiralty has recalled him to duty as a privateer. On his first mission of his second tour, King almost dies. His near death experience makes him open is eyes (at least his good one) to the fact that he loves Lark and plans to marry her. However he knows she is brilliant so concealing his involvement with smugglers and family secrets will prove tricky.

This engaging Regency romance is fast-paced due to the title character who goes from one adventure to another. In fact, Lark thinks he has a secret lover as he hides stuff from her and acts in a clandestine manner. Their relationship makes for a fine historical as she tries to uncover the truth while he tries to keep his escapes hidden from her. Fans will rejoice with this pairs' action-packed romance.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars I made my way through it
it dragged on and on and the outcome was so obvious. It didn't grab my attention, thus it took a while to finish.
Published 1 day ago by Hard worker
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommending the Privateer
Intriguing book with just enough mystery to keep me interested. I would recommend it to anyone who loves the combination of romance and action.
Published 1 day ago by Elizabeth J. Chelborg
5.0 out of 5 stars great Read
Intriguing, suspenseful, and light-hearted romance. Sure to please adventure-loving romantics who enjoy reading and visualizing seafaring, island-hopping, intrigues and happy... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Joan Eick
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME BOOK!!
This is the 1st book I've read by Dawn Mctavish. I loved it! Great story with great characters. Totally recommend if you like a good love story.
Published 2 days ago by Luv2read75
5.0 out of 5 stars Awarding
I loved this book. It was history at its best. A lovely love story with adventure, mystery, and death. Please read this book anyone you will not be sorry.
Published 6 days ago by Ruth Fosmoen
4.0 out of 5 stars More info
There was many stories within and it seemed to go really fast. I would have liked a little more info on some of the characters. It was a good story but just very quick.
Published 11 days ago by jwhite
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting !
Captivating reading. tough to put the book down. Great conclusion.
I highly recommend this novel. Read more
Published 12 days ago by jack
1.0 out of 5 stars Tired plot, poorly written, lacked any believability, silly dialog
Hopefully this is the author's first book as there is so much improved needed. The plot of smugglers on the coast and heroine needing rescue is over used and in this instance... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Privateer by Dawn MacTavish is a book that carries through from...
The Privateer by Dawn MacTavish is exciting from the first page to the last page. From a young lady being put into the poor house to her rescue and being put into service which is... Read more
Published 20 days ago by BJH
4.0 out of 5 stars The Privateer
Acquiring a companion for his mother was hard enough, but she wanted to help a person from a debtor's prison! Arriving at the prison, king was drawn to help an inmate... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Geniece Tyler
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