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The Privateer [Kindle Edition]

Dawn Mactavish
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

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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.

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  • File Size: 2178 KB
  • Print Length: 325 pages
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance (January 1, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001AV68WM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,122 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 23 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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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
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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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19 of 19 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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14 of 14 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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite! December 20, 2007
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Dawn MacTavish captured me with The Marsh Hawk, and I have to say her books are as close as you can come to a guaranteed great read. The Privateer had me from page one.

The one-eyed man who prefers to be called "King" is Basil Alistaire Kingston, Earl of Grayshire. He's haunted with a somewhat shady past, but his burden (other than his termagent mother, a wonderful character!) is his father's legacy of piracy and womanizing. King worries that he'll end up just like good ol' dad, and it's likely, too, considering the orders he receives from the Admiralty.

But he can handle all that. When his mother demands he find a companion for her in a debtor's prison, he meets Lady Lark Eddington. The introduction wasn't formal--she was fighting with three other women who'd robbed her of what little she had left. Her father had gambled away all the family's assets and her inheritance; hence, debtor's prison. She definitely didn't belong there.

What a journey! An alpha male with a very strong heroine and a determined mother, an unscrupulous bad guy, and a nasty woman out for vengeance. It's all here, a compelling story that will keep you reading. If you're late for work, just remember, you have been warned. :)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Nice book but not really for me.
Published 4 months ago by Tombo242
4.0 out of 5 stars Regency era historical romance set in the countryside
Lark is in prison because of her dead father's gambling debts. Despite selling everything she owned, she was still several pounds short. Read more
Published 5 months ago by TBreakiron
1.0 out of 5 stars So full of grammatical errors and misspellings it was hard ...
So full of grammatical errors and misspellings it was hard to read. And then to find out at the end that it is part of a series? I don't even care what happens to the characters.
Published 6 months ago by Nancy Brune
2.0 out of 5 stars been there, done that
don't waste your time, sooooo boring, it just seemed to drag on. The plot seemed interesting but way too much about dry ancient England politics and shipping laws.
Published 7 months ago by Mander
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This was a great book. Very entertaining.
Published 7 months ago by Judy M Hill
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very well written, keeps you interested all the way thru, hard to put down.
Published 10 months ago by Larry
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
I read this book out loud to my husband and we could not put it down. This was the first book I read by Dawn MaClavish but it will certainly not be the last. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Juanita Yates
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting reading
very interesting book, glad we live in this century. Very believable characters, kept my interest to read more. I will look for another book by Dawn Mactavish...
Published 12 months ago by Lois
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice period piece read
I liked it, but it was a little predictable. It still was a nice read to have on vacation, or to bring with you when waiting for someone to kill time.
Published 12 months ago by Diann M. Jones
1.0 out of 5 stars Romance
A soppy romance novel not what I expected, I wanted action.Good sex drescriptions though if you are a pervert.I am not
Published 12 months ago by David Gourley
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