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His Captive: A Dark Pirate Romance (Pirates of Pleasure Book 2) by [Elsa Holland, Zoe Younger]

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A taste from the start of the book:Jax stepped forward and pulled her hand out of Captain Moriata's hold muttering something sharply in Japanese.
Captain Moriata smirked.
Racheal turned her head, had to hide her own smile as she slipped her hand in her coat pocket, the warmth of him still wrapped around it, the currents of that gaze still rippling through her sex. It was the fastest most effective proposition she'd received in her life.
Jax said something again in Japanese. Clearly unhappy with Captain Moriata.
"What did you say?" she asked Jax, who ignored her question and stepped partially between her and Captain Moriata.
Captain Moriata seemed totally inured to the strangeness of the exchange, instead clasped his hands behind his back and motioned her to walk with the forward tilt of his head.
And this man she needed if she was to launch her trading business.
Racheal lifted the rust muslin skirt and deftly stepped around Jax to come alongside Captain Moriata. Already her body wanted his proximity, wanted to be close, hummed at the promise of him. Adventures had generated that response in her many a time, but a man...rarely.
The Ryokan's garden path was made of embedded steppingstones, each stone surrounded and connected by the most luscious deep green moss. Above them the wind rustled. The air, still warm from the remnants of summer was laced with cooler currents. Her skin felt every nuance as if he had awoken her every nerve.
"Jax-san tells me you were sweethearts?" Captain Moriata glanced back to Jax with that smirk again.
"No!" She looked over at Jax who scowled at Captain Moriata, avoiding her gaze altogether. "No, more like a sister," she said. "Wouldn't you say Jax?"
He'd wanted more once, and maybe once she had thought about it, he was a handsome and virile looking man. But Jax...well Jax was Jax. He'd lived in the estate next to her family's, when he was another man in another life. After he went to sea, they'd met up from time to time as she'd traveled; every now and again a woman out in the world needs aman other men are scared of. For her he was more like a sibling, a big bad brother who was always there when you absolutely needed him and off doing things best left unsaid when not.
That's what she'd heard. Not from Jax. But from Bill. Bill Thornton who ran trading routes from America, routes that got raided from time to time. Most notably after she had caught up with Jax and he had made his usual enquiries.
Jax said something to Captain Moriata, again in Japanese, who replied in a couple of short words, which had Jax stopping and raising his voice. They were expressly excluding her from what they were saying. The whole situation was totally outside any societal protocol. Well she could play at that too.
"Stop." She stepped between them. "Whatever this is," her hand motioned between them as another flurry of burnished leaves fell over them, "it is going to stop." Racheal pointed at Jax."I asked you here to help." She turned to Captain Moriata his face blank, eyes amused. "Captain Moriata, Jax and I are familial. He has not been one of my lovers. That established, perhaps you would contain your interests to my suitability for business introductions."
The two men looked at her. Not been one of my lovers.  The implication thundering in the silence as Jax looked at her as if she were mad and Captain Moriata looked like he had just found the cream and fully intended on eating it.
'He's a dangerous man Rachael, don't be fooled by his looks and his charm.'
Jax tended to be over-protective yet in this case she believed him. Captain Moriata exuded power and presence,sexual attraction, and sexual promise.
'You want to get anything in and out of Japan you need to connect with men like him. Men who have connections with the municipal governments as well as the Yakuza. Never under any circumstances meet him without me. Men like him do not follow the rules Rachael, he takes what he wants.'
'Like you?' she had mocked, yet Jax made her promise none-the-less...except on principle she'd had her fingers crossed, what modern independent woman would agree to be contained like that, let alone a business woman in relation to her potential business partners; so, a promise with your fingers crossed didn't count.
Captain Moriata walked over to Jax, slapped him on the back. "She's your sister in my eyes."
Jax scowled and the air around him continued to bristle.
Captain Moriata leaned towards her. His hand reached out, slowed as it got close to her then picked a leaf from her hair. That smirk again as he slipped the leaf inside his Japanese jacket. Then motioned they should continue along the path as it meandered around a pond.
"Jax-san asked if I can introduce you to some suppliers. You want to bring Japanese goods back to England?"
"America. I have connections with shipping lines and goods transport."
"That's quite the plan."
"Yes, I am connected with Bill Thornton Shipping."
Captain Moriata looked over to Jax and exchange a pointed look which she planned on grilling Jax about later.
He's a slippery one Racheal, don't promise him anything, let me deal with whatever he wants in return.

About the Author

Q: What do you write?A: I write lush, sensual stories set in Victorian England. They skirt the edge of Gothic eroticism and dark romanticism giving them a rich, moody feel.
Q: What would you say are your influences?
A: I am strongly influenced by fairy-tales... not the Walt Disney kind, but how they used to be told; the old ones that held real darkness to overcome, were often darkly sexual and where the rewards for undertaking the journey were often not what you expected. Also Jung, his collective unconscious, synchronicity, and archetypes. I have a deep connection with symbols, story and the human spirit which I aim to express in my writing.
Q: What drives you to write the characters you do? They are not typical of the genre.
I have a deep affection for the wounds and shadows which make us uniquely and poignantly beautiful.  Deep inner wounds are my speciality. Like many of us, my heart has been broken and bruised ... the cracks and breaks lovingly tended. These breaks have added depth, compassion, equanimity and knowledge to my life. More often than not it is these breaks which are the well that I draw on in living, more than the light joyous moments. Naturally, the dark and broken beauty of life is the landscape I would find myself writing in.
Q: Why the Victorian Era?
A: I chose the Victorian era because it is very suitable to the moodiness and deep seated sexuality that comes from our shadow self, from our breaks and wounds. And this is what I like to write.
It also holds the seeds of modern life which allows me to choose themes and topics that resonate with me and I think resonate with readers.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08H4HBC8F
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Elsa Holland Books; 1st edition (March 31, 2021)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ March 31, 2021
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2743 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage ‏ : ‎ Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 158 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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