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The Privateer by [Mactavish, Dawn]
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"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 (January 1, 2008)
  • Publication Date: December 31, 2007
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001AV68WM
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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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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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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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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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I wish someone had mentioned the sex scenes in a review. I would not have read this book. The storyline is good and is similar to books I have read before. Grammar is okay. The characters are developed well through the various circumstances they encounter. The author is good enough at her craft that she did not need to go into such details with the sex scenes she wrote into her story. Yes, the book is a romance, but I took a chance that the scenes would not be so vivid. If you read this book, you may want to scroll through those scenes as I did.
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