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- Publisher: Flowers & Fullerton; 1 edition (May 18, 2017)
- Publication Date: May 18, 2017
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- Language: English
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Romance on the High Seas: Seven Swashbuckling Pirate Romances Kindle Edition
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In The Pirate's Debt by Katherine Bone, Basil Halford seeks redemption for the sins of his father. At odds with the law and honorable men, he owes a favor to the man who “rescued” him. He takes on the quest to find and return a young runaway, but the runaway turns out to be a young woman with an over-developed imagination who fancies herself in love with Basil. In seeking redemption, the reader is gratified that Basil finds more than he knew he wanted.
Dead Man's Kiss by Jennifer Bray-Weber opens with an explosive bar fight that sets up the plot nicely. Valeryn, captain of the Rissa, ends up in jail, his ship seized, and he’s threatened with a death sentence. Offered a deal, he agrees to escort Catalina, the alcalde’s niece, to a remote island and bring her back safely. Catalina is more than he bargained for. The two together generate enough heat to make the Caribbean boil! This book has lots of action, a sound plot, believable characters, and emotional depth.
The Black Morass by Barbara Devlin is a quest for redemption. Captain Jean Marc Cavalier rescues Maddie, a shipwreck survivor, who proceeds to complicate his life, arousing his desire along with his long-buried conscience. A nice “woman in jeopardy” mystery rounds out this tale.
Pirate Heiress by Chloe Flowers is about a treasure hunt inspired by a letter from the famous Irish woman pirate Anne Bonny. A family thinks to recover their losses with Anne Bonny’s treasure, but they need a ship--Conal O’Brien’s ship. Stevie, a would-be lady pirate, takes Conal hostage. They set sail for Jamaica on a voyage fraught with disasters, not the least of which is the desire that rises between Conal and Stevie. Likable secondary characters nicely round out the story.
My Lady Pirate by Danelle Harmon features Maeve, a pirate queen, who sees visions. Her latest one kicks off an adventure that turns her life upside down. Maeve doesn’t believe in love nor does she trust it, but that doesn’t stop her from falling for a pirate named Gray–except he’s not really a pirate but an admiral in the British Navy. The two manage to figure out they have to not only love each other but accept each other just the way they are.
Captivated by the Captain by Amanda Mariel has Prudence, victim of pirates, and Jasper, a pirate captain, in forced companionship. She hates pirates because they killed those she loved, but Jasper isn’t your average pirate. He has scruples, and Prudence tests them all. If you like “lovers from two different worlds,” you’ll enjoy this.
Carried Away by Kamery Solomon has time travel as part of the story. Throw in some of history’s most compelling conspiracy theories, and you have a a nice mashup of speculative fiction and pirate romance.
All in all, this box set has the winning combination of characters, emotion, and action.
THE PIRATE’S DEBT by Katherine Bone
Basil Halford, the Earl of Markwick, has been a pirate for barely three months, and although he’s a great strategist, he has not been very successful in his privateering endeavours. Truth to tell, he became a smuggler to avenge his father’s victims, not really by choice; Basil is fundamentally an honest man, and this new occupation does not sit to well with him. The dastardly Marquess of Underwood died in shame, which splattered Markwick, who now has inherited the tainted title, which he does not want. Markwick has friends he doesn’t wish to disappoint, and he treads a fine line: he being a pirate and his friend Walsingham, a revenue man. Just as he was pondering his future, Markwick’s friend, the Duke of Blackmoor, arrives precipitously to inform him that Pierce Walsingham’s sister Chloe is on her way to Penzance to meet with her love: Basil! To say that Markwick is flummoxed is an understatement: he knew that Chloe was infatuated with him, but in love! But what is worse, is that Basil feels partly responsible for Chloe’s latest folly. So, Markwick, the new Black Regent, sets sail for Penzance and to rescue Chloe Walshingham, come hell or high water…
Katherine Bone is a very eloquent writer, whose stories are painted in vivid colours, and what struck me at the beginning of THE PIRATE’S DEBT is that the scenes where Markwick is ruminating, seemed to be taking place behind a translucent pale grey veil, which superbly suited the mood, while not taking away any of the finer details of the picture. Ms. Bone’s prose is more refined than ever: she adds more nuances and depth to the narrative and the dialogues, while retaining the flavours of various accents and local colour. There is no better proof of this when reading about the raging storm at sea or the fierce battles. I became completely immersed in the fictional world of Regency pirates, and no one even comes close to Ms. Bone’s impressive knowledge of her subject: pirates. She knows it all, but better yet, she is able to put it all into splendid sentences and bring a bygone world to life before our very eyes.
The characters are all equally impressively drawn, down to the most minor ones and despicable ones; the evil Captain Carnage deserves a mention here. The story is compelling and extremely fast-paced, full of action and adventures, and redefines the word unputdownable. The romance progresses as it should, with the era’s proprieties taken into consideration, for once. And his first name is Basil, what’s not to love! Katherine Bone’s THE PIRATE’S DEBT should be a dictionary entry when looking up “swashbuckling”. And just wait for the next one, mateys, because we get a tiny taste of what’s to come!
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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