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Seduced by a Pirate (A Fairy Tales Novella) by [James, Eloisa]
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Product Details

  • File Size: 663 KB
  • Print Length: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Impulse (October 30, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 30, 2012
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0092QKWVU
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Rating: B+ ... Heat: Warm

I was really excited to learn that Miz James was going to be releasing a companion novella to The Ugly Duchess. The moment that the brawny and bronzed Griffin limped onto those pages, I wanted to know more about him. And the poor wife he left behind for more than a decade.

Sir Griffin Barry is a pirate. And a husband. A very absent husband. After a calamitous wedding night, Griffin disappeared from England and ended up ruling the high seas as Captain of The Flying Poppy for fourteen years. And, if not for his injured leg, he may never have stepped back on English soil again. But once he is back in London and civilization, knowing his bum leg would be a death sentence in his old world, Griffin decides to start over. His first order of business: reclaim his long neglected wife.

Phoebe, abandoned by her husband and unsure why, was never willing to dwell on it or pity herself. Though her family may have bought her a husband, she never needed him or his name and title. I loved how independent she was, how she defied everyone's expectations. Phoebe was definitely not what Griffin was expecting. Me either, for that matter.

From the very first, when husband and wife are reunited--sparks fly and tempers flare. Combine one rough and rugged privateer with a self-sufficient lady used to answering to no man and, yeah, the sparks start a'flyin'! And misunderstandings grow... till their passion boils over... and the truth with it. The truth about Griffin's disappearance, the reason for Phoebe's three children. The truth of their marriage in general.

Seduced by a Pirate was cute and charming and full of surprises. And it was full to the brim of lusty and tender moments between Griffin and Phoebe.
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The hero is an ex-pirate (OK, privateer or maybe pirate who pirates only from pirates) so I expected a little emotional swashbuckling here. But no. This is a generic, somewhat uninteresting romance.

If you read The Ugly Duchess (Happily Ever After...), you know all about Sir Griffin Barry, cousin of the hero of that book and renowned pirate who left his bride on their wedding night before consummation of the marriage and found himself on the high seas. He spends the next 14 years pirating from pirates and slave ships, releasing the slaves, investing booty wisely and becoming a rich man. An injury to his leg requires him to give up his pirating ways and he heads home.

Griffin's wife Phoebe has been living an independent life and is not looking forward to or hoping for Griffin's return. I, on the other hand, as a reader, was looking forward to this reunion, expecting major fireworks, with resentment, distrust, disgust and dislike of the hero on the part of the heroine. Major groveling on the part of the hero would also have been good and most of the novel spent in a long and difficult reconciliation.

But no. Hero returns home. Heroine is there with three children. Hero sleeps with heroine. That's basically it. Everybody is happy. (Except, I guess, for me.) I also forgot to mention that there was some sort of estrangement between hero and his father and that also turned out to be a nonevent.

So I found this to be disappointing and a bit boring. I wanted some conflict between H and h. I got nothing. BTW, the novella takes up only 76% of the download. The rest is Eloisa James promoting her other work. Is she hard up for money lately? She does a lot of self-promotion in her books' afterwords.
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Reviewed by Marissa
Book provided by Edelweiss for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

I always enjoy Eloisa James’ stories, whether long or short, and Seduced by a Pirate is no exception.

Phoebe is a wonderful head-strong character. After her husband of just a few hours leaves her, she marches on with her life, buying a country house and adopting her cousin’s children. She’s pretty no-nonsense, she doesn’t dream of a handsome prince coming to save her. She doesn’t even dream of her husband coming home. In fact, she’d rather he didn’t. She’s happy enough with her life and she wishes that he’d just leave her be.

Griffin, who remembers his wife ‘Poppy’ fondly enough to name his ship after her but not well enough to know her name is actually Phoebe, both adores and fears his wife. He wants so much to be loved by her to please her but she has a full life without him. He believes she had taken a lover after his disappearance (hence the three children) and she has her own money, left to her after the death of her parents.

One thing about the story I liked was that Phoebe and Griffin took the time to learn about each other and to actually fall in love. It was sweet and the characters completely likable. The Ugly Duchess is the companion book to Seduced. They take place at the same time but it doesn’t matter which order you read them in.
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The blurb of this sounded fun, and when I saw it was .99 (now 1.99), I got it. I didn't read book 4 in the Fairy Tales series because of some cheating issues. In this novella, Griffin, did cheat on his wife, but we don't hear about it in depth, unlike the previous book.

Griffin is a bit surprised by his wife, she's not quite what he remembered. In fact, he doesn't quite have her name right, and he named his ship after her...wrongly! She was not amused. She's also not all that thrilled that he's been a pirate. Well, recently a privateer. Fine line, that. He has returned, after many years away, with a pardon in his pocket.

The biggest part of his surprise is that his wife has children. Many of them. While he distinctly remembers running away before their marriage was consummated, the fact of children calling his wife Mama comes as a shock.

These two need to talk, but they both want to kiss. Well, mostly. This romance was fast, over and done with in about 100 pages. BUT, that's okay. It's a novella and was a nice read for a couple hours. Would I have liked to have seen a bit more of them? Yes, but this was fun, anyway.
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