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Author: Erica Ridley
Publisher: Intrepid Reads
Release Date: December 1st, 2015
If you like historic romances with a privateer turned pirate and a feisty, forty-year old widow adventuring the seas, this is a great story for you!
This is the sixth book in this regency romance series and, whilst it may be read as a standalone, it is great to reconnect with characters from earlier books in the series and understand the back story. It started with stories about four friends returning from war but this one concerns bringing home from America the mother of the bride of one of those four, the Earl of Carlisle (from The Earl’s Defiant Wallflower). The Earl hires Mr Gregory Steele, who is more notorious as the privateer turned pirate Captain Blackheart, to escort Mrs Clara Halton back to his wife, Grace, who had been born and brought up in America before her very sick mother sent her to England. Blackheart is dismayed to find Mrs Halton living in total isolation, supposedly dying of consumption – but he’s not convinced that’s what ails her and still takes her to his ship to sail her home. The journey shouldn’t be too onerous and the pay is good but he finds that whilst she is a lady, she’s also strong willed, stubborn – and passionate! Their attraction is mutual but he’s promised to protect her and deliver her safely home. Will they part never to see each other again? Can they resist each other? Now she’s been given a taste for adventure, will she seek more? Can he make room in his heart for love?
This is a superb and possibly superior addition to the series. It is great to have the romance developing between a more mature couple who have had very different but traumatic histories. A lawyer, he was press ganged into the navy. As a seventeen year old innocent she was violated and abandoned before finding a love who was tragically killed soon after they arrived in America, leaving her to raise her daughter disowned by her parents and alone in the new world. It is a thrilling, swashbuckling tale with pirates, passion, problems and puzzles, a great story to escape into and one I highly recommend!
Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for this, an honest review.
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