Beauty’s Curse by Tamara Hughes

June 19, 2015 Historical Romance, Reviews 0 ★★★½

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Beauty’s Curse by Tamara HughesBeauty's Curse by Tamara Hughes
Published by Entangled Publishing on June 9, 2015
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 175
Format: eARC
Source: the Publisher
England, 1722

Amelia Archer will be the ruin of her family. Her extraordinary bad luck is burden enough, but her sweet, trusting nature often lands her in impossible scrapes. After the last straw, Amelia's harried father ships his unfortunate daughter off to the Colonies to live with her aunt. But wherever Amelia goes, bad luck is sure to follow...

Pirate David Lamont is taken with the lovely young Englishwoman the moment she's pulled aboard from her sinking vessel. But sailors are already a superstitious lot and Amelia is unwelcome. In a feat of chivalry, David defends and claims her for himself...

Now their fortunes—for good or ill—are invariably tied. But as much as she longs for him, Amelia cannot allow a romance. For a lady of misfortune can only bring ruin to those she loves…

Miss Amelia Archer is bad luck.  Stomach bug?  Her fault.  Ship attacked by pirates?  Her fault.  The wind fails to blow?  Her fault.  Disaster follows where ever she goes and Amelia simply can’t stand to watch the rest of her family suffer, so she books passage to the Virginia colonies to start her life anew.  But halfway into the journey, the ship is attacked by pirates and Amelia must convince her new shipmates that she’s not as bad as the others claim.  Thankfully, the pirates’ musician, David Lamont, speaks up for her amongst the crew and manages to calm their superstitious minds.  For now.

This story has everything you would expect in a good pirate adventure novel – sword fights, deserted (sort of) islands, the fight for survival, and, of course, rum!  Or something like it anyways.  Amelia and David had an instant-love attraction that quickly manifested in the form of David’s intense desire to protect and care for Amelia.  Together, they acted as each other’s sounding board and counselor.  Amelia convinces David to return to a family he believed abandoned him and David helps Amelia see that her “curse” of bad luck was really just the jealous ravings of her step-mother.

The plot was one adventure after another and there were more than a few times I had to remind myself this was a romance novel and our heroes would be just fine.  (or would they!?  Oh no, keep reading and find out!)  I really wish this novel could have been longer to allow those plot lines to develop further.  I would have loved to learn more about Issac and Ruth as well and how their story more fully tied into Amelia and David’s story.  Overall a very entertaining read!

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