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Published by Entangled Publishing on January 12, 2015
Genres: Historical Romance
Source: the Publisher
Charity Goswick thinks she is escaping an arranged marriage to a brute when she slips onto a ship unnoticed. Little does she realize that this is no honorable vessel of the King's Navy - it is a pirate ship. It's just a matter of time before she is discovered by a handsome rake of a pirate, who locks her in his cabin. And while she should be scared, her captor sparks the most unladylike feelings within her...James Lamont is on the ship for one reason, and one reason only: to track down his brother. However, his spirited little stowaway certainly affords plenty of distraction with her many (failed) attempts to escape. And each time, the unspoken - and unbidden - passion between them grows stronger. But as violence and danger mount on the high seas, Charity will have to put all of her trust in the most untrustworthy of men... the arrogant pirate who just might steal her heart.
Charity Goswick is desperate to get away from a dastardly uncle and the cruel Naval captain Charity’s uncle has chosen as her bridegroom. Recovering from a wedding ceremony she barely remembers due to her drug-induced haze and hiding from the men on the docks looking for a quick tumble under her skirts, Charity stows aboard a ship. There, she falls asleep and is awakened by James. James Lamont is a Captain in his own right, but is looking for his brother who was abducted by pirates some months ago. His investigation has led him to Captain Payne’s pirate ship where he finds a quartermaster named The Judge who claims to know where his brother is hiding.
It’s been a long time since I’ve read a Pirate romance, longer than I can remember really. It’s not a category I typically read (since the atrocity that was Pirates of the Caribbean 3 destroyed any love I had for Pirate literature), but this was an enjoyable re-introduction. James is noble and quick-thinking, as befitting a sea Captain. Charity is spirited, strong-willed, and creative when it comes to evading trouble. Both had difficult childhoods, but have grown stronger because of those hardships. James teaches Charity that not all men are awful and out to abuse her in some fashion. And in Charity, James finds a woman he can’t live without, a strong woman capable of handling rough life on the seas. Love develops slowly between this couple, but even their kisses are packed with emotion and sizzling sensuality.
I will warn readers of two potential triggers: 1) there is a very short couple of paragraphs describing the attempted rape of Charity and 2) towards the end, Charity is quite savagely beaten in the streets. Both are blessedly short, but I do wish to warn anyone who may be triggered and/or disturbed by such scenes.
Action-packed with well-developed romance between the main couple and some funny, snarky one-liners thrown in for good measure. A tad rushed towards the end and leaves open-ended the plotline regarding James’ brother , but certainly enjoyable nonetheless. Definitely pick this one up if you enjoy Pirate romances.