The Pirate is a re-release of a category romance written by Jayne Ann Krentz in 1990. As such, $6.99 might seem a steep price to pay for a book of roughly 250 pages, but if you like JAK’s writing, you’ll enjoy The Pirate. I did, and read it in one sitting.
Jared Hawthorne is Katherine Inskip’s very own, modern-day fantasy pirate come-to-life. Katherine is a romance novelist sent by her friends to Amethyst Island for a month’s R&R. Jared owns the resort she’s staying at, and the island as well. He is a descendent of a true buccaneer, Roger Hawthorne, who built a castle atop the island, for himself and his lady love.
When Jared and Katherine meet, she is in no mood for fun and games. Her luggage has been lost, she’s hot, tired, sweaty, and when a petty thief, Sharp Arnie, tries to mug her, she makes mincemeat out of him, which Jared finds fairly impressive, even though Katherine is not at all like his beloved, dead wife Gabrielle. For her part, Katherine isn’t particularly impressed with the arrogantly macho Jared, although the way he fills out his jeans, his dark, silver-laced hair, and beautiful eyes certainly catch her fancy.
Jared’s resort is like a closely-knit family. His ten-year-old son takes an immediate liking to Katherine, as do Jared’s employees, and soon the entire resort is in on their budding relationship. It doesn’t take long for these two to realize what they have is special, although their strong personalities are constantly abraiding one another.
This is where Krentz’s style sings. The sexual chemistry is intense, and the pay-off is equally strong. Her most recent releases, both as JAK and Amanda Quick, cannot match the delightful love scenes in The Pirate. Jared and Katherine are equally matched in terms of intelligence, wit, and strength, and watching them maneuver through their internal mine fields of conflict is great fun.
The Pirate is not a gourmet meal – it’s not exactly meatloaf, but if Jayne Ann Krentz is an author you turn to as a writer of “comfort reads”, this one will do the trick. It’s not perfect – the suspense sub-plot didn’t do much for me, and the price is rather steep for what you’re getting. But if you are looking for a fun read with strong “alternative” family relationships, great chemistry, and likable characters, The Pirate is treasure enough.