pirate

B+
The Scar

Do you like pirates? Not sophisticated swashbucklers or gorgeous heroes on the high seas, but people who are both murderers and visionaries, daring and repulsive, fiercely individual outlaws banding together in a complex patchwork society? That’s China Miéville for you. The Scar, the second novel ...

A
The Pirate and I

The Pirate and I is a delightful, romantic and utterly charming novella set in between books two and three of Katharine Ashe’s current Devil’s Duke series.  Our reluctant pirate is Charlie Brittle, and his true love is Esme Astell, a perfumer whom he once knew in another - better - life.  Fans ...

B+
Lord of the Sea

I just had the kind of month that just wasn’t good for reading. You probably know how it is - kids this, work that, family obligations here and something else going on there. So it took me awhile to really get into Lord of the Sea. Once I got into it, though, I really got into it. This one is defi ...

B
The Rebel Pirate

The Rebel Pirate is old school. Not in the flowery bodice-ripper sense, but in the lush, dramatic, action adventure sense. It’s full of twists and turns, and there is always - always - something going on. Though it isn’t a perfect read, I really enjoyed it. Sarah Ward is the daughter of a ...

B+
Sea Change

If I had an outsized gospel voice that could penetrate digital walls, this review would just be me singing “Oh, happy day!” But that wouldn’t be good for your ears, not to mention the fact that it would be pretty insufficient as reviews go. So I’ll just have to settle for outsized elation in ...

C+
Captured

Sometimes, when I read a book by an author I normally enjoy, I realize partway through that I am going to have to put together a review that pains me to write. This is exactly what happened to me as I read Captured. I have read several of Beverly Jenkins' books so I know she is a talented author. Un ...

A
The Iron Rose

Attention, readers in search of an exciting historical with a lush love story: have I got a book for you! Marsha Canham hits one out of the park with this gender-bending tale of pirates, spies, and love on the high seas. At the helm of her ship the Iron Rose on what's supposed to be a short shakedo ...

C-
The Diamond King

In general, pirate ships duke it out with harems for the Most Implausible Setting award, so it's refreshing to read a pirate romance that seems a little more in touch with reality. Unfortunately, the reality of pirate ships seems to be long stretches of tedium interrupted by short bursts of activity ...

C
Once an Angel

If the heroine, Grace Fisk, had not been working so hard to achieve Too Stupid to Live status, this story could have been a must-read, if not quite a keeper. Grace Fisk is the youngest of three sisters who became pirates in an attempt to save their homes from being destroyed in the Seven Year ...

B-
Notorious

Katherine Sutcliffe's new Victorian romance, Notorious, has a troubled hero, a feisty heroine, and lots of derring-do on the high seas. It should appeal to those who miss the "old style" of romance discussed this fall at AAR. Lord Jason Batson is one of the top agents in the British secret se ...