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If not for deplorable timing, Celia Breckenridge might have avoided a pirate attack. She’s grateful for her rescuer, truly, however the stubborn man is sailing in the wrong direction! Most alarming still? The silver-eyed rogue is devilishly attractive and Celia must keep reminding herself she’s betrothed to another.
Jackson Beaumont had a plan: sail to the Caribbean; find a hidden cache of emeralds; return to society a wealthy man. Alas, he arrives in Charles Town with marauding pirates, a disgruntled heiress, and a hurricane at his heels. Rescuing the lady from pirates posed little challenge - allowing her to return to her betrothed is proving far more difficult.
But Jack won’t return to England without his fortune, and when it comes to another man’s bride, he’s not above a little plundering himself.
“I should not be drinking spirits as I shall need all my wits where you are concerned.” She looked up when he remained silent. “Why are you staring at my mouth?”
A good question.
’Twouldn’t do to tell her he should like to sip some sherry too—from her lips or anyplace else she’d allow him to pour it. “You feared me when we first met.”
“You gave me good reason.”
“I?” Jack flattened a hand over his chest. “I risked my life for you.”
“Spare me the knight in shining armor drivel. My rescue was not your purpose—though a benefit, to be sure.”
“’Tis grossly unfair of you, madam. Do forgive me for arriving on a ship instead of a white charger—”
“A horse wouldn’t have you, sir.”
“—to rescue your pretty hide—”
“Then proceeded to accost me.”
“—and kissed you for your own protection.”
Scorn flashed in her eyes. He much preferred an angry Celia over a despondent one. This one was much more fun. “Protection? Bah. You stole the prize from under their noses and flaunted me before them.”
“Would you rather I had left you?”
“No.” ’Twas more of a reaction than a reply, rather like a grunt.
Fomenting her annoyance was unwise, but Jack could not resist. He touched her elbow and lowered his voice to a sultry rumble. “Shall I kiss you again? A kiss befitting a gallant knight?”
She snorted. “I should rather kiss your horse.”
4 out of 5 (very good)
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I really enjoyed this! I found it a lot of fun, spattered with some drama, some bloodshed and some smexy times, and I want to read more of this author. I loved that Celia was not going to be a proper lady of her time and was going to do what she wanted. Even if she really wanted her betrothed AND Jackson!
I loved that Jackson was, for a pirate, a proper gentleman with Celia, at least til he had a taste.
I loved Jackson's support network and I absolutely did NOT see the twist of who Celia's betrothed was to Jackson!
Historical romances and pirate romances have been a bit hit-and-miss for me, but this is most definitely a HIT!
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A love of history and happily-ever-afters lured Jeri Black from reading historical romances to writing her own. She earned a B.A. in Finance after working several years as a bartender. Spending countless nights with a variety of humanity has given her a unique perspective on the attitudes and exploits between the opposite sexes. Her lively, witty characters are a result. Jeri writes historical and contemporary romance and is a 2017 Golden Heart Finalist. She lives on the west coast of Florida with her husband and forty-year-old box turtle rescue named Klide—who likes strawberries, chasing bunny rabbits, and chewing on her shoes.