Vyper is a dashing pirate whose name strikes fear in the hearts of blackguards and civilians alike. A fortuitous message in a bottle leads Vyper to the island of Jamaica, but soon entangles him in a web of lies, deceit, and double-crosses, and introduces him to the man who may plunder Vyper's heart and destroy his world.
Byron Caldwell is a handsome, titled British landowner, whose holdings include a thriving plantation on the island of Jamaica. The only shadow on his otherwise brilliant future is his shrew of a sister, Elizabeth. It's his intention to marry her off as soon as possible, if only he can find someone willing to take her off his hands.
Elizabeth wants one thing and one thing only, the key to the Caldwell fortune, and she'll stop at nothing to get it, including arranging the kidnapping and eventual death of her brother by hiring the most ferocious pirate she can find.
The events spurred by a seemingly innocuous message found in a bottle washed ashore on a tiny island in the Caribbean soon set Vyper's life on its ear and may ultimately bring about his demise.
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Sexy, Saucy Swashbuckling Fun
Very highly. I thought it was a great yarn, beautifully narrated. The pirate genre led to a great number of colorful accents and salty characters... and the two heroes were totally engaging and the sister was a really wonderful antagonist.
I thought the world building was excellent. I thought Vyper was such a sexy character ... and his first mate Toby was adorable. I really hope he gets his own book. I think the plot was really strong - and the sex is woven into it in a great way.
I loved Vyper, dry, witty and totally sexy. The delivery is brilliant. I also loved his Toby. The narrator's delivery of the sister was also really impressive.
One of my favorite m/m stories that i've read. It was my first pirate romance and I thought it was so much fun.
Swashbuckling M/M Romance
Yes. Loved the narration. Vyper was wonderful. Family ties and interactions proved intriguing.
It finished the story but allowed for future stories of Toby and Elizabeth should the author desire to tell them. I liked the way the strings were tied up at the end and the future laid out seemed possible for the remaining characters.
Yes. I listened to "The Duke in Denial" and loved it. Joel Leslie provides a diverse range of voices, dialects and accents that work so very well. His voice is excellent to listen to.
I hated the aspect of abuse and the fact that it was perpetrated on the young - wanted to smash more than one person mentioned. Also hated the idea of slavery though realize it was commonplace in the time and location of this story.
Thoroughly enjoyable read and I thank the narrator for the copy to listen to. It made exercising SO much more enjoyable. My review is my honest response to what I listened to. I would recommend this to those who enjoy and are looking for a M/M historical romance.
- Cathy Geha