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This book isn't the best of the genre, but it delivers -- a little tension, a hero and heroine I can root for, and, of course, romance and a happy ending. The book is a little formulaic, but it is so nicely done, I cannot complain.
Our hero is an Earl's youngest son, renown privateer/merchant/rake (I am not sure which of the three comes first ;-) Our heroine is a rough-and-tumble pirate's daughter, under the hero's charge, who undergoes a Pygmalion transformation by the end of the story. I preferred the relationship at sea, when she had a little more fiestiness to her. Sadly, once she hit dry land and the Ton got ahold of her, the story/characters all became a little more mundane. That said, there is definite chemistry between the two throughout the book (well, sexual tension really -- the word "virile" comes up regularly, and while our heroine remains a virgin for much of the book, she certainly isn't "innocent").
The story includes a couple of kids who occasionally have annoyingly adult-like dialogue, particularly the precocious daughter, thankfully she rarely appears. These are by-blows of our hero, but he raises them openly/lovingly -- in fact, if there is any complaint about him, it is that he is just too nice, sometimes a little broody darkness helps fill out a character. While our hero is torn by his attraction to his charge, he is pretty darn honourable about it all (well, mostly, when he isn't being "virile").
The narrator is a man (which is the first for me in a historical romance novel) -- I enjoyed it. The accent is North American, which might bother some people since the setting is 1800s Ton Society. If you need your English/Irish/Scottish characters to sound English/Irish/Scottish, you might be bothered, but he worked for me. Listen to the sample to decide.
I give this book 4 out of 5 for delivering what was expected, a nice little romance.
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There was something so touching and sweet about this story. I almost missed work because I had been up all night reading it. Amanda is so desperate she offers herself to the governor in exchange for her father's pardon. Her despair, pain and vulnerability are so palpable despite her attempts to hide them behind her tomboysih and defiant exterior. The scene at her father's hanging brought tears to my eyes. Cliff DeWarrene's reaction to her plight and the way he came to her aid won me over. He was truly an honorable man. And he sincerely tried to think of her as an innocent child that needed to be taken care of, offering her his protection without expecting or even accepting anything in return. I found myself laughing out loud when I saw his jealous outbursts while he still denied his feelings for her. Brenda Joyce was very adept at developping these 2 characters and building/evolving their relationship. The sexual tension between them was always there, but she also took the time to build their friendship and their respect for each other. The fact that Cliff still preferred Amanda as "La Sauvage" versus the lady endeared him to me even more. This is basically the story of a gentleman sea captain, an unlikely damsel in distress with a lot of heart and spirit, a love story amid pirates, London's aristocracy, and the Jamaican Islands. What can you ask for more.
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