Nicholas Addison, celebrated captain of the Blackwell Shipping Fleet, has agreed to take Mrs. Emmaline Sutherland aboard the Pride and ferry the raven-haired beauty across the Atlantic on what he imagines will be a routine trip. But when the ship is attacked by pirates, the seemingly innocent passenger is revealed to be none other than the infamous marauder Lady Anne, whose name strikes fear in the hearts of sailors everywhere
An uncorrected proof ebook from the publishers via www.netgalley.com.
Lady Anne/Emmaline is looking to destroy the father who abandoned her and her mother years before to set up a new life in the colonies. Previously the only man who has shown her anything of a father figure is John Sutherland who was a pirate and taught her everything she knows.
Nicholas is the brother of an earl, captain in the British Navy who has been sent to investigate the pirates raiding the Blackwell Ships crossing the Atlantic and beyond.
The two characters are attracted to each other from the start (Nicholas seems to be going about with a semi permanent hard on, bless him) and there are two apparent competitors for Emmaline’s hand: Phin (who is her best friend and Quartermaster) and Peter Lansing, son of the Barbados Governor, who has taken a fancy to Emmaline and doesn’t take “no” for an answer.
Most of the story takes place on land so there are only a few scenes on ships, mainly at the beginning.
Emmaline has been on her own for so long and in charge of her own life (with a long running hatred of her father) that she finds it difficult to trust Nicholas and that’s where much of the tension lies. Some focus is put on Nicolas, and how his relationship to a pirate could ruin his career. At the end of the day, it comes down to Emmaline’s confusion, lack of confidence, and unwillingness to give up piracy (she hates being told what to do, especially by men).
Considering the amount of time spent both on ship and in Barbados, I would have liked to have a little more description of either/both. Apart from the ball, noone seems to eat, and it would have been great to hear what the sailors and gentry would have eaten, even if it was made up.
This does have explicit pre-marital sex scenes in it (before the last chapter) so if you dont like this type of romance story, then this isnt for you.
On the whole an enjoyable book