Trapped on the high seas by the pirate known as Dragonslayer, Lady Rose confronts her passionate past The daughter of a wealthy Virginia planter, Lady Rose Woodbine curses fate for leading her to the court of the British King Charles—and into an unwanted marriage with the handsome and dangerous Lord Pierce DeForte. His desire for Rose blinded Pierce to the dangerous machinations of his enemies. Banished from England, he lives the life of a pirate—seeking vengeance on those who betrayed him, including the woman he once called his wife. Pierce, now feared as the notorious pirate Dragonslayer, captures a ship carrying Rose. Once his bride, now his prisoner, she’s determined to escape from him once and for all. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Heather Graham, including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I must begin this review by saying–I just can’t stop zoning out on that cover. I really love it. Maybe the colour scheme or perhaps the big, beautiful ship, but I FREAKING LOVE THIS COVER.
Whew! Okay, now that I have that out of my system, on to my review. Ever read one of those books where you say to yourself “Okay, only going to get to the end of this chapter and then I am off to bed?” and then realise that was four chapters ago…yep. That’s what this book was like for me.
The tension between the two main characters was good. It was the kind of physical tension that is accompanied by wit on both parts. I really couldn’t decide which one of them I liked better, honestly. Although, the internal monologue of Rose definitely earned her some points.
I liked the pace of this novel. There is quite a bit of action in it, and I never knew what was going to happen next. The secondary characters play an important role in keeping the story moving progressively. With the side stories going and the main story moving forward, there really wasn’t much chance of any long stretches where boredom could ensue.
The romance was traditional and involved all of the crucial elements you want to see in a book like this. The heroine was smart, sassy and had believable moments of distress. The hero was heroic as one should be and yet sensitive at the same time. Perfect.
I loved the first interaction between the main characters. It was different–good different.
Overall, this was a book that I really enjoyed and wouldn’t mind reading again someday.
This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher as part of the Retro Reads program. My opinions are my own. You can borrow them though.