Author: Nicole Jordan
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Rating: 4 stars
Buy Links: Amazon
Type: Novel in Series
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Blurb: Nicole Jordan’s irresistible Legendary Lovers series continues in this sizzling twist on My Fair Lady, as a bewitching beauty and a rakish sea captain trade favors . . . and tempt fate.
Lady Katherine Wilde believes she has crushed any lingering romantic feelings toward Brandon Deverill, who spurned her six years ago. And now that the rough-edged rogue needs polishing to claim his inheritance, she’s willing to strike a practical bargain: Kate will mold the brash privateer into an acceptable English nobleman if Deverill will safeguard her from brigands on a voyage to recover lost family treasure. However, the soul-melting kiss that seals their agreement just may reignite blazing passion.
Brandon’s fortitude was sorely tested when he turned Kate away from his bed all those years ago. Even a rake such as he wouldn’t seduce an innocent beauty before sailing into battle. But now that he’s inherited a title and must take a suitable bride, he sets his sights on Kate. Though he fiercely desires her, true love is a notion that baffles him—until their adventure turns perilous and Brandon realizes he’d gladly trade his life to save the woman who has captured his heart.
Review: This novel of second chances was interesting and had an exotic turn on the normal English historical. The hero is an American who served on the colonial side in the Revolutionary War, was a privateer who marauded British ships, and inherits a dukedom. Can you imagine how his social rank alone forced the English aristocrats to accept him? Delicious.
Kate has had to keep her feelings hidden since Brandon refused her six years ago, the night before he left England to return to America and fight on his American family’s side. She’d grown and matured since then but…she found out to her dismay that she was still wildly attracted to him. She had proposition for him, though. One that might tempt him into revealing his true feelings for Kate.
The romantic suspense that surrounds the couple adds an interesting dynamic to the story. Brandon agrees to help Kate in her quest to find her mother’s grave and search for her father’s singet ring in the deep waters where he died.
There are a lot of secret feelings in this book, and while I’m not a fan of that trope, the plotline kept me interested and excited about how it would end. I really enjoyed the pirates and suspense because who doesn’t love a treasure hunt? Great atmospheric settings make this story sing along with interesting characters who might just take a stab at live. Thanks!