Genre: Pirate Romance
You’ll like this if you like: Heroines that aren’t Drop-Dead Gorgeous, Pirates, and Riveting Conflict.
Cleanliness: Twice, the heroine is nearly raped (by nearly, I mean the guy tackled her, though nothing else happened), but she’s rescued both times.
Hero type: Brooding
Noah’s hero type was rather hard to pin down, since for the first chunk of the book, he’s intentionally acting like a cur.
Favorite profound quote:
“You can’t know what God’s purpose is for the things that have happened until you see the end. It’s like the end of a good book, miss. Everything looks real bad until you get to the end.”
Favorite descriptive quote:
“Above him, the masts creaked under the strain of canvas glutted with the breath of the sea.”
For the sake of her ailing mother and destitute sister, Marianne Denton has become engaged to Noah Brenin, a merchantman she despises and who has no intentions of going through with the wedding himself. Unwillingly the volatile couple find themselves deeply entangled in the War of 1812 when Noah’s ship is taken by the British and they obtain knowledge that would greatly aid the United States effort. As they battle to stay alive, defy the enemy to save their country, and escape from a British warship, can they also fall deeply in love?
First of all, we have a classic case of Enemy Turned Lover and Trapped in Marriage, which causes lots of naturally occurring conflict in the romance. Marianne is very likable. For one thing, she’s insecure and plain, so if we can’t relate to her, we can at least feel sympathy towards her. She’s also stuck with caring for her sick, frail mother by herself. Throughout the book, she’s particularly courageous when it comes to helping or defending someone else. But her pure selflessness is what wins the hero, Noah over in the end. Noah hides underneath the façade of a cur, as mentioned above, so Marianne will break the engagement off herself. He doesn’t want to break the engagement off for her, because his father will be disappointed and it would make Marianne a disgrace. But Noah’s act quickly fades once they encounter difficult situations, and his kindness and protectiveness quickly fuse them together. The only issue I had was that near the climax the book kept switching from the hero’s POV to the heroine’s and back, leaving me on a cliffhanger every single time it switched. This section only spanned a few chapters, but it was kind of annoying. But for the vast majority of the book, how the author balances the tension is wonderful. I always found myself anticipating the next disaster 😉
I’m considering starting a quotes section, as you can see above, in my reviews. What do you think? Do you have any favorite quotes from pirate romances—or any novels?