Title: Pirate of My Heart
Author: Jamie Carie
Publisher: B&H Books
Released: September 1, 2011
Lady Kendra Townsend is in a dilemma, marry the horrid, ancient man whom her uncle wants or get sent to the Americas to live with her mother’s sister and brother-in-law. When she chooses America over a loveless marriage, her uncle ships her off and puts her in the care of the American sea captain Dorian Colburn, a man who reminds her of a pirate in every way.
After getting burned by a conniving and rueful woman, Dorian Colburn never wants to get involved with one ever again. But when Kendra comes aboard his ship, much to his chagrin, he can’t help but be drawn to her.
Neither were looking for love. But when they start to fall for each other, will their pasts and hesitations collapse the relationship before it begins or will he really become the pirate of her heart?
Jamie Carie is one of those authors that I always wanted to read but just never had the opportunity, until now. I wasn’t disappointed in the quality of the story. Ms. Carie has a wonderful gift of storytelling and she has an attention to detail that makes the story more enjoyable for the reader. Being able to read this book was no chore and I just couldn’t put it down.
I’m particularly happy with the time frame that this story is set in, one of my favorites, the late 18th century. A time when America was still rough and sailing by wooden boat was the only way to cross the seas. The author didn’t disappoint in capturing the feel of the roughness of the environment and the feel of life in that timeline.
There was one slight disappointment in the story, though a small one. The fact that the time spent on the boat dominated so little of the story was something I didn’t expect, but it turned out to work out very well in the storyline and, if we’re being honest, this whole story wasn’t what I expected. It’s so different from my expectation, yet the reality of what the story was about and where the story was going wasn’t a disappointment, in fact, it was a joy to discover that I had no clue where this story was going to lead.
This story really isn’t typical in any sense of the word. Throughout the whole book I was trying to guess what was going to happen next and most of the time I was wrong. That’s a new experience for me, and I enjoyed the mystery.
The main genre for this book is romance, but expect some well laid suspense plots and some drama. The book played off of the damsel in distress card as Kendra continued to get herself into fixes that she never intended. However, this damsel doesn’t always wait for Prince Charming to bust through her door to rescue her, she takes matters into her own hands and trusts the Lord that she’ll make it out of any situation alive, making her character more endearing.
The characters in this story have own characteristics and their own personalities. Even the rival of Kendra has her own personality, no matter how nasty it is. The author made all of the characters fears and hesitations completely realistic. Dorian doesn’t want to be tricked and hurt again and Kendra doesn’t want to make a bad decision and be hurt again by someone she loves. This author knows that the best part of the story is realistic characters with founded fears and hesitations.
One thing this story doesn’t have is a passionless romance. The author made it a priority to make this one with enough passion to keep you interested but not enough to make you uncomfortable. I prefer this type of romance because, in my opinion, they’re more realistic. This author was determined to make electricity zing in every kiss and touch making the story a real romance.
The suspense keeps you on your toes. It strikes when you least expect it, catching you off-guard. As soon as you stop anticipating an attempted kidnapping, etc. it hits leaving you reeling. It’s a real doozy too. It seems like Kendra’s family won’t stop until she’s married and they’ll do almost anything to make it happen. You can’t help but wonder why. Due to the surprise factor, I won’t tell why but I do encourage you to read the book and find out.
Overall, a pleasant surprise from what I expected, with a captivating storyline and characters, a strong plot, and a perfect romance. This book is perfect for anyone that loves a historical romance with more spice than the usual and a dash of suspense. I rate it four and a half out of five.
I received this book free for this review from Net Galley and B&H Publishers. All opinions are my own.