The Ransom by MaryLu Tyndall

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Title: The Ransom
Series: Legacy Of The King’s Pirates
Author: MaryLu Tyndall
Publisher: Ransom Press
Published: February 27, 2014
Pages: 414

It’s no easy task for Miss Juliana Dutton to live in a city deemed the wickedest in the world. With an ill father and a drunken fool for a brother, Juliana is forced to take over the family business in order to survive. Trying to keep the business afloat without letting people know is becoming an increasingly harder task as loyal partners and customers become more curious about her father’s absence. Pressure from all sides threaten to crumble everything around Juliana and she agrees to a spurious engagement with the town buffoon, Lord Munthrope, when a meddlesome suitor threatens to discover her secret and cast them all onto the dangerous streets of Port Royal.

Alexander Hyde, the Pirate Earl, son of the infamous Edmund Merrick Hyde, has become the most feared pirate in Port Royal. He has become disillusioned with the religion of his parents and the pleasures of the world. So, Alex tries to stave off his emptiness by leading a dual life to hide his deepest secrets. Despite his efforts nothing really works until he meets the gorgeous Juliana Dutton.

Meeting the Pirate Earl changed Juliana’s life forever as she now becomes embroiled in the battle between the Earl and his enemies. She also begins to feel a pull towards the mysterious pirate. Dangerous in many ways, this attraction could lead to her destruction and she can’t seem to turn away. Even the Pirate Earl himself risks a lot to be near her. The attraction is strong but so are the enemies trying to expose everything and end it all.

Book four in the Legacy of the King’s Pirates series is what every MaryLu Tyndall fan has been waiting for ever since the series ended in a trilogy years ago. Countless times I have read her newest books and searched for a trace of the pirates that I loved. Though her books were great, a few among my all-time favorites, I missed the pirates and ocean battles that originally won me over to MaryLu Tyndall in the first place. This book gave me exactly what I craved and truly showed how far MaryLu Tyndall has grown as an author.

Though I’ve read books involving secrets before, I don’t believe I’ve read one quite as unique as this one. The major theme of the book is secrets and they lurk in every corner of this story. To avoid spoilers I won’t say what secrets there are, but let’s just say that some are shocking and others are a blessed relief. Though secrets and lies are not a theme I enjoy in books, particularly romances, this one had just the right amount of tension and revelation to make it truly enjoyable.

The romance between Juliana and Alex is also a unique one. Juliana is engaged to Lord Munthrope but isn’t attracted to him in any way and is only involved with him to keep her secret. She is, however, attracted to Alex, but she can’t be with him because she’s engaged to Munthrope but also because of his profession. The whole romance is a big mess that turns into sweet romantic bliss. The author couldn’t have handled this romance better if she tried.

The best part of this book isn’t even the romance, though that is fantastic. It’s the ship battles and action part if this book that is the true star. Done in true MaryLu Tyndall form, the ship is outlined bow to stern in a way that makes ships seem fascinating and long ocean voyages sound like the perfect reprieve from dry land. The ship battles were terrifying and exciting all at the same time and were described so well I could practically taste the ocean spray and smell the gunpowder. Though there wasn’t as much sea voyage or battles in this book as there was in the previous three in the series, it honestly didn’t need any more than it had. MarLu Tyndall’s perception of that has proven her growth in her writing.

I have always been a fan of this author and will probably be a fan until the end of time, but especially after this book. MaryLu Tyndall made me joyfully giddy with the release of this book and the pirates I will forever associate with her. I can’t wait to see what else she can come up with and whether or not there will be more pirates in her horizon. I can’t recommend this author enough nor can I praise this book enough. My accolades will keep on coming for the book that sated my desire to see my beloved pirates again.

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