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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The Pirate Lord

The Pirate Lord by Sabrina Jeffries
Publisher: Avon Books
Genre: Historical
Length: Full
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4 Books
Review by Hibiscus

A Splendid Opportunity

A shipload of women—theirs for the taking! Pirate captain Gideon Horn couldn't be more delighted. His men are tired of wandering the high seas and want to settle down with wives on an uncharted island paradise. And the women will surely be grateful for rescue from the life of drudgery awaiting them in New South Wales… Lord, he's so clever!

A Splendid Passion

Married? To pirates? Sara Willis couldn't be more appalled. First she demands proper courting—at least a month. The darkly handsome pirate lord gives them a week. Then Sara insists the men vacate their huts for the women—Gideon demands her kisses in return. As the demands heat up, so do their passions—and soon Sara can't remember just why she's fighting the devilishly seductive captain so hard…

The Pirate Lord is a re-issue of Sabrina Jeffries’ 1998 book and I have to say I enjoyed this light historical romance. I do not know if any parts were re-written or if scenes were added but I felt that the story was perfect just the way it is in this book.

I loved the character of Sara Willis. She was a reformer determined to move mountains in order to bring justice to those who are downtrodden. I could see how her brother would give in to her demands to go on the prison ship since he knew she would just go somehow without his approval. She was a very headstrong person who schemed to get her way. The changing terms of surrender I feel were great reading. I believe Sara cares for not only the women but the pirates, too, as well as their town. I could see this as she fought to save the town not once but twice. Her love for Gideon is obvious not only when she is with him but even when she was in London; she was motivated by her love for him all through her search.

Captain Gideon Horn is a man who no longer wants to be a pirate. He just wants to settle down in paradise, take a wife and raise a family. I could see that he fell for Sara from the start. He gives in to several of her demands including letting the women pick their husbands. When Sara picks another man, I could see the devastation on Gideon's face. That is when I felt things really being to get interesting in the story. I could see his love for Sara as he kept moving the deadlines for the women. Gideon had a tragic childhood and I just wanted to cuddle him in my arms and try to make him feel better which is what Sara had the luck to be able to do.

Ms Jeffries writes fantastic dialog that is also very funny, which I feel is her strong suit. When Sara goes toe to toe with Gideon and hammers out the terms of surrender, I just smiled the whole time. This does not mean that this book is lacking in heat. On the contrary, the sexual tension that exists between Sara and Gideon is so thick, I could it with cut a knife. I could feel the heat rolling off the pages of the book as I read it. The mind can supply so much when the writer pens the words just right. I am glad that The Pirate Lord was re-issued as it gave me a chance to read this humorous love story. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good historical romance.