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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Pirate Unmasked by Judie Kleng

Pirate Unmasked by Judie Kleng
Publisher: Black Lyon Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Historical
Length: Full Length (209 pgs)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Verbena

In both captain and lady lurked a bit of pirate.

Fleeing from an unwanted life in Crete, high-spirited Julie Sinclair decides her only escape is to disguise herself as a man and board The Black Hornet. Working as the ship’s new cabin boy, she comes face to face with the perils of the high seas—and a torrent of new emotions in the ship’s dashing young captain.

And the truest treasure they’ll find is love.

Captain Daine Challenger at first doesn’t recognize the beautiful green-eyed vixen aboard his ship, but once he does, there’s no forgetting her a second time. When Daine is injured and Julie taken from him, he’ll fight against the odds all the way to America to get her back—if only her heart still lies with him.

Hoist the sails, secure the riggin', and batten down the hatches, we’re setting sail from the lovely isle of Crete on a whirlwind of adventure in Judie Kleng’s Pirate Unmasked. Be prepared for inclement weather, lusty pirates, and a dashing captain who will likely steal your heart.

Despite her young age, Julie is a determined young woman who is desperate to escape her lecherous stepfather. Now that her mother was gone, she had no one to protect her from his advances. She refuses to succumb to his lust and flees the only way she can, as a stowaway on a departing ship. A hard worker, she’s determined to earn her keep. If she can just keep up her ruse as Jack, the cabin boy, and make it to American she’ll have a chance for a new life. Unfortunately, she lands herself in a heap of trouble along the way.

Captain Daine Challenger is a fearsome but fair skipper of his ship. He expects his crew to keep the Black Hornet in tip-top shape and has no qualm about divvying out punishment when his orders aren’t met. The new cabin-boy strikes him as odd, a little soft around the edges. But he’s certain he can make a man out of him, given time. If he only knew Jack’s secret, boy would he be surprised! Determined to forget the girl in Crete he almost raped—a green-eyed vixen with luscious curves and flaming hair—he sets his course for America, hoping to put bad memories him behind with miles and miles of ocean waters.

Pirate Unmasked is a great adventure from the first page to the last. I really enjoyed the character development and the varying excitement. Despite some repetition in the plot, it kept my complete attention. The author employed excellent grammar usage and obviously did her homework to create a believable setting. Her descriptions were thorough and I easily lost myself in the story. My only concern—and this took me completely by surprise given her otherwise impeccable writing style—was her point-of-view violations. It took little time to discover that the story was riddled with head-hopping, sometimes as many as three or more shifts in a single page. Personally, it didn’t bother me too much; I like knowing how the scenario affects each character involved. However, other readers may not be as accommodating.

All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed Pirate Unmasked, despite the head-hopping. The characters are thoroughly developed and a delight to get to know. If you’re into adventure, damsels in distress, dashing captains, and an ornery pirate or two, then grab a copy of Pirate Unmasked and get ready for a thrilling story from start to end.