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Friday, August 19, 2011

His Wicked Intentions by Tracy L. Ranson

His Wicked Intentions by Tracy L. Ranson
Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing
Genre: Historical
Length: Short Story (137 pgs)
Heat: Spicy
Rated: 4 Books
Reviewed by Snapdragon

India Rookwood, daughter of an English lord, flees her country home in Scotland to escape her arranged marriage. She spends the night in the safety of Craogh Falloch only to be discovered by pirates. Taken to their captain, she sizes up the well built blond pirate reminiscent of the Vikings of old. She stands up to him and his demands, discovering in short order she stood before The Falcon, notorious pirate of legend and her father’s mortal enemy. From that moment on, India questions whether she can stand the against the tide of HIS WICKED INTENTIONS.

Tracy L. Ranson's historical romance novel starts dramatically and is absolutely riveting throughout. The reason for India Rookwood's desperate flight is quickly revealed; the classic, 'arranged marriage to horrible man.' However, the plot speeds forward into uncharted waters at a furious pace, and nothing about His Wicked Intentions is remotely predictable.

India plunges into a world entirely new to her aboard the brigantine: the tall ship, the sea, and a world of anger and vengeance that twirls around her family name. Indeed...she has no idea.

Captain Rafe Blackthorne is hardly the sort anyone would be setting up marriages with; and his long-lasting desire for revenge propels him, as we readers cringe, horrified. Yet, India is not quite the person he expects, either: he too, has No Idea! She is strong minded and decisive when she gets the chance. They set sail on a completely unpredictable course. We dare hope for the best; it would all be so magical if Rafe was all we hope.

India's past is not easily left behind however. There is a horrible world out there, a world she has heard only hints and rumors about. She's right to fear the violent, degrading men that are said to exist, but predicting where and at what points they will appear seems impossible. To say more would be to ruin the many surprises and twists.

This reader loved the backdrop, a blend of romance set in historic England and a pirate-style romance, as well as the pace of the action, and the overall originality. There are some darker sections certainly. Spicier interludes fit well with the overall storyline.

Minor editing oversights and an occasional clumsy wordiness drop this from the absolutely top score (minor things like "of a might oak"), but regardless, I thoroughly enjoyed this well-plotted, fast-paced story.