Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Review: Never Trust a Pirate by Valerie Bowman

Title: Never Trust a Pirate
Series: Play Brides (Book 7)
Author: Valerie Bowman
Publisher: St. Martin's
Release Date: May 2, 2017
Heat Level: Moderate
My Rating: 4 hearts

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Book Blurb:
The rules of engagement were never so scandalous. . .

A rumored pirate and the scurrilous black sheep of his well-to- do family, Cade Cavendish relishes his world of rebellion, deception, and seduction. Nothing and no one can hold him to be the duty-bound, honorable man he is expected to be. But when an unexpected run-in at his twin brother's estate with a ravishing, raven-haired maid leads her to believe he's actually a viscount, Cade's renegade life is thrown wildly off-kilter. And even though a case of mistaken identity can be quickly set to rights, matters of the heart are quite different...

Miss Danielle LaCrosse is startled to learn that the handsome gentleman who radiates sin and has the devil in his eyes is not her employer the Viscount, but rather his infamous brother. A former heiress, orphaned and left penniless, Danielle has more than a few secrets of her own. Cade may be skilled at coaxing even the most hidden desires out of Danielle but can he earn her trust--and win her heart--as they embark on an adventure to confront a dangerous enemy from both of their pasts . . . and uncover the identity of the so-called Black Fox along the way?

     I completely fell in love with the story of, "Never Trust a Pirate," and as a dedicated reader of the author, Valerie Bowman I am simply thrilled to be reviewing one more release of the highly successful "Playful Brides," series.   

      To be perfectly honest I have a mega soft spot for the pirate-theme. When written correctly such as with this story a pirate-themed romance can be as wild as the high sea themselves and as equally romantic. In this story, Bowman returns the heart of a strong romance with equal amounts of naughtiness, soul and a sharp skill for impressive writing. 

     As much as I enjoyed the romance being the prime focus of the novel the plot was a grand adventure as well with danger and suspense. I liked how Cade, the hero was willing to risk everything including his own life to love Danielle, the heroine. Cade was an honorary hero, handsome a bit of a scoundrel and the ideal match for Danielle. Danielle's character was a little timid I think. She did try to pretend that she was braver than she was but lurking just below her surface she needed someone like Cade to breath life back into her life. Both Cade and Danielle were a duo that will be long remembered within the hearts of readers and in my opinion, that is what romance is all about.

    I cannot say enough positive things regarding this book. It was a wonderful read and I am going to be so sad to see the "Playful Brides," series eventually come to an end. I will maintain my happiness with the thought that I can easily reread the series anytime that I desire and I will certainly be doing so. 

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