Thursday, 1 March 2012

Book Review: The Rogue Pirate's Bride by Shana Galen

Title: The Rogue Pirate's Bride
Author: Shana Galen
Series: Book #3 in the Sons of the Revolution series
Release Date: 7 February 2012
Number of pages: 384 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Source: ARC provided by author for review
Purchasing info: Goodreads, Author's siteAmazon, Book Depository Kindle

Grade: 4.5 stars

Novellus superbus!
Goodreads apetizer: Passionate, action-packed Regency romance by RT Reviewer’s Choice award-winning author Shana Galen features the swashbuckling Sebastien Harcourt, marquis de Valere, and the nautical genius heroine destined to best him. After escaping France on a privateer’s ship, Sebastian becomes the notorious privateer Captain Cutlass. His reputation as a rogue precedes him and he’s undefeated in battle, until he crosses swords with the beautiful daughter of a British admiral. Raeven Russell is out for revenge, but now she’s not so sure she wants the dashing captain to change his wicked ways.

My thoughts: I just love those "pirate kidnaps insolent/thieving young boy to teach him a lesson and have him work for him on his ship and when they have already set sail discovers the boy is indeed an alluring woman" stories! So I was looking very much forward to The Rogue Pirate's Bride. And I am happy to say it was wonderful!

The heroine Raeven was my favourite kind of heroine: feisty, stubborn, independent, the kind of girl who always lands herself in all kinds of trouble (which are of course very entertaining and exciting for the reader). We are introduced to her at the scene where she meets the hero, Bastien for the first time, in which scene she attempts to kill him to avenge the death of a loved one. She is ballsy, she is rash, and she is an utterly likeable character.

Bastien or also known as Captain Cutlass is not the ruthless pirate he is made out to be. He is an honourable and wounded man: he grew up believing his whole family was murdered and the guilt besides the grief has weighed on him heavily. His charm and self-confidence made not only Raeven but me as well melt whenever he was on the scene.

The chemistry between them was wonderfully exciting: Raeven is hell-bent on revenge and killing Bastien (and kudos to her because she is a challenge to him at several reprises), so attraction or any warm feeling is definitely not in the cards at the beginning for Raeven, and that is why I extremely enjoyed how gradually Shana Galen showed us the two sides of the story and how seeing the other side changed and morphed Raeven and Bastien's feelings and judgement. 

I also have to applaud Shana Galen for being daring and courageous enough to go against the flow and explore an unusual setting: having a heroine who is mourning the death of his fiancé, a man she really did love. To start from there is quite bold for a romance story!

The story was thrilling full of sea battles, betrayals and excitement, the love story was just the perfect mix of heart-warming and sizzling, but what added that exra special touch which made The Rogue Pirate's Bride outstanding for me was the witty humour which made me chuckle out loud several times:

"I know we've not formally met," Cutlass said, "but might I ask why you keep referring to me as a 'bastard pirate' when I’m neither a pirate nor a bastard? It's rather impolite."

"How does revenge taste?" Raeven asked several hours later. [...]
"Sweet." He kissed her neck. "Mmm. A little like cherries." She laughed.
"Was it what you hoped? I'll have to live vicariously, as it doesn't appear I’ll ever have my revenge." He grinned.
"You don't have to kill me. What if you made me miserable every day for the rest of my life? That would be a kind of revenge, no?"

“Why?”
“I believe I made a promise to myself in the marketplace in Gibraltar,” he said, still on one knee, still holding her hand. “I realized I’d met my match, and I’d better marry you before you killed me."

Verdict: The Rogue Pirate's Bride is a truly wonderful story! It had pirates, sea battles, a feisty and brave heroine, a charming and honourable rogue hero, and of course a great heart-tingling romance. I loved it and can't wait to read Shana Galen's other books!

Plot: 9/10
Characters: 9/10
Writing: 9/10
Ending: 9/10
Cover: 7/10

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