Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Genre: Historical Romance
Heat Rating: 3
When a dangerous-looking stranger raps on Lizzie Winstead’s door in the middle of a stormy night, the peace of her humdrum life is shattered. She’s shocked to discover her visitor is Captain Edmond Grey, one of the most feared pirates of the realm—and her lost love.
Edmond is a wanted man throughout the Colonies, but despite his formidable reputation, he desperately needs her help to nurse his wounded brother back to health. Only Lizzie can be trusted not to turn Edmond over to authorities for the price on his head.
Lizzie can’t quell the feelings Edmond stirs in her heart or the fire he ignites in her blood. Before long, both succumb to the reckless desire renewed between them. She follows him aboard his pirate ship and sets sail into a world rife with passion and peril. Together they brave fierce battles and frightening storms, determined to discover whether the love they once shared is strong enough to reunite them forever and conquer the demons of Edmond’s past.
Edmond and Lizzie were young sweethearts. Edmond felt a calling that he knew would not be satisfied as a baker’s apprentice. He breaks Lizzie’s heart and sails away for unknown adventures.
Fast forward several years and Edmond shows up at Lizzie’s doorstep, not in London where they last saw each other but in the New World, begging for her to tend to his gravely injured brother, Thomas.
Lizzie is a widow by now but seeing Edmond again brings all sorts of feelings to the forefront. Lizzie agrees to go to the ship to take care of his brother. That night however, instead of going directly to the ship, Edmond spends the night at her home and they end up having sex.
This is where it starts to unravel for me just a little bit.
I just don’t see how Lizzie and Edmond can fall into bed so fast when it’s been a number of years since they’ve seen each other and even back then their relationship had been chaste. I just wish there had been more of a build-up, especially since Edmond has a lot of unresolved issues and appears more than ready to atone for the crimes that he has committed. Mind you, the love-scenes between them are hot enough to make you blink but I just felt it was too soon for all that.
Also, there’s a bit of back-story missing. I would have liked to have read more about Edmond’s adventures prior to his brother being injured. Lizzie, as the ship’s new “doctor”, should have been built up more as well.
It seems that she was just too quick to follow Edmond around, and without a second thought. What did she really know about him anyway?
The journey that Edmond and Lizzie go on is not without some strife. They weather a lot of twists and turns, and other adventures on the high seas. They are also adjusting to their new-found love and what consequences they may have to suffer from it.
Aside from the minor hiccups that I’d listed, this was a fun read, with very descriptive scenes and enough action to keep the reader satisfied.
With all the vampire hoopla out there, this pirate love story is a welcome relief.
3 ½ Tea Cups!