Tempting the Pirate by Tamara Hughes – a Review
Charity Goswick thinks she is escaping an arranged marriage to a brute when she slips onto a ship unnoticed. Little does she realize that this is no honorable vessel of the King’s Navy – it is a pirate ship. It’s just a matter of time before she is discovered by a handsome rake of a pirate, who locks her in his cabin. And while she should be scared, her captor sparks the most unladylike feelings within her… James Lamont is on the ship for one reason, and one reason only: to track down his brother. However, his spirited little stowaway certainly affords plenty of distraction with her many (failed) attempts to escape. And each time, the unspoken – and unbidden – passion between them grows stronger. But as violence and danger mount on the high seas, Charity will have to put all of her trust in the most untrustworthy of men… the arrogant pirate who just might steal her heart.
Oooo, I just found a new favourite theme of book to read, Pirates!!! I’ve always loved pirate shows/movies, but now I love reading about them, I absolutely loved Tempting the Pirate by Tamara Hughes. It had everything I love in a good book. Adventure on the high seas, sexy pirates, danger and treachery at every turn, mystery surrounding a missing sibling, and a damsel in distress, all wound around a sizzling passion between our sexy pirate and damsel.
What can I say, Ms. Hughes has hooked me. If she continues to write about sexy pirates like one Mr. James Lamont, then she’ll have a new fan in me. I loved everything there is about our sexy pirate in this one. From the moment he stepped onto the pages of this story he had me swooning at his feet(swoon pillows a must when reading this one) 😉 All I could think of was my favourite pirate from Once Upon a Time, Killian/Hook. Every time he spoke to Charity or did something nice for her, which was pretty much throughout the whole book, made my toes curl. Damn where’s my sexy pirate when I need one. 😉 James Lamont is sexy, cocky, confident, charming, good at his job as a navigator, loyal and loving to those he holds dear, has a protective streak a mile long where Charity is concerned and will do anything to keep her presence aboard the ship a secret no matter the cost to him. I quite enjoyed watching our sexy pirate tease and torment Charity, all the while becoming enamored with and eventually falling in love with our feisty damsel before he realized what was happening where his feelings were concerned. I loved the scene where the light bulb finally went off and he realized he was in love with her. Of course it’s always in the midst of a dangerous situation for both our hero and heroine, but then again it wouldn’t be a dramatic moment of the story without some danger now would it.
Danger and trouble just seem to follow our poor heroine no matter where she goes. First her nasty uncle tries to marry her off to a despicable man for her dowry causing her to flee and winding up on a pirate ship of all places. Then she’s trapped in a cabin aboard a pirate ship with our sexy pirate James Lamont who has a knack for flustering her and bringing out naughty thoughts she’s never had before where a man is concerned. So what’s a girl to do, but try to escape, again and again, and again but with no luck. Those scenes had me chuckling out loud a few times. The chemistry between James and Charity sizzles in those scenes, but there’s also a playfulness about them, with witty banter that just flowed and allowed the story to progress about them seamlessly. Charity and Jame’s characters were well developed and written to the point they were able to effortlessly carry the story to the very end without it feeling rushed or hurried. Sometimes I find shorter stories to feel that way with the romance between our hero and heroine but not in this one. Ms. Hughes carefully played out the romance using, playful teasing on James part, witty banter, Charity’s growing feistiness and slow to build romance that was always there simmering beneath the surface. In working the romance this way it worked to the authors advantage because it keeps the romance and the rest of the story flowing at a good pace, and never leaving the reader feeling like there should be more, or things should slow down. This made for a very well balance book between the romance, danger and mystery surrounding the disappearance of Jame’s brother David.
Temping the Pirate is a fast and fun read that will have you feeling like you are in the midst of a scene from Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean, but with a little x-rated reading material for good measure. I for one can’t wait for Ms. Hughes to write David’s book so we can find out what happened to him when he was aboard the pirate ship and where he is now after escaping. If his story is anything like Tempting the Pirate and he’s as sexy and charming as his brother Jame’s Lamont, I say bring it on. 😉
Until next time, aarrrg, happy reading matey’s.
Reviewed by Marcie
Copy provided by Publisher