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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

4.5!AMERICAN SEA CAPTAIN MEETS AN ENGLISH LADY! PIRATE OF MY HEART BY JAMIE CARIE....

PIRATE OF MY HEART by Jamie Carie is an exciting inspirational historical romance set in Regency England and Colonial America. It is a captivating,adventure filled story. When Lady Kendra Townsend,is forced to choose between marrying an elder gentleman or going to live ...
PIRATE OF MY HEART by Jamie Carie is an exciting inspirational historical romance set in Regency England and Colonial America. It is a captivating,adventure filled story. When Lady Kendra Townsend,is forced to choose between marrying an elder gentleman or going to live with relatives in Colonial America.She chooses going to Colonial America. Her father was killed in a coach accident and her uncle,Andrew(her father's twin) is now her guardian and has deep,dark secrets. Dorian Colburn, an American sea captain with secrets and a weathy merchant finds himself in the company of Lady Kentra. Lady Kendra is bright,beautiful,shy,lonely and is attracted to Dorian,the "rogue pirate". Together, Lady Kendra and Captain Dorian find themselves on a grand adventure of faith,romance, danger,adventure,love, keeping Lady Kendra safe and out of the hands of her uncle. A fast paced,action filled,adventure filled story with characters who will capture your heart and have you turning pages. A must read for any historical,inspirational,romance,Regency England,and Colonial America readers. While there is only a brief encounter with pirates,Lady Kendra calls Captain Dorian a "rogue pirate" often. Received for review from Net Galley and the publisher. Details can be found at B&H Books and My Book Addiction Reviews.

posted by AAR on October 24, 2011

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Predictable...

I am a fan of Jamie Carey. She is a great writer, but something felt very off about this book. It had all the makings of a great plot, yet it fell flat for me. There weren't many threads woven together in this plot, or dots to connect. In fact, I could pretty much predi...
I am a fan of Jamie Carey. She is a great writer, but something felt very off about this book. It had all the makings of a great plot, yet it fell flat for me. There weren't many threads woven together in this plot, or dots to connect. In fact, I could pretty much predict all major points in the story, as well as the ending. This is disappointing, because her initial plot and setting had some serious promise.

I found the "playful banter" to be too contrived and not very original or whitty. She is always calling him mildly insulting names (rogue, knave, pirate, etc), and he is always responding with how he is crushed or wounded, but also says he loves it. Also, none of the characters really surprised or excited me (though Dorian had me for a few brief moments).

From the moment Kendra and Dorian meet they are in love, but nearly every scenario is too obvious or too convenient. Convenient that the uncle feeds and hydrates her for 3 or 4 days while he tries to think of a way to kill her, only to have Dorian conveniently show up 3 or 4 days later to rescue her at the exact moment of her escape/confrentation with her uncle. Too many pat, contrite moments that are too far-fetched and unbelievable for me. There are a lot of details missing by the end. Also, you are left to wonder what happened to the couple, what they did/where they settled, and what became of several other charcters.

Over all, it was a predictable, trite, feel-good book, I suppose. This is strange for me, because I have read all her other books and have not seen such vauge, under-developed writing. This is something I would expect from a newly (barely) published author, not from Jamie Carey.

All negatives aside, the book cover is beautiful and attracts a lot of attention — as does the premise of the story. It is a decent read. I really liked some of the emotional & spiritual developments Carey took her characters through, though I would have liked to have seen a little more of a struggle or angst in the different stages of development. Without real struggles and believable confrentations, the changes of heart are not believable for me, and I immediately return to the reality that this is just a story. So I think she had some good issues that she presented, I just wish she had drawn them out a bit more. Because Dorian's sudden spiritual decline and quick change of heart did not seem authentic, nor did Kendra's emotional angst concerning whether he really loved her. It just didnt do it for me. It is not her usual level of writing.

Try it out, you might really like it. However harsh this review may seem, the reader did find some greatly entertaining portions, and remains a fan of Jamie Carey.

posted by Anonymous on February 5, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012

    Predictable...

    I am a fan of Jamie Carey. She is a great writer, but something felt very off about this book. It had all the makings of a great plot, yet it fell flat for me. There weren't many threads woven together in this plot, or dots to connect. In fact, I could pretty much predict all major points in the story, as well as the ending. This is disappointing, because her initial plot and setting had some serious promise.

    I found the "playful banter" to be too contrived and not very original or whitty. She is always calling him mildly insulting names (rogue, knave, pirate, etc), and he is always responding with how he is crushed or wounded, but also says he loves it. Also, none of the characters really surprised or excited me (though Dorian had me for a few brief moments).

    From the moment Kendra and Dorian meet they are in love, but nearly every scenario is too obvious or too convenient. Convenient that the uncle feeds and hydrates her for 3 or 4 days while he tries to think of a way to kill her, only to have Dorian conveniently show up 3 or 4 days later to rescue her at the exact moment of her escape/confrentation with her uncle. Too many pat, contrite moments that are too far-fetched and unbelievable for me. There are a lot of details missing by the end. Also, you are left to wonder what happened to the couple, what they did/where they settled, and what became of several other charcters.

    Over all, it was a predictable, trite, feel-good book, I suppose. This is strange for me, because I have read all her other books and have not seen such vauge, under-developed writing. This is something I would expect from a newly (barely) published author, not from Jamie Carey.

    All negatives aside, the book cover is beautiful and attracts a lot of attention — as does the premise of the story. It is a decent read. I really liked some of the emotional & spiritual developments Carey took her characters through, though I would have liked to have seen a little more of a struggle or angst in the different stages of development. Without real struggles and believable confrentations, the changes of heart are not believable for me, and I immediately return to the reality that this is just a story. So I think she had some good issues that she presented, I just wish she had drawn them out a bit more. Because Dorian's sudden spiritual decline and quick change of heart did not seem authentic, nor did Kendra's emotional angst concerning whether he really loved her. It just didnt do it for me. It is not her usual level of writing.

    Try it out, you might really like it. However harsh this review may seem, the reader did find some greatly entertaining portions, and remains a fan of Jamie Carey.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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