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Posted July 30, 2014
WHAT A WONDERFUL JOURNEY!! I loved all the suspense, intrigue and plot twists this unique story offered. There is love making, but not very descriptive, but it was felt with passion. My only problem, this is a book, that cried for an Epilogue. Oh, how I love epilogues!!! There isn't a cliffhanger, but I became so invested in their stories, that I wanted to know more what the future held. This is a wonderful romance story, that is somewhat different, part Pirate and part Regency Romance. (ljb)
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Posted February 6, 2015
Posted February 1, 2015
Bone is not afraid to jump right into the action from page 1. I really enjoyed how she wrote this story. It was filled with twists, turns, and secrets. The passion of the characters came right off the pages. I couldn't wait to get to the end and find out the fate that awaited each of them. I quickly became invested in their trials and tribulations. I am looking forward to reading more of the books in this series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 23, 2014
disappointed all around
it read like a bad 80s pirate saga 101, completely unoriginal and unbelievable for that era. delete.
Posted August 30, 2014
Posted May 6, 2014
This is an impressively written debut, chock full of adventure and intrigue, lust, wit, and deception, the first in the Nelson Tea Trilogy by Katherine Bone. The series features the stories of brave men, all first sons of the peerage, who work undercover with Admiral Nelson to thwart Napoleon’s advances.
Percival (Percy) Avery is a duke’s son, in disguise as a pirate, working with an elite espionage group, Nelson’s Tea, as he also seeks vengeance for the ruthless violation and ruin of his beloved sister, Celeste, when Lady Constance Danbury gets in his way. She’s en route to Spain to ask help from her estranged aunt to save her family’s fortunes so that she won’t be forced to marry the brutal and quite horrible Baron Burton. The story teeters on caricature at times, but the writing is so strong, I could suspend my occasional disbelief and it also has shades of Ann Radcliff’s The Mysteries of Udolfo, with its victimized heroine and cruel oppressor; Constance is willful, strong, and a survivor, determined to do anything rather than marry without love.
Percy is an ambivalent hero, a chameleon masquerading as Thomas Sexton, a ruthless pirate as he works undercover as a spy for Nelson’s Tea, yet he’s also a smooth-talking dandy, the son of the Duke of Blendingham—odd name, I kept thinking of blenders—whose over-the-top manners and dress create some wonderfully hilarious moments, especially in the ballroom scene. The dialogue between heroine in this scene is paced extremely well, rivaling Darcy and Elizabeth from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. On board ship, Percy (Thomas) struggles valiantly to be a gentleman as he protects Constance, the niece of his commander, her Uncle Simon, but then he seduces her—multiple times—when she gives him the slightest encouragement. Upon their return to London, he abandons her to her father and, thus, her fate to marry the Baron. He is torn between protecting Constance and continuing his work to avenge his sister’s murder. For her part, Constance never tells Percy why she was on a ship bound for Spain in the first place; if she had, he might have helped her. As it turns out, his reluctant honor demands he help and protect her eventually.
Constance fears Thomas when she first meets him at the same time she is attracted to him. This facet of the story feels a little rushed and unbelievable to me. One moment she is afraid of him, then he pulls her into his arms and she’s lost. It would have been nice for them to get to know each other better, especially since she was already running from a man who had manhandled her. Once again, however, the writing is very strong and I found myself turning the pages to find out what would happen next. I was pleasantly surprised at every turn.
Because it sometimes borders on the farcical, there is a lot of humor, especially in the banter between Constance and Percy at the ball, and melodrama, too. I love Percy’s dandy imitation with his favorite expression, “Odd’s fish!” and his quizzing glass, humorously reminiscent of Mary Balogh’s Tresham in More Than a Mistress.
There is a nice sense of time and place in history, with vivid and exciting descriptions of the sea and seafaring life, mention of exclusive French chocolates, Debauve & Gallais, the provocative language of a fan, and Boccherini’s Number Five playing at a ball.
I admit to being a bit confused when Constance, upon accepting Percy’s marriage proposal, feels herself unworthy of him; she herself is a duke’s daughter, so this didn’t make sense.
The secondary characters here, Constance’s beloved uncle Simon (who also works for Nelson’s Tea) and her father, Byron, a duke, represent the fate of many women in England during this time: as the property of men, maneuvered, used as collateral, bargained off, and traded to the highest bidder. The villain, Captain Frink, is a ruthless man representing the darkest side of British Naval history. Morty, Constance’s devoted maid, who is like a mother to her, and Lieutenant Guffald, a man in love with Constance who is the hero in the second book in the series, The Rogue’s Prize.
“She was good and truly trapped. Had the fires of Hades smelted a savior on her behalf? Or had she been spit out of Poseidon’s mouth and thrown back into hell?”
A very entertaining and exciting debut. Fans of Shana Galen's historical adventures will find much to enjoy.
Note: this review first appeared in a modified version on The Romantic Historical Reviews blog.
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Posted March 26, 2014
I will read the othet book but I want more. Sandra Hill was my starte of reading these kind of books and I loved get one she wrote that was 6 years ago and so I have read 100' s snice then by many different writers and have given reviews snice reading is a hobby and at 60 with childrens grown and gone. I am still young at heart Danielle Harmon, Cathy Maxwell Donna Grant Elizabetha Hoty Sophia Jordan oh my I could go on and on but you will be up there with them. As well as Samatha James you are good. Ms. D From Bronx, NYWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 11, 2014
A great way to be introduced to this author's writing was this novel. Since I do so enjoy a good historical romance I also enjoy ones with lots of action and adventure and this one sure has that and more. Reading historicals is a good way of going into the past and experiencing what was or could of been through the eyes and talent of a author but they have to be able to be believable and have some meat to them for me to not put them down. This author has that ability with her writing. Right from the beginning she grabbed my attention with Constance trying to escape a unwanted match to a man who gave her the creeps who asked for her hand to her father so her uncle has helped her with passage to her aunt's to plead her case. Traveling in those days alone was not accepted so she had a companion Mrs. Mortimer with her on the ship. But this journey was not meant to be it would seem because they are set upon right away by pirates attacking the ship. Now this is no mansy pansy attack written of either. It is filled with action that has you gripping the book and riveted word by word on oh dear what will happen to them sort of stuff. Of course at times the action is intense fitting of the times and place. Hero in the form of captain of the ship but will it be enough? On the plus side for her is that the pirate captain is not the one who discovers her but a pirate that is described quite yummy and good enough to eat by the accounts written. Percy but known by a different name in the pirate world has claimed the prize in more ways than one but also knows who she really is and why he must keep her safe regardless how it might affect him in the long run. He is also forced to take over with "mutiny" from the black hearted Captain Frink before he had wanted to in order to rescue her and the men following him cause things have gone a little south so to speak. So the setting as I have said has captured me right away almost like Constance by Percy ha ha. So I barrel through the adventure on the seas and Constance and Percy do more than share a cabin in time she grows to love him and his heart is also captured but alas he thinks he once on land cannot be good enough for her. Events that follow keep you tuned to these two with other colorful characters. I found I had a love/hate feeling for her father though. Men of those times were just that men. Women had very little freedoms and the rules of society made things quite difficult to say the least. Of course there is the more than one black hearted fellow in here the one she was running from to begin with. The vivid scenes of drama and adventure keeps you captured that you too forget the time cause of the talent she has to wisk you away. The romance is quite dashing also warms the blood and chases any chills if you have any away. The intensity of the love these two develop is the kind hoped for today and satisfies any romance reader. There is also great humor at times that brings a chuckle out loud a time or two. Read for yourself why the title for this is a not to be missed adventure filled romance of the high seas kind. Villains will be brought down and anyone missing this treat could find themselves in the brigade of woo for not having sampled it themselves. Received a arc for a honest review.
Posted March 10, 2014
What an adventure this couple has!
What an adventure this couple has! He is looking for vengeance and she is looking for a way to save her family from debtor’s prison. He is not who he says he is, yet knows who she is. There are pirates, killings, mutiny, evil and conniving men, betrayals and kidnapping.
Percival Avery, the Marquess of Stanton, son of Rothbone Avery 6th duke of Blendingham, is disguising himself as Thomas Sexton. He is intelligent, astute, seeking the killer(s) of his sister and struggling to hold onto the decent man he was. He is in charge of a group of men that are helping him to uncover the killers and they are part of an elite faction working for the crown. Watching him grapple with the guilt he feels about his sister, loyalty to the crown and his superiors, and his attraction to Lady Constance and how he moves past the one, adheres to another and holds onto the last like the lifeline that it is, is heartening.
Lady Constance Danbury is courageous, witty, bright and petite. She puts her fear of ships and drowning aside to try to save her family, only to be set upon by pirates, again! She is hoping to enlist the help of her aunt to avoid marrying a evil and truly disgusting older man. Constance is unsure who to trust and finds herself caught between love and gratitude for one man and being saved by another man.
The road these two travel together and separately is wonderful. Seeing them learn to trust one another and to allow love to grow is charmingly done. The tension between good and evil is handled with grace and skill and kept the pages turning! The richness of the characters had me wanting more of their story. I am sincerely looking forward to the rest of the series and other books by Ms. Bone.
I received an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Posted November 18, 2013
Captivating Pirate adventure 4.5
I was in the mood to read a captivating pirate adventure and I found the perfect book as I read Katherine Bone's first book titled Duke by Day, Rogue by Night, her first one in the Nelson's Tea Trilogy. I have to admit that I have read another book written by this author and I am now totally surprised with one. I loved her characters Percy and Constance. It's a fun adventure filled with intrigue and action on the hight seas. The story started as Constance met Percy when she was a passenger on a ship that was seized by pirates. Then, she became their captive. I don't want to spoil it for you, you need to read this story, to find out how she finally discovered Percy’s true identity. It’s a wonderful and a fast paced suspense filled with twist and turns! This pirate adventure was well written and I could not put it down, it kept me interested until the end. If you love a fun romance with pirates, then you will really enjoy this book. Looking forward to read her next historical romance The Rogue's Prize in her Nelson Tea Trilogy!
Posted February 13, 2013
A well developed and intriguing plot helps make this romance effective. The characters are real and believable with strong development. Well paced and clearly well thought out this is a lovely read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 24, 2012
Baby, I'm home. I cut my romantic teeth on pirate love stories so when I heard this was coming out, I put it on my must read list. So worth it. Duke by Day, Rogue by Night brought back all the wonderful things I enjoyed about these adventurous stories. I'd forgotten what I was missing. I'll be watching for the next swashbuckling scoundrel from Katherine Bone.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 20, 2012
Posted December 7, 2012
An intriguing an romantic story that truly took me back in time. The characters were authentic and the author did an excellent job in matching the dialogue with the era. I'm truly looking forward to the next book!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 27, 2012
If you enjoy romance, pirates, and intrigue, take this journey from the stormy seas to the ballroom. I will be looking forward to the next book from Katherine Bone. It can't come soon enough!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 10, 2014
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Posted March 11, 2014
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