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Posted October 7, 2014
This is the second book in Amber Lin's Men of Fortune series but I haven’t read book one so I think this works as a standalone title.
This is not a traditional pirate story. It doesn’t take place on the high seas and there are no sea battles. The pirate in the book’s title is more an allusion to its hero, Nate Bowen; he reminds Juliana, the heroine, of a pirate with his dark and sexy looks (and their profound effect on her), his love of the sea, his taste for revenge and success, and his elusive yet captivating nature. It’s also representative of how he steals her heart along with her father’s company.
Juliana Hargate has fallen on hard times, due to her father’s covert and suspicious activity in his company, Hargate Shipping. At the story’s beginning, he has disappeared without a trace, which has left her helpless and alone in explaining to their creditors and shunned by society. Yet she’s determined to find out what happened to him. All her fortune has been lost. In short, her father has abandoned her; she doesn’t know if he’s dead or alive.
Nate is a self-made man, a part owner in the Hargate Shipping company with Adrian Mallory, the Duke of Sinclair who, despite his lofty title, is more of a peripheral character here. Nate’s has been a hardscrabble existence as he grew up in a whorehouse and lived a hand to mouth existence getting by on his wits and luck. After he catches Juliana sneaking into the company offices after hours on the docks of London, he rescues her when she falls and hurts herself. She loses her memory and can tell him nothing when he questions her. Despite his suspicions, and distrust—she was breaking into his company, after all—Nate believes her, is drawn to her, and takes her into his house to care for her as her wounds heal and her memory returns.
As Nate gets to know her, he comes to care for her deeply. Juliana realizes he is a good and honorable man, as he helps with the local London charities. He helps others (as he helps Juliana) because no one took care of him long ago when he needed it most.
Nate is out for revenge against Stephen Hargate (Juliana’s father) for the murder of Nate’s parents and, thus, for leaving him destitute and alone. Indeed, he is a loner; he has no friends because he doesn’t trust anyone. All he has is his wealth and his beloved ship, Nightingale, a place where he feels most at home. Until Juliana makes him want more.
As Juliana’s memory gradually returns, she becomes torn between duty to her father and discovering the truth and her new love for Nate, his kindnesses to her, and his strength and protection. Who will she believe? And will Nate continue to seek vengeance or accept the unconditional love that Juliana offers?
I enjoy the little details Juliana discovers about Nate that fascinate her. That his library is filled with gothic literature,—provocative passages from The Monk fascinate and titillate her—that he has kindly servants. And that he has a passion for the sea that brings him peace.
The writing is very strong and almost lyrical in its calm delivery, the hero and heroine well drawn, and the pacing is steady throughout. It’s a quick read, perhaps a little longer than a novella. The amnesia plot, while always convenient, is not trite or trivial in the least; indeed, it moves the plot forward. Juliana accepts Nate’s care and protection as she gradually regains her memory, allowing her to adjust and make choices that will affect her life forever.
A quiet, dark, and compelling romance.
This review first appeared on Romantic Historical Reviews.
Posted August 1, 2014
Falling for the Pirate by Amber Lin is the second book in the Men of Fortune series and an unusual Regency romance in that it is not spent in drawing rooms, ballrooms, and salons. Juliana Hargate has lived her life in luxury, though not at the top of Society. When her father loses his company after accusations of embezzlement, she is left confused, alone, friendless, destitute, and rather helpless. Her one hope is to prove her father's innocence. She hatches an ill-conceived plan to sneak into the shipping company's warehouse to find papers to prove his innocence. She is foiled by the arrival of Nate Bowen, one of the new owners, and soon finds herself at his mercy, even more alone and helpless than before.
What I especially liked about Juliana was her understanding of how Society worked. She understood that being alone with Nate was a problem and accepted that she wasn't going to be making a good marriage. She was pragmatic without the drama. More than enough drama was provided by her father. Juliana isn't some society miss without a clue as to how the world works and she is willing to accept a good enough rather than a perfect.
Nate is broken. His lack of trust in the humanity and his hatred for Juliana's father lead him to make choices he might otherwise not have made. His friends (and other investors in the company) are tempering agents in his quest for revenge and help him to make better choices.
The best thing about this book is that it is not a traditional historical populated by endless dukes, earls, balls, drives in the park, etc. It was interesting and felt much more real. While the book deals with people just one step lower than the aristocracy, it also shows the lives of people far removed from the aristocracy in a realistic and gritty way. With all that, it never felt preachy or screamed "look how awful they had it". There was no unbelievable "save the puppies" campaign, just people trying to make better lives for themselves and others like them.
Heat Rating: Hot
REVIEWED BY: Monique Neaves
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Posted July 31, 2014
A sexy hero with a pirate's heart meets his match in the pants wearing gooey hearted heroine! Can she tame his savage heart & heal his damaged soul?
Captain Nate Bowen has risen from prison aboard a barge to wealthy partner in the Fortune Investments & is more at peace at sea than land. REVENGE is a hard taskmaster, but it drives him thru his lonely life of no friends & no attachments to make his enemy pay for all the pain & hurt he has dealt out! Stephen Hargate stole his life & now he must pay with his shipping company, his fortune, his reputation & if possible, his life! Only his ship Nightingale makes him feel peaceful & free & as he looks out his porthole he sees a small boy dangling off the roof of the former Hargate Shipping building.
Juliana Hargate grew up privileged with wealth, schooling & social standing, but that all changes when her father is accused of embezzlement from his company, debt collectors come to collect, her home & all is put up for auction & her dad took off & abandoned her. Now all she has is her dress, corset, petticoats, fancy stocking & comfy leathers shoes to bargain with & sells it all for a dirty boy chimney sweep outfit, big coddle hoppers & a nasty cap to hide her hair. So now that she had a disguise, it was time to go to her dad's building, sneak in & found proof of his innocence. Easy, right? Juliana uses her brain & muscles to climb up crates, almost fall off the edge, pulls herself up to the roof, slides down he chimney (she does have the outfit) & begins to search thru the files until she is rudely interrupted by this yummy wide shoulder PIRATE!
Not a great way to meet, but Nate thinks she is a boy, she calls herself Julian, he threats the coopers, she freaks, climbs back (this outfit is paying for itself) up the chimney, Nate's on her tail as she jumps off the roof & runs straight into the Thames! Nate is shocked, dives in to pull the unconscious boy out & retrieves a wet, curvy & gorgeous female. That is how Julia woke up with no memory & Nate started to fall for this hellion in pants. He does figure out that she is his enemy's daughter & thinks he can use her & her body to get his revenge. When her memory comes back, Juliana discovers that he is cold & angry on land & carefree on the sea. She falls hard for her rogue pirate & he falls hard for her caring & loving heart! They trek through sexually landmines, Juliana (wearing new clean pants) bonds with Bennett, a kid sailor, climbs more chimneys & up to the crow nest of the Nightingale, Nate fights with his inner demons & questions his REVENGE, but most of all these 2 take a sensual ride from passions to ecstasy! Can Nate leave his REVENGE behind for the woman who holds his heart? What will Juliana do when she learns that he is the one destroying her father? How can they move forward when their past hold them hostage? Is her father innocent or is Nate wrong? Will they sail away together happily ever after or drift apart when the truth is revealed?
This is the 2nd book of the Men of Fortune series & I just read book #1 before it, but both books can stand alone. Ms. Lin had another hilarious intro for her hero & heroine in this book, too. Juliana grows up from a sheltered English lady to a gutsy & "takes want she wants" heroine in this book. She never loses her gooey heart & loves freely her man & all the sailor boys on the Nightingale. Now Nate was man who thinks he has no friends & he does because he earned his HONOR the hard way, with his blood, sweat, beatings & tears! He is a 1800s Special Ops to me & my heart, but Juliana melts his icy heart. Ms. Lin had so many "almost all the way" scenes that were wicked, spicy & utterly decadent, but when they did get down & dirty (HELLO can you say TABLETOP) it was naughty HOTNESS! I love the BROMANCE of Nate, Adrian the Duke & little Bennett, who was such a mini Nate! Ms. Lin did it again & gets my tope score of 5 fingers up & 10 toes for another romance full of hilariousness & pantie dropping aplenty!
NetGalley ARC given for my honest review.
Posted July 29, 2014
A good read...not really a pirate story by my liking. The shortes 1.60MB's I have read. 170 pages. Font was not changeable..Either to small or to large... all in all worth a free read or $.99 no more.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 28, 2014
I was pleasantly surprised by this one. Well-written, with a an easy-flowing pace, Falling For The Pirate is exactly what you want in a historical romance. But the characters are hardly cookie cutter. Juliana is a woman of society, which should mean balls and parties and gowns made of silk. Instead, she’s been betrayed and abandoned by her father, left destitute unless she can clear his name.
In a brazen attempt to reclaim her life of luxury, she breaks into her father’s former shipping warehouse, dressed as a chimney sweep and intent on stealing the evidence that will exonerate her father. But when she comes face to face with the shipping company’s new owner, things take a turn for the worse. The resulting pursuit ends with her falling head first off the docks, and being rescued by none other than her father’s enemy.
Captain Nathaniel Bowen takes Juliana in, unsure why he feels so drawn to her. He suspects she was sent by Hargate, a man he’s sworn to seek vengeance against, but he has no idea how connected she really is. Struck with amnesia and unable to remember anything about herself, Juliana leads him down a dance of intrigue that will ultimately force him to reconsider what’s more important — his past, or his future.
I will admit there were moments in the plot that felt contrived and a little too convenient for my tastes, but the author more than made up for that with her expert ability to capture the era’s voice. Each character is distinct, making the dual POV rich and engaging. I thoroughly enjoyed watching the inner turmoil and insecurities of each side. Juliana is feisty and rational, and everything a good romance heroine should be. And Nate is definitely sexy; his tortured past will pull on the heart strings of many. But it should be noted that the title is a tad misleading – Nate is not actually a pirate. He’s an entrepreneur, more than anything. Yes, he’s the captain of a ship, and there are some slight pirate-ish aspects to his behavior, but at the end of the day, he’s the captain of a shipping vessel. Which, for me, is very different from a true pirate.
But despite that small complaint (and it really is very small; I loved him as a character overall), I really enjoyed this book. Amber Lin is an interesting author, bringing a grittiness to the genre that I hadn’t run across before. I will most certainly be checking out her other works, and I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a fun read with a darker edge. (I should also note that this is the second book in a series, but it definitely stands alone.)
**Disclosure Statement: I received an copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. **
Posted July 28, 2014
Rating 4 1/2
Argh there! Too bad this isn't a swashbuckling tale, but it's still a fabulous read from Amber Lin. Today I bring you a tale of revenge, captivity, amnesia, a pirate-like hero, and a young woman caught in the middle of this in Falling of the Pirate. Amber brings us the second story in Men of Fortune novels.
We meet are young heroine, Juliana Hargate, who wants to find proof that her father is innocent from wrong doing. However, she ends up getting caught by Nate Bowmen. Nate assumes that she's been sent by Hargate to weasel out information. Juliana gets scared and she ends up almost drowning. Fortunately, she survives, but she's unable to remember a thing. Of course, Nate thinks this is a scheme, and being a ruthless kind of guy he almost does some despicable things. I was a little worry he was going to rape Juliana, but I had nothing to worry.
Anyway, Juliana eventually gets her memory back. Now you are wondering where the revenge fits into the story. Well, Nate has this detail revenge plot against Juliana's father. First off, her father is not a nice man, and he did terrible things, especially to Nate. I completely understand why Nate would want to extract revenge on the man.
Falling for the Pirate is a captivating story with the revenge plot. I enjoyed the characters. You have Juliana who has been shelter from her father's deplorable behavior. In a way he did protector, but at the same time let her down. It was painful to see what his actions had done to her. Nate a ruthless man so set on revenge (probably the only pirate-like attribute in the story), but realizes the damage it does to those around. Eventually he realizes that it's not as satisfying as he thought it would be. Overall, a pretty good read. Even though the story is a book two, you can read this story without worrying about missing something from the first story. So, if you are looking for a tale, you might be interested in Falling for the Pirate.
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Posted July 24, 2014
After the deaths of his parents and a dark, troubled childhood, Captain Nate Bowen vowed he would have his revenge. But he never expected to have the tool of his revenge dropped so neatly into his lap. Juliana Hargate is not only the daughter of his enemy, but is destitute, very much alone - and exquisitely desirable. And now that Nate has saved her life, she's at his complete mercy...
Captive. All Juliana wanted was to clear her father's name. Instead, she's been struck with amnesia - unable to recall even her name - and imprisoned by a tall, imposing, and entirely unscrupulous pirate. A pirate whose eyes seem to look past her skirts and many petticoats, and whose touch sends delicious ripples of desire through her. With every passing day, she finds herself tempted to give him the very thing he's determined to take...
Before this book I had only read one other story by Ms. Lin and it was a contemporary, so I was interested in reading her historical.
While I enjoyed the story and I think that the author is a great writer. I found I was more attached to the hero Nate in this book and lesser so to Juliana, the heroine. I liked that Nate was set out for revenge and found redemption instead. Though I don't know if I would call him a pirate, maybe in Juliana's eyes but I did not feel it. While I thought Nate was a good hero, Juliana fell flat for me. There were sparks of fire in her personality once in a while but she seemed to just take whatever was thrown at her. I wanted her to be stronger.
Now, if you are expecting a lot of ravishing because of the whole pirate deal, they dance around each other a bit. Juliana does offer to be Nate's mistress thinking she has no other choices left for her. As for the sexy scenes there are a couple and they are relatively low key, if you are not into those types of scenes.
This was an enjoyable read and will definitely continue to read more of this Authors work.
Posted July 22, 2014
Will revenge give you the satisfaction that you want? Captain Nate Bowen is going to find out. He's determined to get payback against the man responsible for murdering his parents and sending him to prison. The perfect opportunity presents itself when Juliana Hargate, his enemy's daughter, is caught trying to find evidence that her father is innocent. She becomes his houseguest when she is hurt trying to escape. The problem is that Nate is strongly attracted to Juliana. He wants to protect her. As their attraction becomes more intense, Nate wonders if they have a chance at happiness. I enjoyed Falling for the Pirate. The story has it all - revenge, redemption and romance. This couple has a passionate relationship that binds them together. I cared for Nate and Juliana. I wanted them to find a HEA. The secondary characters were fascinating and captured my interest. I hope that we learn more about Adrian Sinclair. This story is well plotted and has some surprising twists. I enjoyed Amber Lin's writing. She's right. Everyone deserves a happy ending.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 22, 2014
A delightfully romantic read, Falling for the Pirate was a wonderful historical romance. It was sweet, enjoyable from start to finish, and I really liked it.
Juliana was a great heroine. She was loyal to those she loved and willing to do anything for them. And, she was strong enough to survive complete ruin and continue on. I thought she was lovely and I liked her.
Nate was wonderful. He was raised at the very bottom rung of society, but, rather than make him bitter, it made him determined to fight his way to the top and, once there, help as many people who were once in his situation that he could. He was sweet, kinder than he let on, and just adorable.
The romance was very sweet. Juliana and Nate were lovely together. I thought it was sweet how Nate was willing to do anything, even leave behind his plans for revenge, for the woman he loved. And, I appreciated that they didn't fall prey to petty misunderstandings and melodrama. Rather, they listened to and accepted each other as they were. I thought they were a perfect couple.
The plot went along quickly and I was hooked the entire way through. There were a few betrayals in store that I never saw coming. I really enjoyed the story and I loved the sweet ending.
Falling for the Pirate was an absolutely wonderful historical romance. I enjoyed every bit of it, from the sweet romance, to the unexpected twists. Romance lovers, this is a book you'll definitely want to check out.
*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Posted July 21, 2014
Before this book the majority of the books I'd read of Ms. Lin's were contemporary in nature. Her latest historical read was entertaining with a memorably drool-worthy hero full of conflict and a heroine who left ME conflicted. Juliana Hargate's life has been turned upside down as everything she knows has been taken away from her. To make things right, and to clear her father's name, she sets off in disguise to find evidence but her plan goes drastically awry when she runs into the man bent on revenge against her family. From that moment on life changes dramatically as a case of amnesia has her forgetting who she is and her purpose, and he is enthralled by her against his better judgement and his hardened heart. Theirs is an unexpected relationship in a story that starts out strong but soon starts to drag but ultimately reaches a satisfying HEA.
Juliana is used to the finer things in life, but when that's all taken away she's willing to do whatever it takes to get her life back. She's a bit pristine but from the very start I was surprised by her strong will and determination. She's willing to sink to the very bottom if that means she can get back on top. Her Julia persona thinks the worst of herself though and her actions reflect a lower class which was surprisingly fun and carefree. This made for some very sensual delights and entertaining banter before she got her memory back. As Juliana though I found her to be more uptight and less fun.
Nate came from the lower class and is also willing to do what it takes to stay on top. He's a bit rough around the edges but throughout the story his heart slowly thaws in his dealings with the orphaned boys. He was conflicted in his feelings for Julia, desperate to make her talk about her midnight visit, but he was also protective. I loved seeing that side of him, as he put aside his vengeance for her love, and it made him very endearing even as he tried to remain domineering.
This story started out strong with a premise that was both familiar yet sweet and entertaining. The heroine was intriguing, especially after amnesia struck her, and didn't always do the expected. The hero was sexy and sweet though he fought it every step of the way. Though the latter half of the story dragged I still enjoyed the hero, as well as the other men he works with, and who I look forward to seeing more of. I once again enjoyed Ms. Lin's work and highly recommend her, particularly her contemporary books, to all lovers of romance!