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Lord of the Privateers

Lord of the Privateers

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by Stephanie Laurens

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#1 New York Times bestselling author STEPHANIE LAURENS delivers the thrilling conclusion to her acclaimed series THE ADVENTURERS QUARTET, a passionate Regency-era drama where intrigue and danger play out on the high seas and in exotic tropical jungles, ultimately reaching a dazzling climax in the glittering ballrooms of


#1 New York Times bestselling author STEPHANIE LAURENS delivers the thrilling conclusion to her acclaimed series THE ADVENTURERS QUARTET, a passionate Regency-era drama where intrigue and danger play out on the high seas and in exotic tropical jungles, ultimately reaching a dazzling climax in the glittering ballrooms of London.

Unstoppable determination Widely known as the lord of the privateers, Royd Frobisher expects to execute the final stage of the rescue mission his brothers have begun. What he does not expect is to be pressured into taking Isobel Carmichael—his childhood sweetheart, former handfasted bride and current business partner—with him. A force of nature, Isobel has a mission of her own: to find and bring a young cousin safely home. And along the way, she hopes to rid herself of the dreams of a life with Royd that still haunt her.

Unfinished business Neither expects the shock that awaits them as they set sail, much less the new horizons that open before them as they embark on a full-scale rescue-assault on the compound deep in the jungle. Yet despite the support of his brothers and their ladies, Royd and Isobel discover that freeing the captives is only half the battle. To identify and convict the conspirators behind the illicit enterprise—and save England from political disaster—they must return to the ballrooms of the haut ton and hunt the villains on their home ground.

Unforgettable love But having found each other again, having glimpsed the heaven that could yet be theirs, how much are Royd and Isobel willing to risk in the name of duty?

Revel in the action, drama, intrigue and passion as the Frobishers—with help from Wolverstone, the Cynsters and many familiar others—steer the adventure to a glorious end.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 12/05/2016
In this enthralling Regency romance (the satisfying finale to the Adventurers’ Quartet, after The Daredevil Snared), Capt. Royd Frobisher balances intrigue and adventure on the high seas with his newly rediscovered feelings for his former love, Isobel Carmody Carmichael, who divulges a secret she has kept from him for eight years. Royd, the fourth of the seafaring Frobisher brothers, must leave Aberdeen, Scotland, to play his part in the quest to free the captured slaves—including Isobel’s cousin—in West Africa’s Freetown. Laurens’s deft interweaving of backstory through characters’ thoughts and dialogue makes this series installment work as a standalone novel. (New readers will also appreciate the maps and dramatis personae at the front of the book.) Royd and Isobel’s early relationship is immediately introduced in a prologue that gets the story off to a fast start. The alluring characters are fully actualized through actions that convey nuances of their personalities, such as the bonds among the four brothers. Isobel and Royd both love and respect the sea, and their headstrong natures are contrasted well with their growing affection. The fast-moving narrative, emotionally weighty plot, and appealing cast make for a dynamic and heartwarming read. (Jan.)
From the Publisher
"Laurens' Adventurers Quartet delivers all the fast-paced action, dangerous intrigue, vividly etched characters, and sexy romance her fans have come to expect."-Booklist

"Laurens successfully brings her Adventurers Quartet to a resounding conclusion. The broad literary canvas, swashbuckling adventures, dangerous intrigue, and steamy romance of these novels are rare treats for readers who miss those old-school historical romances by Shirlee Busbee and Katherine Woodiwiss."-Booklist on Lord of the Privateers

"Filled with beloved characters, exciting escapades and sweeping landscapes, the conclusion to Laurens' Adventurers Quartet is just what her fans want. Lord of the Privateers is the last piece of the puzzle that fans have been excitedly piecing together. Significant characters from the series are brought back one last time for a wholly satisfying read." -RT Book Reviews

"Laurens's rich characterization and well-thought-out plot make for a captivating adventure romance and provide elements of danger and surprise throughout the story. The vivid narrative, combined with quick cuts from scene to scene, make for an engrossing read with an ending poised to continue the adventure with yet another Frobisher brother." –Publisher's Weekly, starred review, on The Daredevil Snared

"Laurens deftly balances action with dialogue and description, creating an intriguing and suspenseful novel that is equally effective whether read as a sequel or on its own." -Publisher's Weekly, starred review, on A Buccaneer at Heart

"Laurens launches her new Adventurers Quartet on a high note, with a fast-paced tale that is jam-packed with dangerous intrigue and red-hot passion.... Readers looking for something a little bit different than the usual Regency historical will be delighted with the exotic African setting of the book as well as its swashbuckling plot."--Booklist on The Lady's Command

"Stephanie Laurens plays into readers' fantasies like a master and claims their hearts time and again."
-RT Book Reviews

"Stephanie Laurens never fails to entertain and charm her readers with vibrant plots, snappy dialogue and unforgettable characters."
-Historical Romance Reviews

"When it comes to dishing up lusciously sensual, relentlessly readable historical romances, Laurens is unrivalled."

"Laurens's writing shines."
-Publishers Weekly

Kirkus Reviews
The oldest brother of a grand British family finishes what his brothers started.The first Frobisher brother discovered an illegal diamond mine, the second tried to learn more, the third got swept up by it—and now it is up to Royd Frobisher, the eldest of the clan, to lead the mission that will free its captives and bring the perpetrators to justice. Just as he receives his orders and prepares his ships for Freetown, a woman he's tried desperately to forget sweeps back into his life, asking to go with him. Isobel Carmichael and Royd were childhood friends who were handfasted eight years ago, then torn apart when a secret mission kept him away through most of their year promised to each other. Isobel has her own reasons for tagging along, as does their son, Duncan—a surprise stowaway and totally unknown to Royd. Their revived chemistry is instant and fierce and held back only by their broken hearts and life-threatening mission. In the final volume of The Adventurers Quartet, many plotlines require wrapping up, and this detracts at times from Isobel and Royd's second chance at love. Between a complicated rescue scheme and social intrigues, much of the book is devoted to adventure and justice rather than romance. When the plot turns to love, their relationship is steamy and sophisticated, and it's delightful to see all four couples reach their final happy endings together as the quartet ends. Readers looking for more focus on romance may be disappointed, and those who haven't read the first three will be confused—but faithful readers will love this story and its four plotlines as they come to an appropriately grand ending. A sweeping end to an exploratory historical romance quartet.

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Adventurers Quartet Series , #4
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4.10(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.60(d)

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Meet the Author

New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens originally began writing as an escape from the dry world of professional science. Her hobby quickly became a career; she has been writing historical romance novels for more than 20 years. Currently living outside Melbourne, Australia with her husband and two cats, she spends most of her days writing new stories in her signature 'Errol Flynn meets Jane Austen" style. Visit her online at www.stephanielaurens.com.

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Lord of the Privateers 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous 4 months ago
I loved this book as well as the series. It grabs you from page one and never stops. I loved reconnecting with the Cynsters and the others from former novels. Stephanie never disappoints.
Anonymous 4 months ago
An exhilarating end to this exciting series. Isobel and Royd's love story against the backdrop of a riveting adventure on the sea and into the jungles of Africa is Stephanie Lauren's at her best. Loved it! Will be a future re-read.
Donatella 9 days ago
I loved this book as well as the other Adventurers books. It is fantastic - I couldn't put it down.
julieford 12 days ago
Stephanie Laurens writes with style, class and a technique that draws the reader into the story and keeps you enthralled until the very end. Lord of the Privateers is the culmination of the Adventurers Quartet series and is definitely the icing on the cake of this story. Royd is tasked with completing the mission of rescuing the hostages and capturing all those involved in the diamond mine. Isobel is determined to find her missing cousin and approaches Royd to take her to Freetown. Royd and Isobel were hand-fasted 8 years ago but never married because she called it off without giving Royd a reason. Now that they will be travelling together they must face the difficulties and insecurities that tore them apart and try to find a way forward. This is an amazing story filled with adventure, danger and love.
Sandy-thereadingcafe 18 days ago
LORD OF THE PRIVATEERS is the fourth and final installment in Stephanie Laurens’s THE ADVENTURER’S QUARTER historical, romantic adventure series focusing on the Frobisher brothers and their search for several missing women, children and military personnel in Freetown, South Africa. This is eldest brother Captain Royd Frobisher, and his childhood sweetheart Isobel Carmichael’s story line. LORD OF THE PRIVATEERS an be read as a stand alone although I recommend reading the series in order as each installment builds upon the events of the previous story lines, and the ongoing ARC throughout. Told from several third person perspectives including Royd and Isobel, LORD OF THE PRIVATEERS is the culmination of four story lines that followed a trail of missing and kidnapped children, women and men in Freetown, South Africa, and the realization that some very powerful people with money and connections were backing the exhumation of illegal diamonds in the minds of South Africa. With their youngest brother enslaved in the mining camp Royd, Declan and Caleb Froubisher, along with their crews embark on a journey to free the prisoners and uncover the identity of those behind the mines. Enter Isobel Carmichael, Royd’s former sweetheart, who demands passage on the journey , in search of her cousin Miss Katherine Fortescue. What ensues is the rekindling relationship between Royd and Isobel; the detailed rescue mission to free the slaves; and a secret revealed that will change Royd’s relationship with the woman he has always loved. LORD OF THE PRIVATEERS is a detailed and complex story line with a multi-layered premise with a large number of secondary and supporting characters that cross over between series and story lines. A mission to rescue loved ones finds Royd and Isobel rediscovering what once was, and what is meant to be. But freeing the captives is only part of their mission; returning home it was time to reveal the people involved. LORD OF THE PRIVATEERS is a grand finale that brings together family and friends in a multi-faceted conclusion where happily ever afters make way for future adventurers on the high seas.
def618 4 months ago
Wow! What a great ending to a wonderful series. I couldn't put this book down. While it can be read on its own, I think you will enjoy it more if you've read the previous 3 in this series. I say that because each book delves further into the mystery that the Frobisher brothers are investigating. This book is primarily Royd, the eldest Frobisher son, and Isobel Carmichael's story. They have been in love since he was 11 and she 8. An occurrence that happened about 8 years before this story caused a rift between them. (no spoilers from me) The Frobisher family are privateers who also do some work, quietly, for the government. The Carmichael family builds and improves ships. Royd has been asked to go to Freetown to finish the investigation into the missing men, women and children. Isobel insists Royd takes her along as her cousin, Katherine, is one of the missing. Before leaving, they receive news from Caleb, his youngest brother. He has sent his ship back with information they will need to rescue the captives, find and prosecute the backers. Of course Declan and his wide Edwina, Robert and his fiancée Aileen, and 2 other Frobisher ships are meeting him in Freetown. After taking care of the situation in Freetown they return to London to discover and prosecute the backers of the mine. I truly enjoyed all 4 of these books, especially this one. I have tried to entice you to read this without ruining all that's going on. I appreciate that the author has a Cast of Characters in the front of the book if you need it, as it's hard to remember all of the minor characters from the earlier books.
Anonymous 5 months ago