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Never Trust a Pirate

Never Trust a Pirate

4.5 36
by Valerie Bowman

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The rules of engagement were never so scandalous. . .

A rumored pirate and the scurrilous black sheep of his well-to- do family, Cade Cavendish relishes his world of rebellion, deception, and seduction. Nothing and no one can hold him to be the duty-bound, honorable man he is expected to be. But when an unexpected run-in at his twin brother’s estate with a


The rules of engagement were never so scandalous. . .

A rumored pirate and the scurrilous black sheep of his well-to- do family, Cade Cavendish relishes his world of rebellion, deception, and seduction. Nothing and no one can hold him to be the duty-bound, honorable man he is expected to be. But when an unexpected run-in at his twin brother’s estate with a ravishing, raven-haired maid leads her to believe he’s actually a viscount, Cade’s renegade life is thrown wildly off-kilter. And even though a case of mistaken identity can be quickly set to rights, matters of the heart are quite different…

Miss Danielle LaCrosse is startled to learn that the handsome gentleman who radiates sin and has the devil in his eyes is not her employer the Viscount, but rather his infamous brother. A former heiress, orphaned and left penniless, Danielle has more than a few secrets of her own. Cade may be skilled at coaxing even the most hidden desires out of Danielle but can he earn her trust—and win her heart—as they embark on an adventure to confront a dangerous enemy from both of their pasts . . . and uncover the identity of the so-called Black Fox along the way?

Never Trust a Pirate is part of the Regency-set Playful Brides series by Valerie Bowman

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"Thrilling, delicious, and suspenseful." —Kirkus Reviews

"Wonderful, sprightly repartee, a fast pace and delightful characters blend together in another enthralling Bowman romance. Always smart and sassy, Bowman’s heroines delight in piquing the hero; taunting and tempting. Together they heat up the pages and turn readers’ thoughts to what original storyline she’ll come up with next for their “keeper” shelf." —RT Book Reviews (Top Pick!)

"An engaging literary treat for all romance readers who don’t take their historicals (or themselves) too seriously." —Booklist

"A delicious mix of intrigue and red-hot romance. Bowman pens a fun, fast page-turner of a romance, filled with characters that communicate even as they struggle to trust each other. For readers who like a soupçon of suspense with their romance, this is a book to keep you guessing." — BookPage

"A beautifully written tale, Never Trust a Pirate is a very enjoyable read." — Romance Reviews Today

"This book definitely had me on the edge of my seat and my head spinning with trying to figure out who was actually who and what was going to happen next. Valerie Bowman took me on a wild, adventurous, sexy & passionate ride with this book and I cannot wait for the next book in this series." — Crazii Bitches Book Blog

"A fun and entertaining adventure." — Rendezvous with a Romance

"Never Trust a Pirate is an intriguing book filled with secrets, deception, and romance. I loved it." — Write-Escape

"Never Trust a Pirate is a highly sensual read featuring independent, passionate characters and compelling Napoleon-era backstories." — Jessica Shuck

"If you’re looking for a fun, mystery-adventure, pirate-themed novel with a rakish bad boy hero and a strong, sassy, secretive heroine, Never Trust A Pirate is an excellent romance story that is fully capable of sweeping you away to another time, and another place. The characters are compelling, the story is engaging, and the easy, natural writing style is seriously on point." — Okie Dreams book reviews

"Valerie Bownan has delivered a cast of vibrant characters and a suspense filled plot with witty dialogue, sexy times and a heartwarming romance." — Francoise's Reading Corner

Kirkus Reviews
Two rogues in disguise are bested at their own game after meeting—and falling in love.In what reads like a sexy version of Les Misérables, Bowman's (The Legendary Lord, 2016, etc.) latest opens with a scene that will keep readers on the edges of their seats—and never relents for a page. Doubling the pleasure, the tale of Cade Cavendish (an alleged pirate and spy) and Danielle LaCrosse (a rogue investigator disguised as a lady's maid) also explores a mystery: why has Cade returned to London after 10 years, and why has Danielle been paid to spy on him? Bowman increases the tension of the story, and the future romance, by placing the protagonists in different social classes—Cade is the brother of a viscount, and Danielle serves as lady's maid to the viscount's wife. Both Cade and Danielle find it hard to trust other people, so when they share a bottle of wine one night in the viscount's parlor, they're shocked and intrigued to find themselves sharing a few secrets, too. Danielle reveals a snippet of her mysterious past in Paris and Cade suggests that his late nights out are more than just tavern visits. Is Cade the infamous pirate and jewel thief known as the Black Fox? While their conversation sometimes drags, most of the time their banter is entertaining. However, it takes a little more than suspension of disbelief to accept that Cade's brother, a former war spy, is so slow to discover his secret identity. Thrilling, delicious, and suspenseful.

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St. Martin's Press
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Playful Brides Series , #7
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4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Valerie Bowman grew up in Illinois with six sisters (she’s number seven) and a huge supply of historical romance novels. After a cold and snowy stint earning a degree in English with a minor in history at Smith College, she moved to Florida the first chance she got. Valerie now lives in Jacksonville with her family including her mini-schnauzer, Huckleberry. When she’s not writing, she keeps busy reading, traveling, or vacillating between watching crazy reality TV and PBS. She is the author of the Secret Brides series, starting with Secrets of a Wedding Night, Secrets of a Runaway Bride, and Secrets of a Scandalous Marriage.

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Never Trust a Pirate 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
TammyS32 19 days ago
A fun and suspenseful historical read. Cade is the black sheep of the family and is rumored to be a pirate. Danielle is working as a lady’s maid and after a steamy encounter is relieved to learn her employer has a twin brother. These two both have lots of secrets to hide, can they work together against a common enemy? Entertaining story and great chemistry. I really liked it!
ChristineH 19 days ago
Valerie Bowman has done it again! She has written a light, fun and sexy Regency romance with just enough intrigue and natural humor to move the adventure along. I love a story with pirates or spies and this has both! I scored this a 4 out of 5 stars because some of the French sayings were used too much and became trite. But soon, my eyes just skimmed over them and they didn't distract from the fun. Mrs. Bowman has continued her Playful Brides writing style. If you enjoyed her other books, you'll definitely want to check out Pirate. If you're new to Valerie's novels, they are fun, quick reading on the train or just a lazy afternoon.
Vijetha_Kumar 19 days ago
A nice pleasant surprise! Found a new favourite author and new series! YAY! Want to know more about Mark Grimaldi and Delilah and Thomas!!
Musings_of_Madjy 4 days ago
This was a fun tale with a few twists that I hadn't seen coming! I liked Danielle and Cade, and enjoyed their banter and the way they were mirrors of one another (troubled as teenagers that pushed them to do some questionable things - like becoming "pirates"). It was fun to see them both realize the same things about one another and themselves, separately. I was a bit surprised at how this built up slowly and then burst ahead at about 70%. It wasn't slow exactly, since the build up of their relationship had a nice burn going, but I wouldn't have minded a bit more earlier on. That goes for the action and suspense, as well. The suspense was there but not exactly gripping. I still had a great time with this one and thought this was a lighter adventure and a very enjoyable read.
Historical_Romance_Lover 8 days ago
LOVED this story!! I've been a fan of Bowman's Playful Brides series since it started and she didn't disappoint with the latest installment. Spys and Pirates in the same story? What can be better than that? Not much, in my opinion! I loved both Cade and Danielle. They were everything that I like in my H/H. The bantering between them was superb and had me laughing out loud. I didn't want the story to end!! I can't wait for the next book in the series, The Right Kind of Rogue, to come out in October!
Romwrit 14 days ago
What’s more exciting than a handsome pirate, a former-royal spy, a royal spy, and a house full of happy servants? When you find out, let me know, Cade is not the one for balls, soirees, and afternoon calls. He prefers a dangerous life on the rough seas with drinkers and foul-mouthed, loyal swindlers. He gets plenty of female attention without all the match-making mamas, and he doesn’t give a coin about propriety. Danielle was set to have the life Cade avoids. But thanks to the animosity between the French and English (and she just happens to have been conceived by a member of each side) she wound up being a spy. And not just any spy, one who spends a lot of time on ships…pretending to be a lad. You see where I’m going with this? Oh how much fun it was reading about Cade. He’s beyond charming, and perhaps the funniest non-aristocrat I’ve ever read about. He’s also very smart, loyal, and trustworthy (to some, that is). He has his reasons, so don’t judge too quickly. Danielle is just as funny and smart. She and Cade had their own style of flirting, and I enjoyed their exchanges. The household staff even grabbed my heart. I actually wished for a full story centered around two of the servants. Now, what an interesting historical that would be. There’s mystery and a dash of intrigue. I went back and forth on who I thought did what, and everything made sense in the end. There was no easy fix to the happy ending. Kudos to Bowman.
LoriP123 14 days ago
I loved this historical romance by Valerie Bowman! Cade Cavendish's rebellious life is history in the making since he's been at it since he was only 13 years of age. Most recently there are those that believe that he is the notorious pirate the Black Fox including his family and as of yet he has done nothing to dissuade them. Finding himself in a compromising situation with his sister-in-law's lady's maid after a night of drinking and fist fighting in the back alley is nothing new except for the promise he had made to his brother to be on his best behavior just hours before. For the first time in his life Cade felt guilt for letting his family down and possibly harming this young woman's reputation. Danielle LaCrosse hasn't had it easy since her father was murdered, but she has done what needed to be done in order to survive including taking jobs that no young woman should have ever been privy to. Stumbling across a drunk and hurt Cade after just starting her new job could find her jobless and unable to care for her sick mother. What she doesn't plan on is the intense attraction that she and Cade soon develop for one another. This is a major complication because they both have more secrets than truths going into this and that is no way to have any kind of relationship. I was given an ARC from the author/publisher. All conclusions are mine and mine alone.
momof3boysj 15 days ago
Spies, pirates, and the elusive Black Fox. Cade and Danielle are both clever spies, and each have secrets, but somehow they're following the same trail and are looking to seek revenge and catch Baptiste for different reasons. Along the way, desire and and attraction throw these two together, but will their goals keep them apart. This is a fun and smexy romance! and remember: never trust a pirate! **I was provided a copy through netgalley
Virginiaw 17 days ago
I really thought this was a very good story. I enjoyed the comedy that was in the story. The characters were fun. This was the second book in the series but you don't need to read the first to enjoy this book. Just remember that this us historical fiction and not Christian fiction. I received this ebook through Netgalley via St Martins Press for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
Virginiaw 17 days ago
I really thought this was a very good story. I enjoyed the comedy that was in the story. The characters were fun. This was the second book in the series but you don't need to read the first to enjoy this book. Just remember that this us historical fiction and not Christian fiction. I received this ebook through Netgalley via St Martins Press for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
LindaC1 18 days ago
I loved this book! When a story makes me literally laugh out loud I'm hooked. This is the story of Danielle and Cade, who both have secrets they don't want revealed. Their attraction to each other leads to twists and suspenseful turns, some that took me by surprise. I enjoyed this book very much. It has intrigue, romance and wit, a combination that makes for a great read.
CathyGeha 18 days ago
Never Trust a Pirate by Valerie Bowman Playful Brides #7 Had me from the first page and did not let me go till the last…and then…I wanted to keep reading to know more about the wonderful characters in this book! Who is the Black Fox…this stealthy stealer of items and perhaps hearts? What mission is the Fox bent on in this story and will it be a success? Spies aplenty abound in this story with nobody quite sure who is spying on whom and who said spies work for. Throw in a pirate or two and a bit of time on a ship (just a bit) and you end up with a wonderful story waiting to be read. I loved Danielle! She was strong, resilient, resourceful, intelligent, charming and humorous. Cade was the perfect person for Danielle with his roguish ways, quick wit, charm, humor, skills, intelligence and so much more. The two brought out the best in one another and had so much fun doing so! I smiled, laughed, rooted for them to get a HEA and loved every moment reading this book. I was glad to hear the villain was thwarted and left curious about the puppet master of spies wondering if someday Grimaldi’s story will be shared. I have not read all of the books in this series but would love to at some point in time. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars
Robindpdx 19 days ago
This was an entertaining, well-written Regency romance. Miss Danielle LaCrosse has been hired as a lady's maid, and she is surprised to find out her employer, the Viscount, has a twin brother, Cade Cavendish. He's rebellious and rumored to be a pirate... and fascinating! They both have secrets to keep but find themselves wanting to trust each other... This book can be read as a standalone story, though it is part of a series with related characters. This book was fun to read and I look forward to reading other books by this author.
ReadingInPajamas 19 days ago
Review: NEVER TRUST A PIRATE (Playful Brides) by Valerie Bowman Publication Date: May 2, 2017 Genre: Historical Romance Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Cori Rated 4 Stars I really enjoyed this one! I was in the mood for a good historical romance and Valerie Bowman's NEVER TRUST A PIRATE fit the bill. It was fun and sexy, with a bit of mystery that added to the story. It satisfied my historical romance craving and had me craving more. I'll be checking out Valerie Bowman's previous books and I look froward to the next book in her Playful Brides series. NEVER TRUST A PIRATE is part of a series, but can be read as a standalone. I recommend this book for historical romance lovers looking for a good book to curl up with. *Review copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ~*~*~*~
MyBookAddictionandMore 20 days ago
Never trust a Pirate by Valerie Bowman is another exciting Regency Historical Romance in her "Playful Brides" series. While #7, it can be read as a stand alone. It does have re-appearing characters from previous books. This does not distract nor interfere in enjoying "Never Trust a Pirate". Refreshing and intriguing story! This is the story of Cade Cavendish and Miss Danielle LaCrosse. Cade is the "black sheep of the Cavendish family, with secrets. He is the twin brother to Rafe from a previous story. Danielle, is Rafe's wife Daphne's, lady's maid. Ah, there is so much more to her than meets the eye. Is Cade the so called pirate "Black Fox", a famous spy for the Crown? Afterall, he's very good at deception, seduction, secretive and is very rebellious. Let's not forget he's devilishly handsome, with a devil may care care attitude. But lay all aside, he's out for revenge, on the man who hurt his brother, Rafe. Ah, he's also a spy. Danielle, is more than a French maid, she's beautiful, sensual, and drives Cade mad with desire. It's hard to decide which side she's on at first, or rather who's she working for, the Crown or the bad people. As she seems to be spying on Cade. "Never Trust a Pirate" is not your everyday spy adventure. There are many twists and turns, surprises, witty banter, danger and adventure. Let's not forget who was the "Black Fox", I was totally shocked and surprised by who it was. Brilliant!! I enjoyed the way Ms. Bowman mixed the spying with the interaction between the characters, and the true intend of the story. I enjoyed the witty banter between Cade and Danielle, their interaction was brilliantly written. They didn't forget their responsibilities, for their own desires nor do they forget what their goals are, but intend to carry them through to the finish. They completed their mission, although, Cade and Danielle faced the ruthless French spy. Will one of them lose they life? Brilliantly executed, with an easy to follow plot, that flowed smoothly and continously throughout the story. The characters were enduring, engaging and easily capture your heart. I personally was glued to this story from the first page forward. A very captivating, intriguing and suspensive story. Unique in many ways, not just a predictable spy story. The suspense and mystery with the romantic interest was enough to keep the reader intrigued throughout "Never Trust a Pirate". A great read for fans of mystery, suspense, intruigue, romance, spies, and an overall splendid read. Very well done, Valerie Bowman !!! I can't wait to read the next "Playful Brides" story. I received a complimentary copy. Rating: 4.5 Heat rating: Mild Reviewed by: AprilR
Lindsey_Gray11 20 days ago
Cade Cavendish left home as a boy and made his way in the world with hard work, albeit mostly on the wrong side of the law. Since he reunited with his twin brother, a newly minted Viscount, he’s been working toward only one goal. Find the man who ordered his brother tortured and an Earl killed. Danielle LeCrosse wants to take care of her dying mother in a small cottage by the sea after finding the man who killed her father. She’s worked unofficially for years as a young spy for England. Her latest assignment places her as a ladies maid to the new Countess, Cade’s sister-in-law, Daphne. The reason behind the mission? Spy on Cade Cavendish. The pair are taken with each other upon their very first strange meeting. Both have suspicious natures when it comes to life, but affairs of the heart have them falling hopelessly in love just like the other lovers of the Playful Brides series. This was actually the first book of Bowman’s that I’ve read. I was so intrigued with her writing and the world of characters she developed, I have now read the rest of the series. That’s six additional novels and a novella. Each book was charming and delightful in it’s own way. I loved this novel for many reasons, one large one being it made me love pirates! I’d never been truly enamored with the idea of men pillaging at sea, but Cade’s story tugged hard at my strong heartstrings. I can’t even imagine the process Bowman has gone through to create so many different characters, with complex backstories and adventures waiting to be had. Now that I’ve read the other novels, I realize there were clues peppered in about Cade from his very first appearance in the series. I loved the ultimate twist Bowman throws that caught me completely of guard. Never Trust a Pirate is an adventure in romance and intrigue on land and by sea. This can be read as a stand-alone, but I highly recommend reading the rest of the series for all historical romance lovers. There are more characters that have yet to find their true love, so I hope Bowman has a few more playful brides to write about in this fantastic series! I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
SMeeko 20 days ago
"The Black Fox Strikes Again" FINAL DECISION: Twisty with lots of secrets and strong independent characters but not too dark, I loved this one! The story didn't go where I expected it to from the title. The characters were slowly revealed both to the reader and to one another. The story was so fun but with some depth and purpose. THE STORY: Danielle LaCross seeking work as a lady's maid for a viscountess. She mistakes Cade Cavendish for his twin brother the viscount. Cade is a known rogue and the black sheep of the family. Rumored to be a rake and perhaps a pirate, Cade has a lot of secrets that he is keeping. Danielle has secrets as well. Once she realizes that Cade is not who she thought he was, she still cannot seem to resist the intriguing man. Soon they realize that they have a common purpose and join forces to resolve the shadows that still haunt them. OPINION: This one hit all the right notes with me. The book jumps immediately into the action and a lot is happening here. The characters have secrets and these was plenty to keep me intellectually interested in the plot even as I emotionally fell for these characters. A great part of this story is the twists along the way, so I recommend staying away from spoilers to maintain the suspense in the story. Cade's role as the black sheep of the family is important to him. A twin, he has made a role for himself as the irresponsible rake...but there is much more going on with him. I loved his personality which keeps a lightness even as the drama is ratcheted up in the story. Because although readers might not know what Cade is doing, there is never any question that he is on the right side. Danielle is strong and independent (and perhaps a little too assertive for a true lady's maid). Normally the lack of class distinctions between them would seem false in the story, but Cade did not grow up part of the aristocracy and (along with some secrets to be revealed) thus the ultimate reason for how these two interact with one another works. Fans of witty banter between the characters will like this one. Cade and Danielle circle around one another as each is trying to figure out the other without giving away their own secrets. One of my favorite parts of this book is that I actually was surprised by the resolution of the mystery and yet it made perfect sense. The mystery has a real purpose here and is well integrated into the romance. The suspense and mystery of the story worked really well here and felt totally natural for the times. Yet the story never veers into angst and darkness. There is a brightness to the story that I really enjoyed (even though I'm generally a bigger fan of the dark romances). WORTH MENTIONING: Fans of the series will get some glimpses of favorite characters. CONNECTED BOOKS: NEVER TRUST A PIRATE is the seventh book in the Playful Brides series. While it is certainly possible to read this book as a standalone, it is so much better having the backstory of the characters. STAR RATING: I give this book 5 stars. NOTE: I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley in order to provide a review. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions contained herein are my own.
sportochick 20 days ago
Chocked full of intrigue, secrets and adventures Author Valerie Bowman draws in the reader with this fully developed romantic storyline. One of the things I highly respect is how the author runs us on a merry chase in this book trying to solve the mystery behind who Cade Cavendish and Danielle LaCrosse really are behind their cool facades. The addition of the steamy sexual tension between these two make this a hot romance as well. The hero of this book, Cade, will cause any woman's heart to beat quickly as his character comes across as the bad boy type. His constant evasion of speaking the truth was frustrating for everyone who cared for him but it really adds to the story by causing the reader to wonder who he really is and is he really as bad as we think. Danielle, the heroine, is the perfect person to foil and mess with Cade's cool reserve which she does quite often. Her character drew me in because she is not a helpless female in spite of her hard times. I love her "take no prisoner" philosophy as well as her softer side towards her ill mother and the others in the Cavendish household. I'd like to think that if I was in her position I would be just like her.... strong and not a victim. I give this book 4.5 STARS for creating characters that are hard to pinpoint and neatly categorize. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.
Pidabean 20 days ago
I very much enjoyed Cade and Danielle’s story.I liked how independent and caring Danielle’s personality compared to Cades’. Even though they have a very tragic up bringing they are pulled together. I like how Cade is unnerved by Danielle because she understands him when he closes himself to others. I liked seeing Rafe and Daphne again. Hopefully there is more coming from this series. I received a review copy of this title courtesy fro the publisher via NetGalley for a honest review.
Booktalk_with-Eileen 20 days ago
Author Valerie Bowman runs a tight ship in this action-packed story of characters filled with secrets. She, herself, keeps secrets so well, that at the time I hear the truth, it is hard to believe! There are spies aplenty in this read. We know Cade is a pirate and spy. But whose side is he on? His twin brother Rafe spies for England. But does he? Rafe hasn’t seen his brother for ten years and suddenly he presents himself at his home. Highly suspicious movements, particularly when he keeps late hours, comes back to the townhouse battered and drunk. Whatever happened to the brother Rafe thought he knew? Some point out Rafe is the while sheep of the family while Cade is the black one. Cade is but covering the man he is, where neither Rafe nor the reader knows, at least, not entirely. Cade covers his activities by playing the gad about rogue. He’s more, much more than that as we become privy to his activities. Lady Daphne, Rafe’s wife, is not a snob like much of the ton. She is sweet, considerate of her staff and friendly. Humorously, she, too, is a spy, half French, half English. I’m sure her story is in the previous books of this series. A new Lady’s Maid comes to work for Lady Daphne, as her previous one leaves her service quite suddenly. Danielle is a spy, usually impersonating a cabin’s boy on a ship. She’s been doing that for years. She spies for General Grimaldi who has now set her up to spy on Cade. With a crash course on what a Lady’s maid does, she does an admiral job for Lady Daphne. Never having a friend before in her life, she warms to the lady of the house, Mary, one of the serving maids and the housekeeper. I think this is the most heart-warming part of the story. Danielle uses the money she makes at the Cavendish home to pay rent and supply her mum with medication. She has consumption. General Grimaldi has taken care of Danielle’s mum ensuring Danielle will continue spying for him. Where else would she get the money? Lafayette Baptiste is a man Danielle would like to kill. Apparently, Baptiste has lots of enemies because Cade is after him, too. Cade and Danielle are so well matched in disposition. Their banter is a bit crude, however entertaining and witty. But let’s not stop at that comment. Danielle discovers what passion is all about in Cade’s arms. She feels bad about being at the Cavendish home under false pretenses, when suddenly she’s called away by the General. She must step away from her own personal feelings about her new-found friends and her interest in Cade. After all, he is just a mark and she a spy. But still... The plot, itself, has lots of merit. Bowman builds an intriguing, quick-paced, tension-filled story evoking various emotions, some with laughter, others with fear and still others which make you believe in happy ever after--that good people find happiness. ARC provided by Netgalley and the publisher for a review. All my comments are my own and freely given.
BuckeyeAngel 20 days ago
Cade Cavendish is known as the black sheep of the family. When he’s home to an extended visit to his twin brother’s home, everyone is trying to figure out what he’s up to. Miss Danielle LaCross is an undercover spy. When she finds out she’s to monitor Cade Cavendish, her curiosity might get the best of her. I really liked this book. I liked getting to know Cade and Danielle. I liked the interactions between them and the build-up of the story. I highly recommend. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
BeccaLove 20 days ago
Valerie Bowman never disappoints. If you enjoy reading a good mystery full of steamy romance then you need to read this book! If you don't think that you love these things then you need to read this book to find out what you are missing out on.
Anuka 20 days ago
If you are looking for fun and entertaining book, then make sure to pick up Never Trust a Pirate! Even if you haven’t read her other books in the series, you are sure to enjoy this one. The story starts with the cliché of mistaken identities, but what lies beneath the surface is definitely not something that anyone (especially the characters themselves) would expect. Both the main characters, Cade and Danielle, are anything but your run of the mill lord and lady. Their characters are also much more entertaining with their quick banter and plenty of spunk. They both have secretive pasts that comes to life piece by piece as their relationship develops and grows. As the story progresses, Danielle shows that she is more than a match for Cade and he in turn shows his warm heart. Their slow discovery of each other while pursuing a common goal is filled with adventure and mystery that keeps you on your toes the entire time!
DebDiem 20 days ago
Never Trust A Pirate by Valerie Bowman is a fantastic historical romance. Ms Bowman has given us a well-written book loaded with unique but lovable characters. Danielle and Cade's story is full of secrets, everyone has them. There's also plenty of drama, action, humor and spice to keep readers engaged in this wonderful story. I loved this book and look forward to reading more from Valerie Bowman in the future. Never Trust A Pirate is book 7 of the Playful Brides Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book that I received from NetGalley.
nelriv 20 days ago
Received an ARC for my fair review for netgalley. I did enjoy this book, it had it all, love, suspense, puzzles and define tell interesting characters. Although you can read this as a standalone, I do plan on reading previous books, just to get a better understanding, not that this did not keep you entertained because it did. We have Cade Cavendish, the black sheep of the family, and a rogue, a true ladies man. But is he really, or does he just portray himself as such? Then we have Danielle LaCrosse, the maid, who wants her poor sick mother to live peacefully. Butagain is that all she is. What I enjoyed was that each character played by their own rules, things you would not expect. Danielle was a lady ahead of her time. This book had its funny moments, but also its rom antic moments. Enjoy, bease i sure did.