The Pirate Lord (Lord Trilogy Series #1)

The Pirate Lord (Lord Trilogy Series #1)

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by Sabrina Jeffries, Deborah Martin
     
 

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A Splendid Opportunity

A shipload of women—theirs for the taking! Pirate captain Gideon Horn couldn't be more delighted. His men are tired of wandering the high seas and want to settle down with wives on the uncharted island paradise they've discovered. And the women are bound to be grateful to be rescued from the life of drudgery awaiting them in New

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A Splendid Opportunity

A shipload of women—theirs for the taking! Pirate captain Gideon Horn couldn't be more delighted. His men are tired of wandering the high seas and want to settle down with wives on the uncharted island paradise they've discovered. And the women are bound to be grateful to be rescued from the life of drudgery awaiting them in New South Wales . . .

Lord, he's so clever!

A Splendid Passion

Married? To pirates? Sara Willis couldn't be more appalled. First she demands proper courting—at least a month. The darkly handsome pirate lord gives them two weeks. Then Sara insists the men vacate their huts for the women—Gideon demands her kisses in return. As the demands heat up, so do their passions—and soon Sara can't remember just why she's fighting the devilishly seductive captain so hard. . .

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061749353
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/17/2009
Series:
Lord Trilogy Series , #1
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
16,357
File size:
701 KB

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Chapter One

How much it is to be regretted, that the British ladies should ever sit down contented to polish, when they are able to reform. . . .

—Hannah More

English Writer And Philanthropist

Essays On Various Subjects . . . For Young Ladies

London, January 1818

Miss Sara Willis had known a great many awkward moments in her twenty-three years. There was the time as a seven-year-old when her mother had caught her filching biscuits from the grand kitchen at Blackmore Hall, or the time shortly afterward when she'd fallen into the fountain at her mother's wedding to her stepfather, the late Earl of Blackmore. Then there was the ball last year when she'd unwittingly introduced the Duchess of Merrington to the duke's mistress.

But none of those compared to this—being physically accosted by her stepbrother as she departed from Newgate Prison in the company of the Ladies' Committee. Jordan Willis—the new Earl of Blackmore, Viscount Thornworth, and Baron Ashley—wasn't the sort of man to mask his disapproval, as so many members of Parhament had learned to their detriment. And now he took charge of her person with a shameless lack of propriety,propelling her toward the waiting Blackmore carriage as if she were the merest child.

She could hear the choked laughter of her friends Jordan jerked open the door of the carriage and glowered at her.

"Into the carriage, Sara. Now."

'Jordan, really, such dramatics are not neces—"

"Now!"

Swallowing her dismay and embarrassment climbed into the well-appointed carriage dignity as she could muster. He slammed thedoor, then threw himself onto the seat across from her with such force that the carriage rocked on its springs.

As he ordered the coachman to drive on, she casts an apologetic glance out the window toward her friends. She was supposed to join them at Mrs. Fry's for tea, but they must realize that was impossible now.

"Deuce take it, Sara, stop making sad faces at your friends and look at me!"

Settling her slender frame against the damask cushions, she faced her stepbrother. She opened her mouth to chastise him for his untoward handling of her, then closed it when she saw the ominous furrowing of his brow. Though she was used to Jordan's formidable temper, she didn't at all like being the recipient of it. Most of London society joined her in that particular dislike, for Jordan was frightening indeed when he was angry.

"Tell me, Sara," he bit out, "how do I look today?"

If he could ask a question like that, she thought, perhaps he wasn't so very angry after all. Folding her hands in her lap, she surveyed him. His cravat was crookedly tied, most unusual for him. His auburn hair was in its natural unruly state, and his frock coat and trousers were rumpled. "Rather mussed, to be truthful. You need a shave, and your clothes are—"

"Do you know why I look this way? Do you have any idea what brought me racing from the country without taking time to sleep or groom myself properly?" His scowl forced his dark auburn brows into a solid line of disapproval.

She tried to match it but failed miserably. Scowling wasn't her forte. "You were eager for my company?" she ventured.

"It's nothing to joke about," he growled in that warning tone he used to cow the matrons at the marriage marts who attempted to introduce him to their daughters. "You know quite well why I'm here. And no matter how charming you make yourself, I wont overlook this latest mad scheme of yours."

Good heavens. He couldn't possibly know, could he? "Wh-what mad scheme? The Ladies' Committee and I were merely distributing baskets of food to the poor unfortunates at Newgate."

"Don't lie, Sara. You do it badly. You know quite well that's, not why you were at Newgate." He crossed his arms over his snug-fitting frock coat, daring her to contradict him.

Did he know the truth? Or was he bluffing? It was always hard to tell with Jordan. Even when he was eleven and her mother had married his father and brought Sara to live at Blackmore Hall, Jordan had been completely inscrutable, especially when trying to worm something out of her.

Well, she could be just as uncommunicative. Crossing her arms over her chest to mimic him, she asked, "So why was I at Newgate, Mr. All-Knowing?"

No one could get away with mocking Jordan. The only reason he endured it from her was because he truly considered her his sister, despite the lack of blood between them. Still, judging from the glint in his brown eyes, she was trespassing farther than he liked on his goodwill.

"You were at Newgate meeting the women who are being transported to New South Wales on the convict ship that leaves in three days, because you have some fool idea about sailing with them." When she opened her mouth to protest, he added, "Don't try to deny it. Hargraves told me everything."

Oh, bother it all. The butler had told him? But Hargraves had always been loyal to her. What had made the wretch betray her confidence?

Feeling defeated, she slumped against the, seat and stared out at the sky, which was thick as clotted cream with heavy fog and dew. They were traveling along Fleet Street now. Usually the grubby bustling of its ink-stained denizens cheered her, for it showed that someone at least was trying to make a difference in society. But nothing could cheer her now.

Jordan went on, his voice clipped. "When I received Hargraves's letter, I left a great deal of unfinished work at Blackmore Hall so I could rush to London to talk some sense into you."

"That's the last time I trust Hargraves," she muttered.

"Don't be like that, Sara. I've told you before, while you may ignore the dangers you encounter with that Quaker woman Mrs. Fry and her Ladies' Committee, the servants and I do not." The note of concern in his voice, grew more pronounced. "Even Hargraves, who approves of your reform efforts, is no fool. He recognizes how risky your new scheme is. He merely did his duty by telling me. If he hadn't, I would have sacked him, and he knows it."

She stared at her handsome stepbrother, whose auburn hair and chestnut eyes so resembled her own that people often mistook, her for his real sister. Sometimes his attempts to protect her were endearing. Mostly, they were tedious. If not for his time-consuming duties as the new earl, she would never be able to engage in the pursuits she deemed more important than safety or propriety.

Meet the Author

At the tender age of twelve, Sabrina Jeffries decided she wanted to be a romance writer. It took her eighteen more years and a boring stint in graduate school before she sold her first book, but now her sexy and humorous historical romances routinely land on the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists and have won several awards. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and son, where she writes full-time and is working on her next novel.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I am an avid reader of historical romances. I started reading Sabrina Jefferies this year as the reviews on her books look very solid. I purchased this book 'The Pirate Lord' and another one - 'One Night with A Price'. Both were excellent. I reviwed the second book under that heading. In this book - The Pirate Lord - you can't help but, be drawn into the plot as it's simply a hoot. A rowdy band of pirates who no longer want to roam the high seas in search of adventure and wealth, decide to settle down on an island they want to call their own with the perfect little misses. Unfortunately...the pirates can't seem to find any gals open to the idea until they take over a ship full of convict women sent away for being bad. How lucky can the pirates get? How unlucky can the female convicts be in turn? Needless to say, this book does come together well and it is a fun read. The hero Gideon is clearly the perfect ladies man just waiting for the right gal to steal his heart and good senses - which the leading lady Sara does in good measure. The banter back and forth between the two is priceless and Sara's might and will is that of 10 other women when she sets her mind to something. The love scences are strong and I'd give them a 7 out of 10. It was nice to see how the lives of the women turned out after hearing many of their sad tales of how they came to be convits. In turn, it was fun to see how naughty, nasty and wild pirates can be tamed with the right feminine touch. Sara could have come off her lofty perch of righteous woman now and then and be a bit softer but, over-all, the plot line flowed smoothly, the characters were charming and fun. I would deem this read a keeper. Buy it and read it, you won't regret it. Enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book and can't wait to read the next story in the series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book.
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A strong man. A strong women. A good story.
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GramsBJ More than 1 year ago
A wonderful trilogy to take you into the world of romance, history and adventure. Be swept away with the excitment of pirates on the high seas, the longing for a lost love and the pure joy of finding true love.
Loverien More than 1 year ago
Apparently the picture cover doesn't come with the book.. how very disappointing. Otherwise, I enjoyed the story. It is a fun read.
Mirabelle8 More than 1 year ago
If you are a fan of Sabrina Jeffries, then this book is for you. Breathtaking adventure, her beautiful heroine Sara and strong hero Gideon are fascinating.. Sexual intensity that keeps you reading! when you start this novel, you won't be able to stop. You will enjoy adventures and inflamed love scenes .You will enjoy every minute with the charming and wonderful adventure of Ms Jeffries
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, loved the characters, even the support characters had interesting stories. The romance was hot, and was a natural part of the developing story. Love pirate stories - this was worth the read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not one of the best books but had its good parts
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Love, love love it!
Eternal--Love78 More than 1 year ago
Intrigue, Suspense, & Boundless Passion! An Absolute Page-Turner! ***Review is based on three quarters of completion*** I'm in the middle of reading, and I have to say it is without-a-doubt a spectacular novel! Full of dramatic, insatiable, amorous scenes between Gideon & Sara, which have caused me to read every last tidbit I could before succumbing to slumber! Well done Ms. Jeffries, I'm eagerly awaiting to discover the conclusion of what has occurred between Capt. Horn & Miss Willis, if they will live happily ever after on Atlantis. Truly this novel deserves nothing short of a 10 Star Rating!!
Tempests_waves More than 1 year ago
I've read many a romantic novel full of rogues with hearts of gold and women in distress who fall to the mens' feet. Never have i encountered such a story with lessons of purity and standings. This author has a way of making the women she writes about not just some object or helpless creature but a women who has a choice and strong heart. She tells through her stories that all women though beautiful and sometimes vulnerable can stand up and tell the world what she wants out of life and though men may be headstrong at times and full of passion at others they don't all just want a bed warmer. This is a story not of a women in need of being taken care of or some roguish man who steals her heart with a kiss but of a couple who precariously falls in love and with much demanding and sacrifice find they cant live happily without the other in there arms.
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This was full of laughter, love, hope and adventure, everything u want in a book/story. I love strong Sassy heroines & Sara is that n then some. Jefferies does it again...keep them coming.
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