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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 . ....
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. . .
How much it is to be regretted, that the British ladies should ever sit down contented to polish, when they are able to reform. . . .
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—"
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.
Posted October 19, 2005
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!
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Posted February 19, 2013
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 15, 2013
Apparently the picture cover doesn't come with the book.. how very disappointing. Otherwise, I enjoyed the story. It is a fun read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 19, 2012
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 JeffriesWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 4, 2012
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.
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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!!
Posted April 28, 2012
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 14, 2012
I love some of her books; but, this one is truly terrible!!! BAD writing - bad editing, etc.
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Posted February 13, 2012
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted December 5, 2010
The Pirate Lord is the first book in Sabrina Jeffries Lord Trilogy. Sara Willis, Stepdaughter to the late Earl of Blackmore, has devoted her life to helping those less fortunate than her. She learns that a group of women convicts are being shipped to New South Wales. Despite her brother's opposition Sara obtains passage on the ship as a schoolteacher. Shortly after passage Sara's boat is taken by a group of pirates. The Captain Gideon Horn learns that the ship is full of women and gets the brilliant idea to capture the ship so his men will have wives. Gideon has found an unoccupied island in the tropics and plans to create his own Utopia. His plans don't exactly go as planned once Sara puts her mind to riling up the women to disagree to the idea.
I picked up The Pirate Lord because my good friend Kristie J. recommended it to me. It sounded like a fun, yet silly book and I haven't read a good pirate romance in a while. I was pleasantly surprised that the book wasn't as silly as I feared. It actually had more serious undertones than I expected and was pleasantly surprised. It was a little slow in the middle and the ending was predictable. However, I thought both Gideon and Sara were strong characters.
Sara and Gideon have met their match with the other. Both are used to getting what they want, easily bowling over any opposition. Once they encounter each other it is like fire to water. Both are stubborn in the face of their own wants and beliefs and are not afraid to go after them. Their first encounters are fun to read. The middle part of the book drags a little bit for me because Sara takes so long to come to the conclusion that Gideon is a good man. It is pretty obvious to the reader that he is a decent guy despite his kidnapping a bunch of women for his own nefarious purposes! Gideon is one of those heroes who doesn't trust women and predictably the story foreshadows that Gideon will believe that Sara betrays him. While that was predictable there is still a surprise element that left me quite satisfied with the story. Thanks Kristie J for recommending this one to me!
Posted May 10, 2010
I loved this book. It's not suprising, Sabrina Jeffries is a wonderful author. I loved the way it was so exciting. U never want to put the book down. Every page was thrilling, couldn't wait to get to the next page! U dont want to see it end!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 16, 2010
Posted June 17, 2009
A pirate captain with a crew of pirates looking to give up their wayward life and settle down; a ship of female convicts bound for Australia and shepherded by a crusading English lady; a not-so-bright idea by said pirate captain of capturing the female convicts and providing brides for his crew - all together a recipe for disaster. Or so some would think.
I enjoyed this story for its escapism mostly. I didn't find it overly romantic in spite of the fact that said Captain Horn spent a lot of his time shirtless. It seemed strange to me that any pirate, even one trying to woo a female convict, would put aside his gruff ways and court said female convict(s). The heroine, Miss Sara Willis, was a bit too demanding for my tastes. She seemed to keep wanting more and more concessions before she would acquiese to the Captain.
A nice change of pace, though, from the usual swashbuckler or Regency period romance.
Posted October 27, 2008
I read several Romance novels a week. I also love to read the history of pirating. This book was a great read and will be an addition to my library. It has a great plot. Sabrina Jeffries not only tells a thrilling tale of romance and a reason behind this particular plot. Could not put this one down until I was finished. I recommend this to anyone who loves to read romance novels. The romantic parts of this book are some of the best I have read. She also leaves a little mystery in this wonderful book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.