Pleasing the Pirate

Pleasing the Pirate

by Sharon Cullen

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345549723
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/25/2014
Series: Secrets & Seduction , #3
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 70,728
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Sharon Cullen is the author of the historical romances The Notorious Lady Anne and Loving the Earl, as well as many novels of romantic suspense, paranormal romance, and contemporary romance. If you’d like to find out more about the author and her books, you can visit her blog or her website. She is addicted to social networking so you can find her on Facebook and Twitter. Friend her! Like her! Follow her! She’d love to hang out with you and talk about her passion: books.

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“Your Majesty, I have asked for an audience in regards to Phin Lockwood, the gentleman on my right,” Sebastian said.

The king leaned forward to peer at Phin. “Lockwood. Aren’t you the pirate we just seized?”

Phin suppressed a shudder at the word “seized.”

Sebastian cleared his throat. “He is, Your Majesty.”

The king sat back. “What business have you with a pirate, Addison?”

“As you know,” Sebastian said, “I’m still in pursuit of Grant McFadden.”

“Reprobate and traitor.” The king spat on the ground.

Phin had to suppress a smile. The king held no love for any Scotsman who fought for Bonny Prince Charlie, and Grant McFadden would definitely fall into that category. He was more of a burr in the side of the king than Phin had ever been.

“I feel that with Mr. Lockwood’s assistance I just might be able to capture said reprobate and traitor,” Sebastian said. “But Mr. Lockwood can’t help me if he’s residing in Newgate.”

King George turned narrowed eyes on Phin and studied him for long minutes. Phin tensed, every muscle screaming in agony from spending long days and nights on the cold, wet floor, from the beating he’d received before arriving at Newgate, and from the very real fear that the king would deny Sebastian this request.

“Lockwood. You’re the one who plundered Farrington’s cousin’s ship?”

“Something he would have never done if he’d known the ship was owned by someone so esteemed,” Sebastian said.

Phin stiffened at the lie, but Sebastian shot him a warning look.

The king huffed. “How might Lockwood help in capturing McFadden?”

“He has skills and contacts in the underworld that I don’t possess.”

Phin shot Sebastian a surprised look. What contacts in what underworld? All he knew were other sailors.

The king drummed his bejeweled fingers on the arm of his chair. His gaze slid to Atwater.

“I trust you, Atwater, so I must believe if you’re willing to back Addison then this must be true.” His gaze slid back to Sebastian. “You may have Lockwood.”

Phin’s relief was so great that his shoulders sagged and he feared he would fall over.

“However, if Lockwood does not bring McFadden to me then his life is forfeited.”

Phin snapped taut. He looked at the king in disbelief. His life was forfeited?

Bloody hell.

Sebastian bowed. “Of course, Your Majesty. He won’t disappoint you.”

Sebastian grabbed Phin’s arm and squeezed. Phin managed to bow without falling on his face, but just barely. He was reeling from the fact that in one moment he was free and the next a noose hung over his head. He was teased with the taste of freedom and he was damn angry about it.

Sebastian led the way out of the palace. Somewhere in the dark hallways they lost Atwater before stepping into the brightness of the day where Phin stood blinking. The carriages rolling past, the finely dressed people strolling the street seemed foreign to him after so long on the sea and then days locked in a small, airless room.

Sebastian tugged on his gloves and looked up the street. “That went well.”

“How in the bloody hell do you think that went well? How am I supposed to find Grant McFadden?”

“Your ship and crew are waiting for you. You’re to set sail for Scotland where you will encounter McFadden’s sister. Bring her to England. We will use her to flush her brother out.”

Phin blinked. His stomach growled and his knees shook with weakness. “If I fail, I lose my life,” he said.

“Yes. That’s unfortunate.” Sebastian frowned. “We’ll just have to see that you don’t fail then.”

Unfortunate? “Addison,” he growled.

“Let’s not worry about that just yet,” Sebastian said. “Our first order of business is to get you bathed and shaved.
You’ll frighten the ladies.”

“I don’t give a damn about the ladies.” What was this nonsense about McFadden’s sister?

“Splendid. Because you don’t have time to worry about ladies right now. We need to get you to Scotland.”

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Pleasing the Pirate 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
booklover10CM More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed “Pleasing the Pirate” very much. Her stories are different with good characterization. I had read “Loving the Earl” and plan on reading “The Notorious Lady Anne” (even if I’m reading them backward they are still good. Look forward to more of her books in the future.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
PLEASING THE PIRATE by Sharon Cullan is a fast paced, adventure filled Regency Historical Romance. What happens when you cross a Scottish lass with a dangerous,ruthless pirate? Passion,danger and love of course!! Meet, Scottish lass, Mairi McFadden,whose brother is a traitor to the Crown and English pirate Phin Lockwood, the pirate who either has to bring in the traitor or forfeit his life to the crown. Which means he will be hanged in the traitor’s place. But Mairi, knows nothing of her brother’s disgrace or traitorous behavior and is determined to get him back to her beloved Scotland to save her clan. Meantime, Phin, has to find, and deliver the traitor or hang himself. Will Phin, chose his life over Mairi’s love for her brother? Will Mairi chose her love for her brother over the powerful attraction she feels for the ruthless pirate, Phin? Love is a powerful thing along with passion. Powerful questions and decisions to be made!! Together, the two embark on a journey of trust, love, romance, danger, passion and justice. Will Mairi give up her beloved brother for the love of her life, an English pirate, Phin? You see Mairi’s brother is not what she remembers him to be as a young lass. He has forever changed. You must pick up “Pleasing the Pirate”, for it is a fast paced, adventure filled romance filled with passion, engaging characters and a storyline that will capture the reader throughout. Well done, I loved it! Received for an honest review from the publisher and Net Galley. RATING: 4.5 HEAT RATING: HOT REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Courtsey of My Book Addiction and More
KimP65 More than 1 year ago
*** I was provided an ARC from NetGalley for an honest review*** I'm not sure there are words enough to describe how much I love this book. I read the previous one, Loving the Earl, and couldn't wait to read this one. It was NOT a disappointment. Once again Sharon Cullen has written an amazing book that is not only romantic and hot but is also accurate! That makes all the difference in the world to me and it makes the book so good it blows my mind. I am so thrilled with this story. I love the intrigue, will he find Grant in time or will he not. Will Mairi help him, will she not. There is so very much to this book and it had me completely engrossed from start to finish. The descriptions of the areas and the time period are spot on and so vivid you could almost taste the smoke in the air of London. This book fits in multiple genre's, it's historical, romance, suspense all rolled up into one amazingly wonderful book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As all pirate stories go, this one was pretty steamy. First book I read from this author, and I've since bought more.
2_PMVH More than 1 year ago
A tough Scottish lass banishes her pistol at the Pirate of sexiness to get him to help her find her brother, but he wins her body instead! Phin Lockwood is the happiest at sea as a pirate, but he jumped the wrong ship on the way back to England. How he suppose to know the ship belong to an all powerful Duke's cousin! He was under arrest, put in a smelly cell & not fed for over a week, he thinks. Now he being dragged out for parts unknown & the next thing he knows he is face to face with King George & his spy buddies Sebastian & Sir Colin. Phin gets a "Hail Mary" from friends Sebastian & Sir Colin, but he must find the traitor, Gavin McFadden, & bring him to the King. If he does this than his neck will not have to swing at the end of the King's rope. Simple to do right, but Phin will have to use Gavin's sister to do it. Mairi McFadden has held together her clan full of homeless women & children, but she needs her brother, Gavin, to come back from England & be the Clan Chef they need. All the other men are dead from the uprising of 1745 (like her da) or left to find paying work. The smelly neighbor, Edmond, wants her clan's land & her in his bed for heirs, but she makes 1 last ditch attempt to get Gavin back & that means bargaining with a dastardly pirate. So she hides in the crowd of prostitutes, boards his ship, hides out until morning & awaiting this pirate in his cabin with her trusty pistol. When Phin & Mairi met face to pistol, she has to pick up her mouth because his is super yummy & Phin can't believe his luck at finding his wee prey so quickly. She offers him £50 & her family gems if he will help her find her brother, but he says that isn't enough money. What's a girl to do when she has nothing but herself? She bites the bullet & offers herself & he is no fool & agrees, but doesn't plan to collect. They begin their search by sailing to England (as Mairi puked everywhere, including his favorite pair of boots) & arriving in smelly, dirty, loud & no sun thru the black haze London. Phin takes her to a nasty Inn to get Gavin's attention, but when he brother does show up, he isn't the man she remembers, tells her to go home & flees out the window. Soon a lot of Phin's spy buddies, Sebastian, Gabrielle, Emmaline, Nicolas & Claire come involved to help parade her about London Society to draw Gavin out. As Mairi gets to know his friends she starts to think that maybe not all English are cruel, but just like Scots, some are good & some are bad. Mairi craves Phin, but fights against the electricity building inside her. Phin wants to escape inside her body & never come up for air, but it will cost him his own neck. With all the lies, Phin's hard & sinful kisses hard up against wall, intrigue, a fancy opera, Gavin's baddies, changing beliefs on both sides, the loving help of Phin's spy friends, some sexy & hot pirate moves, unexpected Kingly help & many nights of tangles sheets, legs & arms to either begin these 2 together forever or watch Phin hang. Can Mairi sacrifice Gavin to save her pirate? Will Phin hang up his cutlass for his woman & her bootie? Will King George leave Phin's neck intact? This is the 3rd Sharon Cullen book that I have read & again she took me out of my comfort book zone with a story in the 1700s. I was 100% invested after the 2nd page & I was shivering with poor Phin in that stinky & cold prison. I loved Phin since I read The Notorious Lady Anne & the deep friendship between him & Emmaline. As I read this tale, I fell in love with him more because what he thought were his weakness were actually what made him the hero. Mairi was a woman who was worn out to the bone from all the hate & war that destroyed her world. She desperately needed some help from her brother & I love had she had to put on her BIG GIRL PANTS on & go get that help herself. Ms. Cullen brought some other characters from the other romances, like Emmaline, Nicolas, Claire & Sebastian & they did have a great part in this storyline with all their spying talents & sailing the high sea again. I look on Ms. Cullen's website & saw that Sebastian & mysterious spy/wife Gabrielle have their own story coming out in 2015 & she totally made me crave their story, too. All romances need some heated sexiness & Ms. Cullen doesn't disappoint, but she builds up the heat slowly & then HELLO explosion! I enjoyed this romance read with all the hard choices that Phin & Mairi had to make & how they learned to lean on 1 another thru the good & bad times. I must give Ms. Cullen a score of 4 fingers up & 8 toes for this spicy spies galore read. NetGalley ARC given for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pirates a hoo! ! ! ! This is an exceptional read. Fast paced romance, spy, adventure. Not really much sea action. Read it in one long night/morning. It's a book that you just can not put down. It just pulls you in and you have to go with the flow. Thank you Sharon Cullen for writing such an excellent story...keep those pirate stories coming....Buy this great story, sit back and enjoy this 230+ page book..D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
232 pages that kept you from page 1 to page 232. Fast paced action romance. I will read more by this writer & will read this book again at a later date. GJRA
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The last and best of the series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This author's stories are exciting, witty page-turners, bringing the reader close to the emotions and nature of the characters. I wish she would skip the lude, debased language and stick to intelligently conveying the transformation of the heroes as they fall in love. It reduces the quality of the work to something less appealing when vulgar descriptions are used. I am interested to know whether it is the author, the editor, the publisher or all three who decide to add this content to a story that easily could stand alone without the smut. It robs the reader of reading a worthy romance by reducing it to rubbish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my first book by Sharon Cullen. It is over 600 pages. The book is intriguing and filled with suspense. The male and female are brave. I feel that Grant was justified in the side he chose. After the events that ocurred, i think the king should have made the male at least an Earl! The romance will not disappoint! I would have liked a more personal detailed epilogue on the lead male and female.
gaele More than 1 year ago
Set after the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745 and during the reign of George II, this mid 18th century story combines pirates, family loyalty, prison breaks, possible commutations, duplicity and an undeniable attraction in a fast-paced and well-crafted story, redolent with historical references, details and clever characters.  Mairi McFadden is the sister of a wanted man, Grant, deemed a traitor for the Scots side after the massacre at Culloden.  Her clan and lands are struggling without his presence, and she is desperate to locate him and bring him home to solve the issues.   Phineas Lockwood is a privateer – one of the many men who danced the fine line between piracy and legitimate shipping, an attack on the wrong vessel resulted in his condemnation to death.  When the King presents an offer: find and return the traitorous Scot, Grant McFadden to the crown, Phin and his crew will be allowed to continue their exploits, and Phin shall keep his life.  He accepts the bargain, and heads to find McFadden. Mairi, understanding that Phin is seeking her brother, takes the chance to stowaway on the ship. When discovered, she convinces Phin that she will be helpful in the search, yet she doesn’t understand that her brother will not be returning to their lands.  Throughout the story Cullen plays on the emotions and attraction between Phin and Mairi: there is a certain chivalrous streak that is deeply ingrained, yet the attraction to Mairi is undeniable.  For her part, even though Mairi is no Sassenach, she has the ability common to many of the higher-born women of her day, to manipulate and adjust her reactions and deportment to be pleasing for the English she mistrusts.   There are quick appearances from couples in Cullen’s other stories, and the interplay between the blossoming couple of Mairi and Phin  and more settled couples is interesting to see: although the secret that Phin holds about the reasons for his search is a huge one, and his reticence to share with Mairi kept me wondering just what would happen.   One of those stories that has more reasons the couple cannot make a happy ending together, and yet they are so well matched and paired: Mairi is smart, determined, stubborn and loyal, all qualities Phin both exhibits and admires.  Early on, Phin is more flexible in his loyalties, which sounds cold, but his fear for his own head are paramount and his intention to use Mairi to gain his own desires is slowly depleting, as he starts to realize that he cannot deny his love for her any longer.  I really do enjoy Cullen’s writing and her manipulation of the characters as she drags them, or they drag her to a happy ending.  What seemed an impossible situation and connection was given options and opportunities, all taken with best intention, which changed the perceived destiny of the character’s pairing.  Keeping close to, but taking some license with, historical accurate details, the scenes and settings feel honest and are easy to visualize, while the conventions of the time and the curious sense of chivalry juxtaposed with the more conventional thoughts of pirates will have readers redefining their pirate heroes as they cheer for the connection and happy ending for this pair.  I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
This is book three in the series. Mairi McFadden is desperate to find her brother to save her clan from starvation. She received a letter from him saying that he was in prison in London. With the aid of a clansman, Mairi finds her way to Phin Lockwood's ship to ask him for help. Phin Lockwood has been given a reprieve from hanging. If he brings in a traitorous Scot, he will be granted his life. The Home Office arranges for Mairi, the traitor's sister, to be lead to him. He plans to use her as bait to draw her brother out. Mairi is excited when Phin agrees to help her find her brother, but is startled to learn that he has escaped captivity and is considered a traitor to the English crown.  Mairi soon learns that Phin is using her to capture her brother but doesn't know that he is doing it to save his own life. As the two of them spend more and more time together, they can't fight the attraction between them. Can Mairi find happiness with the man that is trying to imprison her brother? I have been a fan of Sharon Cullen's work since I read The Notorious Lady Anne. This is also where I was introduced to Phin and I have eagerly awaited his story.  Mairi is the perfect woman for Phin. He spent years with "Lady Anne" and would need a strong woman to catch his eye. Mairi stuck by her brother's side, even when she knew what he was doing was wrong because she valued her family and all that it meant. Knowing what he would have done and did for his sister, Phin can understand this type of devotion and admire it. I loved seeing the H/H from Cullen's other two novels and hope that there will be more books in the series to be published. Thanks go to NetGalley and Random House Publishing for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
Sweet, thrilling, and full of secrets and betrayals, Pleasing the Pirate was a wonderful historical romance. I really liked this book. From the characters, to the surprises along the way, this book was lovely. Mairi was a strong heroine. She was very loyal to her clan and would do anything to take care of them. Even bargain with a pirate so that she could find her brother and bring him back to care for his clan. I really liked her. I thought she was a lovely character. Phin was wonderful. He was very protective over his loved ones and clever enough to be a formidable opponent. He was very sweet and I totally adored him. The romance was lovely. Mairi and Phin were great together. They had met their match in each other and I thought it was sweet how they were both willing to sacrifice for each other. And the attraction between them was sizzling from the moment they met. I thought they were a perfect couple. The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. There were a few surprises and one shocker of a betrayal that had me on the edge of my seat. Not to mention the constant anxiety over Phin needing to either find Mairi's brother or forfeit his life. I really enjoyed the story and I thought the ending was perfect. Pleasing the Pirate was a fantastic historical romance. I really liked this book. From the romance, to the secrets, this book was amazing. Romance lovers, this is a book worth reading. *I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Go f#&k yuor self we dont care
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Enjoyed this book very much please write more like this.
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Really enjoyed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You will to and I have yet another writer to add to my list of great writers. And once you read it I am sure you will give it the review it deseve. Ms. D from Bromx NY
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good story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Did I miss a book......Sebastian is married to Gabrielle? I searched all her books and nothing comes up...please let me know if I missed one....I am very much enjoying this series