The Pirate Takes A Bride

The Pirate Takes A Bride

by Shana Galen


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Ashley Brittany is living a nightmare. She's been mistakenly married to the one man she despises. Months ago, Lord Nicholas took her virtue then scorned her. Now, Ashley will do anything to have her revenge...anything but expose her ugly secret.

Nick Martingale has a secret, too: he's Captain Robin Hood, a pirate with a fearsome reputation. But when Nick learns his archenemy, the Barbary pirate Yussef, attacked innocents Nick has sworn to protect, he can think of nothing but vengeance.

Only one person stands in his way.

His wife.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781499329476
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/02/2014
Series: Misadventures in Matrimony , #4
Pages: 252
Sales rank: 348,337
Product dimensions: 4.80(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 1 - 17 Years

About the Author

Shana Galen is the bestselling author of fast-paced adventurous Regency historicals, including the RT Reviewers' Choice The Making of a Gentleman. Booklist says, "Galen expertly entwines espionage-flavored intrigue with sizzling passion," and RT Bookreviews calls her "a grand mistress of the action/adventure subgenre." She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven years. Most of those years were spent working in Houston's inner city. Now she writes full time. She's happily married and has a daughter who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making. Shana loves to hear from readers, so send her an email or see what she's up to daily on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Pirate Takes A Bride 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
2_PMVH More than 1 year ago
Greta Green has a legendary reputation for elopements that many poor love starved couples do to get around their families refuses. This is so not one of those story. This one has a serious irate and ferocious woman trapped with a blackguard who constantly has his hands and lips on every woman he see, except her! Ashley Brittany is the only girl in her big and loving family. She grow up with 5 brothers, so she learned at an early age to fight with stick swords, throw elbows, use her fists and learned all the sensitive areas of a male's body, but mostly she wrapped all the men in her family around her little pinky. When Ashley was 7, she and 3 BFFs made a pledge to never, ever marry and be besties and grow old together. They called themselves the Spinsters' Club. Some problems arose as Wise Catie and the Sassy Josie got hitched and Caring Maddie takes off with a wimpy hound breeder to elope to Greta Green. What Ashley to do, but jump in the couples' carriage to derail Maddie's crazy plan. Lord Nick Martingale also grew up in a loving family and his mother always volunteered to help poor. One day while his mother, older brother and he were in Whitechapel, he runs off to play with the other kids. Because of that one small mistake, his mother was raped and murdered as her boys watched. That moment defined him and he swore to never love anyone because they all leave him. Nick joined the Royal Navy and began his many adventures at sea. His brother Jack, the Marques of Blackthorne, is always getting caught up in the problems he causes and that is why he is in a carriage with a woman who despise and hates him. All of Hades breaks lose as angry Ashley, Maggie, a wimp hound breeder, the Marques and Nick are chased by an pissed off Duke, a posse of hired ruffians, an enraged father shooting at them and then a drunk priest in Scotland married Ashley to the wrong man over an anvil. Now she married to Lord Nick Martingale, the man who took her virginity and then found him in another woman's dress the next night! If that is bad enough, Ashley finds herself surrounded and tries to fight(bravely welding a fire poker) 4 smelly, teeth missing, gold earing wearing Pirates in Scotland. A pirate with a gold tooth smiles and says, "Aye, Captain we have a problem!" Her new hubby smiles and says, "Honey, smile and meet my crew!" Ashley is shocked that Nick is a Pirate, she is then man handled, throw on a horse with her Pirate hubby, forced to ride across Scotland to the coast, forced to board her DESPICABLE hubby's ship, The Robin Hood, and then locked in his cabin and ignored. Nick just wants to get to the Isla de las Riquezas before his nemesis the Barbary Pirate Yussef kills all the women and children. All he loves is on that island and he and this crew will protected it with their lives. Ashley and Nick are like sparks to dry kindling, their many clashes cause angry fights, hot and steamy kisses and uncontrollable passions! They begin a voyage of not only the sea, but of their wills. Who will win the war? When Ashley witnesses Nick commanding presence as Captain, she angry begins to fade and her body craves his caresses again, but must hide her tormenting secret. Nick has never stop wanting to sink into his wife, but he has a earth shattering secret and doesn't want to love what he can lose. Just when they begin to fall into each others arms, they arrive at the Isla and their secrets are revealed and destroys their fragile peace. Will Nick ever let himself love again without the gripping fear of loss? Can Ashley accept his secret, embraces it and make it her own? How can Ashley make Nick admit his love? Can Nick set aside his all consuming revenge of Yussef to save Ashley and himself? But most importantly, can these two stop fighting long enough to rip off one another clothes and FINALLY just do it? This is the long awaited last book of the Misadventures of Matrimony! I enjoyed this final book that wrapped up and answers all the questions I have had for about a year and half. Ms. Galen wrote 2 very strong, loved, imperfect characters with adventurous souls as her hero and heroine. Ashley is a spontaneous and "look after you leap" type of heroine. Its is her most endearing and also her worse quality, as it always causes her to find trouble. Nick truly struggles with his hard won beliefs and he has an inward wars with himself. He has a scarred soul with all the blood, killing and the many useless deaths he caused and witnessed. Ms. Galen challenged each character to overcome things inside themselves. She made both give away some of their control to each other and that is something no one wants to hand over. Ms. Galen does use her famous humor to rough out the edges of the soul searching journey that Nick and Ashley took. This was the most serious book of the series and it dealt with some difficult topics, but I did enjoy it. I give this book 4 fingers up and 8 toes.
McM0mmy-PW More than 1 year ago
Just finished Ashley and Nick's story and loved it! Looks like I have a bit of reading to do since I started with this one. Now to get the previous 3 and start reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A definite page turner Couldn't put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So enjoyed this book. Great characters and loved the story. I would love to read more by Shana but the books cost more than I generally spend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great series :)
AustenStudent More than 1 year ago
This was disappointing but not for the usual reasons (such as poor writing). While very well written and fast-paced and featuring a memorable hero and heroine, there are a lot of facets and layers to this story that make me uncomfortable. I don’t really like the love child trope, especially when the hero talks of the child’s mother so unfeelingly. Nick and Zorah were lovers--she was a former slave--but he “never loved her.”  I also don’t like when the hero expects the heroine to accept his child so easily especially when he keeps so many other secrets; I want Ashley to resist more but she seems so blinded by lust she can't see straight. Ashley is a very strong-willed heroine but I wanted her to be even stronger than she was. I felt like she was the one always to give and Nick didn’t have to give much back; this felt unbalanced. Nick accepts Ashley as his wife and does his duty by her to protect her and, eventually, (possibly) love her. But I wanted more sacrifice from him.  So my quibble with this novel is of plot. Was it riveting? Yes. Was it sexy? Yes. Was it shocking and disturbing? Yes. All good qualities in a good read. But, needless to say, this is not my favorite in the colorful Misadventures in Matrimony series. What I did like: Physical description of the hero; I’m a sucker for a man with black hair and blue eyes.  Ashley’s feistiness and fearlessness; I just wanted her to resist a little bit longer. "Ashley Brittany was more than a challenge. She was a trial by fire, a test of his patience and his sanity." (p15) The detailed descriptions of shipboard life. Galen brings the excitement and danger of the lives of pirates to vivid life.  What I didn’t like: Nick’s selfishness with Ashley. I wanted Nick to give in and give up more to win Ashley. It felt too much like he was piling on one new revelation after another and she had to adjust. I didn’t see that Nick had to adjust to anything, except Ashley’s temper. And the ending scene with her family felt like too little, too late for me. "She'd already given her love, but she was not certain he was willing to give her anything in return." (p36) The opening scene is very shocking and upsetting, at least it was to me. The way Nick goes about scaring Ashley off a relationship with him is cruel and very selfish. I had a hard time forgiving him after that or even liking him. I’m still not sure I have. Sex with other women after the hero meets the heroine just turns me off. Elizabeth Hoyt's hero, Griffin, has sex at the beginning of Notorious Pleasures, but he hasn't yet met the heroine. What Nick does is the worst betrayal.  "Didn't Ashley understand that he couldn't love her? He was already too vulnerable." (p229) "...but how was Nick supposed to fight when he didn't have the ammunition she wanted? Not to mention, he had a small child to see to first." (p230-231) Several typos throughout the text were a bit distracting at times. As a voracious reader for almost forty years, I am finding more and more errors in both traditional and self-published works. Shana Galen is one of my favorite authors who spins exciting and adventurous historical romance tales, so while this book's plot was not quite to my liking, I very much look forward to reading more stories in future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
avidreader78WA More than 1 year ago
both hero and heroine are TSTL.  not even sure i'll be able to skim to the end of this one.
SuzieQSK More than 1 year ago
THE PIRATE TAKES A BRIDE by Shana Galen is the much anticipated conclusion to her Misadventures in Matrimony series. By a strange twist of fate Ashley Brittany finds herself married to Lord Nicholas Martingale. Both Ashley and Nick have things they need to hide. Nick's biggest secret is that he is a pirate! Most of the story takes place on Nick's ship. Galen paints a picture with words that is so realistic, I could smell the sea, and I got a little seasick. Nick has revenge on his mind. He has lost everyone he has ever loved. Can he ever love Ashley? This book is filled with adventure. The book has the sexiest cover ever! I highly recommend it.
Pschmitt More than 1 year ago
I was so excited to read Nick and Ashley's story and it definitely didn't disappoint! The thing that I loved most about Nick was how he treated Ashley. He was so careful with her. I loved it when he saw her scars for the first time and kissed them and told her she was beautiful. Swoon. He gave up everything for Ashley and Rissa and I just fell in love with him. Another great story by Shana Galen!