Innkeeper Oriana Thorpe is a smuggler's daughter who has been hardened by a legacy she cannot escape. She has risked everything, including her safety, in her attempts to break free, going so far as to challenge her evil pirate brother, Charles, in order to save a lady and her maid from his wrath. Determined to atone for his villainy, Oriana distributes the blood money he left behind to widows and orphans living nearby. But when threatening letters promising retribution begin to arrive from Charles, she suspects one or more of her customers may be her despicable brother's spies. Yet one haunted man promises to protect her, and she finds herself taking the greatest risk of all--falling in love.
Captain Pierce Walsingham should have died when his ship was destroyed by the notorious smuggler Captain Carnage. Instead, Pierce was pulled from the water by the Robin Hood of Cornwall, a pirate known only as the Black Regent. In gratitude, Pierce accepts the Regent's offer to take over the man's role, allowing his name to be added to the list of the dead and vowing to protect the beautiful innkeeper who saved his sister Chloe's life. Unfortunately, Oriana is also Carnage's next of kin, and the smuggler has sworn vengeance against her and Chloe.
While there is no cause dearer to Pierce's heart than stopping Carnage, the task won't be easy. Strategic allegiances have replenished his enemy's power at sea, and he's moving ever closer to enacting his revenge. Now Pierce must find a way to defeat Carnage, all while fighting his desire for the resilient woman who fiercely defends her roost.
|Publisher:||Seas the Day Publishing|
|Series:||The Regent's Revenge , #3|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
|File size:||280 KB|
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If you like pirates, you will love Katherine Bone's books! This book is full of suspense and romance. you will love it as much as I did!
Oriana Thorpe’s life would be so much easier without the constant threat of her brother Charles’ retribution hanging over her head. Mad, murderous Charles – also known as Captain Carnage – had vanished, but when Oriana receives a note from him, she knows what little peace she’s known is about to come to an end, and most likely her own life as well. Former pirate hunter and present Black Regent Captain Pierce Walsingham promised his sister Chloe to protect Oriana, the latter having saved Chloe’s life. It’s under the guise of unassuming fisherman John Hunt that Pierce intends to keep Oriana safe. While Pierce expects trouble from Charles – and hopes to vanquish him once and for all – what the Black Regent had not anticipated was his attraction to the lovely Oriana. I love Katherine Bone, I love the Regent’s Revenge series, but Ms. Bone rises to new heights with THE PIRATE’S DUTY with her exquisite writing. The author is known for her cinematic descriptions, superb action sequences, wonderfully dashing heroes and fierce heroines, but in this book it is her spectacular prose that dazzles and enchants! The writing is positively astonishing: literate without sounding pompous, each gloriously impeccable sentence drives the story forward seamlessly. From the first paragraphs, Ms. Bone sweeps her reader in another time and place through carefully crafted characters, and breathtaking descriptions illustrated with pertinent period details that made the Cornish coastal scenery and Oriana’s inn real for me. The suspense builds slowly, as we experience life in the village, while a feeling of impending doom always looms in the background as Oriana and Pierce gradually fall in love. I find it fascinating that given the premise of the series – each book features a new Black Regent and a romance – that the tone and content are startlingly dissimilar, while retaining the same spirit of adventure, excitement, and romance. THE PIRATE’S DUTY is a charming romance, the story is solid and compelling, and the ending is fabulous! I must add a few notes regarding details that might not matter to all readers: I was overjoyed that no one dwelled over one’s particularly enticing smell or various body parts, and as a bonus, there is not one single typo to be found! Cap’n Katherine has crafted another classic pirate yarn! I voluntarily reviewed and advanced reader copy of this book.