The Frenchman was everything Jeanette St. John detested. A mercenary, a man with no morals, a renegade. But Kitt was reckless and daring, cautious and calculating - and he was captain of one of the fastest ships on the ocean. And so she bargained with the devil - on his terms. In exchange for transporting her cotton and turning it into medical supplies and ammunition for her beloved Confederacy, she was to let him ravish her for every shipment he delivered.
©2013, 1983 Parris Afton Bonds (P)2014 Parris Afton Bonds
Lavender Blue by Parris Afton Bonds is a historical romance set during the Civil War in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. This is the first time I've ever listened to a civil war novel set in Texas, which included many references to the war in Mexico. It's very evident that the author knows her history!
I really liked the premise of this book, with a strong heroine saving her plantation by transporting cotton and trading it in exchange for medical supplies and ammunition. I also loved the hero who was a French pirate and blockade runner who secretly loved the heroine since her childhood. While I enjoyed many parts of the story, other parts seemed disjointed and didn't flow as naturally. Plus there was this very annoying parrot that would say the strangest things - his comments continuously broke the flow of the story.
Julie S. Halpern narrated and did an admirable job. She had different voices for each character, both male and female, including a way of portraying Kit the pirate in such a way that he sounded very tall, mysterious and handsome. I received a copy of this audio in exchange for an honest review.
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