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Publisher's Summary

Her love will capture the ultimate treasure - his heart.

Diana Covington is a dutiful daughter with a boring future all mapped out for her. A shipping fortune and lush Jamaican estate that will someday be hers, a husband of her father's choice. Romance and Caribbean adventure exist only in her dreams, in which the Black Spaniard, El Moreno, plays a starring role. Until she is kidnapped by the evil pirate Marcus, and her girlish fantasies quickly turn to nightmares. Alex Rawnsley's dark Spanish looks makes him the perfect choice to take on the identity of El Moreno. His mission is to bring Marcus to justice, but his heart thirsts for blood. Vengeance for his brother's murder is within his grasp when Diana's kidnapping throws a hitch in his strategy. Snatching her from Marcus's clutches is easy enough, but what to do with her now? He cannot return her home lest she be taken again. He has no choice but to keep the distracting, innocent beauty aboard his ship. In his cabin. In his bed. The temptation to make her his own grows stronger by the hour...but opening his heart to love may forever close the door on his quest for revenge.

Originally published in 1999 by Avon Books.

Warning: Contains sweeping, high-seas adventure, a feisty heroine who doesn't let maidenly innocence stop her from unbuckling the hero's swash, and a hero who finds himself walking the plank of love.

©2011 Debra Mullins (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Needs a male narrator

The story was okay, nothing sensational. The problem is the narrator. In my opinion she did a horrible job on the male voices, and none sounded even remotely like pirates. They sounded like snooty aristocratic Englishmen (which, spoiler alert, technically they are). I mean seriously, what pirate sounds like a snooty Englishman? The only reason I listened all the way through is because I was on a long trip and was only listening to help pass the time .

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My 1st audio book!

This is the first audio book I've listened to. I've enjoyed it. There was enough suspense and excitement to keep me interested and not dozing.

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Boring, Predictable & Silly

No woman is that dumb. Her dialogue made me scream out loud. Do NOT put yourself through the read!

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Predictable and Uninteresting

It's the typical romance novel. Hot, anti-hero with a vendetta and spoiled, beautiful rich girl fall in love while "trying" not to fall in love. If you've read the description, you've pretty much read the book. Even the sex parts are lame. The narrator's voice sounds like she has a cold and is reading with a stuffed up nose. I can honestly say I have nothing positive to review on this. It's just bad.

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Worst narration I've ever heard.

I have rolled my eyes at other reviews mentioning bad narration. But, this was horrible. I'm going to download the book on kindle to read, because I seriously can't get past this girls voice. I am always hesitant to write a bad review, but felt it necessary to warn others.

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disappointed so far .

I'm only on chapter 5 and this girl is so unlikeable I can hardly keep on listening.. I'll give it another chapter and see..

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Couldn’t finish it... disappointed.

Honestly I didn’t think the book started out badly for a romance novel. The plot seemed to have some interest and the characters were set up pretty well too... unfortunately things got progressively more and more ridiculous. The characters became less and less realistic (even for over the top romance archetypes), and their actions seemed poorly motivated.
Anyway, it finally got to the point where I was just getting super frustrated while listening to it and so I stopped. I don’t think I’ve ever stopped listening in the middle of a book before. I’m glad I didn’t spend money/a credit on it!!

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Very good if you need a change from Regency books!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, although at 1st I wasn't quite sure. However, the deeper I got into it, I was hooked!! I think this is a great book for those romance readers who love the old days of the 1,700 & 1,800's A.D., & all about life & the customs back then, how the women dressed, all the strict rules of society. I LOVED the ending of this book too! Worth hearing for sure!

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Poorly written, horrible plot

The plot was dull. The characters flat and awkward. Very contradictory characters that didn’t make much sense. Don’t waste your time.

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Couldn’t finish it

Bad writing meets bad narration in this audio book. I stopped 2 hours from the end after realizing I did not care how it ended. I felt no investment in the characters and didn’t really like them as a couple. Also, the narrator had the worst Scottish accent I’ve ever heard, hands down. It was like the lucky charms mascot took over whenever the Scottish medic was talking. I just couldn’t take it any more.

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Pirates and a strong-willed damsel

I did enjoy this story. The plot was interesting enough and well-written to keep me engaged. I did however find Diana's stubbornness a tad too annoying.

Nonetheless I enjoyed the intonation of the narrator and thought her excellent.