Once a Pirate

Narrated by: Louise Barnes
Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
Categories: Romance, Historical
4.5 out of 5 stars (50 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The earl of Sutcliffe has a problem - his son, Daniel, prefers men to women. After two years of marriage to Lady Kathryn Sinclair, Daniel hasn’t produced an heir. Desperate to continue his bloodline, Sutcliffe turns to his illegitimate son, Talon Montgomery. Knowing the prosperous American privateer will never do as he wishes, Sutcliffe arranges for his son to be falsely arrested for piracy.

Talon is devastated when he believes his entire crew has been executed. When he discovers Sutcliffe has interceded on their behalf, Talon is willing to do her anything to keep them safe - even seduce his sister-in-law. 

Can her tender heart survive the love of a pirate?

©2017 Tracy Seybold (P)2018 Tracy Seybold

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good narration, I had problems with the story

Mechanically this was well written, and the narrator did a fine job of it. But I had a hella lot of problems with the plot. For one, while it doesn't quite sink to Bury Your Gays, it comes perilously close (more than once). What's more, it's done off-page, practically without comment and 100% without mourning. And it comes within touching distance of suggesting the gay character is gay because he was sexually abused as a child. (Though I will acknowledge that he doesn't actually die or have a tragic future, just a tragic past.)

Secondly, the "love" is so fast as to feel instant. I didn't feel this relationship AT ALL.

Third, the villain is so villainous as to be a caricature.

Lastly, Kathryn (the heroine) is married. But the book still follows the well trodden love=marriage and children pathway. Which can't really work when the woman is already and still married to someone else! (Thus the need to Bury the Gay.)

This is apparently a republication of an older work, from 2006. I feel like if I'd known that before I read it, I wouldn't have chanced it. The genre has come a long way in the past decade. The fact that the writing itself was decent makes me think I could give a newer work a chance and maybe like it.

Note: I received a credit for this book for the purpose of review. I chose to listen and review it, however.

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Pirates, Romance, and Historical Fiction

Since I was a child I have loved books about or involving pirates. I have a hard time finding books involving pirates and on top of that I have a hard time finding good ones.

"Once a Pirate" ticks all of these boxes. I like that there are not a ton of characters in this book so it is very easy to keep everyone straight. There names are also all different enough which helps as well.

The Earl of Sutcliffe comes to get his illegitimate son Talon out of prison. In exchange the Earl wants Talon to produce an heir with his daughter in law Catherine, since his heir to the fortune Daniel is gay. In exchange for Talon giving the Earl an heir, Talon will also receive some land in the Carolina's that he wants badly. Catherine the daughter in law is completely unaware that Daniel (her husband) is gay. One night she wants in on Daniel and his lover. She goes to try and get the marriage annulled but with no success.

From there, there is a WHOLE lot of family drama, secrets, and lies, sprinkled with some adventure and steaminess.

I have already suggested this book to several friends. I really cannot wait for more books by Diana Bold and I hope Louise Barnes will narrate them.

I received this audiobook at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Not your typical historical romance

This comment is based on a complimentary review copy of the
audiobook. A devious earl abuses and manipulates his two sons.
The story starts slowly, with the bastard son, Talon, who's spent
life as a privateer, serving time at Newgate prison. The earl
arranges Talon's release, on one condition. Talon must impregnate
his half brother Daniel's (the earl's heir) wife, Kate, to continue the
bloodline. The story has several twists and turns including an ocean
voyage, a Castaway (Tom Hanks movie) like segment, lots of sinful
taboo sex, on the way to its violent conclusion. The book is an excellent
listen, but two themes that are prevalent in this genre, detract from
its plot. The first is that the male lead can't tell the woman he loves
that he loves her, despite the female lead's having done so. The second
is the female lead's unwillingness to listen to the male lead's explanations.

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loved it

this is one of the best pirate romance i have ever read. slow cute sumutty full of surprise.

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Great Book

Wonderful new and very interesting plot that held my interest clear to the end. This is not the usual pirate gets girl so be ready to set sail on a voyage of adventure, drama, secrets, twists and turns. Great dialogue the characters have with each other. The narrator, Louise Barnes, did a great job.

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Excellent!

This was an amazing book. Kept me captivated until the end. Be ready to set sail on a voyage of adventure, drama, secrets, twists and turns. Add in the steam the characters give off makes for a great listen.
Loved listening to Louise Barnes. She nailed the narration.

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Kate plus Hawk

Wonderful new and interesting plot. Held my interest clear to the end. This is not your usual pirate gets girl. Loved the twists and turns. Great dialogue the characters have with each other. The narrator, Louise Barnes, did a great job.



This book
was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Once a Pirate

Good book. It was a tiny bit slow building but the author pulled it together and I did not regret staying with it until the end. I liked the characters in the book. Lady Kathryn is sweet and strong. Talon (I love that name) is loyal hardworking guy who hates his natural father but still craves a connection to a family. At first it was his ship's crew. The characters were easy to like.

I recommend this book to all historical romance fans. I will definitely look for more books by this author.

The narrator was good and told the story well.

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Great audio book

I really really loved this audio book! Every time a new plot twist was presented I was riveted again! The characters and story was great! The narrator did a wonderful bringing it to life

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Wonderful!

This book had such a great story. The narrator done a great job telling the story! Looking forward to listening to the next book by this author.

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  • bev
  • 08-23-20

so sweet ❤❤

thank you so heart warming to listen, I am looking forward to hearing some of your books. narrator was perfect thumps up xx

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  • mangankillarney
  • 07-17-20

Once a Pirate

I loved listening to Louise Barnes, She makes this book even more enjoyable.

We have pirates, a historical romance. We have twists ad turns, adventure, love, oh yes deceit and betrayal. A great listen.

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  • Suzy GM
  • 07-03-20

Enjoyable

This book is what I call predictable but still very enjoyable. It was a well thought out story and well written. Editing needs a little recap but otherwise very enjoyable.
Narration was beautifully done by Louise Barnes who I could listen to for hours.

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  • Lynne Jolley
  • 05-27-20

Lovely

This was a wonderful story, love and hate and deceit!
The characters came to life for me as the narrator was great! It made me cry a few times too, and is well worth a read...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-07-20

Fantastic...a joy to listen to.

This was a fantastically written story that has everything you would hope to get from a good book...love, deceit, honour, passion, heartbreak and suspense. The narrator did a brilliant job bringing the characters to life.

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  • Sara
  • 11-23-19

Great book!

This was a delightful historical romance. It was romance loaded with adventure, decide, and intrigue. I appreciated the twist and turns. Louise Barnes narration was wonderful, I wholly enjoyed her reading of this audiobook.
I was given a free copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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  • Helen
  • 09-20-19

good book

The earl of Sutcliffe has a problem - his son, Daniel, prefers men to women. After two years of marriage to Lady Kathryn Sinclair, Daniel hasn’t produced an heir.
good book enjoyed it

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  • bluepits73
  • 02-21-19

Pirates and Decite!

This book was full of all kinds of betrayal and decite, it was fabulous! I loved the circumstances that the author orchestrated to bring Talon and Kathryn together. I liked that the author made Talon, the illegitimate son and pirate, more noble than his aristocratic family. This had a couple twists and turns and was well written. Talon, Kathryn and even Daniel were entertaining and delightful characters. A great pirate romance!

I thought the narrator did a fantastic job in this performance. Everything was clear and we could easily distinguish between characters even though she spoke with a slight Brittish accent. The accent is just enough to indicate the time period and setting but not so much that it overpowers the story. Her narration made this an enjoyable afternoon listen.

I received a review copy at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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  • Kate @MLHearingThings
  • 01-22-19

Romance, adventure, and intrigue on the high seas

Once a Pirate is a sweeping historical romance full of family secrets, betrayal, passion, and adventure which spans the Atlantic.

In Regency London the only thing the Earl of Sutcliffe dislikes more than his son, Daniel Sinclair, falling in love with another man is that Daniel has also failed to provide the family with an heir. The Earl decides it is time to reconcile with Daniel's estranged brother, Talon Mongomery; the illegitimate son Sutcliffe disowned long ago. If, that is, Talon is willing to strike a deal to seduce his sister-in-law...

The story follows Talon as he grows closer to the innocent, alluring Kathryn Sinclair, and the burden of the contract he has with his father weighs heavier upon his conscience.

Kathryn's strength and vulnerability are well balanced, and often matched by Talon's. I'm glad that Daniel's proclivities were treated sensitively (given the period), with him understood to be just as much a victim of his father's Machiavellian schemes as his unsuspecting wife and errant brother.

Louise Barnes is a wonderful narrator, whose voice deftly conveys the emotion of the characters and helps immerse the listener in a rich and compelling story. Her experience filming the tv drama Black Sails may have contributed to her performance and I think it particularly helped her bring the wayward crew and tempestuous ocean crossing to life.


My only issue with this audiobook was the occasional use of what felt to be rather anachronistic language. The book ends in 1814, which means that the majority is set in c1810. Phrases like "...a child caught stealing from the cookie jar," and "I like the way your mind works," felt too contemporary. A little research suggests that the earliest known reference to 'cookies' was in 1703 when it referred to Scottish buns, but Ngram suggests 'cookie' only gained widespread popularity in literature in the 1900s in both British and American English. In American English it originates from the Dutch, koekje, meaning 'little cakes' and it did not become recognisably Anglicised for some time. Therefore, whilst it would not be impossible for Talon to have made the comparison, it is unlikely to have been synonymous with a guilty expression at that time. It would have been a nice little nod to the word's etymology if an earlier Dutch variant had been used to modify the phrase.

Another jarringly contemporary comment, "...isn't he just the cutest little kitty you've ever seen in your life?", also stood out for the wrong reasons. In that era 'cute' still meant 'shrewd' or 'clever', and would not really emerge as slang for 'sweet' or 'adorable' until much later. It was such a modern mode of address that it felt very out of place, at a time when the characters were being portrayed as having finally settled and in a home of their own. Though a very small and relatively insignificant moment, it did detract from the authenticity of the tale.

I did enjoy the audiobook despite it lacking a little research, and containing a blip in the editing on Chapter 14. My current gold-standard for fun, sultry, lightweight, historical romance is Tessa Dare, and this audiobook compared favourably - though the steamier scenes are not explored in as much detail and there are fewer humorous moments. It was the first title I have heard by this author but I'll definitely add more of Diana Bold's audiobooks to my wishlist when they become available. If you're a fan of the genre, or are just looking for an easy listen which is performed well and driven by romance and intrigue, then I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.

*I received this audiobook free of charge in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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  • Sarah
  • 11-17-18

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Loved the narrator! She did a wonderful job of bringing the each character to life.