Loreley Jones, daughter of the governor of the British Colony of Antigua, is orphaned when a hurricane sinks the ship taking her and her family from London to the Caribbean. After washing up on the shores of the Pirate's Republic of Nassau, she is sold into slavery and her virginity is auctioned off. The highest bidder is the notoriously sadistic Gideon Graves, captain of the pirate ship Jezebel, who holds Loreley against her will and repeatedly assaults her, until she is rescued by the Jezebel's quartermaster, Sebastian MacIssac.
Sebastian promises Loreley freedom, but only if she disguises herself as a man and works off the cost of her passage aboard the Jezebel. She soon discovers, however, that the freedom she finds at sea is more attractive than the gilded cage of her former life, and even death can't keep her from fulfilling her destiny.
I was swept in immediately and wanted to listen to the whole book in one sitting. However, at 10+ hours, it wasn't plausible. So I broke it up into two monster sessions.
I really enjoyed this book, the well thought out plot was really good. The performance was very good as well.
If you like historical romance I think you will like this book. The difference between this historical romance and any others I've read, is the location. It starts out on a ship, a bit of time on land and after that, the main characters reside on the ships for a majority of the time. They are pirates and that is what pirates do.
Note: There are some graphic "mature" disturbing scenes in the beginning of the book, there is violence throughout the book. If you don't want to hear about what happens after a young girl is sold into slavery, this may not be the book for you. That is my warning.
As I've said, repeatedly, I really enjoyed the book, again a well-thought-out plot. A unique situation and descriptions of beautiful landscapes all around the world.
This is a nice change for the romance fans that are not into vampires, shifters and/or the multitude of fantasy books that come up when you do a contemporary romance search. It is pleasant and awful, the refreshing cast of characters (well performed by PJ Morgan) and a writer who knows her stuff, Juliet MacLeod. *I received this book in exchange for my review,
I don't often do this, but I recommend this book highly. If you're a fan of historical
romance books, you should get this a shot.
My only complaint is that the end is a bit of a cliffhanger. I really hope that there will be a sequel (SOON) because I really enjoyed it.
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