FALLING FOR THE PIRATE
Published Date: July 21, 2014
Genre: Historical Romance
Source: Received for an honest review
Book Description (from Entangled)
After the deaths of his parents and a dark, troubled childhood, Captain Nate Bowen vowed he would have his revenge. But he never expected to have the tool of his revenge dropped so neatly into his lap. Juliana Hargate is not only the daughter of his enemy, but is destitute, very much alone – and exquisitely desirable.
And now that Nate has saved her life, she’s at his complete mercy…
Captive. All Juliana wanted was to clear her father’s name. Instead, she’s been struck with amnesia – unable to recall even her name – and imprisoned by a tall, imposing, and entirely unscrupulous pirate. A pirate whose eyes seem to look past her skirts and many petticoats, and whose touch sends delicious ripples of desire through her. With every passing day, she finds herself tempted to give him the very thing he’s determined to take…
Falling for the Pirate by Amber Lin is the second book in the Men of Fortune series and an unusual Regency romance in that it is not spent in drawing rooms, ballrooms, and salons. Juliana Hargate has lived her life in luxury, though not at the top of Society. When her father loses his company after accusations of embezzlement, she is left confused, alone, friendless, destitute, and rather helpless. Her one hope is to prove her father’s innocence. She hatches an ill-conceived plan to sneak into the shipping company’s warehouse to find papers to prove his innocence. She is foiled by the arrival of Nate Bowen, one of the new owners, and soon finds herself at his mercy, even more alone and helpless than before.
What I especially liked about Juliana was her understanding of how Society worked. She understood that being alone with Nate was a problem and accepted that she wasn’t going to be making a good marriage. She was pragmatic without the drama. More than enough drama was provided by her father. Juliana isn’t some society miss without a clue as to how the world works and she is willing to accept a good enough rather than a perfect.
Nate is broken. His lack of trust in the humanity and his hatred for Juliana’s father lead him to make choices he might otherwise not have made. His friends (and other investors in the company) are tempering agents in his quest for revenge and help him to make better choices.
The best thing about this book is that it is not a traditional historical populated by endless dukes, earls, balls, drives in the park, etc. It was interesting and felt much more real. While the book deals with people just one step lower than the aristocracy, it also shows the lives of people far removed from the aristocracy in a realistic and gritty way. With all that, it never felt preachy or screamed “look how awful they had it”. There was no unbelievable “save the puppies” campaign, just people trying to make better lives for themselves and others like them.
Heat Rating: Hot
REVIEWED BY: Monique Neaves
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