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THE LAIRD’S RECKONING by Jennifer Bray- Weber

The Laird's Reckoning (Romancing the Pirate, #6)The Laird’s Reckoning by Jennifer Bray-Weber


Genre: Historical/Pirate Romance

Series: Romancing the 6 Pirate, #6

Source: Personal buy



  • Publication date: May 30, 2017
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B071F2444R
  • Length: 140 pages



(Courtesy of Amazon)

Product Description

Pirate or Laird…?

Birk Bane was born the second son, the unwanted son, the unneeded son. Crossed by family and falsely accused of a crime, he flees Scotland to the sea where he’s recruited by a pirate. Five years later, he’s captain of his own ship and embraces his new life, though an ache for the woman he left behind remains. When he receives word of his father’s death and his clan is floundering, Birk begrudgingly returns home. Little does he know there’s more he left behind than a title…much more.

Sheena MacRae helped Birk escape to safety years ago, always expecting he’d return. Time passes and she believes him to be dead. With her clan being terrorized and slaughtered, she accepts she is the only one who can stop the suffering by agreeing to marry Laird Gordon, the man behind the assaults. The man who is also poised to rule Birk’s clan. Despite the crushing need to hold Birk in her arms once more, his reappearance changes nothing. Sheena has too much to lose if she reneges the betrothal to Gordon. And while Birk’s intentions are to return to the sea after reclaiming his clan, she didn’t count on her pirate lover’s plan for revenge…

The longer he’s home, the more betrayal Birk uncovers. There will be a fiery battle ahead for Birk and his brethren. If he survives, how will he choose between the life he loves and the love of his life?




My thoughts:

The Laird’s Reckoning by Jennifer Bray-Weber is a beautifully written Pirate Romance set in 1730. “Romancing the Pirate” #6, but can be read as a stand alone.
A quick read, with a cast of characters that will take your breath away. They are believable, engaging and strong characters. I was glued to the pages from the first sentence to the last. I connected with these colorful characters. Just couldn’t stop turning pages. The plot is filled with heart-pounding action, adventure, danger and romance. There are a some humorous moments to me, mixed in with the excitement of pirate fighting, passionate kisses, betrayal and a masterfully written love story.
“The Laird’s Reckoning” in humble opinion is a must read. Great for an afternoon read at the beach, where you can hear the ocean and feel the breeze, and image pirates attacking your peaceful world, or, you could read it anywhere.

Jennifer Bray-Weber is a masterful storyteller who writes brilliantly and passionately. She knows how to bring her point across to her readers, without leaving out any of the story. She does not disappoint her readers.
I highly recommend this quick read.

Rating: 4.5
Heat rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR



Runaway Wallflower (Matchmaking for Wallflowers Book 3)Runaway Wallflower by Bianca Blythe


Genre: Historical Romance  (Regency)

Series: Matchmaking for Wallflowers #3

Book 3 of 3 in “Matchmaking for Wallflowers” series

Source: Personal buy

  • Publication date: January 3, 2017
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01MR2PNY4
  • Length: 228 pages


(Courtesy of Amazon)


One Swarthy Sea Captain
Lord Rupert Haywood, future Duke of Belmonte, has no desire to manage an estate with his corrupt father. He prefers to roam the ocean with his crew of rugged pirates.

One Awkward American
Ever since Louisa Carmichael’s brother unexpectedly inherited a dukedom, her mother’s expectations for her have veered in a distinctly vertical direction. Louisa dreams not of glittering ballgowns, but of exploring the tropical waters of the Caribbean with her latest invention, an underwater breathing apparatus.

One Forbidden Journey
When her mother arranges a marriage for her, Louisa decides she might just don a pair of breeches and discover the Caribbean in disguise. The only problem is a certain very handsome captain…

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Runaway Wallflower by Bianca Blythe is a beautifully written story of a science-minded wallflower finding love but will she found her HEA?
Book 3 of 3 in “Matchmaking for Wallflowers” (3 Book Series), but can be read as a stand alone.

Lord Rupert Haywood, future Duke of Belmonte, and a Swarthy Sea Captain, who roams the sea with his rugged crew of pirates. Louisa Carmichael’s, is an American whose brother unexpectedly inherits a dukedom, but she would rather roam the waters of the Caribbean
and try her new invention, an underwater breathing apparatus, than follow her mother’s edicts. When Louisa’s mother arranges a marriage for her, she desires to don breeches and take an adventure on a forbidden journey on the sea.
What follows is hilarious at times, charming, heartwarming and a familiar tale of finding love, and a HEA. Also, filled with intrigue, romance, a bit of mystery and a new scientific “breathing” apparatus. A science minded heroine and a strong, handsome ex-Royal Navy Sea Captain, turned pirate, what could be better. Oh, did I mention sea adventures, pirates and a slow burn romance, considering the hero thinks the new member is a young man. A great Regency Romance! Very heartwarming, and charming romance with a few twists and turns on this couple’s adventure. Well written with engaging and interesting characters. The storyline was intriguing, charming and very entertaining. An enjoyable and satisfying read!

Rating: 4
Heat rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR



Quinn_The Wicked Ways of Alexander Kidd_MM
Genre: Historical Romance (Scottish Medieval)
Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher and Net Galley.
  • Series: The MacGregors: Highland Heirs
  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Forever (October 28, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455519464
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455519460
(From the publisher)
As the sheltered niece of a Highland chief, Caitrina Grant longs for adventure beyond the lush hills of Scotland. So when a pirate ship glides into the loch, tempting her with promises of exotic lands and hidden treasures, Trina sneaks aboard. But she is unprepared for the consequences-and the seductive captain who demands the ultimate price for her deception . . .
For Alexander Kidd, the sea is no place for a lady. Pursued by deadly enemies from every direction, Alex won’t rest until he claims the bounty of riches left to him by his father, the notorious Captain Kidd. A stowaway will not be tolerated-no matter how beautiful. But soon fighting his desire for Trina becomes his toughest battle yet, and he will have to make an agonizing choice: sacrifice his quest-or lose the woman who has stolen his heart.
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#2 in “The MacGregors: Highland Heirs”, but can be read as a stand alone. WOW! What happens when you cross a pirate, with a stowaway? Oh, yes, adventure, High Seas drama, danger, passion, romance and the chance for true love. From the first page to the last and beyond you have a feeling of adventure, you can feel the tension, and almost see the erotic lands aboard a pirate ship. The characters are exciting, enticing, and wicked. Of course, with a bit of deception, lots of adventure, and a lush, sensual setting, “The Wicked Ways of Alexander Kidd”, will hold readers captive. Once again, Ms. Quinn has delivered a deliciously, scandalously,Scottish adventure. Another must read Scottish Historical Romance. An absolute delight from beginning to end. Can’t wait for the next grand adventure!

*Received for an honest review from the publisher and Net Galley*

Rating: 4.5
Heat rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

REVIEW: RANSOM (Legacy of the King’s Pirates)by MaryLu Tyndall

The Ransom




Genre: Christian Historical Romance (Jamaica)

Series: Legacy of the King’s Pirates #4

Source: Received for an honest review from the author.


  • Print Length: 349 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Ransom Press (February 27, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IPMF80W

PRINT available March 4, 2014


  • Paperback: 412 pages
  • Publisher: MaryLu Tyndall Books (March 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0991092120
  • ISBN-13: 978-0991092123




February 27, 2014
Port Royal, Jamaica 1692

Living in a city deemed the wickedest in the world is no easy task for Miss Juliana Dutton. To make matters worse, with an ailing father and a drunken fool for a brother, she is forced to take over the running of the family business in order to survive. When a meddlesome suitor threatens to discover her secret and cast them all onto the streets, she agrees to a spurious engagement with the town buffoon, Lord Munthrope. She only hopes the man is trustworthy.

The Pirate Earl, Alexander Hyde, son of the infamous Captain Edmund Merrick Hyde, is the most feared pirate in Port Royal. Disillusioned with the religion of his parents and the pleasures of the world, Alex staves off his emptiness by leading a dual life to hide his deepest secrets.

A long-time enemy is out to destroy Alex and take Juliana for his own. Struggling to maintain her faith in the Divine, Juliana faces her problems bravely, but the harder she tries, the more it seems everything is working against her. Unwittingly, she and her weak fiancé become entangled in the hostility between the Pirate Earl and his enemy, while even more dangerous forces are rising up to destroy them all.

RANSOM (LEGACY OF THE KING’S PIRATES) by MaryLu Tyndall is an exciting Inspirational Historical Fiction set in 1692 Port Royal, Jamaica. #4 in the “LEGACY OF THE KING’S PIRATES, but can be read as a stand alone. See, The Redemption, Legacy of the Kings’ Pirates Series #1,
Meet, Miss Juliana Dutton, the daughter of a shipping owner and  Alexander Hyde, son of the infamous Captain Edmund Merrick Hyde, aka, The Pirate Earl and Lord Munthrope, who is the town’s buffoon or so they think. And a few other wicked and not so wicked secondary characters.
“Ransom (Legacy of the King’s Pirates)” is the tale of faith, passion, secrets, love, romance, healing and forgiveness. Action packed, and fast paced from beginning to the every last page. Filled with adventure, a sea battle or two, struggles, and romance. Oh, an earthquake, and an earth shattering realization, literally!
WOW!! I was so excited to receive this long awaited tale, and was not disappointed. I adore pirates! The characters are engaging, and realistic. The storyline is interesting and intriguing. Although, poor Juliana meets with one problem after the other. From her desire to keep her secrets, to her troublesome twin brother, to her reaction to the Pirate King, and her growing attraction the buffoon Lord Munthrope. But can she trust either of them with her heart and her secrets? Juliana feels abandoned by everyone in her life, including God, sometimes.
Faith based, but not “preachy”. A pure joy to read! I couldn’t put RANSOM down!
Ms. Tyndall is back with her pirates!! I absolutely loved this tale of the promise of love, and the power of forgiveness and healing. A sweet romance! I can hardly wait to what is next for THE LEGACY OF THE KING’S PIRATES. If you don’t read any other tale of pirates and romance, you really should pick up RANSOM ( LEGACY OF THE KING’S PIRATES). You will not be disappointed!
Well done!!
Received for an honest review from the author.
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More


Pleasing the Pirate: A Loveswept Historical RomancePLEASING THE PIRATE


Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)

Series: Loveswept Romance

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher and Net Galley.


  • Publisher: Loveswept (February 25, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EX48V3C
  • ISBN-13: 9780345549723


February 25, 2014

Two hearts are wrenched between love and duty in Sharon Cullen’s tale of a ruthless pirate and the Scottish lass who fills him with desire for something greater than plunder.
With her clan’s crops burned and their property confiscated, Mairi McFadden is desperate to free her brother from imprisonment so that he can take his rightful place as chief. Her only hope is the fierce English pirate Phin Lockwood, but the buccaneer laughs at her meager funds. His roving eyes, however, tell Mairi there’s something else he’ll take in exchange for her brother’s rescue. Though she burns with hatred for the English, she’ll do anything to save her clan.

The crown has made it clear that Phin has two choices: bring in a certain Scottish traitor or hang. And he’s not about to let a tiny, whiskey-eyed woman get in his way, even if she is pointing a gun at him. When Phin learns that Mairi’s brother is the very man he seeks, he’s more than willing to use the lass as bait. But as the moment of capture draws near, Phin is surprised by his feelings for the courageous beauty who has him considering risking his life—for someone besides himself.

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from other Loveswept titles.

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PLEASING THE PIRATE by Sharon Cullan is a fast paced, adventure filled Regency Historical Romance. What happens when you cross a Scottish lass with a dangerous,ruthless pirate? Passion,danger and love of course!!

Meet, Scottish lass, Mairi McFadden,whose brother is a traitor to the Crown and English pirate Phin Lockwood, the pirate who either has to bring in the traitor or forfeit his life to the crown. Which means he will be hanged in the traitor’s place. But Mairi, knows nothing of her brother’s disgrace or traitorous behavior and is determined to get him back to her beloved Scotland to save her clan. Meantime, Phin, has to find, and deliver the traitor or hang himself.

Will Phin, chose his life over Mairi’s love for her brother? Will Mairi chose her love for her brother over the powerful attraction she feels for the ruthless pirate, Phin? Love is a powerful thing along with passion. Powerful questions and decisions to be made!!

Together, the two embark on a journey of trust, love, romance, danger, passion and justice. Will Mairi give up her beloved brother for the love of her life, an  English pirate, Phin? You see Mairi’s brother is not what she remembers him to be as a young lass. He has forever changed. You must pick up “Pleasing the Pirate”, for it is a fast paced, adventure filled romance filled with passion, engaging characters and a storyline that will capture the reader throughout. Well done, I loved it! Received for an honest review from the publisher and Net Galley.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Courtsey of My Book Addiction and More


The Notorious Lady Anne: A Loveswept Historical Romance



Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)

Source: Received for an honest review from Net Galley and the publisher.

  • Print Length: 351 pages
  • Publisher: Loveswept (February 11, 2013)
  • Sold by: Random House Digital, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00957T6IQ

Book Description(From  Amazon)

Publication Date: February 11, 2013
From rising romance star Sharon Cullen comes a tale of the fiery passion between a noble naval officer and a female pirate that’s as tempestuous and as unpredictable as the sea.
Nicholas Addison, celebrated captain of the Blackwell Shipping Fleet, has agreed to take Mrs. Emmaline Sutherland aboard the Pride and ferry the raven-haired beauty across the Atlantic on what he imagines will be a routine trip. But when the ship is attacked by pirates, the seemingly innocent passenger is revealed to be none other than the infamous marauder Lady Anne, whose name strikes fear in the hearts of sailors everywhere—and whose seductive wiles commandeers Nicholas’s affections.

Lady Anne, a legend of the high seas, has spent the last eleven years plotting revenge against her father, the owner of Blackwell Shipping. She’s targeted the Pride in hopes of plundering its captain’s company secrets. But beneath her fierce courage and bitter determination, Anne has the delicate heart of a woman—a heart that cannot help falling for Nicholas. Now Anne must make a difficult choice: bring down Blackwell or surrender to love.
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from these Loveswept titles: The Reluctant Countess, Wild Rain, and Silk on the Skin.



THE NOTORIOUS LADY ANNE by Sharon Cullen is an exciting historical romance set on the high seas and in London,1749. A high sea adventure with a female pirate and an aristocratic naval captain. Filled with danger,adventure,pirates,London high society,a bit of mystery,and lost of passion. A powerful story of one woman’s past,redemption,and healing. Follow, Emmaline Sutherland,aka, Lady Anne and Nicholas Addison,captain of the Blackwell Shipping Fleet as they navigate the rough waters of passion,loyalty,honor and love. A must read for anyone who enjoys pirates with a twist,historical romance and a plain good read. Received for an honest review from the publisher and Net Galley.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book  Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews

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