Monday, May 8, 2017

REVIEW: "Never Trust a Pirate" by VValerie Bowman (Historial Romance)

by Valerie Bowman

Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Genre: Historical Romance
Publication Date: May 2nd 2017

Series: Playful Brides, #7
Standalone: Yes

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Description from Publisher:
​The rules of engagement were never so scandalous. . .

A rumored pirate and the scurrilous black sheep of his well-to- do family, Cade Cavendish relishes his world of rebellion, deception, and seduction. Nothing and no one can hold him to be the duty-bound, honorable man he is expected to be. But when an unexpected run-in at his twin brother’s estate with a ravishing, raven-haired maid leads her to believe he’s actually a viscount, Cade’s renegade life is thrown wildly off-kilter. And even though a case of mistaken identity can be quickly set to rights, matters of the heart are quite different…

Miss Danielle LaCrosse is startled to learn that the handsome gentleman who radiates sin and has the devil in his eyes is not her employer the Viscount, but rather his infamous brother. A former heiress, orphaned and left penniless, Danielle has more than a few secrets of her own. Cade may be skilled at coaxing even the most hidden desires out of Danielle but can he earn her trust—and win her heart—as they embark on an adventure to confront a dangerous enemy from both of their pasts . . . and uncover the identity of the so-called Black Fox along the way?

Never Trust a Pirate is part of the Regency-set Playful Brides series by Valerie Bowman.

My Rating:
Heat Rating:

This was a fun tale with a few twists that I hadn't seen coming!

I liked Danielle and Cade, and enjoyed their banter and the way they were mirrors of one another (troubled as teenagers that pushed them to do some questionable things - like becoming "pirates"). It was fun to see them both realize the same things about one another and themselves, separately.

I was a bit surprised at how this built up slowly and then burst ahead at about 70%. It wasn't slow exactly, since the build up of their relationship had a nice burn going, but I wouldn't have minded a bit more earlier on.

That goes for the action and suspense, as well. The suspense was there but not exactly gripping.

I still had a great time with this one and thought this was a lighter adventure and a very enjoyable read.

My Source: I received a digital ARC from the publisher to voluntarily review. This in no way influenced my review. My opinion is unbiased and my 100% own.

About the Author: Valerie Bowman
​Valerie Bowman grew up in Illinois with six sisters (she’s number seven) and a huge supply of historical romance novels. After a cold and snowy stint earning a degree in English with a minor in history at Smith College, she moved to Florida the first chance she got. Valerie now lives in Jacksonville with her family including her mini-schnauzer, Huckleberry. When she’s not writing, she keeps busy reading, traveling, or vacillating between watching crazy reality TV and PBS. She is the author of the Secret Brides series, starting with Secrets of a Wedding Night, Secrets of a Runaway Bride, and Secrets of a Scandalous Marriage.
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