Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Pirate Bride


Title: The Pirate Bride
Author: Temple Hogan
Publisher: Resplendence Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.resplendencepublishing.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60735-234-1
Genre: {M/F} Historical
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Amethyst Nymph

Captain Jackson Shaw is on a mission to get as drunk as humanly possible, after the woman he thinks he loves announces her engagement to another. A few more drinks and lot more confusion later, Jackson finds himself married to an auburn-haired beauty he meets in a tavern. Their disastrous honeymoon night leaves Jackson abandoned by his new wife and embarrassed with his bedroom behavior.

Red Charlie is more than just one of the most infamous pirates on the sea. She is also Charity, a spirited woman who’s been thrust into the lifestyle she now embraces. Escaping her new husband on their wedding night had been easy compared to the current mess Charity finds herself caught up in. Her ship and crew have been captured by Jackson and there is only one way she can get them back. For a fortnight, Charity has to play the role of Jackson’s wife in every way imaginable.

Charity agrees to give Jackson her body, but she has sworn that he will never have her heart. Now if only she can repress the lust she feels for him, Charity can focus on getting her revenge on Jackson. A battle of the wills is kicked off as Jackson and Charity get better acquainted. Things become convoluted and hopeless when Jackson’s ex-lover threatens not only his future with Charity, but his life as well. If someone doesn’t give in first, all could be lost.

The Pirate Bride is the third book of the Pirate’s Booty series and I got a kick out of watching Jackson and Charity fighting for control. At first, Jackson was dealing with his bruised male ego because of his performance on their wedding night. Even though he had been jilted, I just couldn’t feel sorry for him. And when Charity ditched him, I couldn’t stop snickering. But don’t take this as meaning that I don’t love Jackson, because I do. He’s a man of morals and honor, so it was impossible to dislike him.

Charity is a pro at revenge and that made for some very amusing scenes with her husband. When she was forced to bring Jackson his food, I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. Temple Hogan definitely made me laugh at their antics. I was also touched when I discovered how Charity had become a pirate and what being a pirate meant to her. Jackson uncovered her softer side, which never had an opportunity to be seen very often. The ending left me imagining the wonderful adventures that are just around the corner for this power couple and looking forward to my next pirate tale. I think readers will agree.

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