Tristan’s mother died in child birth and his father died mysteriously soon after. Tristan and his brothers were forced to flee from their bloodthirsty uncle, who wanted to claim their title and fortune.
Anne was betrothed to Walter when he left for war and she loved him fiercely. But when he came back between battles and asked her to make love to him, she refused. When he later died in battle, she couldn’t forgive herself for denying him. She decides that going to see his grave will bring her closure, but her family won’t allow her to go.
She must slip away in the night with a pirate that demands a scandalous price.
These two are an unlikely pair. Tristan becomes Crimson Jack, a respected privateer. And Anne is a prim, rather depressive lady. Both have lost loved ones, but that’s the only thing they have in common. Tristan is a great character. He is strong and sexy but he has both hidden and visible wounds. He has real cause for tragedy, whereas I thought Anne was a bit sentimental and was mourning for something she didn’t even want. Also, she cried a lot and that was annoying. However, the fact that Anne decided to take a lover before she got married was bold. Gotta give the girl props for that!
I loved the steady pace of this novel, and Heath’s writing is extremely engaging (despite the occasional cliche). I also loved the juxtaposition of their different worlds in scenes while the couple were at sea and the scenes while they were in society.
I can’t wait to read Rafe’s story! He’s the youngest of the three brothers, and the last book in the series.
When Lorraine Heath received her BA degree in psychology from the University of Texas, she had no idea she had gained a foundation that would help her to create believable characters—characters that are often described as “real people.”
She received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for Americana historicals. Her novels have been recognized with a RITA, Romance Writers of America’s most prestigious award for excellence; a HOLT medallion award honoring outstanding literary fiction; a Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Americana as well as Best British Isle Set Historical; five Texas Gold Awards; the Golden Quill Award; the Rising Star Award; and many other awards and recognitions. Her novels have been selections of the Doubleday and Rhapsody Book Clubs. Her novels have appeared on bestseller lists, including USA Today, Waldenbooks, and most recently, the New York Times.
The author of more than 30 novels, she writes historical and contemporary romance for adults and historical romance for teen readers. Under the name Rachel Hawthorne, she writes popular contemporary romance for teens readers.
Lorraine’s Tour Stops
Monday, October 1st: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
Wednesday, October 3rd: Books Are The New Black
Friday, October 5th: Life In Review
Monday, October 8th: Stephany Writes
Tuesday, October 9th: Book Him Danno!
Thursday, October 11th: Truth, Beauty, Freedom, and Books
Wednesday, October 10th: In the Hammock Book Reviews
Friday, October 12th: Mary’s Cup of Tea
Monday, October 15th: Love to Read for Fun
Tuesday, October 16th: All Grown Up?
Friday, October 19th: A Chick Who Reads