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Tempting the Pirate
A Love on the High Seas Novel
By Tamara Hughes, Erin Molta
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2015 Tamara Hughes
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New York City, August 1721
Must move faster. Faster.
The city around her a blur, Charity Goswick stumbled down the dark, deserted street, one hand brushing along the building to keep her steady, the other clutching her mother's satchel. Pressing a clammy palm against her forehead, she stopped for a moment and fought the dizziness that engulfed her. Blast her uncle and his bitter sherry — the only explanation for her state. He was to blame for all her troubles. No, not just him. Another man seeped into her thoughts, a tyrant with a cruel, hungry gaze, and a scowl that struck fear into her very soul. Indignation burned, hot and bright. The way Captain Shevington had treated her ...
Speeding carriage wheels rumbled from behind, and she twisted toward the sound. The sudden movement made the world spin all the more. Darkness crowded her vision. No. Not now. Not now. She forced her legs forward and staggered into an alley. A pack of rats scattered, scurrying past her to disappear into the shadows. With a low moan, she slumped against the brick as her vision cleared. The vehicle raced by. On its side was her uncle's coat of arms. Icy tendrils of dread clawed into her skin. Escape. Her only hope.
She pulled her cloak tighter and stepped from the alley, trudging east, away from the direction the coach had gone.
Charity shuddered at the memory of the captain's eyes, calculating eyes that had raked down her body with unveiled interest. His hand had gripped her chin. You'll put a smile on your pretty face and do as I bid. If I have to force the vows from your lips, I swear I'll beat you with a strap this very night.
Her feet burned in her heeled slippers, and exhaustion hampered her steps. She spotted a sign. The Seaside Inn. So tired. She headed toward the door, the building dancing and shifting before her. Boisterous laughter and wild shouts echoed from the entrance.
A shadowy figure on the front step moved. A slovenly man rose to his full height, several inches over her head. "What's a fine lady such as yerself doin' walkin' alone at night?" he asked, eyeing her up and down.
"What?" She peered at him, straining to understand. Giving up, she shook her head and continued past, her stomach rebelling, as if feeling faint wasn't enough.
He seized her arm. "Yer much too comely to be sellin' yer wares in there."
Sellin' wares? "No," she slurred, pulling back. She wrinkled her nose. Stale rum and tobacco tainted his breath. Her mind struggled to put words together. "S-sleep," was all she could manage.
"Stay wi' me," he insisted, his eyes red and bleary. "I got plenty o' coin to spare and ya won't have to share yer profits with the keep." His hold tightened, and he dragged her along as he staggered from the step. "Come. I'll take good care of ya."
She yanked harder against his grip, but he wouldn't let go. "Stop," she shrieked. She swung her leather bag, hitting him alongside the head.
He lurched to the side as if he might tumble, and she twisted her arm up and away, breaking loose from his weakened hold. Hurrying past, she tottered on her heels along the cobbled street, almost losing her footing as she fought to run faster.
"Come back, sweeting," he called out. "We'll have some fun."
Gulls screeched in the distance as she kicked off her shoes and rushed around a corner. The docks lay straight ahead — ships moored side by side in orderly rows. She ran to the first pier, the wood damp and slippery. Too slippery. With a sharp inhale, she fell to her knees. Her open palms slapped against the slick boards. Losing grasp of her mother's satchel, she nearly cried out when it slid off the dock and she heard a soft splash. A sob squeezed her throat, making it impossible to catch her breath.
The man raced into the street, and she crouched deep in the shadows of the tall ships. A nearby tavern provided the only light. He squinted into the darkness around him. "Where are you, sweeting?" he called as if they played a game. He left the dim glow, and the crunching of his boots grew closer.
No. Stay away. Charity backed from the noise and climbed the plank to board the ship beside her. She reached the smooth deck only to flinch when she heard low voices near the far rail. Her pulse fluttered as she crept across the decking and slipped behind the main mast.
Peering into the moonless night, she barely made out the shapes of two men looking out over the water.
"These night watches are as dull as ditchwater," one complained with a subtle Southern twang in his voice.
"Won't be long now," the other replied. "Supplies are all stowed and the cap'n will be back by morning."
"There's nothin' like goin' home," the first agreed as they crossed to the side where she'd boarded. "Now what's that blighter doin'?"
Another wave of dizziness rocked her, and she swayed on her feet.
"Wait a tick. Is that Fisher there? Ho, Fisher," the sailor bellowed down to the pier. "What's your trouble?"
Clutching the mast for support, her fingers dislodged a coil of rope hanging from a peg. The line slipped to the decking with a light tap.
"Did you hear that?" One of the watchmen stepped her way.
She stifled a gasp and crept off, keeping to the darkest shadows until she reached an open doorway.
The sailor advanced, finding the rope on the decking.
"Lookin' for a girl that run by here," the drunk yelled from below. "Seen her?"
Charity slipped inside and shut the door, enclosing herself in darkness. Within two steps she bumped into a metal surface. Rubbing her abused hip, she ran her other hand along the object, following its length to a rounded end.
Footsteps approached from outside the door, and she rushed ahead, stumbling deeper into the room, her hands held out. Three of the solid structures jutted from one wall. She discovered another door at the farside of the room and passed through. Barrels and crates were stacked high all around, their surfaces rough against her fingertips. She squeezed her hooped gown through the piles and found a space in the back just large enough to sit down.
Sinking onto the hard floor, she listened for any sound of the sailor. Nothing. Only the gentle lapping of waves against the hull and the slight creaking of wood.
Her head heavy on her neck, she lifted a hand to her throbbing temples, and a glint of gold caught her eye. A ring encircled her finger. His ring. She shrank lower to the floor in the shelter of the crates and shivered as the good Reverend Baker's words echoed inside her head, What God has joined together, let man not put asunder.
* * *
The crowd at the Seaside Inn smoked their pipes and swilled ale as if the freedom to do so would soon be lost. James stood at the bar, with a whiskey in hand, and studied one man to the next. These men were crew from the ship Neptune's Mercy. One of them had to know where he could find David.
His gaze settled on a solitary man at a corner table, a drink before him and a woman at his side. The Judge, or so he'd been told. In a black leather jerkin, The Judge sat with a stony expression, his meaty arms bare and his bald head smooth as a billiard ball. The strumpet brushed her shoulder against his arm with a coy smile that was both confident and determined.
"Any word?" Thomas returned from his inquiries and set his drink on the bar. He leaned back to face the room.
"Nothing," James admitted, "save for the fact that they're looking for a navigator to add to their crew." He took a sip of his whiskey and frowned, finding the flavor harsher than what he'd become accustomed to. "You?"
Thomas's shoulders tensed, the restless edge they'd all been feeling apparent in the set of his chin. "Everyone here claims they've never heard of David Lamont."
Nothing but lies. James contemplated his first mate. Perhaps the two of them stood out too much amongst this crowd to get the answers they sought. Despite his tanned skin and sun-bleached hair, Thomas didn't have the begrimed, rumpled look of these men.
He could say the same for himself. While he wore typical sailing garb, his clothes lacked the stench and threadbare quality of those around him. Still, he'd gained some insight. "Interesting how every person I ask glances toward that one before they answer." He motioned toward The Judge. The man in question looked as stern as a preacher mid-sermon, even as he slid his hand down the strumpet's side and pulled her closer.
"I've noticed that, too," Thomas agreed. "They're afraid of him. He's their quartermaster, and not a man to be crossed." He nodded toward a group on the other side of the tavern. "We can only hope Whip has learned more than we have."
James spied the old coot. An aging doxy on his arm, he stood near a table of card players, beating his gums as if all those around him were his best of friends. His weathered face and stooped back played to their advantage here. He had no problem fitting in with the likes of this crew. The doxy kissed Whip's cheek, and a pink glow traveled up his neck. When he spotted James and Thomas watching, the shade burned a red hue. His stare directed at James, he shook his head. He'd discovered nothing.
Damn it. David had been forced aboard Neptune's Mercy months ago when these cutthroats had attacked the largest of Lamont Shipping's vessels. David had been taken, along with all the cargo.
Of course, that shouldn't be a surprise. After all, musicians were highly valued at sea for entertainment and the like. Still, James smothered a humorless laugh at the irony. Finally, David had found those who appreciated his music. Too bad they'd been bloody vermin who'd make him play whether he wanted to or not.
Thomas turned back toward the bar and hunched over his drink, draining his cup and gesturing to the barkeep for another. "What now?"
David wasn't here with the crew, which meant he was most likely locked aboard the ship. If only he knew which ship to search, he'd hie off and do it right now. But with the harbor full to brimming, and the pirates' colors safely hidden away, the crew would likely be back aboard before they could locate the right one. As it was, his own crew had been preparing to shove off to the next port come morning when Whip had caught wind that Neptune's Mercy had docked and its men were tearing up the town.
His gaze returned to The Judge. The strumpet distracted the man, his hand in her bodice and hers in his lap. "Now I'll have a talk with The Judge."
Thomas looked over his shoulder at the quartermaster. "This might not be the best time."
James grabbed his glass from the bar. "Nonsense. It's the perfect time."
"James," Thomas warned.
He'd heard that tone from Thomas before, used whenever he was about to do something idiotic. Like now. As usual, it didn't stop him. He strode forward, his blood surging and his senses on full alert, ready for a fight.
They'd come too far and searched too long to let this man stand in their way. That bastard had David locked up, and James wasn't leaving until he got his brother back.
Although The Judge nuzzled the woman's neck, he spotted James approaching. His head jerked up, and he stilled the strumpet's hand. "What's your purpose?" he demanded.
James drew nearer, close enough to see the pistol balanced on The Judge's leg. "I'm looking for a sailor by the name of David Lamont."
Hard eyes, black as death, returned his stare. "Who's asking?"
"James Lamont, his brother."
The Judge's brows rose for an instant, before he pushed the doxy off his lap. Her glare could have melted wax. Poor thing. Time wasted meant less pay. The Judge didn't give her a second glance.
He pointed to The Judge's empty glass. "Buy you another?"
"No need. Speak your mind."
James pulled out a chair and sat, setting his drink on the table. His hands rode the weapons on his belt. "My brother was last seen on your ship nine months ago. Is he still on your crew?"
"What's your brother worth to you?" The Judge's lips crooked up a degree. Something agreed with him.
As it should. He was about to become a rich man. "How much do you want?"
"Neptune's Mercy needs a navigator."
What was this? A joke? James waited for a sign of humor. A laugh, a smirk. None was forthcoming. So he contributed a chuckle of his own. "An odd ransom demand. Did you have anyone in mind?"
The Judge leaned back in his chair and stroked a hand along his jaw. "You're just the man."
"How do you know I can navigate?"
The smirk he'd expected before showed itself now. "Your brother told me."
James's stomach clenched at the thought of his brother under this man's authority. "I can offer a ransom, a large sum that I'm sure will satisfy both you and your captain."
"A bag of blunt would have been good enough before, but our needs have changed." The scoundrel tucked the pistol away and raised a sizable dagger, testing its edge with his thumb. "We need a navigator."
Bloody devil. What was the quartermaster playing at? Every pirate had a price. "Would I be treated as a prisoner forced to navigate or a pilot in the full sense?"
"Captain Payne considers himself a fair man," The Judge said with a grim twist of his lips. "You'll receive your due — a cabin of your own and share and a half of all plunder."
From the disagreeable look on The Judge's face, he was none too pleased by the captain's generosity. Yet, James understood. Navigators could be hard to find, their skills valued. "For how long would I be needed?"
"You want your brother, you come with me," he growled out, pointing his blade at James. The Judge's meaning was clear. James could be taken aboard by force, or he could play The Judge's game.
If they had any other way to get David back, he'd tell The Judge to go to hell and fight his way out of here. His worst nightmare tickled the back of his brain. What if David was dead? Could that be the reason The Judge hadn't accepted the money? Then again, if that were true, James would enjoy making The Judge pay. He had only one choice. They'd finally caught up to Neptune's Mercy, and he would find out the truth even if it meant joining this devil's crew.
The Judge wasn't a patient one. The dagger still clutched in his hand, he prompted, "What will it be?"
"If I agree to act as navigator, you'll release David?"
The Judge nodded his bald head once. "Aye. He'll be released into your care when we find a new navigator to replace you."
This could very well be a trap. Still, James suppressed the smile that threatened. "Sign me up." Trap or not, he was up for the task. Adventures like these were what he lived for. He liked to play games, and he was good at them. The Judge had no idea who he was up against.CHAPTER 2
Charity awakened with a start, her temples pounding with the intensity of a woodpecker tapping on her head. Where was she? She squinted at the wall of crates around her, and last night's events came back in a series of tangled images and sounds. A ship. She'd hidden in a storage room.
Light seeped through the spaces between the stacks, illuminating a narrow strip of her lavender petticoat. Dimly she remembered this gown, the finest she'd ever worn. Used for a wedding. Her wedding. She bolted upright. Dear God. Was she married? No, she couldn't be. Absolutely not.
Something rustled on the other side of the stacked boxes. A rat? She eased off the floor, inching her way closer to the source of the sound, and light. Light? Her heart pounded a few extra beats. A rat with a lantern? If only that could be true. She peered through a crack in the wall.
A grating creak rose up as a dark-haired man wrenched off the top of a crate with a knife of some kind. He shook his head with a brooding glare and grumbled, "Searched everywhere on this damnable ship. Well, almost everywhere."
He sheathed the vicious-looking dagger he'd used, and she pressed a hand to her mouth to quiet her stilted breaths, her attention turning to his other hip where a heavy pistol was tucked into his belt. What would he need with such weapons?
His tanned skin bronze in the candlelight, he rifled through the contents of a crate. "They wouldn't keep prisoners in an officer's cabin. Although I wouldn't put it past The Judge. Or maybe they have a secret compartment somewhere."
Prisoners? And who is The Judge?
"Never fear, brother. I'll tear apart this whole bloody ship if I have to," he murmured. The man wore no coat or waistcoat, but rather a light-colored shirt rolled up at the sleeves, its opening at the neck showing a great deal of broad chest while a green scarf hid much of his ebony hair. He exuded confidence in his stance and his angular features. Dark lashes framed eyes she'd almost call pretty, although nothing about this man was feminine.
"At least I can take something from you bastards." He lifted a glass bottle from the protective straw, and a satisfied smile spread across his face. "Did you sleep well, love?"
Panic jolted through her, and she staggered back a step, a loud gasp escaping her throat. He'd known she'd been watching all along?
His focus shifted, and his gaze turned sharp as he peered through the cracks in the wall of boxes. "Who goes?" he demanded, his hand drawing the dagger at his waist with lightning speed. His eyes widened for an instant. "David?"
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I have always liked stories about adventures at sea. Pirates have fascinated me since I read "Peter Pan", a long time ago. So it is no surprise that I loved this book. It is quite interesting. And most importantly I liked the fact that in this story pirates are the villain, as they should be, not that I mind Pirate heroes.. ;) Another point which goes in favour of this book was the way it began.... a mysterious woman running from something or someone. I like it when there is some mystery involved, especially in the start. That helps engage my interest. The characters are all good, quite unpredictable. I loved the way they kept me second guessing everything. Plot is nothing exceptional but definitely well executed. I found it interesting and entertaining tale of misfortunes and adventures of Charity and James. Charity has lived with her uncle since her parents died. now her uncle arranged her marriage with someone she cannot ever imagined being married too. With no one to help her she ran away and ended up taking refuge in a Pirate's ship. James on the other hand signed up to be a pirate in hopes of finding his brother. But things did not go the way he envisioned. He finds himself in a scruple. Not only his brother wasn't on the ship but he also finds a young woman in need of his protection. Will he be able to hide her and find his brother at the same time? The story is well worth reading. I recommend it to anyone who is looking for a story which will be hard not to like.
It was a ok read...the First 100 pages nothing really happend..stuck in a room together on a boat...then they finally had a love scene towards the end...this book could of had such potential, it was lacking passion and I didn't feel the connection between the two of them... he wasn't you're typical cocky pirate, more like a polite aristocrat. I give it more like a 2.5
After her parents death, Charity has been under the guardianship of her uncle who has never had any affection for her and drugs her in order to marry her off to a man she dislikes - a second son who only wants her for her dowry. She runs away & hides in a ship only to lose consciousness & the ship cast off. James is searching for his younger brother who has been taken by pirates aboard their ship. He agrees to be hired on as their navigator in return for information on his brother. I thought it was quite unbelievable that James never explains to Charity that he is not a pirate (when he first finds her & takes her to his cabin to protect her) which any rationale man would do. Instead he seems to deliberate taunt her, pretending to be some profligate scoundrel. When she asks if he is a pirate & he doesn't do anything to allay her fears. He constantly taunts her & presents himself as a reprobate. Even when he brings her to the safety of his cabin he tells her that he made killed the previous navigator for the berth. (he tells her later that he was "teasing") Regardless of all that Charity still manages to be fascinated by his manly charms from their 1st meeting. She sees a bit of his chest & is fascinated. An innocent! Someone who has been brought up by her governess to not trust men. *rolls eyes* Both characters were just unbelievable & I found the story hard going. Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review
One great read. It captured me from page one. Not a very long book, around 170 pages. But, worth your time and money. Give it a try if you like a Good spirited pirate story. Tamara Hughes is a very talented author. ENJOY....
This book was rollicking good fun. The characters are likable, and the writing is tight and keeps the story moving along. It also has a nice little mystery element and vividly portrays the REAL life of the pirates!
Needs more development
A Great Book Historical Romance New York City 1721 Charity Goswick slips onto a ship to escape an arranged marriage to a man who is a brute. What she doesn’t know is that she hasn’t snuck onto an honorable King’s Navy vessel. She has ended up on a pirate ship instead. In just a short amount of time she is discovered by a rake who is both irate and handsome and he locks her in his cabin. Charity knows she should be very scared but instead all she feels is the most unladylike feelings for her captor. James Lamont is trying to track down his brother which is the only reason he is on the ship to begin with. What he ends up with is a spirited little stowaway that provides plenty of distractions especially with her many failed escape attempts. With each attempt the passion between them grows a little stronger. Charity is going to have to trust James if she is going to have any hope of surviving the violence and danger that gets worse as they travel the high seas. Though the arrogant pirate just might end up stealing her heart. This is a fun historical romance that starts out fast and never stops. Reading how the characters overcome their beliefs to find happiness together makes for a very satisfying read. It also gives a small glimpse into the world of pirates and brings it to vivid life. It will also have readers wanting more from this author and this world. The reader falls into the story so completely that they think it is a short read which is belied by the actual number of pages. For readers that enjoy historical romances this is definitely one to check out. Received a review copy
Charity Goswick thinks she is escaping an arranged marriage to a brute when she slips onto a ship unnoticed. Little does she realize that this is no honorable vessel of the King's Navy—it is a pirate ship. It's just a matter of time before she is discovered by a handsome rake of a pirate, who locks her in his cabin. And while she should be scared, her captor sparks the most unladylike feelings within her… James Lamont is on the ship for one reason, and one reason only: to track down his brother. However, his spirited little stowaway certainly affords plenty of distraction with her many (failed) attempts to escape. And each time, the unspoken—and unbidden—passion between them grows stronger. But as violence and danger mount on the high seas, Charity will have to put all of her trust in the most untrustworthy of men... the arrogant pirate who just might steal her heart. Review: A little romance, a sexy pirate, what is not to love? A swashbuckling historical romance about Charity, who is on the run and James, who pretends to be a pirate to find his brother. I found this story quite entertaining and enjoyable. I have not read this author before and thought she did excellent job with her writing and making characters that I could care about and wanted to learn more about. I really liked the time period and the setting of the story, can there ever be too much of pirates? The mix of romance and action/adventure was great and there was some great scenes in both areas. This is the first book in the series and wonder if the series will revolve around James and Charity or center around other characters we read about in this book? 3.5Stars
Charity Goswick is desperate to get away from a dastardly uncle and the cruel Naval captain Charity’s uncle has chosen as her bridegroom. Recovering from a wedding ceremony she barely remembers due to her drug-induced haze and hiding from the men on the docks looking for a quick tumble under her skirts, Charity stows aboard a ship. There, she falls asleep and is awakened by James. James Lamont is a Captain in his own right, but is looking for his brother who was abducted by pirates some months ago. His investigation has led him to Captain Payne’s pirate ship where he finds a quartermaster named The Judge who claims to know where his brother is hiding. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a Pirate romance, longer than I can remember really. It’s not a category I typically read (since the atrocity that was Pirates of the Caribbean 3 destroyed any love I had for Pirate literature), but this was an enjoyable re-introduction. James is noble and quick-thinking, as befitting a sea Captain. Charity is spirited, strong-willed, and creative when it comes to evading trouble. Both had difficult childhoods, but have grown stronger because of those hardships. James teaches Charity that not all men are awful and out to abuse her in some fashion. And in Charity, James finds a woman he can’t live without, a strong woman capable of handling rough life on the seas. Love develops slowly between this couple, but even their kisses are packed with emotion and sizzling sensuality. I will warn readers of two potential triggers: 1) there is a very short couple of paragraphs describing the attempted rape of Charity and 2) towards the end, Charity is quite savagely beaten in the streets. Both are blessedly short, but I do wish to warn anyone who may be triggered and/or disturbed by such scenes. Action-packed with well-developed romance between the main couple and some funny, snarky one-liners thrown in for good measure. A tad rushed towards the end and leaves open-ended the plotline regarding James’ brother , but certainly enjoyable nonetheless. Definitely pick this one up if you enjoy Pirate romances. Originally posted at Plot Twist Reviews [dot] Com I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Charity Goswick has to get away. She needs to escape from her uncle and Captain Shevington. She is being forced to marry this cruel tyrant. She stows away on a ship. James Lamont finds her hiding place as he searches for his brother. What is a lady to do when she's at sea with a pirate? Tempting the Pirate is filled with romance and adventure. Charity is such a feisty woman. I loved that she stood up for herself and fought for what she wants. James is a wonderful hero. His compassion is touching. He will protect Charity. I fell in love with this brave man. The battle of wills soon leads to love and trust. The secondary characters are a powerful bunch. The Judge personifies evil and does his best to kill both lovers. The setting was perfect. The isolation added to the danger. I'm looking forward to learning David Lamont's story. Tamara Hughes did a great job. She had me hooked from the first page with this well plotted story.
This book is a good read. Charity and James story is even at sea you can find the love of your life.
4 stars for a quick pace, sweet, and adventurous read. I liked this story. The writing was beautiful, and the life of pirates were realistically drawn. Initially I didn't love our heroine, Charity. She threw me with her attraction to James, in a situation that seemed fraught with danger, where only fight or flight should have been on her mind. Then her refusal to stay in the cabin befuddled and annoyed me. I mean where would she go? She was a stowaway on a pirate ship! Yet she was adamant in wanting to leave the safety of James’ cabin ….to go onto the deck with a hundred lusty pirate? LOL After a few chapters I started to warm to Charity, then I fell in love with her character. Spunky and determined, yet vulnerable, I rooted for her till the very end. Our hero James was just as charming, honorable, and endearing. I thought James and Charity were good together, and the slow buildup of attraction between them was realistic and very sweet. I liked the setting very much. I could picture everything, and the few adventurous moments were truly heart pounding. Would I recommend this story? YES I am anticipating the second book in the series
Historical "Pirate" Hero + Feisty n Passionate Heroine= Great Read ****A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for an honest review*** I love pirates and anything to do with a handsome man who deep down is a good guy but pretending to be a bad guy, I am all there for that story. So this is how I got into reading Tempting the Pirate… Charity runs away to escape an arranged marriage to a nasty man which was set up by her odious Uncle when she slinks onto a ship without anyone seeing her. She thinks she is on a ship that will take her to a new place with no problem…well, she is on a ship that is full of pirates and she is definitely not going to be able to get away now. James is on a pirate ship, pretending to be something he isn’t, in order to find his missing brother. He sees Charity and realizes this woman is bound to change his life in some way. Both Charity and James are searching for something-Charity , she is seeking freedom and love- James is seeking his brother and in some sense, love. James fought losing his heart to Charity when he would deliberately go out of way to make barbs, make himself look like the worst sort of pirate there way and never allay any of her fears. But at the same time, he would make sure she would get safely to places she needed to go and make sure none of the other pirates would hurt her. WOW, the danger that was abounded and the twists that was woven thru the book. I really lived the mystery within. I also loved the passion between James and Charity along with the historical aspect. The only thing that was a minor glitch was I felt there should have been more of a back story of Charity’s life than what was there –but that is just my opinion. Great story and I can’t wait to read more from this author! My rating: 4.2 stars
Charity Goswick is on the run from her uncle and an unwanted marriage. Hope to escape he boards a ship to hide, not knowing that it was a pirate ship. James Lamont is on the pirate ship to locate his missing brother. When he finds Charity, he does his best to hide her from the others on board. Having been warned by her governess of the evil of men, Charity to leary of staying in James' cabin but she doesn't have any other options. As the two spend time together, their mutual attraction grows. Can they get to safely before they are found out? This is my first book by Tamara Hughes and I did enjoy it. I always love a good pirate story and this one was pretty good. I will say that I felt like almost everything James said to Charity for the first half of the book alluded to sex. I thought that was a little strange. He knew she was scared and apprehensive about being in a room with him, why did he need to go on and on about it... Having said that I still look forward to the next book which will be about James' missing brother. Thanks go out to Entangled Publishing via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
Charity is doing everything she can to escape an arranged marriage to a monster. She stows away on a pirate ship not knowing what she is getting into. James has signed on to the pirate ship in effort to find his brother who is missing. He finds Charity as a stow away and does everything he can do to protect her. Great romantic story with some great passionate scenes. I was provided a copy of this book for my honest review.
Tempting the pirate had some nice things and some predictable things, namely the plot. Which is funny because it is all there, the traditional five act plot is all there in the right time, so the pace was nice, there was a lack of plot twists, maybe things went too right and too wrong and with no or few surprises. It is all very neat and polished and it kind of weakens how amazing the novel could be. Even the first and only twist that there is that kind of changes the plot a little bit it is delivered with such cold feelings. I definitely felt the need of something that could rock my world or remove the earth from beneath my feet once or twice (don’t do it often or you will become Moffat). Alas, Tempting the pirate is entertainment and I regret nothing! Not all books need to have symbolisms or themes and this keeps what is promises a romance with pirates and some action. It keeps the reader focused on the story and it is that kind of novel where you can read anywhere, anytime you want or wish to grab a quick novel that will not let you down. I can see that there will probably be a novel on James brother so I am hoping to see more action and more twists or feelings on that one.
Looking for a swash buckling adventure with a spunky heroine and a reluctant hero, check out Tempting the Pirate. Charity Goswick narrowly escapes what is sure to be a brutal life married to a despicable man only to land herself onto a pirate ship. Talk about falling from the frying pan into the fire. James Lamont is searching for his missing brother, his brother's ship was taken by pirates. James' search leads him to a ship full of pirates and one very unexpected stow-away. James' intentions are mostly honorable in trying to keep his “stow-away” safe, but Charity fights his help every bit of the way. This was a delightful read. Charity has a man hating mentality while James is stuck with a highly protective nature. Simply entertaining, Tempting the Pirate is also a fun, easy to read story with a wonderful historical romance flare.
I took the high seas on this swashbuckling tale. Charity will do anything to avoid an arranged marriage including stowing away on a pirate ship. James is on the ship to discover what happened to his brother and instead finds Charity in need of his help. I enjoy the story as well as the romance between James and Charity. The story is well rounded. A good plot and the characters are engaging. I enjoyed it a lot.
This swashbuckling romantic adventure is the story of Charity and James. When Charity sneaks aboard a pirate ship in an effort to avoid an arranged marriage, she is found by James who is aboard the ship to find information on the whereabouts of his lost brother. As they sail the high seas they form an uneasy alliance that develops into a romantic attachment. But will it be enough to keep them together for the long haul? I quite enjoyed this story! The setting was really well researched and brought the story to life, giving an inside view into what life on a pirate ship was really like. (Incidentally, I recently went to a Real Pirates exhibit (sponsored by National Geographic) at my local museum, so I found the details in this book to be very accurate. And I got to touch real pieces of eight! But I digress). I liked Charity's character - she's a fairly virtuous woman put in a despicable predicament, trying to maintain her dignity while at the same time realizing that she must change her attitude in order to survive. James was very engaging as the Captain of his own ship, willing to do whatever it takes to find his missing brother, including working on a pirate ship where his brother was last seen. They had some good chemistry between them that made their romance believable. The plot was fast paced and contained lots of action and adventure which made for a fun and entertaining read. 4 stars!
Actual rating 3.5 out of 5 Stars! Originally posted on my blog: Tangled Up In Books I received a copy of this book, from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. In no way did this sway either my review or my rating! I have so much love for a good historical romance. One that can sweep you away to a period in time and make you feel as if you're there right along with the characters. Normally though I tend to stick to the regency London period when it comes to these types of romances and I practically never read books about pirates. However for some reason, even though the word pirate is clear as day in the title, I gave the blurb a read and felt like I needed to read this book. The storyline was lots of fun and I highly enjoyed it! I felt like Tamara Hughes did a really good job creating the setting for this book. I could picture everything unfolding quite clearly on the high seas. Including a dangerous storm with things and people being tossed about and backstabbing and possible threats of mutiny among the ranks. You really get the full pirate experience. While by the end of the book I really liked both Charity and James, in the very beginning Charity wasn't one of my favorite characters. It wasn't her fault really though since one of the people who raised her was very "don't trust men" "men only want one thing" just very anti-male. Stuff like that feels annoying to me after a while especially when you're dealing with women of this time period who are very sheltered and naive to a point. She goes through a lot of changes throughout the book though and by the end she was kicking some major ass! James's storyline is what had me sucked in the most. The lengths he goes to in order to find information and hopefully find his missing brother were heartwarming and admirable. He gives up a lot and puts himself in terrible danger as well. Though I do feel like there wasn't a complete feeling of closure when it comes to his story. I guess maybe it's just left open enough and we're supposed to use our imaginations? Oh well I know how it ends in my mind and I still found it highly entertaining. Sometimes you take a chance and go outside of your usual likes and it can end up paying off like Tempting the Pirate did. Wasn't sure how else to state that because I don't exactly want to say out of my comfort zone because this wasn't a case of it being a threat of discomfort to read by any means, it just isn't my normal cup of tea so there was great relief and a bit of surprise with how much I liked this book. Thanks go to Entangled Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this book!
This was a riveting book once I got engrossed in it. The way James took care of Charity was very sweet and endearing. Which he did with a little unwanted flirtation, but that made it fun for the reader. He was very refreshing a character from the other pirates in the book. And Charity was a strong female character who wouldn't let the men walk over her. I liked her spunk. Together they made a good team in a time where that was not acceptable. The story flowed at a nice pace and ended in a way for continuation. Not for James and Charity per say, although I would like to see more from them (if Charity's last sentence were to come true), but of a different aspect sub story from this book. And I did get a little soft spot from Whip. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.