Saturday, October 6, 2012
Review: Seduced by A Pirate by Eloisa James
Author: Eloisa James
Title: Seduced By A Pirate
Series: Fairy Tales #4.5
Publication: October 30th 2012
Published by: Avon Impulse
In Eloisa James's companion story to The Ugly Duchess, Sir Griffin Barry, captain of the infamous pirate ship The Poppy, is back in England to claim the wife he hasn't seen since their wedding day . . . but this is one treasure that will not be so easy to capture.
Written as a short novel companion to The Ugly Duchess, Seduced By A Pirate reads just fine as a stand alone.
Sir Griffin Barry, former Captain of the pirate ship turned privateer ship The Flying Poppy, has returned to England after being at sea for the last 14 years. He is finally going to meet his wife of one day and is rather nervous about it. Having been married to a girl he had never met at the tender age of 17 he failed to consummate the marriage on his wedding night.
Phoebe Eleanor Barry is the wife Griffin left behind. When she learns of his return to England in the newspaper all she can thing of is how to get out of their marriage.
She is happy with her life in the country with her 3 children, the nanny and a nurse she doesn't see a need for a husband to come and interfere with everything she has built.
Phoebe is the older woman (by 3 whole years) that young Griffin was so in awe of at their wedding that he gets stage fright and is unable to perform. He escapes into the night and isn't heard from for 14 years. Now Griffin is ready to settle down with his wife and start a normal life. It's going to take his powers of persuasion to get Phoebe to give up her tranquil life and let him in.
This short novel has it all it has swashbuckling pirates, mistaken identity, infidelity, nervous virgins, rampaging hormones and family reconciliation. The story is funny, heartwarming, well written and has enough steam for a sauna. We are able to get enough of the back story that everything makes sense with no big info dumps. The characters are lovable and well rounded. Even with this being on the short side it is written that you don't feel like the author left out huge bits.
I give Seduced by a Pirate chocolate and roses.