Sunday, January 15, 2012

Review: The Rogue Pirate's Bride by Shana Galen

The Rogue Pirate's Bride by Shana Galen, Book III of The Sons of the Revolution trilogy, combines stunning romance, a fast-paced adventure story, an unconventional heroine (my favorite) and a breathtaking hero to create a delectable concoction of a Regency historical sure to please readers tired of cook-cutter romances.

Admiral's daughter Raeven will not rest until she kills Captain Cutlass, the pirate who killed her fiancée. Dressed as a boy, she challenges him to a duel. But Captain Cutlass isn't so easy to kill. When she loses the fight and he discovers her identity, she winds up as his cabin girl.

Bastien, Captain Cutlass, wishes he had never encountered the hellion. The girl fights, knows as much about the sea as any sailor, and never follows orders. He's only too happy when she escapes. Or is he?

Most romances have a larger-than-life hero and a girl-next-door heroine. I want stories where the heroine is as extraordinary as the hero. Ms. Galen has created such a heroine in Raeven, who has sailed on her father's ship since she was four. No embroidery or kowtowing to society's inane rules for her. She had learned everything there is to know about her father's ship, from mending sails to navigation. She also knows how to handle a pistol and knife, and isn't afraid to use them. And no matter what anyone says, she always tries to get what she wants. On the downside, she is somewhat immature and thoughtless. I would have preferred her a little older and more responsible. All in all, though, I would like to see more heroines like Raeven.

Bastien is my favorite kind of hero, a wronged man whose suffering has transformed him into the best of men, a true hero. The action and romance are both nonstop as Raeven and Bastien fight the villains and each other until their HEA.

If you're tired of all the same-old, same-old romances with little nothing heroines, The Rogue Pirate's Bride is the book for you.

Thank you all,
ARC provided by Sourcebooks


ShanaGalen said...

Thank you for the awesome review, Linda! I'm so glad you enjoyed the book :-)

catslady said...

I've been hearing a lot about this book - all good!! I have Lord and Lady Spy coming my way and looking forward to that one too.

Linda Banche said...

You're welcome, Shana.

Ho catslady. You'll have a good time with both books!