Saturday, June 24, 2006

Captain Sinister’s Lady

Darlene Marshall
Historical romance
Available from Amber Quill Press
ISBN: 1- 59279-500-5
March 2006

Amanda Stephenson travels on the merchantman ‘Penelope’ on her way to join her husband’s relatives in America. Now a widow, she hopes to start a new life in a world of opportunity. The Penelope is found stranded on a reef by Captain Morgan Roberts also known as Captain Sinister. Morgan has decided to end his life as a privateer and settle down on his farm but he cannot pass up such an opportunity. Once he sees Amanda he decides he needs a wife on his farm and she will do nicely. Using all his skills as a pirate, not knowing anything about romancing and courting a lady, he goes about trying to convince Amanda to marry him.

Captain Sinister’s Lady is another wonderful story from Darlene Marshall. Some of the characters from her books “Pirate’s Price” and “The Smuggler’s Bride” make an appearance in this story. Her stories offer a blend of adventure, romance, and humor. Morgan knows nothing about how to treat a lady and this leads to most of the humor in the story. Amanda is strong willed and does not back down when confronted by a large hairy pirate. In fact, there is something about him she finds very attractive. The characters in this story are very likeable and like all her stories very richly created. The dialogue is well written and flows smoothly. Some of my favorite scenes in the book involve Morgan, Amanda and Cesar, the young cabin boy, reading from a book of fairy tales. The comments from Morgan are very funny and I will never look at fairy tales the same. Not all is fun in the story and there is plenty of adventure and danger the two will have to face before the story is through. Morgan romances Amanda by comparing her to his ship and the sea, two things in the world he loves. This may not sound very romantic but is very heartfelt and for this huge bear of a pirate comes across as very romantic. The passion fairly sparks between Morgan and Amanda and the story is very sensual. I recommend Captain Sinister’s Lady because it has something for everyone and will sure to become a favorite among readers.

Overall rating:
Sensuality rating: Very sensual

Reviewer: Anita
June 22, 2006

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