Wednesday, February 26, 2014

REVIEW: Pleasing the Pirate by Shannon Cullen

Pleasing the Pirate


Two hearts are wrenched between love and duty in Sharon Cullen’s tale of a ruthless pirate and the Scottish lass who fills him with desire for something greater than plunder.
With her clan’s crops burned and their property confiscated, Mairi McFadden is desperate to free her brother from imprisonment so that he can take his rightful place as chief. Her only hope is the fierce English pirate Phin Lockwood, but the buccaneer laughs at her meager funds. His roving eyes, however, tell Mairi there’s something else he’ll take in exchange for her brother’s rescue. Though she burns with hatred for the English, she’ll do anything to save her clan.
The crown has made it clear that Phin has two choices: bring in a certain Scottish traitor or hang. And he’s not about to let a tiny, whiskey-eyed woman get in his way, even if she is pointing a gun at him. When Phin learns that Mairi’s brother is the very man he seeks, he’s more than willing to use the lass as bait. But as the moment of capture draws near, Phin is surprised by his feelings for the courageous beauty who has him considering risking his life—for someone besides himself.

Adri's Review:

First off I would like to thank NetGalley for the opportunity to receive an ARC of this story and allow me to review it.

The things Mairi is willing to do to help her clan and bring her brother back put her on the a path she never expected. Phin plans on trying to use Mairi to help find her brother and save his own hide, little does he know thing don't go exactly as planned.

This is a sweet, somewhat intriguing, time piece story. I love the bit of history that it involves and  old world adventure to it. It is also a great story that shows that life happens when we are busy planning our lives. 

Mairi's dedication and will to do anything for her family is what makes her such a great and strong character. But even through all of her strength she still has this ability to learn, stretch and adapt to the environment she finds herself in. She is a character that starts off with a preconceived notion of a group of people but is quickly proven that not all are the same as the ones she's had the misfortune to encounter in the past. 

Phin is such a complicated character. He is not at all as what he seems to be. He is complex with secrets and needs to protect his loved ones. He is willing to make sacrifices no matter what the consequences to him really are. All that changes though when he meets Mairi.

This is really a great story for those who like to be exposed to not only the past but new cultures as well.    

Happy Reading... Adri

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