To be honest, I was nearly put off by the cover, so typical of those tacky ones of yore. Another point that didn’t work in its favour, the model on the cover has no chest hair!!! Then again, neither does Orlando and Johnny, so that became immaterial.
The book has a basis in history although both main characters are the author’s creations. I found the angle rather refreshing. Having a bunch of retiring pirates capture a shipload of convict women bound for New South Wales to marry and settle down has the makings of high sea adventure, comedy and lots of romantic tension. And I wasn’t disappointed.
What worked for me was the sparkling wit and humour the heroine, Sara, has been endowed wit. She’s intelligent but conflicted in her views, so had to undergo quite a bit of struggle to understand her attraction to the Pirate Lord, Gideon, and overcome her reluctance to see the goodness in him. But once she did, her heart’s all his, and she set out to help him rebuild a new home in this idyllic island, Atlantis.
The hero, while an alpha male, shows his sensitive side from time to time, and it was quite touching the way Gideon came to need Sara to complete his life and vision of a new beginning. Which was why I was rather dismayed that in the end, he turned out to be a lost lordling stolen from wealthy peers of the realm when he was young. I kind of wish he was just an abused boy who’s overcome insurmountable odds to make his own way in the world and found his soul and redemption in Sara. I didn’t need him to be a misplaced scion of society to be won over whole heartedly, although finding his family, especially his mother, did somewhat ease his tormented soul a little.
Still, it was a highly entertaining read.