About the Book:
Upon learning that, the virgin captain is ready to return to the seas—but her crew has other ideas— and for those rascally cusses she would do anything. If they could find a way to put on her a sweet face that would fool the ton, she would handle the rest, even with a drunken prostitute as an “aunt” and her merry cutthroat crew as “servants.” But to herself she swears one thing: she will only marry a man who fires her blood, a man who is not afraid of a . . . Lady Pirate
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A Total ShipWRECK!
So, this book had a lot of promise. I read the blurb and was instantly intrigued by the idea of a woman pirate. I was even more intrigued when I realized the woman pirate would have to sail the shark-infested waters of the haute ton.
So many wonderful thoughts and hopes swam through my head… and then I started reading it and began flailing and struggling for air as the thick, soupy, dark waters of a boring story with unlikable main characters began drowning me.
The characters were on dimensional, the plot was too outrageous, the settings were more like wallpaper than carefully, skillfully drawn paintings, and the chemistry between the two main characters was forced and boring.
There, I said it. I didn’t like this story. I started out promising; with the crew vowing vengeance on the pirate that killed Valoree’s brother, but then the fast forward jump to five years in the future must’ve sucked all the awesomeness out of the story.
Valoree is a weak character—no, she as a “person” isn’t week per se as much as she was poorly written. One minute she is the foul-mouthed, cutlass wearing captain of a pirate ship, and the next minute she is a foul-mouthed, foot stomping, pouty-faced brat who is pissed that things are going her way. I didn’t like her.
I liked Daniel, in the beginning, because he seemed like a fun, charming guy. Then his strength as a character was lost after he was KIDNAPPED (for heaven’s sakes) by the pirates. After he was literally drunk at his own wedding, my respect for him as a leading man diminished. He couldn't even think things through without someone having to point out how dumb or careless his decisions were. It was as though he'd gone from being a rakehell (that's what we were supposedly introduced to in the solicitor's office where we met Daniel who was being forced to marry by a codicil that said he had to give up his rakish ways to inherit his grandmama's money), to being a persistent suitor, to being a kidnapped husband, to being a wishy-washy, pussy whipped, cock with a man's face. Valoree used Daniel to get pregnant, Daniel lost all ability to think with his BRAIN, and then they both lost every bit of anything that made them interesting.
The relationship between Daniel and Valoree was blah and meh, at best, and I found myself caring more about Meg’s story and the conversations between the men in the crew. They were fun, funny, and far more interesting than Valoree and Daniel.
Also, the secondary story sort of took up A LOT valuable space in the plot that could’ve been filled with more critical points that deepened the relationship between Valoree and Daniel. They were two very shallow (as in no depth to them) characters. The story about Meg’s long lost love, her stolen son, and her sister trying to kill her, should’ve been its own book. And the much too easy conclusion to Valoree’s brother’s vengeance sort of sank the rest of the book.
Overall, I could only give this book 2 Pulse Points. I would've given it 1, but the secondary characters at least made being shipwrecked with this story a little more bearable.