ARC Review: Never Trust a Pirate by Anne Stuart

Posted December 15, 2013 by Suzanne in Reviews / 2 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
ARC Review: Never Trust a Pirate by Anne Stuart
Never Trust a Pirate
by Anne Stuart

3 Stars


Released: 3 December 2013
Series: Scandal at the House of Russell #2
Published by Montlake Romance
Pages: 304
Format: eARC


…the characters are well drawn but nothing new, and the romance is predictable~ Under the Covers

The middle daughter of a disgraced and deceased shipping magnate Madeline Russell is resolved on proving that her father is innocent and was in fact murdered. Her elder sister Bryony has married and therefore cleared one of the suspects and Madeline is intergrating herself in to the house of another. Thomas Morgan, former pirate and her father’s favourite captain, until he unexpectedly dismissed him suspecting him of theft and Maddy is determined to discover if her father was correct. However, the one thing that head strong and beautiful Maddy never expected was the instant attraction and pull she feels toward her suspect.

I admit to being a little bit disappointed with this series, although I have liked both this book and the first one Never Kiss a Rake, they are both very ordinary. There is nothing that stands out and really grabs your attention as I have found with previous books by Anne Stuart, the characters are well drawn but nothing new, and the romance is predictable. For some reason this series seems to lack the edge of her other books, although Luca (aka Captain Morgan) is a bit of a bad boy, I think the razor sharpness and wicked decadence of the Rohan men leave him in the dust. And Maddy came across as spoiled and stupidly headstrong rather than brave and defiant.

What I did like about this book though was the sexual tension between Maddy and Luca, from their first meeting sparks fly and this continues all the way through the book as they play an intriguing game of cat and mouse. What is also good about this series and will prompt me to continue the series is the mystery regarding and who killed the Russell girls’ father and why, I almost like this part of the story more than the romance.

This may not have been the most original historical romance I have read but I still enjoyed reading it and I will read the next book. However, I hope that Anne Stuart shakes her formula up a little bit, this book was eerily similar to the first one.

*ARC provided by publisher

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About Anne Stuart

Anne Stuart is a grandmaster of the genre, winner of Romance Writers of America's prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, survivor of more than thirty-five years in the romance business, and still just keeps getting better.

Her first novel was Barrett's Hill, a gothic romance published by Ballantine in 1974 when Anne had just turned 25. Since then she's written more gothics, regencies, romantic suspense, romantic adventure, series romance, suspense, historical romance, paranormal and mainstream contemporary romance for publishers such as Doubleday, Harlequin, Silhouette, Avon, Zebra, St. Martins Press, Berkley, Dell, Pocket Books and Fawcett.

She’s won numerous awards, appeared on most bestseller lists, and speaks all over the country. Her general outrageousness has gotten her on Entertainment Tonight, as well as in Vogue, People, USA Today, Women’s Day and countless other national newspapers and magazines.

When she’s not traveling, she’s at home in Northern Vermont with her luscious husband of thirty-six years, an empty nest, three cats, four sewing machines, and one Springer Spaniel, and when she’s not working she’s watching movies, listening to rock and roll (preferably Japanese) and spending far too much time quilting.

Anne Stuart also writes as Kristina Douglas.

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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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Thanks for the honest review suzanne


Thanks for the review Suzanne.