Captured by the Pirate Laird

Amy Jarecki
Captured by the Pirate Laird
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Rapture Books
Release Date
January 2015
Book 1 of Highland Force
Action/Adventure Romance, Historical Romance

Wed by proxy to a baron old enough to be her grandfather, Lady Anne trudges up the gangway of a galleon that will deliver her into the arms of a tyrant. Crestfallen, she believes her disastrous life cannot get worse—until she awakes to the blasts of cannon fire.

Facing certain death, Anne trembles in her stateroom while swords clash and the chilling screams of battle rage on the deck above. When a rugged Highlander kicks in her door, she prays for a swift end.

But Laird Calum MacLeod has a reason for plundering the ship—and it's not a stunning English lass. With no other choice, he takes Anne to his crumbling keep on the isle of Raasay and sends a letter of ransom to her husband. In time, Anne grows to understand MacLeod's plight and finds it increasingly difficult to resist Calum's unsettling charm—until the baron sends a reply agreeing to terms.

Ripped from passion that will be forever seared into their souls, will Anne and Calum risk everything for love?

Book Review by Linda Hays-Gibbs (author,reviewer)
Feb 08, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
147 people found the following review helpful
Exciting romantic adventure in 1559.

We open with a poor maiden being sold into marriage slavery to a fat old baron. Lady Anne is only nineteen and married by proxy to Baron Wharton, fifty-eight. She has no say in the marriage arranged by her mother the Countess of Southampton and her uncle the Earl. She leaves her home and all she knows, to go on a ship to her new husband, alone. She is feeling quite betrayed and miserable on the Flying Swan heading toward her doom. She thinks things can't get worse when cannons fire and her bedroom door is blasted aside and a terribly handsome Scottish pirate finds her.

This was just the start, and we get to go on a magic adventure through Scotland and onto an island called Raasay with the handsome Scot Laird Calum MacLeod. With Anne's proxy marriage keeping these two apart, especially with the sparks flying everywhere, it gets awfully hot in the chilly Highlands.

Calum was not expecting to have a beautiful prisoner to ransom. He soon found that his heart needed to be ransomed, too. His sweet caring sister, Mara, and her loving husband John are great characters too and give the story more body. They help the hero and heroine a lot.

Anne finds her courage and Calum his heart. They are a perfect match but alas she is already married.

I will not give away all the spoilers but I can say that I laughed and cried while reading. The story kept me entertained and intrigued. I just loved it.

I did have a few points I must mention but they in no way diminished my pleasure in this book. There were some typos and omitted words. There was also something I'd like to mention of historical value that might help Miss Jarecki. I found she referred to the Kepe as Keep and she had the Scots wearing their kilts while riding horses. Trews were better for riding. The Highlands did not have horses for a long time so kilts were grand and without pants of some kind, a horse could ruin you quick. Just a note for future reference.

It was however a wonderful book, and I really, really enjoyed it. I just thought you might consider that.

Thank you so much to the author for the pleasure of reading your novel. It was delightful.
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