The Bride and the Buccaneer

Darlene Marshall
The Bride and the Buccaneer
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Darlene Marshall
Release Date
January 2017
Book 1 of Florida Pirates
Historical Romance

FCRW National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award!

A beautiful thief. . .
A bold privateer. . .
Two enemies united by a love for gold may find an even greater treasure as they search for buried pirate treasure.

Book Review by Lisa Jo
Apr 26, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
217 people found the following review helpful
Ahoy matey!! Prepare yourself for the dazzling tale that is THE BRIDE AND THE BUCCANEER by Darlene Marshall. Plenty of fun, plenty of adventure, this novel is sure to delight fans of historical romance.

Lucky Jack Burrell has been waiting years to exact his revenge on Sophia Deford. Years ago, she left him naked, tried to a post and broke as she walked off with his treasure. Now, living worlds away from one another, fate is planning on reuniting them again.

Jack and Sophia are unaware they share a mutual acquaintance. One who leaves them a treasure map and insists they solve it together. As Sophia and Jack go on the hunt for Garvey's Gold, they have to tolerate each other's presence in order to reach the prize. Yet the more time they spend with one another, the more difficult it becomes to resist sharing stolen kisses. They began their journey hating each other, but with each kiss, Jack and Sophia must decide what the real treasure is...a bag of gold or love?

Whew! If you like romance and you like dashing pirates, then look no further than Lucky Jack Burrell. He was a complete joy to read about. Obviously, after their past encounter, Jack is a somewhat uncertain about what complications Sophia will bring to his life and how much he can trust her. Yet, as you watch Jack fall hopelessly in love with her, you see a touching and tender side to this fierce pirate. What made his character so perfect was the passionate side he kept in reserve, not wanting his feelings to show yet also playing the perfect protector. It was the part of his character I loved the most.

Sophia...well, Sophia was the reason I gave this book a four star instead of a five. While on the one hand I loved her fiery spirit and independence on the other, it made her somewhat unlikable at times. When you read this novel, some of her intentions and reasoning are made clear at the end, but while you're in the middle of reading it, it made me feel like she was somewhat cold and uncaring. Some readers will love the angst and agony you go through reading about Sophia's decisions, but for me it was a bit distracting. As the story progressed, I thought she was the perfect match for Jack, but there were some points along the way that had me doubting her.

The development of the romance was beautiful. This couple was mean in the beginning, playful as the book went along and passionate towards the end. It was a very fun and romantic journey to read about. The treasure hunt that these two go on ensures that hilarity will ensue. They meet plenty of exciting characters and solve fun clues along the way that I thought was refreshing and interesting storyline. Ms Marshall also includes a vibrant description of history with the area of early Florida and St. Augustine in 1817. It was fascinating and deliciously explained in this novel and added a lot to the adventures these characters face and to the romance.

THE BRIDE AND THE BUCCANEER also ended a bit abruptly for me. I wanted to know more about how they were going to start their life together, and what the future held in store for them, but it was still satisfying all the same. Historical romance fans looking for an exciting and adventurous novel need look no further than THE BRIDE AND THE BUCCANEER. Ms Marshall pens a fantastic novel with all the right elements and everything a romance fan could ask for. A dazzling time period, lovely characters and adventure throughout, this is a novel you should not miss.
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