The Black Dandy

Dorothy Muir
The Black Dandy
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The Wild Rose Press
Release Date
October 2012
Historical Romance

Yet Victoria Barrett, illegitimate daughter of a notorious pirate, believes love is little more than a means to ultimate abandonment. Moreover, her ignoble birth all but guarantees a life of solitude. Then an unexpected meeting with a pirate overturns her beliefs.

Nathaniel Black bears no illusions about life. Captain of the pirate ship Golden Vanity, he has no fear of death, and no need for love. But when he meets the daughter of his old mentor William Kidd, his attraction to her takes hold of him like a sudden ocean storm. Then Victoria extends an invitation impossible for any hot-blooded pirate to refuse--a dalliance to learn about the pleasures of the flesh.

But someone else wants Victoria. Not for her personal charms, but for the secret she possesses. Unknowing, she holds the key to Kidd's lost treasure. A treasure some people would kill for.

Book Review by Linda Hays-Gibbs (author,reviewer)
Apr 11, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
114 people found the following review helpful
This is a sweet romantic tale that I thoroughly enjoyed. It starts out rather solemnly and then turns into a guess as to whether the romance will blossom.

James Nathaniel Blackstone, Baron Stoneridge, is the hero pirate in this romantic tale on the high seas. Victoria Kidd Barrett is the daughter of The Kidd, or William Kidd, a famous pirate and the niece of William Barrett.

Nathaniel ran away from a brutal father and family to take tutelage under William Kidd the pirate. He grows up on the high seas and has a love for the famous pirate. He watches as he is killed and wonders if Kidd's daughter is all right?

Victoria is raised by her uncle to be a lady. Her cousin is her constant and loyal companion. She is raised as a lady with a life of privilege. She knows her roots but she has tried to forget all the pain of that life.

Nathaniel Blackstone, or the Black Dandy as the pirates know him, is trying to come to terms with a deal he is negotiating. Victoria arrives at the inn where this is taking place. She sees something that makes her faint, and her uncle and Nathaniel take care of her.

Nathaniel sees her father's mark on her and he had promised to take care of the girl years ago. He vows to honor his obligation. He follows her to her uncle's plantation. Their romance blossoms and there are so many obstacles to their hopes it is quite daunting.

It is a very interesting tale with full characters even down to the cousin, Juliana Barrett, who is a sweet and caring person. The other captains have different personalities and even the very bad Mr. Pew. It felt like I knew these people before I was through with the book. I loved the twists and turns of the plot and felt it kept my interest and satisfied my questions. I liked this book very much.

All in all, I found it a very nice escape read and I enjoyed it. I give Dorothy Muir five out of five stars. I recommend this to others who love tales of pirates.
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