I found Katharine Ashe's book "Captured by a Rogue Lord" to be a great read. She had my attention right from the first. She had the perfect evil stepmother, her heroine a "cinderella" to her 3 younger sisters, and a dashing rogue of a pirate lord to make it complete. I loved the fact that good won out over evil and they lived happily ever after.
She had very believable characters, not just with her main ones, but with her supporting "staff" as well. I could picture Mrs. Tubbs and Miss Hatchet, the hat maker. It was a great story I will definitely recommend it to my friends.
Serena Carlyle dreams of a happily ever after. Firmly upon the shelf at twenty-five, instead she's determined to find the perfect match for her beautiful younger sister. What better prospect than their neighbor, the wealthy, rakishly handsome Earl of Savege? Now Serena can beg his help in halting a local band of smugglers. Then, one night, stealing away from yet another disappointing ball, Serena finds herself trapped alone with a stranger...
His kiss was irresistible, his caress unforgettable, and he hids a devastating secret. A Robin Hood upon the sea, Alex Savege is the brazen pirate Redstone, seizing the yachts of spoiled noblemen to settle an old debt. Serena needs a hero, but her heart is in the greatest danger -- for it is soon to be captured by a man as skilled at seduction as he is at plunder.