The Windflower

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The Windflower

I’m a fan of historical romances and sometimes you just want a torrid and slightly over the top book for some total mind candy. “The Windflower” by Laura London completely fits this bill and was a delightful surprise. I picked up this re-release that hasn’t been in print for over two decades expecting a so-so read but found myself engrossed. Reading the book, I alternated between steamy seductions scenes and wonderfully witty and humorous encounters, with characters that were just fun and jumped off the page. This book was campy, but in a completely good way, with lots of slow build up sex wise, which kept me eagerly turning each page. I started this book with over 500 pages, planning on spending a few days reading it, and found myself finishing it in one day. I’m hopefully that the author has written other books about the secondary characters because I’m totally hooked.

Merry Wilding is a young American patriot but is completely loyal to her English aunt. Due to those familiar loyalties with a little bit of guilt thrown in, Merry finds herself on a boat to England, but before the ship has even left harbor, she’s kidnapped and ends up on a pirate ship. The only way to earn her freedom is to expose the spying of her brother and Merry refuses to succumb, but she soon finds herself fighting a new temptation. Devon Crandall is the English pirate determined to break Merry’s silence, even if it means seducing the secrets out of her. But Devon finds himself falling for this beautiful girl, even if she’s hiding something from him. Can these two find a way to be together and still be true to their loyalties?

Book Blurb for The Windflower

The classic tale of passion on the high seas, available in print for the first time in 20 years . . .

Merry Wilding is a lady of breeding, of innocence, and of breathtaking beauty. With high hopes for a holiday in England, she sets sail from New York-but the tide of her life is destined to turn. Mistakenly swept aboard an infamous pirate ship, Merry finds herself at the mercy of a wicked crew . . . and one sinfully handsome pirate. Soon she's spending her days yearning for escape, and her nights learning the pleasures of captivity.

Devon Crandall believes Merry is in league with his greatest enemy. He's determined to slowly urge her secrets from her. But along the way, he discovers her beautifully unbreakable spirit . . . and a desire unlike any he's ever known. She is hiding something from him, and yet, each day that passes brings her deeper into his heart. When fierce arguments give way to fiercer passion, can a pirate learn to love a woman? Or will true love be lost at sea?

Night Owl Reviews May, 2014 4.50