Raeven Russell grew up on her British Admiral father's ships. She learned to do just about everything on the ship along with her regular studies. As she became to a marriageable age, she fell in love with a British officer which suited everyone fine until he was killed by Captain Cutlass.
Captain Cutlass is a privateer with a letter from Spain. He's exploits are many and the rumors about him abound. It's said that he is from an aristocratic French family but there is no proof. All Raeven knows is she is going to kill him for murdering her fianc‚e.
To this end, she challenges Captain Cutlass to a fight in a bar. Though Raeven is good with a sword, the captain is better and soon exposes her for what she is, a female pretending to be male. Escaping with everything except her sword, Raeven has not given up on her revenge.
Months later, she finds Captain Cutlass leaving a party that she is attending. Planning on not failing this time, she follows him only to find herself in the middle of a fight she knows nothing about. She has to decide and quickly, to trust Captain Cutlass or to take her chances with the men trying to kill him and her by being with him.
Choosing the captain, Raeven finds herself on the high seas with a true pirate after them as well as her father. Sparks start to fly and not just in anger or revenge as Raeven fights the growing attraction she feels towards Captain Cutlass. Her loyalties are going to be strained as she learns all about love. Can she really care for the man who killed her fianc‚e? Can she live a life on the run?
I was really looking forward to reading this, the last book about 3 brothers separated by the French revolution. Based on the previous books, I expected romance, laughter and tension. I was shocked that it took me a bit to get into this story but thrilled as once I did, things did pick up.
The characters were fun. Raeven has been protected as much as she can by her father. She's never known her mother and doesn't remember her life prior to being on a British Naval ship. She's smart and courageous but a bit prone to wanting things her own way. Captain Cutlass is really Bastien, Marquis de Valere. Though he was 11 when he first went to sea, he remembers his privileged lifestyle and the death of his family. Though he is somewhat of a pirate, he has the loyalty of his crew and his own set of morals.
That is he thinks he has the loyalty of his crew. There is a traitor among them giving their position to the pirate Bastien is after. He's not sure who it is but he hopes to find out before he's blown out of the water!
Much of this story feels to be part of a thrilling adventure. At points, it feels contrived or impossible. It's almost as if Raeven is jumping from one situation to the next without any downtime. It's hard to imagine the months between the first meeting and the party when you only turn a page.
This story is part of a trilogy but does not have to be read as part of it. The characters from the previous books do not make an appearance until towards the end of this story and there is very little interaction between them. This is a shame because I really like them and had hoped to see more involvement with them and this last story.
This isn't a bad historical romance but it also isn't the best work of this excellent author. This story feels forced at points and then flows smoothly in others. Yet, the characters were interesting enough to keep me reading and wanting to know more. I can't say, don't waste your time but I will strongly suggest that you read the previous two books in this series prior to this one.
Though I'm a bit disappointed in this concluding book, I still look forward to future stories by Ms. Galen. I find her characters to always be interesting and generally I love her stories.
Revenge should be sweet, but it may cost him everything...
The Marquis de Valère escaped certain death in the French Revolution and is now an infamous privateer. Out to avenge the death of his mentor, Bastien discovers himself astonishingly out of his depth when confronted with a beautiful, daring young woman who has landed herself in a mess of trouble...
Forgiveness is unthinkable, but it may be her only hope...
British Admiral's daughter Raeven Russell believes Bastien responsible for her fiancé's death. But then the fiery beauty crosses swords directly with Bastien, and now she's not so sure she really wants him to change his wicked ways...
With her father and a set of ruthless killers hot on their trail, amidst swashbuckling adventure and constant danger, suddenly Bastien and Raeven's steamy entanglement seems to be the only thing they care about.