From prologue to epilogue the story held me rapt with it's smooth pace and humorous undertones. The bantering dialogue is wonderfully written and even as I didn't know the meaning of all the terms used it still felt authentic to the characters and time period. Just as well the visual aspect of the story plays just like a movie with it's descriptive appeal and satisfying end. Historical romance readers will have fun with this read.
Jin and Viola each readily admit that he's no gentleman and she's no lady. Their personal stories have seen to that and shaped the people they are when we meet them. Arrogant, stubborn, brave, and determined. Their relationship develops in much the same way as their attitudes, but with an underlying vulnerability that easily connects the reader to their individual plights. As they are both extremely conflicted and lonely, they easily seek comfort with each other. It is during those moments of comfort that the author delivers steamy, bodice-ripping action for us to enjoy. I also very much appreciated the author giving the reader equal parts Viola the privateer and Viola the slightly rough-around-the-edges lady.
"He had finally found the quarry he had chosen for himself two years earlier. Another lost soul. A woman gone for so long that she no longer knew she was lost."
Viola Carlyle or as she is better known these days as Violet la Vile runs a tight ship. Captaining her own ship has afforded her an opportunity most proper young ladies will never have. Living most of her life on the high seas, Violet has experienced many freedoms, but this life thrust upon her is not without its hardships. However, Violet doesn't allow herself to dwell too long on what once was or what could have been. Her plan is simply to marry the man who had captured her attention from a young and impressionable age, settle on his plantation, and live the rest of her life letting those who knew Viola believe her dead. But the one known as the “Pharaoh” has other ideas, the least of which brings out a very unladylike desire in her.
Jinan Seaton is a legend among sailors and gentlemen alike. While Jin could live the rest of his days as a gentleman of leisure, he has chosen the life of a hunter. Sailing from one port to the next in search of clues to the whereabouts of a missing possibly dead lady of noble birth. How fortuitous for Jin that the hunter is caught by his quarry, but what he finds is most astonishing and her story even more impressive. Buried beneath the mouth of a sailor with a captains command and the clothing of a man is a lady in need of direction. To repay his debt he needs her cooperation, but he underestimates her charms and finds himself in need of direction in navigating his heart.
The Rules of Being a Proper Lady
1) Never take steps greater than six inches apart
2) Never look boldly at a gentleman
3) And never, ever, kiss a man who is not your fiancé…
But beautiful, bold Viola Carlyle doesn’t care about the rules. And she desperately wants to kiss the notoriously tempting Captain Jin Seton, the man who brought her kicking and fighting back to English society. Kidnapped as a child, now she longs to return to that life of freedom where she was able to live-and love-as she wished.
Having hunted Viola for two years, Jin Seton has finally found his good luck-for by finding Viola his oldest, deepest debt will at last be paid. And although he has vowed not to let her win his heart, this very improper lady might finally be the one who tames him.