Publication Date: February 7, 2012
Publisher: Sourcebooks Inc.
Genre: Historical Romance
Pages: Paperback, 343pp
(Received for an honest review from Sourcebooks Casablanca)
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Books in the Series: The Making of a Duchess (2010), The Making of a Gentleman (2010), The Rogue Pirate's Bride (2012)
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Excerpt from The Rogue Pirates Bride
Revenge should be sweet, but it may cost him everything...
The Marquis de Valere 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 fiance'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...
Shana Galen's third novel in the Sons of the Revolution historical romance series, The Rogue Pirate's Bride combines steamy romance and high seas adventure to give readers a very satisfying end to a fantastic series. Galen's three French brothers have captivated readers and from the start and Bastien may prove to be the most endearing yet. Galen's ability to make the reader feel a part of the story is masterful and her storytelling continues to impress.
This particular series is one of my favorites. Shana Galen has such a talent for bringing her characters and settings to life. I loved the fact that she chose to make the last Harcourt brother a pirate. I love pirates! They give off this bad boy aura that's unmistakeable. But the setting is so much a part of The Rogue Pirate's Bride that it takes on the persona of a character itself. Readers will feel the salt water spray on their faces and the swells and valleys of the sea. This author really knows how to describe things in such a way that they seem very real to the reader.
Bastien is a really great character. He is a real man's man. He has the privateer racket down to a science and he is quite hot. But he is by no means perfect. He lives for revenge, and that tends to take a lot out of you. He believes his family to be dead and now he's lost his mentor and second father. Revenge is the name of the game. I thought Galen did a fantastic job of showing Bastien as a tortured soul. When he meets Raeven he certainly has met his match.
Raeven is not what you'd call a tomboy, though she does have some of those attributes. She's got guts, that's for sure. Not many gals would dress up and challenge a pirate to a duel. She is a very non-typical heroine, which is another thing that Galen excels at, giving readers unexpected and interesting characters. But Raeven has her issues as well, same as Bastien's... she's out for revenge and Bastien is her target. Talk about sparks flying, these two are pretty much out to get each other one way or another.
Galen's last book in the Sons of the Revolution series, doesn't focus as much on the other brothers which was a little disappointing since I loved both of them so much. The Harcourt brothers are quite interesting and I thought Galen did a fantastic job of bringing everything full circle and reuniting them in the end. The romance was hot... the adventure was riveting and this was a spectacular book. I liked everything about it... chances are you will too!
The Rogue Pirates Bride is available NOW from your favorite bookseller.
I'm giving this one 5 out of 5 apples from my book bag!
Shana Galen is the author of seven Regency historicals, including the Rita-nominated Blackthorne's Bride. Her books have been sold in Brazil, Russia, the Netherlands, Spain, and Turkey and featured in the Rhapsody and Doubleday Book Clubs. A former English teacher in Houston's inner city, Shana now writes full time. She is a happily married wife and mother of a daughter and a spoiled cat.