Ransom Press, 2014
Reviewed by Diana Flowers (Guest Reviewer)
Shiver Me Timbers!
With quill in hand, MaryLu Tyndall has crafted a swashbuckling, seafaring adventure set in the wicked city of Port Royal, Jamaica, where nefarious villains and pirates roam the streets—and where an unescorted lady dare not!
Juliana Dutton is the daughter of one of the wealthiest shipping merchants in Port Royal. With a drunken gambler of a brother and an ailing father, Juliana must keep the business afloat single handedly—all while trying to help a fallen friend, and work at the orphanage as well. While seeking to stave off the affections of an intrusive would-be suitor – Captain Nichols – Juliana agrees to a fake engagement to the foppish Lord Munthrope, who perhaps may not be all he appears to be. He seems all too willing to help, but can he be trusted?
When Juliana is accosted by vulgar ruffians on her way to check on her friend, a most unlikely person comes to her rescue…the most feared and relentless pirate on the Spanish Main—Pirate Earl! The infamous Pirate Earl, Alexander Hyde, son of Captain Edmund Merrick Hyde, leads a dual life as he attempts to hide the dark secrets that plague his soul day and night. As her faint-hearted fiancé and Juliana's lives become intertwined with the fearsome Pirate Earl, an enemy follows and dangers ensue—especially those of the heart. For the virtuous Juliana simply cannot get the memory of the startling, piercingly blue eyes of a certain immoral, enigmatic pirate out of her mind…
MaryLu Tyndall has written an exhilarating adventure on the high seas and off, that will awaken your senses and heighten your emotions with her amazing descriptive imagery! With an intricate, heart racing plot guaranteed to cause the reader to chuckle and shed a few tears, this is certainly in my opinion, one of, if not the best pirate novels that has ever come from this writer's pen…er, quill that is. With a powerful thread of redemption and second chances, I drew a deep sigh at the satisfying conclusion, and tears formed in my eyes at that wonderful last sentence (but don't peek!) So get yer sea legs on, mateys—ye are about to set sail on a journey ye won't soon forget!
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