Dragon Cairn Keep, Cornwall, England
He had been infamous as the marauding pirate, Drake the Dragon. When Captain Gabriel Drake was given his royal pardon on condition he stay out of London, or meet his end on the gallows, he was more then happy to return to his ancestral home of Dragon Cairn. Accosted along the way by a spunky boy who fought well with a sword, but eventually was felled by Gabriel’s more experienced hand, Gabriel and his longtime friend and former shipmate, Meri, soon discover this was no ordinary lad, but a very beautiful young woman! An even more shocking revelation was announced by the girl when she tells a flabbergasted Gabriel that she is the chatelaine of Dragon Cairn and both his father and brother are dead, leaving Gabriel (who had long been presumed dead) as the new lord and master of the Cairn!
Mistress Jacquelyn Wren, daughter of renowned courtesan Isabella Wren, had been brought up in a school for young ladies away from her mother’s limelight. Vowing to remain chaste, Jacquelyn was content in her role as chatelaine to Dragon Cairn. Learning of the king’s decision to send a new lord to the Cairn, Jacquelyn was determined to defend her “family” and hired thugs to help her. Disguised as a lad, and using her skill with a rapier, Jacquelyn was bested by the new lord and the ruffians ran off leaving her at his mercy. Worse yet Jack discovered the new lord was none other than the long missing Gabriel Drake! Fighting off her attraction to this darkly handsome and seductive pirate, Jacquelyn quickly brought Gabriel up to speed on his new role as lord, and because of the almost bare coffers, Gabriel needed to wed an heiress and soon. Can Jack keep from Pleasuring the Pirate?
Pleasuring the Pirate by Emily Bryan has all the bones to make a good romance. Strong lead characters, Jack and Gabriel are well matched. Secondary characters that bring in a good mixture of devilry/hilarity are Gabe’s orphaned nieces and his former first mate, the scruffy but good natured Meri. There’s even a buried treasure for the reformed pirate to find. All in all a good fun read!