by Marsha Canham

March 2003
ISBN: 0-451-20815-3
Reviewer Graphic Button Signet Books
Mass Market Paperback

Ahoy, romance lovers! Prepare to set sail on The Iron Rose! Marsha Canhamís latest romantic adventure takes us on a journey to the West Indies, where pirates were royalty.

Varian St. Clare, 12th Duke of Harrow, has volunteered for his last hazardous mission. He is supposed to contact as many privateers as possible and order them to stop plaguing the Spanish. Then he plans to settle into his estate, marry and continue the family line. When his ship is attacked by the forces he is trying to protect, he is surprised to find that his rescuer is a pirate ship, the Iron Rose.

Juliet Dante, captain of the Iron Rose, has no use for the velvet-clad, plumed and beribboned dandy, but agrees to take him to her father, legendary pirate Simon Dante. Raised in a manís world, Juliet can stand toe-to-toe with her crew in battle, and surpasses many of her peers in swordsmanship and tactics. Rescuing the irritating Duke was a secondary thought after gaining the real prize, the Spanish galleon loaded from stem to stern with treasure. Why on earth would the pirate community willingly give up such temptations?

Reading this book was a true pleasure. The historical background is amazingly accurate, right down to the smallest details. It paints a vivid picture of sailing ships, naval tactics and ocean warfare. The characters are brought to life in striking detail, with the supporting cast given equal care. Ms. Canhamís work has long been praised for its detail, historic accuracy and compelling plots. The Iron Rose delivers on all levels, leaving the reader eagerly turning the page to see what comes next. Run, donít walk, to the bookstore and start the adventure for yourself!

Reviewed in March 2003 by Paula.

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