by Jennifer Ashley

May 2004
ISBN: 0-8439-5280-6
Reviewer Graphic Button Leisure Books
Mass Market Paperback

March 1812. Captain James Ardmore was a living legend! He was feared, hated and scorned by polite society. He was wanted dead or alive by the British navy. But it was revenge against the murdering pirates who killed his brother and made him what he was today that kept James alive and going. Captured by his enemies the British, and facing the hangman’s noose, a twist of fate in the form of a sea storm steps in and James finds himself freed by one of his captors, a compassionate British lieutenant. Forced to swim for shore, James saves the young lieutenant who unchaines him to give him a fighting chance in the storm, only to find he has landed in a worse fate then the British had planned for him. James has washed up on the island of Haven and right into the arms of the one woman he hasn’t been able to get out of his mind or his heart since he was forced a year earlier, to kidnap her in order to gain information about the British navy’s next moves, Lady Diana Worthing.

Diana Worthing is stunned to see James Ardmore on her beach! Having once faced the notorious pirate hunter in a showdown of wits Diana had refused to give away any information to the infamous James Ardmore, but had given him something more precious, her heart.

The Pirate Hunter, is the sequel to Jennifer Ashley’s very successful The Pirate Next Door. Introduced in that book as secondary characters, Diana and James continue what was hinted at in that story-into this one. Unfortunately, I didn’t read the first novel, and this is not a sequel that can stand alone. Without reading the first, (which I strongly recommend) it is hard to follow who is who, and the reasons why James and Diana are so volatile together, but also, what makes them sizzle. Perhaps, if I had followed my own advice and read the first book,I may have enjoyed this story more. I did find James to be a great anti hero. James makes his own rules, and fights for his own reasons. It is his anger and revenge that drive him, until James finds the ultimate salvation in he and Diana’s love.

Reviewed in May 2004 by Bonnie.

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