by Betina Krahn

1989 Reissue
ISBN: 0-8217-7315-1
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Mass Market Paperback

A quick glance at the cover and title of this book might lead the unwary reader to assume that this is just another “Pirate” romance. Nothing could be further from the truth. This is a complex and many-layered story of two striking people falling in love against the turbulent backdrop of Revolutionary America, and the confusion that existed about pirates, privateers and ‘businessmen’.

Blythe Woolrich is the woman who is holding Woolrich Enterprises together – with her teeth, two clips and a bit of old cotton. Bankruptcy is bearing down on her; her father is showing signs of dementia, her grandmother is a royal pain, and her life, basically, stinks. Oh, and she’s being pursued by a horrible villain, who wants her business and her. Some days it doesn’t pay to get out of bed.

To add to her troubles, she’s kidnapped by Raider Prescott and his fellow pirates, in a mis-informed attempt to extract ransom from the “rich” Woolrich family. Things have just about hit bottom for Blythe – or so she thinks. Gideon Prescott has his own psychological baggage tucked away. He’s avoided it for many years, and is astonished to find that his captive is starting to whittle away at his self control. His crew is dumbfounded by Blythe, and there are many changes ahead for all of them.

This is a splendid and engrossing story, taking us out onto the high seas in a time where politics were changed with the hoisting of a flag, and allegiances broken in a snap. Gideon is a man of his time, confused yet needy – he needs what Blythe has to offer. Blythe is also a fascinating character – by turns strong, courageous and absolutely knee-shakingly terrified!

I will not divulge more of the plot, because I recommend you treat yourself to this book and find out on your own how Gideon and Blythe survive the adventures that overtake them. They’re smart, they’re young, and they’re in love – and they’re on a pirate ship! It’s wonderful. Read it and enjoy it.

Reviewed in August 2002 by Celia.

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