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review 2019-06-17 00:11
Love The Series But...
Pirate's Pleasure (Sentinels of Savannah #3) - Lisa Kessler

John Smyth has survived mutinous pirate crews, wars, and the passage of centuries by keeping his life as he did his ships, organized and well stocked. But when his crew is tasked with stealing Pandora's Box for the government, it opens a door to destruction, and her name is Harmony Andrews. A risk-taking investment broker by day, and a thief by night, Harmony is a member of the underground Digi Robins crew. Stealing relics to sell on the dark web, they donate the money to people without insurance who need life-saving medical treatments. What she doesn't realize is the box she just stole is the very one her boss is looking for––the boss who just happens to be an immortal pirate. And as their adventure heads into the danger zone, she doesn't know what's more dangerous: the risk to her life or the risk to her heart.

I have read many of this author’s books. She’s definitely one of my favorites. That said, this book wasn’t. It wasn’t bad and kept the same feel as the others, but I had a hard time liking Harmony.

**I voluntarily read and reviewed this book

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review 2019-06-05 21:03
Yes - Pirate Dragon!
Princeless: The Pirate Princess - Jeremy Whitley

 

In this installment we are introduced to Raven, the pirate Princess of the title. She is on a quest to regain her rightful place as heir to the Pirate King. She kicks butt in the most awesome way.

What is enjoyable is the friendship that develops between the young women. At first, there is jealous - basically the type you get when your dragon seems to love someone else more than you. But a friendship quickly develops.

There is plenty of action, some wonderful humor, and a great story.

I love this story.
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review 2019-05-29 19:15
Swashbuckling fun
Lord Johnnie - Leslie Turner White

Thank you to Linda Hilton for the rec :)

 

This book was so much fun, Raiden wanted to get into the spirit. I told him to give me his best pirate mean mug

 

 

He did not disappoint, lol.

 

 

"The road of life leaves as strong an imprint on the man as the man leaves on the road, Johnnie. We are all the fruits of our experiences. You can't change that."

"A bitter truth," he agreed.

She studied him a long while in silence. "That girl has altered your outlook, hasn't she?"

"Let's say she clarified it, your Grace."

 

If you're a fan of Errol Flynn movies or any of variation of Robin Hood tv shows, you'll want to get a copy of this. 

 

Johnnie Rogue was born a bastard, his father supposedly died at sea and didn't make it back to marry Johnnie's mother, while she died in childbirth. With an English mother and Scottish father, living in France was difficult and Johnnie had to turn to thievery to survive. When he makes it back to England he becomes a bold and brash highwayman who eventually gets caught. 

 

"The procedure is simple enough: ye marry a condemned rascal, who as yer 'usband becomes legally responsible fer yer debts. We promptly 'angs 'im, leavin' ye a pretty little widow, free as a bird o' both 'usban' an' debts."

 

Lady Leanna is dangerously in debt and looks to marry a condemned man, using the loophole of her "husband" being responsible for the debts and when he gets hung, the debts are wiped out because he paid for his "crime". As rogues are want to do in these stories, Johnnie escapes the hangman's noose. 

 

"All right—I'll be honest, I'll tell you something I never spoke aloud before, because, until the moment you walked into Newgate, it was nothing but a vain, silly, hopeless wish." He talked rapidly, as if trying to keep ahead of the restraint of reason. "I have always wanted to be a gentleman! I've hated sordidness and poverty, hated coarseness and vulgarity. Then, miraculously, you came into that hell-hole and married me. In that I saw the hand of Providence. I would have been a fool to have thrown the opportunity away."

 

While Johnnie might be a rascal, he's actually only wanted to live a lawful life, poverty and circumstance led him down a different road. When he finds Leanna after escaping death, he sees her as his salvation, Leanna does not feel the same way as she has someone else in mind for marriage. There's a sex scene that fades to black very quickly and a deal struck between the two that after one night of pretending to be husband and wife, Johnnie will disappear from her life forever. They leave on good terms but a later possible betrayal leaves Johnnie bitter towards Leanna and leads him to berate himself for thinking he could go legit. 

 

These sodden creatures were without initiative; blindly they subscribed to the old rule of the sea: Grumble you may, obey you must.

 

We leave land to take to the high seas because Johnnie gets captured by the press gangs, which eventually leads to him starting a mutiny and becoming a captain. He decides to travel to America, because he saw Leanna board a ship with her beau headed there and decides he can't live without her. This desire for Leanna feels a bit empty because the reader doesn't really "know" Leanna and what we do of her, doesn't make her a sympathetic character as Johnnie is the lead and is the one the reader's are endeared to. 

 

There is some highseas action and conscious searching in regards to Johnnie helping out England in what is the tumultuous climate of America and England about to go to war and France slithering around. Strong secondary characters help round these parts, Ben Bottle - also press ganged and helps Johnnie pull off the mutiny and becomes his right hand man, Old Ames - Johnnie searched him out to get information on his father, Ames gets press ganged with Johnnie and becomes his source of information on how to survive at sea as Ames is an old sea dog, and 1st Lt. Yew - forced to stay on after the mutiny and spends most the time being frenemies with Johnnie. There are a couple others, like the Duchess of Tallentyre, Reggie, who I would delight in reading their own books.

 

For first being published in 1949, this has aged remarkably well. The dialect of the sailors was a little hard to read and understand, forcing me to reread some parts and Johnnie's friend Ben had a tendency to use the saying "Rape me" as a sort of replacement for "I'll be", which threw me a couple times. Other than that, the writing, characters, and story stand strong in this time. 

 

For me, this was more of a swashbuckling adventure than romance. We hardly get to know Leanna and she and Johnnie spend very limited time together. This was more of the journey Johnnie goes on and the five women who send him on it:  Mother - dies in childbirth, Leanna - marries Johnnie, betrays him, and inspires hope for him to go legit, Moll - starts off as his friend helping to rescue him only to betray him, Mrs. Bloodsymthe - helps reinforce his loyalty to Leanna and rescues him after she sees him as rescuing her, and Reggie - helps him get the opportunity to escape New York. 

 

Johnnie stays loyal to Leanna after he meets her but he also has a moment where he kidnaps her in front of society, thus taking away any decision she would have made and ruining her reputation; he does eventually leave her to make her own decision on staying with him but I wish we could have gotten a stronger sense of her feelings.

 

All in all, this was so much fun. If you miss Errol Flynn characters, Johnnie the Rogue's courage, ingenuity, charm, luck, and wit, while longing for Leanna and a life of legitimacy, is a story you'll want to pick up.

 

Johnnie the Rogue is dead, and John Ballantyne has emerged."

 

 

 

 

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review 2019-05-16 21:54
Love, love, love
Avengers: Endgame the Pirate Angel, the Talking Tree, and Captain Rabbit - Steve Behling,Veronica Fish

If Rocket were swearing, or blowing more, ah, people up, this would be a five star rated book.    But the problem with writing children's books of adult things is that you have to water down some characters, at least when you're dealign with the likes of Rocket and Deadpool.   (Yes, I've seen a Spider-Man and Deadpool comic for kids...)

 

Overall, the author really nailed everything, he was just help back by this being a children's book.   So I highly enjoyed it, but can't say that I felt it was five star due to the warping of the characters due to children. 

 

Children ruin everything.   At least they ruin some media tie-in books for me...

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review 2019-04-23 22:19
Pirate's Pleasure (Sentinels of Savannah #3) - Lisa Kessler

 

He has survived mutinous pirate crews, wars and he passage of centuries, but the door to destruction is been opened when John Smyth and his crew have been tasked with finding Pandora’s Box. Harmony Andrews is a member of a crew of modern day Robin Hoods by night and a risk-taking investment broker by day, but her latest theft has her risking her heart and her life when she discovers that the very box she stole is the one her boss is looking for.

 

The newest Sentinels of Savannah is a page turning read that makes readers swoon and long for a daring adventure to fall into their lap as long as it involves some seriously sexy immortal pirates, that is. John and Harmony are two strong, dynamite characters that has oodles and oodles of sizzling chemistry that explodes from the pages. Their stirring romance has sparks flying and lightning lighting up the skies all though it has a few obstacles to overcome which makes it easy for the readers to connect and this relationship makes reader feel as alive as it does the hero and heroine.

 

Chilling evil whispers abound throughout this fast paced, thrilling plot full excitement dangerous temptations and impossible choices as a thrill seeking pirate and a risk-taking heroine take on bad guys and pure evil. Vivid imagery that really sparks readers’ imaginations and has them experiencing all the thrills and emotions of a turbulent storm and life altering decisions. This swashbuckling romance ensures that readers keep turning the pages with lots of twists and the energetic energy of a high seas adventure.

 

 

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