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review 2017-05-18 07:17
Never Game a Gamer
Never Trust a Pirate (Playful Brides) - Valerie Bowman

This is a definite win in a consistently good series. Valerie Bowman writes so charmingly, and I love that the heroine is as roguish as the hero. I like the surprises along the way and Danielle is probably going on my favorite heroines list, not because we share the name. But because she's awesome. I picture Eva Green as Danielle.

Overall rating: 4.5/5.0 stars.

Reviewed for Affaire de Coeur Magazine http://affairedecoeurmagazine.com.

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review 2017-05-02 22:56
Book Review For: 'Never Trust a Pirate' by Valerie Bowman
Never Trust a Pirate (Playful Brides) - Valerie Bowman

'Never Trust a Pirate' by Valerie Bowman is book Seven in the "Playful Brides" series. This is the story of Cade Cavendish and Miss Danielle LaCrosse. I have read most of the other books in this series but I do feel this can be a standalone book. Cade is the twin brother of Rafe Cavendish from the book 'The Irresistible Rogue' which was book four in the "Playful Brides" series. Danielle is the maid for Daphne Cavendish who is Rafe's wife.
Danielle is working as a Spy to help pay back the services that save her mother after being accused of killing Danielle's father. Danielle was sent to get into the Cavendish's services to spy on Cade.
Cade is out to get revenge on the man that hurt his brother. Cade is feeling guilt along with that want of revenge. When Cade and Danielle meet the attraction is instant! Cade is finding it very hard to resist Danielle. Danielle is seeing that there is more to Cade than she first thought.
It appears that they are both working to get the same person...but will they get each other in the end?
"My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."

Source: www.amazon.com/Never-Trust-Pirate-Playful-Brides-ebook/dp/B01M8G3HBN/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1493760350&sr=8-1&keywords=Never+Trust+a+Pirate
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review 2017-05-01 03:28
Great Story with Great Characters
Never Trust a Pirate (Playful Brides) - Valerie Bowman

Cade Cavendish is known as the black sheep of the family. When he’s home to an extended visit to his twin brother’s home, everyone is trying to figure out what he’s up to. Miss Danielle LaCross is an undercover spy. When she finds out she’s to monitor Cade Cavendish, her curiosity might get the best of her.

I really liked this book. I liked getting to know Cade and Danielle. I liked the interactions between them and the build-up of the story. I highly recommend.

**I voluntarily read and reviewed this book

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review 2017-04-30 23:44
Review: Never Trust a Pirate by Valerie Bowman
Never Trust a Pirate (Playful Brides) - Valerie Bowman



From the halls of an elegant Mayfair townhouse to the high seas, Never Trust a Pirate is a delightful Regency romp. Valerie Bowman has a fun, breezy writing style that never fails to entertain me and her characters are always jam-packed with wit and charm, so it was easy for me to fall into this seventh Playful Brides novel.

Cade Cavendish is the black sheep of his family. Having grown up poor with an abusive father, he’s much more at home on his ship or in a tavern than he is at a ball. Cade is fun, a shameless flirt with Danielle, and though he plays the rogue he’s got a good heart and a strong sense of loyalty. Cade would run circles around your average society girl, which is why it’s a good thing Ms. Bowman pairs him with an unconventional heroine. Danielle has been on her own since she was thirteen. She’s been a smuggler and a spy, and she’s more at home on a ship than in her latest role as lady’s maid to Cade’s sister-in-law. I loved that both Cade and Danielle were spies, had secrets, and were able to throw one another off their strides. These two don’t fit in in the stuffy world of the ton and I loved that they never really tried to conform. Whether they’re trading secrets or hunting a common enemy, they make a good team and it was fun to watch Danielle shock Cade with her spy skills. Danielle is Cade’s equal in every way and that made their love story all the more interesting. I was well and truly hooked into their romance, which was sensual, energetic, and just plain fun to read.

Never Trust a Pirate is the seventh book in the Playful Brides series, but if you don’t mind spoilers for The Irresistible Rogue (Rafe Cavendish’s story) then it can be read as a standalone. I’ve been reading this series out of order, and though all of the books I’ve read so far have had a lighthearted feel, Never Trust a Pirate is definitely the most casual. The relationships and interactions between the characters in this book was a bit more informal than I’m used to in a historical romance (even taking into account Cade and Danielle’s upbringings), which did draw me out of the story a couple of times. As far as complaints go, it’s a fairly minor one as far as I’m concerned when there are such delightful characters to keep me entertained. I know I’ve used the word “fun” multiple times to describe Never Trust a Pirate, but that’s honestly the best word for Cade and Danielle’s story. It’s sexy, engaging, sparkling good fun and I cannot wait to read the next Playful Brides tale!

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Source: witandsin.blogspot.com/2017/04/review-never-trust-pirate-by-valerie.html
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review 2017-04-30 19:35
Good Story and Characters
The Legendary Lord - Valerie Bowman

Christian was Viscount Berkeley and was outside his small hunting lodge and someone was in his lodge. He pushed the door in with his boot and had his pistol drawn. Christian was in a bad mood, he was tired and dirty and had spent the last night on the road. All Christian really wanted was some food and a warm fire. Instead first he had to get rid of the thief. When he further opened the door he saw this room was empty but there was a fire in the grate, a woven rug he didn’t recognize and a boiling pot. It was obvious someone was here other than the caretaker Mr. Fergus. There was also the vague smell of lilies which meant a woman. An uninvited unwanted woman. He had left London to get away from women. In Scotland Christian was just Christian. No pomp and circumstance at the hunting lodge and Christian liked that. Then Fergus number two - the dog- came in and lead Christian to his bedroom. Christian looked in and there was a woman in his bed. Sarah knew someone was in the house with her. Mr. Fergus had assured Sarah she would have no problem with Master Christian as he was a gentleman. But then she pointed the sword which was his at Christian but he disarmed her and said it was his home and his sword. Sarah admitted this was her third night at the lodge. Fergus had taken her chaperone Mrs Goatsocks into town as she needed medical attention. Sarah said she was the daughter of the Earl of Highfield. Sarah felt this man was no gentleman especially saying he would throw her out in the snow. Sarah’s parents had set her up to marry a popular and well connected man. Sarah had tried to have feeling for this man but all he seemed to be able to talk about was himself. Sarah got the idea to go to her father’s cabin but ended up at the wrong one. Christian had been looking for a woman to marry but the women he considered would always turned into just friends. Sarah needs help getting back to London without a scandal as she doesn’t want to hurt her parents. Sarah agrees to help Christian find a wife if he can get her to London. Sarah and Christian develop feelings but Sarah is already engaged. But Sarah has already agreed to turn Christian into the Legendary Lord.

I liked this story but how did an Earl’s daughter learn how to cook. This story did make me smile at times. I loved the romance of this story and how it built up. This was an easy read with a good plot. I liked how Sarah didn’t back down from Christian when he found her in his bedroom. Then Christian and Sarah came up with a conclusion for both her and Christian’s problems. Some things and expressions were too modern though. I liked the characters a lot and the ins and outs of this story and I recommend.

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