Ordered by the Prince Regent into the Caribbean, English sea captain and former privateer Jean Nicholas Powell has no time for women onboard the Wind Raven, especially not Tara McConnell. The impudent American forced herself aboard, and so she’ll get more than she bargained for: Instead of a direct sail to Baltimore, she’ll join their quest to investigate a rampaging pirate, the infamous Roberto Cofresi. But the hoyden thinks she can crew with his men, and though he bans her from the rigging, Nick is captivated watching her lithe, luscious movements on deck. Facing high seas, storms, cutthroats and the endless unknown, he must protect his ship, his passenger, his crew. But on this voyage, with this woman, there is a greater danger: to his heart.
To say I loved Wind Raven by author Regan Walker is putting in the simplest terms. There's adventure on the seas, pirates, romance, and a story that I found myself completely absorbed in from the very beginning to the end. As a note, this is the 3rd book in a trilogy, but having this one, I want to read the first two which tell the stories of people related to characters in this book.
And the characters? They were well-fleshed out, and felt three-dimensional. The first is Tara McConnell. She was amazing. Strong, tough, brave, determined, independent, with a fiery personality to match. When she expressed her discontent to follow what society deemed proper behavior for a lady of that time and era, (early 19th century) I felt an immediate connection to her as a reader. Because of that, I found myself rooting for her the entire book. She knew what she wanted for her life, and wasn't afraid to let it be known.
And Nick Powell, the captain of the Wind Raven. I thought was a little arrogant at the beginning, but I can't deny I found myself fascinated with him. It was interesting to see how his perception of Tara and her perception of him changed as the story progressed. It took them a while to finally realize that they had feelings for each other, but once they did, I found myself smiling many times as their relationship grew and developed. There were many secondary characters I also grew to like, but my favorite would probably be the ship's cook, McGinnes. And the ship's cat – Sam/Samantha. I loved her as well.
What I also really enjoyed about the book was reading about the background of the historical figures and events that were utilized in crafting the story, including the actual pirate – Cofresi.
For any one who likes regency romance or historical romance, I highly recommend this book. My rating is 5/5 platypires.
“What do you mean?” he asked, coming up behind her, so close she could feel the heat of his chest. His warmth had always drawn her, and it was pulling her to him now like a strong undertow.
“Each of us withheld from the other the one thing we wanted,” she remarked, staring into the night sky.
“And what would that be?” He put his hands on her arms, drawing her back against his chest. She shivered with his touch but allowed it, while fighting the urge to turn and fall into his arms.
“You wanted my body and, fool that I am, I wanted your heart.”
He spun her around so fast her vision blurred. “My heart? You wanted my heart?”
“Yes, but I cannot seem to touch it.” His eyes carried a look of astonishment. “Well, you can keep it,” she said emphatically. “I don’t want it anymore. And you shall never have me!”
He stared at her for only a moment. “Oh, yes, I will.” As if she had defied one of his many orders and he was having none of it, he brought his mouth down on hers in a kiss that was claiming. One of his hands closed on her nape and his other arm wrapped tightly around her waist, holding her to him, trapping her with his powerful strength.
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About the Author
As a child Regan Walker loved to write stories, particularly about adventure-loving girls, but by the time she got to college more serious pursuits took priority. One of her professors thought her suited to the profession of law, and Regan realized it would be better to be a hammer than a nail. Years of serving clients in private practice and several stints in high levels of government gave her a love of international travel and a feel for the demands of the “Crown” on its subjects. Hence her romance novels often involve a demanding Prince Regent who thinks of his subjects as his private talent pool. - See more at: http://boroughspublishinggroup.com/authors/regan-walker#sthash.VGWphvvH.dpuf