Saturday, February 9, 2013

[ARC Review]: "The Notorious Lady Anne"

The Notorious Lady Anne by Sharon Cullen
Publisher: Loveswept (Feb. 11th, 2013)
Genre: Historical Romance

From rising romance star Sharon Cullen comes a tale of the fiery passion between a noble naval officer and a female pirate that’s as tempestuous and as unpredictable as the sea.

Nicholas Addison, celebrated captain of the Blackwell Shipping Fleet, has agreed to take Mrs. Emmaline Sutherland aboard the Pride and ferry the raven-haired beauty across the Atlantic on what he imagines will be a routine trip. But when the ship is attacked by pirates, the seemingly innocent passenger is revealed to be none other than the infamous marauder Lady Anne, whose name strikes fear in the hearts of sailors everywhere—and whose seductive wiles commandeers Nicholas’s affections.

Lady Anne, a legend of the high seas, has spent the last eleven years plotting revenge against her father, the owner of Blackwell Shipping. She’s targeted the Pride in hopes of plundering its captain’s company secrets. But beneath her fierce courage and bitter determination, Anne has the delicate heart of a woman—a heart that cannot help falling for Nicholas. Now Anne must make a difficult choice: bring down Blackwell or surrender to love.
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My Review:

The Notorious Lady Anne was actually a pretty good book. Adventures on the high seas, a romance that shouldn't work out, but does....and a lady pirate. Interesting, no? And while it was, I did feel like there were a few things missing along the way, things that could have turned this book into something even better.

For example, I wish there had been more of a backstory about Lady Anne and how she came to be. I am still baffled as to how a woman could walk onto the scene and suddenly be the notorious, respected/feared pirate of the seas. Perhaps I'm missing something, but it doesn't make sense—lady pirates were, of course, not a common thing, but, in my way of thinking, wouldn't it take a lot for such a pirate to become so famous, so feared? With Emmaline, I just didn't see how she came to be Lady Anne, though she tells us the brief story of how she wanted revenge on her father and boarded Sutherland's ship, etc. That didn't explain it though, or at least not completely, in my opinion.

I could have done without some of the drama, when Emmaline refuses to stop and talk to Nicholas, but instead just assumes that he's leaving her, that he's disappointed in her past and her rank, etc. I guess, in a way this was meant to show you that she still does not know how to trust easily, but it just annoyed me a bit.

3.5 STARS! Over all, I thought this was a lovely historical, with a slightly different story. Emmaline was a strong woman, which I'm always a fan of, and Nicholas was an honorable hero. I'm curious about whether Phin will ever have more of his story told.

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I received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest review.

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