For a pirate, nothing is forbidden...except love. To gain her freedom, Charlee must seduce the prince. To save the pirate, Prince Petra must win her heart.
BY HONOR ALONE
A handsome war hero, Prince Petra can have his pick of any lady in the kingdom. A man of virtue, he's saved himself for just the right one. But when the corrupt emperor of Isa Vis kidnaps a duke's daughter to force her into an alliance, Petra sacrifices himself—and his dreams of love—to save her. Betrothing himself to the distant captive, he leads a daring rescue across the stormy South Sea.
But The Light has other plans. On the voyage, Petra runs afoul of Charlee. Once a prisoner, now a pirate captain, the sultry siren holds him captive with more than just her sword. And when she offers a seductive wager—if he takes her body before they reach the City of Light, she wins absolution for her crimes—it is all he can do to hold firm. While he has every reason to bring Charlee to justice, he’s also finally found a woman he wants more than honor. And he can no more trust her than he can trust himself.
LOVE & WAR
“I’ll race you there.”
Charlee’s mind spun in a whirl. She’d never been one to resist a challenge, which Petra well knew. She’d also never been one to play fair.
She softly took his hand and allowed him to pull her up. As soon as he released her, she leaned toward him. His eyes widened and filled with desire. She let a playful smile touch her lips and licked the bottom one with her tongue. Petra sucked in a breath, but before he could make a move, she shoved him back in the sand and took off running as fast as she could, more laughter spilling from her lips—laughter conspicuously sounding like giggles.
She reached the west side of the pool at nearly the same time Petra crested the cliff of the falls. That sneaky prince had found an alternate route.
Their eyes met and locked. She took one step into the water as he dove from the cliff. Her breath caught in her throat. She froze for several heartbeats, the ripples from his splash washing over her toes. Then, out of nowhere, a strong arm rose in front of her, grabbed her leg and pulled her in. She screamed and tried to pull away.
He surfaced in front of her, his arms securely wrapped around her waist. She tried to push and wiggle free, but his arms locked around her more tightly. She tried to splash him, slap him and even butt him with her head, but he captured her hands. Their eyes met unguarded and full of passion. His warm body pressed against hers…
Let me start off by saying I have a thing for pirates... there my bias is out there. Throw in female pirate and you might as well call me done because the combination, if done correctly, is killer.
For me, Kary's take on a female pirate was spot on! I LOVED IT! I spent a lot of my undergrad years obsessing over pirates- especially females (don't judge me, we all wasted some time in college- my wasted time is clearly useful today, so there!), anyways, I learned a lot about them, their backgrounds, stories, tales, positions, etc... did you know that the famous pirate Black Bart has been rumored to have been a girl?!
My point, getting back to my point, Kary does an expert job of blending the realities of pirate like with the sexiness and adventure that we all think of when we think pirate. Not only that, but she's thrown in the Gift element which borderlines paranormal-ish and OMG could she have written me a better book? I know, I know, it wasn't written for me, but it has so much of my favorite things.
Truth be told, I read it one night because I didn't want to put it down. And I am SO curious about how Abby and Chad ended in the realm of the Light and not the US which apparently is in the same universe/time period, but not the same. OMG, please explain it to me. I HAVE TO KNOW! Just like I want to know if there are more books in this series, it is a series right? I've not been given this small piece of awesome, only to never taste another bit of it again! Say it ain't so!
As you can see, I liked the book. I highly recommend it for you nautical lovers, you romance lovers, you royal story lovers, you paranormal/supernatural lovers, you fable lovers! Basically, you should just get the dang book and it and thank me later. :D
Kary Rader is a part-time Twitter sage, stay-at-home mother of three, and slave to the characters and worlds inside her head. Always creative, she's drawn to stories with fantastical worlds and creatures.
With a little bit of magic and divine guidance, there isn't anything that can't be accomplished with words. It's the power of words that creates and destroys.
Vanquishing evil and injustice while finding eternal love in the process is all in a day's work. With the help of her critique partners and master cartographer imaginary places come to life.