Reviewed by: Book Addict

The Rogue Pirate's Bride
by Shana Galen

Published February 7, 2012 by Sourcebooks Casablanca

REVENGE SHOULD BE SWEET, BUT IT MAY COST HIM EVERYTHING

Out to avenge the death of his mentor, Bastien discovers himself astonishingly out of his depth when confronted with a beautiful, daring young woman who is out for his blood...

FORGIVENESS IS UNTHINKABLE BUT IT MAY BE HER ONLY HOPE...

British Admiral's daughter Raeven Russell believes Bastien responsible for her fiancé's death. But once the fiery beauty crosses swords with Bastien, she's not so sure she really wants him to change his wicked ways...

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First of all, take a moment to stare, er glance, at that beautiful cover. Knowing nothing about the story, I would buy this book just from the cover. A dashing, shirtless pirate and a beautiful lady holding a sword she looks like she knows how to use. I know this story's going to be good and I must say it more than lived up to those expectations.

This story really has it all: danger on the high seas, a sexy pirate captain facing off with a fetching woman who is no damsel in distress, beautiful romance, and a spark of lust that could ignite the world.

Bastien and Raeven's story is not one of love at first sight. In fact, Raeven quite hates him and tries to kill him on their first meeting. They are both mired down in the past, searching for a revenge that will somehow make their losses feel more justified.

Raeven's confident, almost reckless attitude is a perfect match for Bastien's take charge, lord of all manner. Their clashing wits and dueling wills is just as much fun to read as the great swashbuckling scenes. Amidst all of the danger, secrets, and intrigue they find that they are not so very different from one another. All it takes is one little spark to light a fire into a blaze...

Most romance novels, historicals in particular, have a predictable happily-ever-after ending. You can see how the characters will get from point A to that forever point B and while there may be some minor obstacles along the way, you never doubt that that is where the author is taking them. Bride by Mistake is the first book, at least of recent memory, that had me literally on the edge of my seat, chewing my nails, in worry. There were times when I thought "Will they really end up together? How can it be possible?!" Bastien and Raeven really pull on your heartstrings and their HEA is all the more joyous for the peril and danger they went through to get to it.

If I had any complaint, it would be that I would loved to have seen a bit more between the last chapter and the epilogue. The ending felt a bit rushed after all of the excitement in the previous chapters.

I most wholeheartedly recommend you read this book. Like, right now. Seriously.    Why are you still here reading this?

It should be noted that there are two previous books in the Sons of the Revolution series about Bastien's brothers: The Making of a Duchess and The Making of a Gentleman. I have not read either of these yet but I had no trouble following the storyline and events in The Rogue Pirate's Bride.

Oh, and Ms. Galen - if you're handing them out, I'd like a Rogue Pirate of my own! ;)
1/25/2012 23:57:08

Oh, if only I had a stash of rogue pirates! Thank you for the lovely review.

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