Series: The Sons of the Revolution #3
Genres: Historical Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on February 7, 2012
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
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Passionate, action-packed Regency romance by RT Reviewer’s Choice award-winning author Shana Galen features the swashbuckling Sebastien Harcourt, marquis de Valere, and the nautical genius heroine destined to best him. After escaping France on a privateer’s ship, Sebastian becomes the notorious privateer Captain Cutlass. His reputation as a rogue precedes him and he’s undefeated in battle, until he crosses swords with the beautiful daughter of a British admiral. Raeven Russell is out for revenge, but now she’s not so sure she wants the dashing captain to change his wicked ways.
Raeven Russell has disguised herself as a young man before leaving her father’s ship. She’s a very resourceful young lady. She wishes to speak with a certain Captain. Sébastien Harcourt owns a ship called the Shadow. He is the marquis de Valere to his family and the privateer Captain Cutlass to his enemies and crew.
Raeven has come to talk to him about an altercation between him and her fiancé. Since meeting up with Captain Cutlass, she has become something of a handful – to say the least. I love their interaction right from the start. Raeven is such a little hellion. Will Sébastien be able to tame her?
While Raeven is aboard the Shadow, there is a mystery that must be solved. We also get to meet Raeven’s father, Admiral Russell. He’s not at all happy with what Raeven has been doing. Time has passed and she gets reacquainted with Bastien.
Bastien has gone to Gibraltar looking for someone. At a ball, he is reacquainted with Raeven and he gets to meet her father for the first time. Raeven can’t seem to stay away from him. They will also have you laughing.
Bastien certainly knows how to disarm a woman and all without using any type of force. He knows how to seduce both Raeven and the reader. I was fascinated with the scene where the Shadow was under attack. It had me wondering as to the amount of research that Shana would have done to get all the historical facts correct.
We see that Raeven can hold her own when the situation requires it. She would be a good person to have around, should you get into trouble. There is one scene that reminds me of the swashbuckling films I used to love to watch. I could see Errol Flynn as Sébastien (he was the Johnny Depp of his generation).
Shana could have made it easy and ended her book at a point where Bastien and Raeven were happy. But in true pirate fashion, the book continued and I’m glad that it did. The rest of their story needed to be told. This book is definitely a buy. If you can’t go out and buy your copy, please make sure to borrow a copy from your local library – you will not be disappointed. And don’t forget to read the other two books in the “Sons of the Revolution” series. You don’t need them to understand this book but if you want to learn more about the other two Harcourt brothers you’ll want to. (Reviewed by Lynn from Romance Reader Enthusiast)