on September 7th 2017
Wolfgang, one of Lord Wellington's craftiest spies, is a fighter, an indulgent loner who is cunning and bold enough to go where others do not dare. He hates distractions and complications, especially those involving the fairer sex, and his instincts have always fueled him and kept him on course, mission after mission. That is, until his talents steer him toward a destiny he didn’t know he had and a search for the brother he barely remembers. And when he comes into contact with a brave young woman disguised as a boy, the urge he feels to protect her might just lead him on the biggest adventure of all.
Selina’s wedding day did not go as planned. Instead, she was kidnapped by pirates and ransomed for an exorbitant sum. Her diabolical captors didn’t hold up their end of the bargain, however, and kept her imprisoned even after their demands were met. More clever than her kidnappers expected, she managed to escape and disguised herself as a boy. Forced to lie, cheat, and steal in order to stay alive, she loses hope of ever returning to the man she intended to marry. Desperate, she agrees to become a handsome and compassionate sea captain’s cabin boy to gain passage back to Cornwall, but the captain endangers the one thing she cannot afford to lose—her heart.
Selina asked more than Wolf could give. The lives of innocent people hung in the balance, and the sooner he answered Hartland’s request for help, joined Joanna and other members of the Legion gathering there, the sooner he could search for his own brother. His brother, Kearney, was the only one who could help him remember who he was and where he came from. That truth had been the only thing he’d ever wanted, the one thing he’d been searching for all his adult life.
Selina, however, tested his ambitions. The sight of her nakedness stirred a feral hunger inside him, making him desire to be the man she needed him to be. But women weren’t safe around him, and that gruesome truth cut him to the quick. He was a liability to anyone who chanced to love him.
He leaned down, his mouth a hairbreadth away from the plush lips that only moments ago were tinged slightly blue. Warmed by the towel, Selina’s face was full of color again, and he found himself unable to resist the promise of her sweet nectar, like an insect hazardously drawn to a faultless bloom. Bollocks. What was happening to him? He hadn’t felt this way since he’d been married to Jasumin.
“I could go to London with you,” she said, clasping his shirt, her eyes glazing.
“You left a man at the altar, albeit not by choice. He deserves to know you are alive.”
“Yes.” She sighed and squeezed her eyelids closed, leaning into him.
Did she love the man? Would the lucky bugger welcome her home, or would he regret her return as she believed he would?
Wolf had loved, lost, desired, and mourned his fair share of women. He’d lost Sinopa, his boatswain Thunder’s sister, and another one of his lovers to bloodthirsty enemies out for revenge. His first wife, Jasumin, had been killed shortly after they’d lost a baby during childbirth. It wasn’t wise for anyone to become emotionally attached to Wolf.
Yet something about this stormy-eyed waif practically drove him wild, luring him in like the tide to a rocky coast. Was it her heightened emotion, her desperation to accomplish her heart’s desire, or her insistence on coming to her brother’s rescue? He admired, even savored, the fight in her.
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~~Reviewed by Monique~~
On her way to her wedding, to a man she didn’t love, Selina Herding was kidnapped, along with her brother Owen who was accompanying her. They were imprisoned, held for ransom; Selina escaped disguised as a boy, she managed to survive on a pirate ship, but Owen wasn’t so lucky, he was sold into slavery. Wolfgang – Wolf – a pirate and a spy for Wellington and the Legion, has just arrived in Saint-Malo. Wolf is forever searching for information on his long-lost brother, and he hopes to find it from the lips of his handler, Jolie, in a disreputable inn. That’s when he hears cries from a woman, disguised as a boy: Selina. She is chained to the wall and in grave danger; Wolf must save her because he remembers what it was like for him…
Once again, Katherine Bone graces us with a superb pirate story. Ms. Bone’s impeccable attention to detail and her superb prose contribute to a stunning portrait of 1812 Saint-Malo. THE MERCENARY PIRATE has some spectacular fight scenes – think of The Matrix in the Regency era! – and wondrous sea voyages. Selina and Wolf have captivating back stories, every character is vibrantly described, and drawn with meticulous care, down to the realistically abominable villains.
Wolf is a marvellously flawed character who cuts a striking figure, even if seen only through the author’s words. Selina was also a fantastic heroine, and I thought it was very clever how her disguise was handled in the story. THE MERCENARY PIRATE is filled with so much energy, because of all the action, but also because Ms. Bone is able to convey that energy and movement so successfully. The dialogues are great, the romance lovely, and I loved Owen, even though he is but briefly mentioned, I hope we will see more of him. I cannot wait to see what happens next in this fabulous series!
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
The Heart of a Hero Series in order:
No Rest for the Wicked by Cora Lee, Prequel novella, Book One
Only a Hero Will Do by Alanna Lucas, Book Two
Once Bitten by Aileen Fish, Book Three
Lightning Strikes Twice by Jillian Chantal, Book Four
No Hiding for the Guilty by Vanessa Riley, Book Five
The Marquis of Thunder by Susan Gee Heino, Book Six
The Good, The Bad, And The Scandalous by Cora Lee, Book Seven
The Archer’s Paradox by Ally Broadfield, Book Eight
The Missing Duke by Heather King, Book Nine
The Mercenary Pirate by Katherine Bone, Book Ten