on January 16th 2018
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A daring brotherhood, where honor among thieves reigns supreme, and crushing their enemies is a thrilling pastime. These are the Pirates of Britannia.
Thornley "Thor" MacLeod, Captain of The Sea Devil and prominent member of the Devils of the Deep is out for one thing and one thing only—revenge against Santiago Fernandez, leader of Los Demonios de Mar. Tormented by the demons of his past, he knows the only relief to his pain will be spilling the blood of his enemy. When he learns that Santiago seeks to find a child he abandoned nearly two decades before, Thor is determined to find the precious treasure first. Which means, Thor may have to sacrifice his honor in order to exact the perfect vengeance.
Orphaned at a young age, Alesia Baird has grown up along the harsh coasts of Scotland, bearing witness to many a nightmare. With the hangman’s noose dangling ever closer to her neck, she has to find a way to escape the only life she’s ever known. When she overhears a pirate mention he seeks the child of Santiago Fernandez, Alesia takes the leap, knowing this could be her only way out.
Alesia must keep up the ruse long enough to escape with her life, and perhaps a sack full of jewels. But when it comes time to jump ship, she finds her destiny may have led her in a different path. Will the hardened Highlander allow a lass into his heart—or is she destined to be forever alone?
NOTE: Book One in the Lords of the Sea pirate series is SAVAGE OF THE SEA by Eliza Knight. Book Two in the series is LEADER OF TITANS by Kathryn le Veque. All books are stand-alones but much more fun if read together!
“I’m a pirate, lass. What am I supposed to think when I come into my room and a lass has made herself at home, going so far as to take off her boots?”
She pushed against him more, and he did let go slightly, enough that she thought she might be able to draw a better breath, but it didn’t appear that his hold was what kept her from breathing. Struggling to speak without choking, she said, “I came here because I heard ye were looking for the bastard of Santiago Fernandez.”
“And ye claim to be that unfortunate offspring?”
She nodded solemnly. “I do.”
“Prove it,” he growled.
“How?” She wriggled against him. “Put me down first.”
“Say something to me in Spanish.”
He settled her in front of him, but not far enough away that she couldn’t still feel the heat of his body sinking into hers. Thinking quickly on her feet, Alesia frowned up at him. “My mother was Scots, and my father, the legendary Spanish pirate, abandoned me the moment he planted his seed, ye buffoon. Where would I have learned his language?”
“Point taken.” He studied her face, eyes narrowed. “Ye do have the look of him. In a feminine sort of way. Save for that hair. Tempestuous hair.”
Her mouth fell open at the insult. She moved to stomp on his foot but quickly found herself lifted off her feet, arms pinned to her sides by the steely strength of his own.
Fine, he wanted to play dirty. She’d already showed him once she knew how to take down a man. Alesia moved to kick him where she’d had the pleasure of socking him before, but Captain Thor clamped her legs between his thighs of steel.
“Uh-uh, princess,” he mocked.
Though she hated to head-butt anyone for the headache it always gave her, that was her next move. Alesia was fairly certain at this point she wasn’t going to be walking away with the silver, which meant she could at least walk away with her life—and figure out another way to escape the wharf.
Before she had the chance to make good on her decision to crack her head against his, she found herself flattened to the wood-planked floor, and his massive body on top of hers. Every hard plane pressed to the soft curves of her own. She sucked in a ragged breath, prepared to shout at him to leave off, but she found her throat too tight to speak.
“I’d have expected more from Santiago’s daughter, wee sprite.” His finger trailed over her cheek and along her jawline.
Alesia bared her teeth, trying to wriggle free but only managing to feel his body pressed harder to hers. “And I would have expected more from a pirate Captain.”
“Touché.” His grin was inviting. Unnerving. Disarming.
“Get off me,” she growled, trying keep her mind in the right place—the angry place. That was survival. To succumb to his disarmament was to lose.
His gaze shifted to her lips. “Not without a kiss.”
Alesia snorted and shoved at his unmoving shoulders. “I’d not kiss ye if ye were the last man on earth.”
“What if I were the second to last?” he teased.
She let out an exasperated groan. “Not then, either, ye ogre.”
He clucked his tongue. “Shame.”
“Because, lass, if sparring with ye is this fun, kissing would be even better.”
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
The Sea Devil is the third book in the Pirates of Britannia: Lords of the Sea series by Eliza Knight. Although part of a series it can easily be read as a stand-alone story.
Thor is Captain of the Sea Devil and despite leading a full, enjoyable life as a pirate there has always been one thing on his mind…getting revenge on Santiago, the man who murdered his mother and who later captured and tortured him before he was able to escape. When he learns that Santiago is searching for his bastard son or daughter Thor finally finds his way to get the ultimate revenge. He will find them, take him/her to his father, claim the reward and then kill them in front of Santiago’s eyes before killing him. The perfect revenge.
Alesia Baird is a woman in her twenties. Born to a whore who died young, Alesia has had to fend for herself and has done so by learning to steal and to fight. She’s got herself into trouble now and if she is caught she will be hung. She has to get out of town and do it quickly. When she overhears that Thor is searching for somebody her age, one with a whore for a mother, and no legitimate father she decides she will pretend to be that person. Of course, she doesn’t realise what he intends to do with Santiago’s child, she just sees the perfect escape from the authorities.
She convinces Thor that she is Santiago’s daughter, and on closer inspection, Thor sees that she does look like him, so is happy to carry on with his plan to take her to her father. The problem is that he is instantly attracted to her. If she was a lad he could have just thrown her in the brig and be done with her until he met up with Santiago and could carry out his plans. But she’s not a lad, she’s a feisty, beautiful, strong warrior of a woman. It’s not difficult for him to fall for her. It’s just as easy for her to fall for him. He and his crew give her a sense of protection and of belonging that she has never felt before. She worries about what will happen when they reach Santiago, fully expecting him to say that she isn’t his. But she’ll cross that bridge when they get to it.
Can Thor and Alesia have a future together? If he changes his plans on killing her how will he get his revenge on her father? How will she feel knowing that the man she is falling for is planning to give her over for the reward only to follow through and kill him? Will she find out his true plan of killing her? It seems that there can’t be a happy ending for our couple, or could there?
I thoroughly enjoyed this story not only because the characters were so likeable, and absolutely hysterically funny sometimes with their interactions, but the fact that they are obviously soulmates was beautiful. You just knew from the minute they lay eyes on each other that there is no way Thor could see harm come to Alesia. But at the same time, you have to wonder how on Earth he can get his thirst for vengeance quenched if he can’t follow through with his plan. The romance between Thor and Alesia was beautifully written, both of them have so much baggage to deal with, and yet through their bonding, and some very passionate moments they each are a salve to the other’s pains. The way that the book concluded was believable and I loved that the couple managed to have their happy ending. We meet up with the other pirates who have had their stories told in the previous books, and it’s obvious that their stories are going to be golden. I have to go back and read them which I am sure you will want to do too after you have read Thor’s story.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers’ copy of this book.