Published by Avon Impulse on October 30th 2012
Genres: Historical Romance
Source: Self Purchased
Sir Griffin Barry leapt out of the bedchamber window at age seventeen after a very disappointing wedding night, drank a bit too much at the pub and woke to find that he'd joined the crew of a pirate ship! Years later, he has become one of the most feared pirates on the high seas, piloting the Flying Poppy, a ship he named after the wife whom he fondly (if vaguely) remembers.
What happens when a pirate decides to come home to his wife — if she is his wife — given that the marriage was never consummated? And what happens when that pirate strolls through his front door and is met by... well, that's a surprise!
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Well, I just tempted myself into reading this novella after writing about it under my Swashbuckling Reads Blog feature! Yes, it’s good! For a short novella, I was very surprised at the emotional and sensual punch it packed and how involved with the story I was! Eloisa James has done a great job with this short story and it worked for me!
Sir Griffin Barry had a disappointing wedding night at seventeen when his member refused to co-operate with him on his older, seductive and sensual bride. Embarrassed, he leaps out of his bedroom window, gets so drunk, which leads to his kidnapping aboard a pirate ship. He becomes a fearsome pirate over the years and even names his ship after his wife “The Flying Poppy” as a sign of respect.
After being injured, his cousin and himself decide to come home and face their futures. What happened to his wife? Is she still awaiting him? How is she going to react to his sudden appearance after all these years?
Wow! Usually I find novellas lacking….they don’t hold the substance and content I crave in a romance but this was really well done! Yes, the pace was fast and there were some aspects I thought happened a bit too quickly but overall I gasped, sighed, giggled, LOLd and fanned myself throughout this read! Ooooh did I mention this was HOT! Scorcher passion between these two!
Okay, what wasn’t I a fan of? The pace at the I love yous were said….it was a bit quick in my opinion…maybe it was placed there because it’s a romance novel? But I wouldn’t have minded if it was said a bit later on in the story. Also the fact that she waited for him to loose her virginity. This annoyed me to an extent…yes it’s sweet and cute etc. but why is it always the females waiting while the men get their jolly roger on? (Sorry I couldn’t resist haha). If she had done her own thing, I would commend her! She also changed from wanting the marriage annulled to accepting a seduction in the space of a sentence…that was also really quick! I appreciate this is a novella and things do have to move a bit quicker but this was again a little too fast.
I loved Phoebe and Griffin! They are great characters and I really enjoyed reading about how the other was feeling and their reactions to each other. Now I’m very tempted to read about Jame’s story and see what happened between him and his wife! Oh yeah and wait till you find out that thing about Phoebe’s name! I gasped and LOLd s hard Absolutely delightful this read….don’t hesistate to pick it up for a short piratish adventure!