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Publisher:   Avon
Release Date:  July 2003
ISBN:   0060502827
Format Reviewed:  Paperback (mass market)
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Genre:   Historical romance
Reviewed: 2003
Reviewer:   Janet Elaine Smith
Reviewer Notes: Reviewer Janet Elaine Smith is the author of Dunnottar, Marylebone, Par for the Course, In St. Patrick's Custody, Recipe for Murder, House Call to the Past, Monday Knight, My Dear Phebe, And They Called Her General Leigh, A Lumberjack Christmas, (soon to be re-released) A Christmas Dream, (soon to be released) Dakota Printer.

The Princess and Her Pirate
By Lois Greiman Author 

     The Princess and Her Pirate has all the elements of a great historical romance: a pirate, Scotland, intrigue, and a desperate woman who has to find a suitable groom in order to maintain her position as the head of her vulnerable country. She travels in disguise, but she is suddenly captured by a Viking who isn't about to let anyone mess with his own plans.

      Cairn MacTavish is known as the fabled "Pirate Lord." He soon decides that she is someone completely different from who she really is. He accuses her of stealing something precious to him, and of being in cahoots with a man she has never heard of.

      MacTavish decides to force Princess Tatiana, whom he insists on calling Magical Megs, to tell him the truth, even if he has to torture her, punish her or seduce her. Every time he thinks he has won, she turns the tables on him and bests him. It is fun to watch the sparring, and the author weaves a wonderful tale of challenges between the duo.

     There were a couple of minor issues that bothered me about this book: it seemed like MacTavish was a bit too rough on Princess Tatiana, to the point of being abusive. Also, the actual romance or declaration of love didn't come until too late in the book for my taste. Still, this might be just the cup of tea for some other readers, and it wasn't enough to detract from the overall content of the book.

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