Date: July 2003
Reviewed: Paperback (mass market)
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Janet Elaine Smith
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)
Princess and Her Pirate
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.
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.
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.
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.