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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Review: The Duke and the Pirate Queen by Victoria Janssen

The Duke & the Pirate Queen
by Victoria Janssen
Format: E-ARC
Release Date: December 1, 2010
Rating: 4 STARS
E-ARC provided by Netgalley for a honest review

SYNOPSIS (from Goodreads)
Aboard her privateering ship, The Seaflower, Captain Imena Leung is the law. Ashore she answers only to her liege, Duke Maxime. They are a powerful couple, with an intense attraction neither can disguise nor deny. As a nobleman, Maxime is destined to wed strategically, so his seductive advances must be purely for pleasure. And what self-respecting pirate denies herself any pleasure?
Their delicious dalliance is prolonged when Imena is forced to abduct Maxime to thwart a political plot against him. At sea, with a stunningly virile man bound and held in her private quarters, Imena can imagine—and enact—any number of intoxicating scenarios.
The heat between captain and captive is matched only by the perils that beset The Seaflower and her crew. Violent storms, marauding corsairs and life-or-death sex games on a desert island—how fortunate for the seemingly insatiable lovers that danger and desire go hand-in-hand.

picture from Wikipedia
The King wants Duke Maxime to marry the Lady Diamanta Picot but Max only wants Captain Imena Leung who is his employee. Imena is also having the same problem because her parents want her to marry and settle down. There is now way she is going to do that. She loves her crew and ship, The Seaflower, and can't imagine life without them. While ashore she overhears a plot to kill Max so she kidnaps him and brings him aboard her ship until Sylvie, who is Duchess Camille's bodyguard/spy/handmaiden, discovers who is behind it. Lord Odell is the chief suspect because he hopes to elevated himself to Duke. Now the fun begins between Max and Imena and they discover that maybe they are more suited for each other then originally thought!

What a fun read! This had everything that I liked in a historical romance. Action, intrigue, and hot steamy romance! Captain Imena Leung is a very strong heroine and well matched against, Duke Maxime, who is determined to marry her. If you are fan of the historical romance you will not be disappointed in this book!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR (from author's website)

from author's blog
Victoria Janssen's next novel, The Duke and the Pirate Queen, will be published in December 2010 by Harlequin Spice.
Victoria attended a women's college and there discovered she enjoyed writing erotica. After selling several dozen stories under the name Elspeth Potter, she moved into novel-length erotica with The Duchess, Her Maid, The Groom and Their Lover, December 2008; it's been translated into French and German. Her second novel for Spice, The Moonlight Mistress, features the early days of World War One and werewolves, and has been translated into Italian.
When not writing, Victoria lectures about writing and selling erotica at literary conferences, researches in libraries and graveyards, and blogs. She lives in Philadelphia.
She is a voracious reader, especially of historical romance, fantasy, and space opera, but has never once defeated the to-be-read pile at the foot of her bed. She loves to incorporate all of these genres into her own writing.
Frequent themes in her stories include role reversal, creating families and empowering women, usually through unconventional means.
She's a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Broad Universe, Romance Writers of America, and Novelists, Inc.

Where to find Victoria Janssen