When a notorious pirate demands a ransom from her family in return for lifting his blockade of the local port, twenty-one-year-old Evelyn Hollywell takes matters into her own hands. Her plan to thwart the lawless rogue quickly goes awry, however, when she is carried off from her home and held as a captive aboard his ship.
Evelyn soon discovers that while the handsome buccaneer has no intention of doing her any harm, he will not tolerate disobedience, and when she attempts an escape she ends up over his knee for a painful, embarrassing spanking in front of his entire crew. Though the stern punishment infuriates Evelyn, she cannot help wondering what it would be like to be mastered much more thoroughly, and before long she is blushing crimson and quivering with desire as he teaches her exactly what it means for a beautiful lady to surrender her body to a dominant man.
Despite her growing attraction to her captor, however, his plans for her remain a mystery. She is to be delivered to a man in Boston, but she knows neither who he is nor what he wants with her. All she can be sure of is that with each passing day she feels less like a prisoner and more like a priceless treasure. But will old enemies or the dangers of the high seas tear her from her lover’s arms?
This was a fun book for me personally. I loved the pirates aspect of the story – and I must give Archer credit – they kept the pirates part going throughout the story. And Knave was truly a pirate thoughout the whole book. It wasn’t just a “Oh he’s a pirate” and then it was forgotten about.
I liked being able to follow along with the relationship as it formed, and as Evelyn fought her attraction. There were twists and turns, and of course spankings, throughout the story.
I’ve only read a few books by Archer in the past, but I am once again blown away by Archer’s ability to draw me into the story. I couldn’t turn the pages quick enough – but at the end I just didn’t want to say goodbye to the characters.
Overall, I would say if you like books with pirates, spanking, and a fair bit of suspense and drama, this is the book for you.