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lady pirate book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

When Valoree’s brother, Captain Red, dies, she must continue her masquerade pretending to be his brother, and take on a new title: Captain.

However, that won’t last long. See, Valoree has been named the heir of Ainsley, and the first thing she intends to do is honor her brother’s promise to the crew; giving them a patch of land on the Ainsley estate big enough to have a cottage. After all, the crew is getting older, and the last thing they want is to wind up like their previous captain.

But when Valoree finds out that gaining control of Ainsley Castle won’t be so easy, she begins to question her decision. Is the castle worth having to marry a noble AND get pregnant in less than a year? Turns out, it doesn’t matter what Valoree wants, because the crew has a different opinion, and she would do anything for them. Will she be able to find a nobleman who lights her fire in time to stake her claim?

I’ve read many of Lynsay Sands’ romance novels, and this one, Lady Pirate, does not disappoint.

First off, I love love love Valoree, the main character! She is a strong and well-rounded character: independent, smart, and commanding. However, she does have a weak spot. One that makes her all the more interesting. The death of her brother affects her in ways that she doesn’t even seem to realize, giving us a look into the fact that grief can affect people differently.

I also loved the way Sands builds the relationship between Valoree and Daniel, a nobleman that is in the same predicament she is. This paired with her determination to find a husband (other than Daniel), makes for an interesting dynamic between the two.

Sands has a writing style that I would love to be able to pull off; she gives just enough information to get your imagination building a picture of each scene, but not too much to make the book bogged down with description.

Plus, there is a twist towards the late middle of the novel that makes it even better than it already was! This is a must read for fans of the romance genre!

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Bethany Kelly is currently getting her MFA at Goddard College and has a BA in English. She is a writer, editor, and stay-at-home mother and wife who spends her spare time (when she has some) reading and cooking.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Avon. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.