The Pirate’s Lady by Suzanne Hoos

The Pirate’s Lady by Suzanne Hoos
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Genre: Historical, Mystery/Suspense
Length: Full Length (319 pgs)
Heat Level: Hot
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Mistflower

Cate Whitfield harbors revenge in her heart for the bloodthirsty pirate who murdered her betrothed. So she’s stunned to learn that he is to be her father’s guest of honor at one of his revelries—and even more upset to discover that Captain Alexander Chase may not be the scoundrel she believes.

Even though she has publicly branded him a criminal, feisty Cate mesmerizes Alex. But the former pirate isn’t about to let her accusations deter his own agenda for vengeance. He’s returned to Promise, New Jersey, to retaliate against the man who murdered his father … the man who just happens to be Cate’s father.

Trouble is, he may be falling in love with her, and she’s hell-bent on seeing him punished. Can these two wounded hearts find out the truth before it’s too late, or is their love doomed to walk the plank?

This book has so many threads that it’s like a giant spider web that captured me and I didn’t know which way to turn. There is a grand cast of characters that were so plentiful and diverse that this novel could be made into a mini-series. It kind of reminded me of the TV series, Dallas, back in the late 1970’s, but better. There were so many twists and turns with multiple plots all woven together that it amazed me that Ms. Hoos was able to keep them all straight and on point.

Here’s a warning for readers – there are jarring scene shifts. Even though I didn’t have a big problem with them, they were a bit abrupt. There I was, in the zone, reading a scene when all of a sudden I’m somewhere else exciting, then I’m yanked out again and back into where I was before, still exciting, still fascinated but it takes a split second to reorient. This happens throughout the book.

There are some scenes that contain some graphic, rough sex which take place between a bad pirate and a secondary character. I was okay with them but some readers may not be.

I wanted to make this review longer but I can’t go into details because everything I might say would be a spoiler. Everything is so interconnected it’s just not possible to pinpoint any one thing.

Ms. Hoos was able to take care of all her characters and plot threads to provide a satisfactory conclusion. There’s action, double crossing, secrets, lies, revenge and so much more to be sucked in by that I wasn’t able to put the book down. Even the dialogue was good, and the chemistry between the hero and heroine absolutely worked.

Cate and Alexander’s journey to their happy ever after left me breathless. Make sure you have time to sit down and concentrate on this story. This is one of those stories I won’t forget anytime soon.

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