This has got to be my favourite début in this genre for quite some time. I simply loved both main characters and their irresistible, star-crossed romance!
You might be forgiven for being unsure about Calum MacLeod at first. He is, after all, a marauding pirate. But is he also ruthless, wicked, depraved, corrupt, and all other words that might usually go with pirate? Absolutely not. He's an exceptionally honourable man just trying to feed his starving clan any way he can.
And what about Anne? Well she was a delightful heroine. Not valued as she should be by her family, we join her just as she's being parcelled off to marry someone old enough to be her grandfather to further her family's fortune and status. Could it be that being attacked by pirates was the best thing that could have ever happened to her? Well, if it means you get a Calum, then <i>my</i> answer to that is yes!
Of course, Calum, being an honourable man, and Anne, being a dutiful daughter, don't see themselves as free to act on their growing feelings, and instead, Calum plans to ransom her off - just as any good pirate would - to the husband she married by proxy. Even though it's becoming increasingly obvious that's not what <i>either</i> of them really want. This all leads to an exiting, action-filled conclusion that was highly entertaining to read.
The relationship that developed between Calum and Anne was absolutely delightful. Not just sensual, but truly romantic. I <i>loved</i> it! If you're a fan of Scottish Romance, then this is absolutely one to add to your TBR. I can't wait to read whatever's next from this author.
4.5 Stars ★★★★1/2
ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.