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The Duke and the Pirate Queen (Mills & Boon Spice)

The Duke and the Pirate Queen (Mills & Boon Spice) [Kindle Edition]

Victoria Janssen

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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 539 KB
  • Print Length: 363 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0373605501
  • Publisher: Mills & Boon Spice (1 Jan 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004JHY5CO
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Plot wandered. Characters felt thrown in. I was not engaged or excited to read this. I wanted it to be over. 11 Feb 2011
By Jane - Published on
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Maxime is a duke. He loves Imena, but she has been refusing his advances. She is a half-breed and feels she wouldn't fit in his world. She is captain of her own ship and works for Maxime, bringing products for sale in his country. One night, Imena overhears two men plotting to kill Maxime. She immediately has two of her crew help her kidnap Maxime and take him onto her ship for safety. She immediately leaves port. While at sea, Imena's ship is searched, they are attacked by pirates, and Imena and Maxime are taken prisoner by some islanders. Meanwhile one of Maxime's friends, Sylvie, is investigating to learn who is behind the plot.

Give this a pass. It was tedious. I wanted it to be over. Some parts were told and not shown. I didn't like the way Imena treated Maxime on her ship. He had no idea there was a plot against him. And he had no idea why he was kept locked in a room for hours. When she finally comes to him, she ties him up and still doesn't tell him anything. She had no reason to tie him up. I think the author was suggesting she tied him up so he wouldn't tempt her with sex. But that didn't make sense. She said no to sex before. She could say no again. This didn't feel right. It felt contrived for conflict. Earlier when they first had sex, he pleased her and then she left without reciprocating. She came off as inconsiderate and selfish.

Some of the plot elements weren't developed enough. The plot wandered. The characters felt thrown in, rather than using their personalities to do something interesting. Toward the end Maxime uses his powers of persuasion to convince Captain Litvinova to do something. I wanted to hear that conversation. It was told, not shown. When the conspiracy is uncovered, it too was told, not shown. There is no conversation with the bad guy. I wanted to know more about his motives, methods, and punishment. I had unanswered questions about Raoul. I was not engaged or excited to read this. There was one long sex scene (17 pages) between Sylvie and someone she was questioning. It wasn't exciting or passionate. She gave him orders throughout and asked him questions. Other sex scenes were ok, but nothing really moved me.

I was unhappy with the cover picture being wrong. Imena is dark skinned, cover girl is not. Maxime has shoulder length hair, a beard and chest hair. Cover guy has a short haircut, no beard, and no chest hair.

When the pirates attack Imena's ship, she loses the battle. But later, one of her crew shoots some arrows to start a fire on the pirate's ship. This allows Imena and Maxime to jump back over to her ship and sail off. They are faster sailors and get away. Why didn't they do this before they were caught?

When Imena and Maxime are caught by the islanders. They are told they must have sex in front of the islanders. Another couple is also having sex at the same time. The first couple to have orgasm wins. If they win, Imena and Maxime will be set free. The performance was not exciting. It could have been done better.

Story length: 353 pages. Swearing language: strong. Sexual language: strong. Number of sex scenes: 11. Estimated number of sex scene pages: 44. Setting: unknown time in the Horizon Empire and on the sea. The time and place sound similar to England in the early 1800s. Copyright: 2010. Genre: erotic historical high seas romance.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Erotic...sort of, but with no support 4 April 2011
By minuet - Published on
The book had "moments" where all the aspects of good writing, character development & relationships, plot, sensuality, eroticism and excitement came together... for a few paragraphs. Then a poor transition and stilted pace took over again and ruined any emotional momentum from the erotic portions. The sad thing is that the plot idea is brilliant! As are the main characters. There's a lot of color in the basic materials that the author has brought together. But top notch bricks do not a house make without a good foundation, no matter how brilliant the floor plan may be designed. This story needed a stronger foundation presented in clearer language throughout. And speaking of language...I felt like I was stuck in a time warp between 1700's fashion plates and modern day street vernacular with a few pirate terms thrown in.

Great premise and character sketches, but none if it was combined to the best effect. I hope this author improves in the future since it seems she has some very creative ideas.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read 30 Nov 2010
By K. Opsahl - Published on
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!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good book 15 Feb 2011
By A. Stephens - Published on
really good book
if you enjoy drama, graphic scenes and a good love story, power and a couple trying to learn trust.
I did enjoyed this book on the 8 hours flight... - very entertaining to read
slowly developing plot than moving smoothly forward...
if you love historical romance with action, intrigue, and good love story this book is for you.
I hope to see second book...
I would like to thank you Author Victoria Janssen for sending this book for review...
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Steamy, gorgeously described erotic romance 4 Jan 2011
By Pamela - Published on
I picked The Duke and the Pirate Queen up on a whim in the bookstore. The cover is beautiful, and I loved the idea of the heroine being a female ship captain. I have to say, I should follow my whims more often. This book was gorgeously written, incredibly sexy, and a very entertaining read.

The characters in this book are wonderful. They're all well-rounded and interesting, even the minor characters, and I am heartily impressed by that. It's so easy to just use stock characters as, for example, the crew of The Seaflower or the courtiers, but Janssen brings all of them to life. I also love that the characters are so diverse. Janssen doesn't go overboard with descriptions, but the hints she throws out about their appearances build a widely-varied cast. The world of The Duke and the Pirate Queen is invented (though not exactly a fantasy world), though it seems to be based on our cultures through the use of names like Arionhrod and Kuan. Those little hints of various ethnicities and cultures create a world that is wonderfully refreshing as well as richly described.

Imena and Maxime are great lead characters. Maxime is the kind of hero that's almost too good to be true: gorgeous, ripped, with an enormous... asset and a habit of sleeping with pretty much anyone who tickles his fancy. But he's also quietly intelligent and a skilled diplomat, with a deep set of motivations and a strong sense of devotion to the people he cares about. I liked him very much, but Imena was the character who really fascinated me. She feels like a foreigner no matter where she goes; her parents are of very different ancestries, and in her mother's land, Imena is seen as an outsider and an aberration. In the duchies, Maxime's land, her looks as well as her privateer's tattoos set her apart from those people as well. She only feels at home on her ship, with her crew, and it was a pleasure to see her open up to Maxime. I was surprised and pleased by the fact that Imena regularly shaves her head. The tattoos extend onto her scalp, so she shaves so they're visible, but it was such a surprising move, to have a heroine that doesn't have long, lustrous hair.

My only complaint about the book is that the plot sometimes feels like it's meandering rather than moving smoothly forward. After Imena abducts Maxime and they go on the run, much of the story is taken up with seemingly random events. Sylvie, a spy working for Maxime's close friend, does the brunt of the work in rooting out the plot against the duke, and while Imena and Maxime do more than their fair share of fighting and evading danger, their part of the story seems more designed to bring the two of them together romantically. The ending felt rather anti-climactic, too, but the more I think about it, the more it fits with the pace of Maxime and Imena's story. I wished there had been a bit more in the way of excitement in the ending (more showing and less telling), but it was still satisfying.

Admittedly, I'm not complaining too much. The two of them coming together romantically (and repeatedly) more than makes up for a minor complaint in pacing. Janssen can write sex scenes that will set your panties on fire. For a while I'd gotten bored with the love scenes in romances; they all seemed repetitive and boring. I think this book has helped me get over my boredom. Holy cow.

I enjoyed pretty much everything about this book, from the steamy love scenes to the amazing descriptions to the likable characters. I'll definitely be seeking out more Victoria Janssen novels.

(Originally published at The Discriminating Fangirl.)
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