On his way as an envoy from the English king to seek the help of the legendary privateer, the Pirate Wolf, Varian St. Claire's ship is attacked by Spanish ships, only to be rescued by the pirate ship, Iron Rose, captained by the Wolf's daughter, Juliet Dante. She agrees to take the pampered lordling to her father, but only as a hostage. Over the course of the voyage, Varian becomes enarmored of this young woman, one so very different from the pale young women he normally sees. Yet, his life is already promised to another, and Juliet might be taken with Varian, but he is just as alien to her as she to him.
Class differences alone do not stand in their way. Politics and treachery will endanger their lives. Despite all this, they share passionate moments that could churn the seas themselves.
***** With all the flare and dash of an Errol Flynn pirate movie, only with the heroine playing Flynn's role, Ms. Canham sweeps the reader away so clearly that you can almost taste the salty air. Varian shows more spirit than one might expect from a softly raised gentleman, and the settings are breathtaking. With any luck, Juliet's brothers will also have their own stories told.