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The Privateer

The Privateer [Kindle Edition]

Dawn Mactavish
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Lark at first hoped it was a simple nightmare: If she closed her eyes, she would be back in the mahogany bed of her spacious boudoir at Eddington Hall, and all would be well. Her father, the earl of Roxburgh, would not be dead by his own hand, and she would not be in Marshalsea debtor's prison.

Such was not to be. Ere the Marshalsea could do its worst, the earl of Grayshire intervened. Lark shivered, considering the mysterious stone-faced noble. He'd paid her bond while the rest of London turned an eye as blind as the one beneath his eye patch. But while his touch was electric and his gaze piercing, for what purpose had he bought her freedom? A plan including Cornwall, return to the world of the haute ton, and embroilment in a struggle against both England's own Admiralty and the French. But even more perilous, the ex-sea captain might plunder her heart. No, this was not a dream. As Lark would soon learn, her dreams had never ended so well.


When the mysterious Earl of Grayshire purchases her freedom from Marshalsea Debtor's Prison, Lark discovers that she is to be his mother's companion, a position that unexpectedly plunges her into a world of intrigue, adventure, and love. Original.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2178 KB
  • Print Length: 325 pages
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance (31 Dec 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001AV68WM
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #149,987 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 blue ribbons from Romance Junkies 1 Feb 2008
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London, 1812
At twenty-two years old Lark Eddington is in dire straits. Her father's gambling and subsequent suicide have left her destitute with a mountain of debts. She did what she could to raise the funds to pay off the debtors but she's still a few hundred pounds short - for that she's thrown into debtor's prison.

Basil, 'King', Kingston, Earl of Grayshire, needs to acquire a companion for his eccentric mother and she insists that the young woman be selected come from a debtor's. He plans to marry and beget heirs as soon as he has his mother settled. It seems simple enough but few things in life ever are and Basil's about to discover just how complicated things can get.

King's visiting Marshalsea where he hopes to find a suitable young woman to serve as a companion to his mother. He witnesses Lark's humiliation at having her possessions stolen by fellow debtors. He'd heard of her father's unfortunate problem and death but hadn't been aware that she was in such dire straits. She's a well brought up young lady and would be a perfect companion for his mother.

Being plucked from the dismal existence at Marshalsea by King is a godsend to Lark. That she's completely oblivious to his intentions poses a bit of a problem but then he's paid off her debt and she owes him. The only regret she has about leaving the debtor's prison is leaving behind her newfound friend Agnes. It isn't until she's well away from the horrible conditions and abuse of the prison that she learns King's intentions but not before suffering abuse at the hands of his own servants. King's enraged by the audacity his servants exhibit and Biddy is turned out without reference over the incident.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't float my boat 25 Sep 2008
By stripeyunited VINE VOICE
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I got this on the strength of the reviews here, but The Privateer definitely ran aground for me.

I didn't buy the relationship difficulties between the two main characters which helped to move a rather leaden relationship along. Far too much of the hero's life was masked by unnecessarily vague internal dialogue. At first that was intriguing but once you realised it was leading precisely nowhere it just became irritating. I know you're not exactly going to be in for a whole lot of surprises in this genre - but every plot twist was telegraphed so early you were just coasting mentally.

With the single exception of the hero's mother, none of the secondary characters appeared to have any flesh on their bones, which meant that subequent actions appeared false because there wasn't really any solid motivation.

I'll be taking a wide tack away from any more offerings by this author in future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Keeper!! 25 Dec 2007
By Deborah MacGillivray HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
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Dawn Thompson's writing continues to fascinate me, with each book being special in its own way. She is a beautiful writer, who always keeps turning up 'the game'. She writes Regency Historical Romances under Dawn MacTavish penname (The Marsh Hawk), dark and sinister vampire sagas (Blood Moon; The Brotherhood) which drew the praise of Chicago Sunday Tribune's John Charles calling them, "An inventive hybrid of Regency historical and dark, sexy paranormal romance...wildly imaginative and wonderfully entertaining." The third in the cycle, The Ravening (due out next month) earned a TOP PICK from Romantic Times. She also does time-travel and shapeshifter romances, and recently branched out in a new area of Literary Erotic Historical Fantsy with The Elemental series (Lord of the Deep, with Lord of the Dark coming this summer). Whatever she writes only shows another facet of her extreme talent. A consumate storyteller, she grabs me from page one and never lets me go until that final page. I close the backcover regretting the wonderful tale is over.

But there is something special about her MacTavish books, straight Regency Romances, written by someone who really has a feel for the period and England, to the point people often believe Thompson is British. In this delightful tale, you have Basil "King" Kingston, Earl Greyshire. Basil has a shady past, and an eyepatch to show for it, and detests being called Basil. Which is precisely why his crusty mother refuses to call him anything but that. (The mother is one hoot of a character!!). King worries about the legacy of daddy dearest - a pirate - and tries not to follow in his father footsteps. Only the Admiralty comes a knocking and insists that he take to the high seas as a privateer (a pirate with a license from the crown).
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1.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear 27 April 2014
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Sorry, but Dickens,DuMaurier andGraham must bespinning in their respective graves. Turgid prose, dull characterisaton and hackneyed plot lines, together with poorly-researched social structures etc, make for one of the worst bodice-rippers I've ever read. Frankly, I'd like my pound back.Thank goodness I didn't pay anymore.
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