Top critical review
Story could have finished much sooner...
on 20 May 2015
This is the story of Jacinda Knight and her beau, 'Billy Blade.'
Jacinda's family are busy trying to arrange a marriage for her, but she has her own opinions on the matter. Her deceased mother caused scandals by taking many lovers in her life, and there are those around Jacinda who aren't always forgiving and willing to taint her with the same brush. Jacinda ignores them, and sneaks out to flee, only to be kidnapped. Luckily, she is saved by a handsome rogue pirate, going by the name of 'Billy Blade.' He is unlike the men of her acquaintance, who are usually dressed as gentlemen do. Billy looks the pirate, and acts it too. She is especially drawn to his tattoos.
After her rescue, the duo get closer, until he realises who she is, and decides to return her to her family. She tries to move on, but 'Billy' is still in her head...
The presumed dead William Albright, the Earl Of Rackford is in fact Billy Blade. Having ran away from his abusive father and home as a teenager, William ended up as a pickpocket and working for Cullen O'Dell. But when he realised Cullen wasn't treating him and his fellow thieves/friends as well as they should, he decided to make a stand. Fast forward fifteen years, and Billy is trying to deal with O'Dell, who is out to kill him, whilst trying to help save his friends. But then something happens, which makes Billy realise he must ensure Billy dies, and it is time to bring Rackford back from the dead. He's also determined to claim Jacinda as his bride, and sets out to reclaim his birthright, and learn how to be a gentleman again.
Despite Rackford trying to move on, he cannot forget O'Dell, and decides to become Billy again...
Overall, the book was ok. It started well, but after about 300 pages, I felt the author could have ended it sooner. The rest seemed drawn out, and didn't add anything that was useful.