To my bemusement I often found myself forgetting that this book was a)
aimed at young adults and b) about a seventeen year old girl. Its easy
to forget such when the girl in question is the Captain of (what
amounts to) a Pirate-Hunter's ship. I could almost believe that at each
next kiss they would succumb to passion.
I was also a little bit
taken aback at how fast Annalisa went from a pampered London debutante
to this fearsome Lady-Captain hunting down pirates and ruling over a
crew of men. Motivation to save her father certainly hastened her need
to become fierce, but it fell flat for me. Nor is it mentioned, that I
remember at least, that sailors often feared having a lady on board
because it was considered ill-luck. Lady Pirates--er Privateers weren't
unheard of in the good ol' days, but Lady Pirate Hunters?
chemistry between Annalisa and James kept me riveted however. It was
amusing to read as James would just keep pushing with his cocky answers
and arrogant nonchalance while Annalisa struggled to remember that
flogging him till he screamed served no purpose. The ending was...a
stretch of imagination, but at least sweet. Realism has no place in
romance after all.
((reprinted with author's permission))