Monday, March 18, 2013

Book Review - The Sky Pirate's Wife by Allison Merritt

The Sky Pirate's Wife (Legends & Lovers #2) 
by Allison Merritt 

Genre(s): Fantasy Romance, Paranormal Romance 
Category(ies): Adventure, Steampunk 
Publisher: Self-Published/Indie 
Release Date: February 17, 2012 
Heat Level: Steamy 
Word Count: 93,000 

Buy Links: 

Amazon (Kindle)                
Amazon (Print)


Book Description: 

After a tragic airship wreck, Captain Alwin van Buren makes a drastic decision to obtain a wealthy bride in order to save his flagging business. He meets his match in Sophie Barnes, heiress to an airship empire. After he seduces her and ensures their marriage—igniting a rivalry with her godfather—he learns the green-eyed beauty is as headstrong as he is.

Sophie knows Van Buren's reputation based on a series of dime novels written about his adventures. Determined to be more than an end to a means, she despises him for luring her into marriage. In fiction, he's a no-nonsense captain on the verge of piracy, but the flesh-and-blood man wins her heart by proving she's worth more to him than her money.

Their love is threatened when Sophie learns Van Buren's airship accident was a result of mythical creatures. Winged predators that appear to have a grudge against him, a fact he deliberately hid by accusing her godfather of sabotage. If she can forgive him for that, they still have to face the danger when they're cornered and at the mercy of beasts and the evil that controls them.

Warning: This title is intended for readers over the age of 18 as it contains adult sexual situations and/or adult language which may be considered offensive to some readers.

My Review 

A socialite controlled by her guardian, a flying ship's captain hounded by bad luck and an old Indian tribal legend all play a part in Allison Merritt's Steampunk romance, The Sky Pirate's Wife.  With well developed and likable characters, good dialogue and plenty of action, Ms. Merritt's story grabbed my attention from the first page and never let go.  Set in various places in the United States at the turn of the century, the historical aspects of this tale are also well done.

Known as a "Sky Pirate", Captain Alwin van Buren, is pleased with the state of his business prospects.  Air travel is up, his ship line is booked solid and his finances are steady.  At least until an unexpected attack leads to the destruction of his flag ship, and the injury and loss of some crew members.  While suffering injury himself, Van Buren suspects foul play led to the tragic incident, which has suddenly placed his business in trouble.  When a friend suggests he marry a wealthy bride to shore up his finances, Van Buren finds himself attracted to Sophie Barnes, a wealthy woman whose guardian just happens to be his business rival.

While captivated by tales of "Sky Pirate" Van Buren, socialite and shipping heir Sophie Barnes  leads a fairly quite life.  All of her social engagements are controlled by her godfather but when  circumstances lead to her meeting Van Buren, Sophie finds herself compromised and in need of a spouse to save her reputation.  Forced to marry Van Buren, Sophie intends to have a real presence in her husband's life and in their joint company.

The scenes between Alwin and Sophie are fun, full of verbal give and take and smoldering chemistry.  While strangers, they soon realize they share quite a few things in common.  They both have a strong sense of honor, a devotion to taking care of their employees and a love of traveling through the air.  Ms. Merritt does a wonderful job developing both Alwin and Sophie as individual characters and as a couple, the development of their romance takes place throughout the whole book and is perfectly paced.  The more they get to know each other, the more they respect and fall in love.  

Facing a new enemy, with ties to an old Indian legend, Alwin and Sophie find themselves, their business and their friends in danger.  Will they be able to discover who's behind the attacks on the airships?  Will their love move onto the next level?  I recommend reading The Sky Pirate's Wife to find out, I enjoyed it and I think you will too.

My Rating:  5 out of 5 Crowns

FTC Disclosure:  I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour in exchange for a fair and honest review.


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