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REVIEW: The Bride and the Buccaneer by Darlene Marshall

The Bride and the Buccaneer by Darlene Marshall coverDear Mrs. Marshall,

I’ve been waiting a long time for your next book but hot damn if you haven’t come through like a champ. We’ve got pirates, um – I mean privateers, pirate treasure, hot sexing, early Florida, lots of insects and a great match up of hero and heroine. Yep, well worth the wait.

Sophia Deford and Jack Burrell don’t exactly hit it off when they first meet. Nor when they meet again five years later. And none of what follows would have ever happened without Captain Tanner and his tales of a pirate treasure buried somewhere in the back, piney woods of swampy, alligator ridden Florida. And without having run into Captain Sinister (yeah, we get to visit with an old friend!), they wouldn’t be married either. But needs must and there’s a treasure worth  £50,000 to be found. Question is, who will get it in the end? Or will a greater treasure than that be found?

What a fun book! I’m always on the lookout for a pirate book – okay, okay privateer book, and in addition to sea battles and eye patches (smart trick Jack has there) I also get Florida in the days when it was a “free for all” between the Spanish, English and the newly minted United States. I can’t think of any other authors who employ this combo of plot and setting and again I say, brava for using it well.

But it’s not just an action-adventure story, though there’s plenty of that. It’s funny too. Lots of the humor is right there on the surface but then there’s the sly laugh as when Sophia comments that the naughty book Jack gives her to read has pages stuck together. Sophia and Jack are wonderful together and I laughed through their adventures as they one-up each other and initially sleep with an eye open around the other.

Sophia might be tiny but she packs a punch and keeps Jack on his toes from the get-go. I love it when the relationship between a couple is balanced all the time regardless of their physical size. These two are equally smart, cagey and quick witted. For each time one comes out on top, the next bout will probably go to the other. And they don’t hide their intelligence – especially Sophia. I love it when a heroine actually gets to flaunt her smarts.

Jack’s a great hero. And it’s a treat to read a story in which the hero professes his love first then waits to see if his heroine will return it, eventually, or double cross him out of the money. Oh, and I love his response when Sophia confesses that she’s not a virgin. “Then we will both enjoy this.” Jeez, if Sophia hadn’t taken him then I would.

Once again, I feel totally at ease in the setting of early 19th century Florida even though I actually know little about the place or politics. You meld it into the story so well that everything just flows and I get enough of what’s needed to understand what’s going on without it turning into a history lesson. Good onya for including the subplot about Reuben and Betsy. It’s emotional without being melodramatic and adds some darker shadows to the story.

I hope that your next book will shoot down the pipeline a bit more quickly but as I said, this one was worth waiting for. A fantastically matched couple, fun and adventure, seeing Captain Sinister again = a happy Jayne when I electronically flipped the last page. B+


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Another long time reader who read romance novels in her teens, then took a long break before started back again about 15 years ago. She enjoys historical romance/fiction best, likes contemporaries, action- adventure and mysteries, will read suspense if there's no TSTL characters and is currently reading very few paranormals.


  1. jmc
    Jan 14, 2010 @ 08:52:47

    I’m impatiently waiting for this book to be released on the Kindle, because I loved Mrs. Marshalls other Florida-set privateer novels :)

  2. Julie James
    Jan 14, 2010 @ 09:26:19

    Wow, I think I’m sold based on this review. Plus, I lived in Florida for a year and would get an extra kick out of the setting. Thanks for the recommendation!

  3. Darlene Marshall
    Jan 14, 2010 @ 09:47:23

    Thanks for taking the time to review my novel! Kindle editions are in the queue, and I’ll post an announcement at my blog and my Facebook fan page when they’re available.

  4. Lusty Reader
    Jan 14, 2010 @ 12:04:23

    ahhh high-seas romances, my weak spot of the genre. and pirates/privateers are my achilles heel. great review, i will be picking this one up soon!

  5. Jayne
    Jan 14, 2010 @ 15:33:58

    I asked Jane to go ahead and post this review, even though I’m taking most of January off, just cause I want people to know how good it is and how much I enjoyed it.

  6. Darlene Marshall
    Jan 14, 2010 @ 15:46:13

    *blush* Thank you for your kind words. Enjoy your month off!

  7. Jane
    Jan 14, 2010 @ 16:55:42

    @Darlene Marshall Maybe you coud come back and leave a comment here when the Kindle book becomes available. I’ll update the review link then.

  8. Darlene Marshall
    Jan 14, 2010 @ 20:21:00

    @Jane–Absolutely. I’m keeping a list of readers who’ve asked me to notify them when the Kindle edition is available, and I’ll be sure to put the word out here as well.

    I know I’m in the queue, but it’s up to Amazon when it will happen.

  9. Karma
    Jan 15, 2010 @ 00:09:10

    The Kindle version is basically nothing different from the PRC version that’s already available at the AQP website. I download that version for my Kindle all the time and never wait for Amazon, who can take many weeks to get the new books added.

  10. gitane
    Jan 15, 2010 @ 09:30:37

    This sounds great! I’ve been looking for more historical American novels that won’t offend me or make me throw them across the room. I’ve added this one to my To Buy Soon list.

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    Jan 15, 2010 @ 15:41:16

    Yay, a new Darlene Marshall book! I love the historical Florida setting, and the humor (always).

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  14. Darlene Marshall
    Feb 26, 2010 @ 09:56:42

    The Kindle edition of The Bride and the Buccaneer is now out, and it’s on sale! Thank you, everyone, who was waiting patiently for this event.

    Of course, the print and other ebook formats are still available, and what could be better than a hot Florida romance on a bleak winter’s day?[g]

  15. Darlene Marshall
    Feb 26, 2010 @ 10:35:55

    (Jeez, when I type fast the syntax just flies right out the window, doesn’t it?)

  16. Jayne
    Feb 26, 2010 @ 10:52:27

    Excellent! Thanks for letting us know.

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