May 30 2006
Dear Mrs. Marshall,
This is a nice pirate romance with a more capable heroine than most “chick in pants” stories. I think it works better than most because Christine is more a thinking pirate rather than a true swashbuckling one. She tries to outwit her victims thereby making herself and her crew richer than when they started yet at the same time still alive at the end of the sea cruise. The fact that she’s tall and is willing to cut her hair off also helps her masquerade work better than in most romance books. You give her lots of reasons for not believing in her marriage of convenience husband, Justin and I love her idea of not only getting mad at being forced into it by her uncle but also getting even by raiding his shipping line. But I wonder just how easy it would be to obtain a divorce in this era. Was it easier legally than later in the century? I would assume the social stigma would still be as bad.
Justin very quickly wises up from his initial boorishness and is truly sorry for what he did to Christine and for thinking only of his own interests and feelings in their marriage of convenience. I came to like him a lot. However, his beta personification undergoes a change for the alpha too quickly in the end. I would have liked to have seen you expand this issue and story resolution in the book.
The pirate crew are more Disney than dangerous, though a few will surprise readers, but since I get the feeling that the book is mainly played as a farce, I could just go along with this. Pirate’s Price is the story of the parents of the heroine in Smuggler’s Bride and it was nice to see the beginning of the story. I’d give this one a B.