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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Review: Pirate's Pleasure by Lisa Kessler

Release Date: April 22, 2019
Publisher: Entangled Amara
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review.

John Smyth has survived mutinous pirate crews, wars, and the passage of centuries by keeping his life as he did his ships, organized and well stocked. But when his crew is tasked with stealing Pandora's Box for the government, it opens a door to destruction, and her name is Harmony Andrews.

A risk-taking investment broker by day, and a thief by night, Harmony is a member of the underground Digi Robins crew. Stealing relics to sell on the dark web, they donate the money to people without insurance who need life-saving medical treatments.

What she doesn't realize is the box she just stole is the very one her boss is looking for––the boss who just happens to be an immortal pirate. And as their adventure heads into the danger zone, she doesn't know what's more dangerous: the risk to her life or the risk to her heart.




The Story in 4 Sentences or Less: Harmony Andrews is an investment broker by day, a thief by night, and a member of a modern day group of Robin Hoods who steal relics to sell on the dark web and donate the money where it is needed. When she steals a box rumored to be none other than Pandora’s Box it lands her right in the path of a centuries old pirate, and her daytime boss, John Smyth. Now they have to work together to make sure the box doesn’t fall in to the wrong hands.




Like It? Hate it? Love it? Why? I’ve never read a romance where the hero is an immortal pirate so Pirate’s Pleasure was a new experience for me. I’ll say that the plot was pretty interesting, a crew of pirates who are immortal and working at various places but at the same time still resort to their pirating ways. Pretty fun if you ask me.

John is an interesting character to say the least, I just wish that there had been some time spent on his backstory rather than just mentioning it here and there. I felt I was being teased. I wanted to know more about John and was left unsatisfied.

With Harmony I just couldn’t like her. She’s described as a risk taking, independent, spirited woman but she came across as na├»ve, arrogant, and lacked a sense of self-preservation. She didn’t trust anyone yet immediately trusted John who up until recently had only been her boss. Yeah it she didn’t work for me.

John and Harmony’s attraction could be explained as an opposites attract sort of thing but to me it never developed past the physical stage so when the “L” word started getting tossed around it was unconvincing to me. Harmony wasn’t much of a heroine and having the hots for each other hardly qualified as a reason to spend eternity together.

But there was one thing above all that really bugged me about Pirate’s Pleasure and that was the excessive use of the word “Aye.” I mean, it was used so many times I almost strained my eyes with all the rolling they did. I can overlook using it once or twice but it was used so many times that I felt I was watching a bad stereotype pirate play. Surely these pirates have evolved and acquired a broader vocabulary in order to fit into a modern world right? I half expected there to be an “Avast ye matey” or a couple of Arrrs thrown in there. I really could have done without 98% of the Ayes in the book.

All wasn’t lost though. The idea of mystical objects like Pandora’s Box existing in the modern world was intriguing, and a lot of focus was spent on the conflict of just what to do with it and the question of how dangerous it could be. I think with a bit more attention to making John and Harmony more real and less of a stereotype on John’s part, this could have been a real winner.

Click It or Skip It? Skip it. I’m not opposed to reading previous books in the series or even the next book. This one had promise but ultimately there were things that just worked against it.

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