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Tuesday, September 19, 2006


Wow. How very appropriate! Why? Because the book I just finished...

****½ Only With Your Love by Lisa Kleypas. Historical romance.


... is a PIRATE romance! I couldn't have planned it better if I'd known. In fact, I couldn't have planned it, because I didn't know. I didn't know until after I'd finished the book that today is Talk Like a Pirate Day. And I didn't know until I started reading it that Only With Your Love was a pirate book. There's a pirate god out there somewhere, isn't there?

Celia Vallerand is on her way to New Orleans with her new husband Philippe when their ship is attacked by pirates. More than that, they're just about to make love for the first time when the attack comes. Celia is taken by the pirate Legare to be a "treat" for his brother--whose women don't tend to live long.

Back ashore, as she's pleading for her life, she swears that the Vallerand family will ransom her. Hearing the name Vallerand prompts rival pirate captain Griffin to fight for her, then to rescue her.

I really can't go any further into the plot, because there are surprises around every turn, though it really wasn't hard to guess that ****spoiler****Captain Griffin was Philippe's twin brother****. The other surprises were more... er... surprising.

Suffice it to say that both Celia and Justin (Cpt. Griffin) find themselves in impossible situations, both emotionally and otherwise. Only With Your Love has the type of emotional impact I truly enjoy--when it seems that there's no good choice for the characters, and I can't guess how the author's going to manage to give them an honest HEA.


This book has been recently reissued--I got it new a year or two ago with the cover shown above. Interestingly, the Buy.com page has the old cover. It's an example of two extremes of romance cover art: the embarrassing clinch cover, and these dull-looking swans that have nothing to do with the story. Do covers that actually represent the story really sell fewer books? *sigh* I'll save my rant on that for another time. Or better yet, wander over to SmartBitches. Nobody does a better cover rant.

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I didn't know LK had done a pirate romance!! Going to look for it now!
Hi Darla, glad you posted this review! I didn't know Lisa wrote a pirate romance either!!!

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