What a Pirate Desires (Sam Steele)

3549844What a Pirate Desires
by Michelle Beattie
Release Date:  December 2, 2008
Publisher: Berkley
Book #1 in the Sam Steele series
Number of pages:  308
Hardcover
Source: Melcat
Historical Romance/Pirate M/F
Rating: R
Read 8/29/19 to 8/30/19

 

Only Luke Bradley knows the secret of his fellow pirate Sam Steele: Sam is actually Samantha, a woman driven by revenge.

Though Sam sails her stolen ship under a pirate flag, there is no creature more loathsome to her than a scalawag. As they journey across the unpredictable Caribbean Sea, Luke finds that making a criminal pay for his sins is second to the quest to win Sam’s heart.

I recently read this author’s Cowboy Up, her first foray into contemporary romance and my first experience with her writing.  Since I enjoyed that book I decided to look for one of her historical romance books since that’s her wheelhouse.  I really can’t recall if I’ve read a pirate book before, but if I have it’s been quite a long time.  So this was an experiment of a sort, to see if this was a genre I’d be interested in reading more from.

Although I like how this book starts, and I definitely felt the spark between Samantha and Luke, the first half of this story was a bit slow for me.  Interesting and still kept me wanting to get back to reading when I had to put it down, but I kept waiting for certain things to happen and they seemed to be taking to long to occur.  The good news: the second half of this story flew by for me. 

The concept of this story, the idea of a pirate with a secret identity out for revenge, is wonderful.  I also loved the progression of Samantha and the story of how she came to be a pirate.  I actually wish we could have gotten a bit more of that back story, but even without it I could understand her motivations and her desire to protect those around her so fiercely.

Overall, I liked this book.  There was room for more depth for sure, but there wasn’t any overwhelming feeling of missing anything.  From what I can tell, this is one of this author’s earlier published works.  The story is tidy and well written.  From reading her most recent published work I can say she has learned to add more depth to her story and characters, so I will be continuing this series to see how it goes. 

3.5 stars

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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