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The Pirate Hunter's Lady (Regency Pirates #2)

3.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  905 Ratings  ·  64 Reviews
James Ardmore is hunting the pirate who killed his brother's family, and nothing will stand in his way. Not the English who want him dead, and definitely not Diana Worthing, a beautiful woman he takes the opportunity to abduct while he's busy rescuing an American spy. Diana knows the secrets of an island called Haven, which James is determined to find. But both James and D ...more
ebook, Second edition, 264 pages
Published May 27th 2012 by JA / AG Publishing (first published 2004)
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Jul 14, 2013 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
oooh another wonderful pirate romance ;) I love the old fashioned romances. You know the ones, where the heroine is kidnapped, spirited away in the middle of the night and has no choice but to go with the flow. Where the hero is a bad boy with a tragic past and just knows when he sees his heroine that she is something different. He wants her....and he will eventually have her.
ahhhh to me that is a wonderful romance book and that is what you will get in the Pirate Hunter.
Brilliant characters, enj
Elis Madison
This is the second book in Ashley's pirate series and once again, there's lots of great adventure, which wins it back a star it lost because of the unfortunate fact that this book's "hero" is the smarmy, skeezy villain of The Pirate Next Door, James Ardmore. OK, we learn that Ardmore has lots of sad stories to tell, but the man all but publicly raped the heroine in the last book, so I kept wanting to chuck when the heroine here calls him "honorable." As for the attraction between them, I spent a ...more
Sep 13, 2010 Maria rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Only read this book if you absolutely need a pirate fix and there is nothing else. And I mean nothing else... like cereal boxes or shampoo bottles.
Katrina Passick Lumsden
I thought this one was better than the first in the series since James Ardmore is definitely more interesting than Grayson, but still. Not so much swashbuckling, piratical adventure as angsty, emotionally manipulative melodrama. Diana Worthing bothered me. A lot. I have yet to figure out why so many female authors shoot for "feisty" and completely overshoot, landing their heroines firmly in "bitch" territory. Part of being strong and capable is knowing that not everything is a bloody fight. *sig ...more
Jun 05, 2012 Carolyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nisha mslvoe
Shelves: ashley-jennifer
Only a writer as talented as Jennifer Ashley could transform the villain, pirate hunter James Ardmore, from the first book in this series ("The Pirate Next Door"), into a man you learn to understand, respect and adore.

After reading the first book, I was certainly enticed to read how Ms. Ashley was going to accomplish this enormous feat. She skillfully and oh so subtly draws you in, tantalizing you with little bits and pieces of his personality and what drives him. And, then Ms. Ashley throws yo
Second in Ashley's Regency Pirates series, this one didn't capture my attention at all, maybe it's because pirates just don't do it for me. Still, I love this author and can't get enough of her, even if I don't like pirates. I meandered through this book and didn't care that much about Diana or James. It got off to a good start, but just really slowed down while they are together on Haven. Her father's secret turned out to be entirely anticlimactic and then James' capture, etc. For some reason t ...more
Feb 21, 2016 Tarra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Villain from previous book gets his redemption and his HEA. This book lacked the farcical fun of the first book. Overall, a bit underwhelming and at times quite slow. There were some really good provoking moments (the old admiral and Capt. Ardmore together, a brutal torture scene that was riveting to read). The chemistry between James and Diana was on fire (as the reader is told time and time again.)
May 03, 2015 Elaine rated it it was amazing
I love reading this book. I love the whole pirate thing, which Jennifer Ashley does to perfection.
This book is the most fun book iIve read in a long time(and I tend to read a lot). I absolutely adore James and Diana, and the other charcters too. But mostly, I'm rarely surprised in novels anymore. The authors feel as though they need to lead one by strings and explain everything at least 5 times. Jennifer Ashley (in her many guises) expects one to keep up, and invites us to be surprised (I gasped aloud twice!). Thank you!
Aug 14, 2010 Netanella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pirates
Our insane but sympathetic villain of the first novel, James Ardmore, takes the eponymous role of the Pirate Hunter in the second of Ashley's pirate series. And as hatefuly as Ardmore was portrayed in the first novel, in this it is a compliment to Ashley's narrative that this reader can change her mind and view the character in a different light. Quite enjoyable.
I love Jennifer Ashley but did not like this book as much as the first in the series. (I read the older version without the changes.) I thought the beginning of the book very choppy and hard to get into. It is a bad sign when I keep putting the book down to do other things. Not a keeper and not a book I would re-read either, except perhaps the revisions.
Jennifer Ashley
Feb 21, 2016 Jennifer Ashley added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Book 2 of Regency Pirates. Original title: The Pirate Hunter. New edition has new first chapters, new epilogue.
If you have not read The Pirate Next Door, book one in the series I suggest you start with that one.

James an American Pirate Hunter is on a mission to kill the pirate who murdered his brother and his family. James has been searching high and low for the infamous Black Jack Mallory. It would be safe to say that James has spent so much time in hate and revenge he has forgotten how to live. Enter Diana, James first meets Diana when he kidnaps her for information, but they both get more than they ba
This was just so good. I loved the characters, I love the story line, I loved writing style of JA. Really intelligent story telling, with palatable emotion and image evoking scenes. James was introduced in the first book as Viscount Stoke's once partner turned ruthless enemy. He was fairly brutal in that one. Not sure I could make the jump from that character to the character in this one. But honestly, it ceased to matter as I got into the book. This one was more serious than the first, missing ...more
Wow! I like this book much more the first one! I loved all the interaction between James and Diana. The banter, the food fights the lovin'! Mmmm mm, good stuff! I was kind of leery at first having James as the hero in this book, wondering how he would redeem himself as a hero after being such a horrible villain in the The Pirate Next Door. He did a complete 360 and had me in love about half way through. Diana was a spunky strong heroine and I loved her too! A great books, so sorry it took me so ...more
Tam B.
Jun 08, 2012 Tam B. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. I thought that JA redeemed our Captain Ardmore well. We saw glimpses of the potential in The Pirate Next Door and here it is realised.

Diana (the heroine) annoyed me in places. She is a smart, intelligent and realistic woman but her fears are not. I know fears can be irrational but it felt like she was using these to test James. To see what he would do and if he would react the way she would have expected her husband to. Again I can kind of understand this but it still felt a
Aurian Booklover
One year ago, Diana Worthing was married to a louded naval Captain, who hated her. He thinks she sleeps with every man she meets. He hates the fact that their daughter Isabeau is deaf, and blames Diana for it. In short, Diana’s life is miserable, but for her beloved daughter. Then she is abducted by the famous American pirate hunter Captain James Ardmore, who wants to get some information out of her. When she is returned to the house party 2 days later, that was the last straw for her husband, w ...more
Michelle Kelly
Mar 30, 2011 Michelle Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-read, historical
James Ardmore and Lady Diana Worthing's book

I think I liked The Pirate Hunter better than The Pirate Next Door (book 1)

There was lots of action and many different scenes in the book. I liked the story taking place during many different settings.

Diana was a great female character to read. She was very similiar to the Alexandra from the first book. In fact, they could have been the same heroin. I guess that is okay since the formula worked.

The only thing that I didnt like so much is that James A
Dec 26, 2015 Mimi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Pirate Hunter" is a fast-paced love story with lots of action, interesting characters, and sensual romance. The relationship between Lady Diana Worthing and James Ardmore is slow to build-up and there are plenty of complications. James is conflicted between his growing attraction with Diana and his need to avenge his brother's death by locating and killing the pirate Black Jack Mallory. Just when Diana and James' initial difficulties appear to have been resolved, a new complication arises. ...more
Feb 06, 2013 Alina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second in the Regency Pirates series and yet again, it was a FUN read.

I mean... how can you resist a heroine who thinks nothing of rifling through a Pirate Captain's personal belongings (whilst he keeps her prisoner in his quarters) and who chooses to fight back with anything that happens to be at hand, even if that's ladels of soup and buttered bread rolls? Add in the arrogant, usually shirtless hero and you have a story that will alternately heat up the blood and make you laugh!

Dec 07, 2013 Katie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the first book in the Regency Pirates series which was The Pirate Next Door and that made me want to read James Ardmore book. I did not like this as much because James seemed different from the first book. I like that Diana Worthing did not betray her marriage vows. It helped me like Diana as a character. Jennifer Ashley does a good job making her characters more realistic that most romance writers. They have issues and will grow though the book. This seemed shorter than the first book bu ...more
Kasey Riley
Dec 30, 2015 Kasey Riley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

In this book the villain becomes the hero, a nice trick, well played. He is never the perfect "knight in shining armor", but he in not as evil as painted in the first book. A well told story with action and romance. Good job.
Nov 29, 2015 Heather rated it really liked it
After book 1 in the Regency Pirates series, I was very much interested to read James' story. I looked forward to watching his downfall to love and to find out what kind of lady would win him. I was very pleased with his story and with his lady love, Diana. Beautiful story, great chemistry between the characters, loved the plot, and Diana was an awesome heroine. The story was light and an easy read to get into. The conflict wasn't too complicated or complex, making it a light, enjoyable read. I ...more
Mar 02, 2013 Cerian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the Pirate Next Door, and had been really looking forward to reading Captain Jame Ardmore's story in Pirate Hunter's Lady.
Even though he was basically the 'villain' James is the perfect hero for Diana. He redeems himself just enough, and we get a deeper insight into both Diana and James, their fears and the motives driving them.
Jennifer Ashley's writing style is great, romantic and sexy with touches of humour. I also really enjoyed that the characters were often very natural, as a large p
Oo lala. A smoking hot pirate hunter, and an American Southerner to boot, James Ardmore is a tough as nails, cold as ice man bent on revenge for his brother's killing by pirates. Diana Worthing is an Admiral's daughter, survivor of an abusive marriage with a lovely hearing impaired daughter to show for it. Sparks rise leading to the inevitable, when they meet on her father's lonely island sanctuary where he washes ashore from a shipwreck along with an amnesiac British Navy lieutenant. Love bloss ...more
Rita C
Sep 10, 2014 Rita C rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the first one more. She's trying to redeem the villain from the first story to make him the hero for the second story. It mostly works I guess. The hero from the first story was easier to like.
Aug 30, 2014 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book

I loved this book. The twists and turns kept the mind wandering. I like all different kinds of books, but for a pirate book, this was great
Feb 03, 2016 JP rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story was, again, a really amazing one. I love the first book in this pirate series and the second one didn't disappoint. Unfortunately, even though I loved how the characters came together and the romance grew, the typos and spelling mistakes were cringe-worthy. There were so many errors in this that I'm pretty sure that the copy-editor took a nap while doing this. Why I'm so amazed at the errors is simply that even I, a non native English speaker, can find all these errors on first glance ...more
Aug 30, 2015 Nanette rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, didnt-finish
The first book had its problems but was interesting enough to hold my attention. This one… I think the author lost her second draft and just turned in the first one and the editor was on vacation.
Rebecca (everyday reader)
James is a hardened pirate who's had a lot of grief in his life. Diana is an English lady who's had her share of cruelty. They meet by accident and he kidnaps her to try and get information out of her, but he gets no info and instead a burning attraction. A year later, he washes up on the shore of her father's small island. During his recovery their passion grows, he gets to know her family, and concludes soome business that's been years in the making. Getting captured again and flogged on a bri ...more
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