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The Pirate Ruse

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  1,413 Ratings  ·  204 Reviews
Abducted! Forcibly taken from her home in New Orleans, Cristabel Albay found herself a prisoner aboard an enemy ship-and soon thereafter, transferred into the vile hands of blood-thirsty pirates! War waged between the newly liberated United States and King George. Still, Cristabel would soon discover that British sailors were the very least of her worries-for the pirate ca ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published March 9th 2013 by Distractions Ink (first published October 12th 2010)
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Inspired Kathy
Sep 20, 2011 Inspired Kathy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2011
Oh how I love Marcia's Books! Seriously love them. Today is my birthday which meant my husband got up and to get our 5 kids off to school so I could sleep in. But I'm used to waking up so I was wide awake. Since I didn't have to get up and couldn't sleep I decided I could spend my time how I wanted so instead of sleeping I chose to read a Marcia Lynn McClure book.

As is the case with all of Marcia's books, The Pirate Ruse did not disappoint. I loved this one! So much fun to read. It made me smile
MaryLu Tyndall
Jan 22, 2011 MaryLu Tyndall rated it it was amazing
Well, I must admit, I adore a good pirate tale, especially a romantic one. I was a bit skeptical at first, since this wasn't labeled inspirational. The last thing I wanted to read was some salacious, corny, bodice ripper.
I'm happy to report this book was not at all like that. The characters were engaging, the story kept my interest (which is hard to do these days) and the romance was heart-throbbing. Recommended for any pirate lovers out there!
OH! OH! OH! I Loved this book,everything about it I loved! Cristabel, and the Pirate Navarrone, what a great love story. This book has adventure, mystery, and romance. I could hardly wait to get it then I consummed it in two days ( I have 5 children) or I would have been done in a day! I loved the dialoge between Cristabel and Navarrone their banter was great! I also really enjoyed hearing alot of Navarrone's inner feelings on their relationship! Marcia writes amazing romances her kissing scenes ...more
Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~*
As war raged between newly liberated United states and King George,Cristabel Albay is abducted and forcibly taken from her home in New Orleans.Put upon a British ship which is then attacked by the vile pirate "Bully Booth",she soon discovers they or the British sailors are the least of her worries. Enter pirate Navarrone "Blue-Blade" who wants this prize for his own,and finds another prize as well for the taking! Here are Cristabels choices,stay with Bully Booth who takes no man alive..and let n ...more
Aug 16, 2016 Tori rated it it was amazing
Aug. 2016: Reading about Capt. Navarrone while sitting on the beach = Perfection. Still a favorite.

Oct. 2015 : Still love it... Sometimes I just need to go to my happy place and Marcia Lynn McClure provides that on the Merry Wench with Capt. Navarrone.

April 2015 : Yes. Again. What can I say?? It's a favorite of mine!!!

Oct. 2013: Oh I melted everytime Navarrone called Cristabel "love" !!!!

Re-read January 2014: Seriously one of my top 2 favorite Marcia McClure books. I get giddy reading it. I
Kathy ~ Bookworm Nation
I can’t believe I’ve waited so long to read this one again. This remains one of my very favorite McClure books. It has so much more to offer than just romance. We have pirates, adventure, spies and treason, rescuing damsels in distress and an underlying theme of unconditional love.

The book opens with Captain Navarrone aka the pirate Blue Blade, entering into battle with a British war ship and a pirate ship (why not kill two birds with one stone, right?). During battle he finds a women in the cl
Kathy Jo
Oct 20, 2014 Kathy Jo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

Pirates.. mystery.. adventure.. romance.. The Pirate Ruse has it all!

Captain Navarrone comes upon a battle between a British Ship and the Screaming Witch. He sees Cristabel and knows that, even though he is a pirate, that she would be better off on his ship and proceeds to steal her away! Upon further questioning he finds out that she has been keeping company with traitors! And if there's one thing that Captain Navarrone does not like it's traitors! And ya might want to hold on loves...
Oh! So good!! I loved the banter. I loved the mystery of the girl in the painting. I loved how Captain Navarrone seemed to get jealous over how easily the young man on the ship, James, and Cristabel could converse...One of my favorite scenes is where they are walking along and James is telling Cristabel some stories about Navarrone and they are laughing together, and Navarrone growls at him and says something like, "James, she is our prisoner!" I loved how Navarrone tries to have the image of a ...more
Jan 02, 2011 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Oh boy, do I love Pirate books...and did I love The Pirate Ruse??? A resounding YES, I LOVED IT! I love how Marcia writes her heroes: Tall, Dark and Handsome, always strangely self-deprecating, which makes you love them, yet at the same time, so full of constancy and ability. Awesome. The heroine was stronger than her others, and I really liked her "rum-filled" moment! Just a great read! Marcia's book never fail to deliver and I always want to re-read it cause I read it TOO fast...=) Enjoy!
Jan 08, 2012 Deborah rated it it was amazing
I admit it. My name is Deb, and I am addicted to Marcia McClure books. If that is wrong, I don't want to be right! I loved this one. I really think this one is tied for my favorite of her books. This one was just so good and I loved all the tention. Great main characters and I loved the pirate fun.

GREAT book and fun author!
Feb 09, 2011 Melody rated it it was amazing
Move over Cap'n Sparrow, there's a new pirate on my mind!!!! :)
I cannot even tell you how much I loved this book! I think Mr. Highwayman is going to have to share the top spot in my heart of Marcia's heroes with Cap'n Navarrone! I think my head is still spinning from the sheer deliciousness of him... I have a thing for Pirate's too- so I was so happy to hear about The Pirate Ruse. I like to think she took my sister-in-laws encouragement to make this fine tale of adventure and romance. :) I knew
Jan 30, 2011 Cortney rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone, Pirate Story, Clean Romance
An instant before the sea swallowed her, Cristabel Albay gasped her last breath. She was certain it would truly be her last breath… Yet, mere moments later, her head broke the surface of the sea and she exhaled the breath she had been holding—the one that had not been her last—gasping for another.
“Do you swim, woman?” the pirate Navarrone growled.
“Y-yes,” Cristabel stammered. Her thoughts were muddled—for panic was her only ally. Yet, she was cognizant enough to know that her life was still in d
Jan 10, 2013 Jamie rated it liked it
My friend recommended this book to me as a clean, fun romance novel. I loves me a good pirate story, so I figured I may as well give it a try, even though these books typically don't make it onto my "currently reading" shelf.

First, the action and story is good. I love the idea of the privateer taking captive another pirate's captive and then falling in love with her. If I was rating this book simply on storyline and the action, etc., it would be a solid 4 stars for me. Still, there was too much
Erika B. (SOS BOOKS)
4.5-5 stars! I want to buy this one! O if only I wasn't so poor! haha This one had me on the edge of my bed gripping the book freaking out! My father walked into my room took one look at me and just walked back out because he knew I wasn't even coherent to anything else around me! Seriously my favorite hero that Marcia has written! I don't know if it is because he's a pirate or if her writing is getting more developed but I was in love with him! O wait he's fiction! ALSO bless my soul a fiesty h ...more
Mar 01, 2011 Brenda rated it it was amazing
Marcia, Marcia, Marcia...(I just love saying that)
Wow oh wow has she done it again. Swashbuckling, pirates, plundering, pillaging, wenches and a whole lot of kissing is what you'll find here. I loved the rough and tough Blue Blade "Do you swim woman"? from the get go and was head over heels with the pirate by the end of the book. Cristabel was strong, brave and just a little sassy and never allowed herself to be a helpless victim. I love how she readily accepted blame for her mistakes, yet forga
Katie W
Aug 03, 2010 Katie W rated it it was amazing
I don't know what it is about handsome, dashing pirates and romance....but I LOVED IT!!! I've been dying for a pirate book, Marcia style, for awhile now and I was NOT disappointed!! This book is definitely in my top three (favorites) of hers.

Cristabel Albay was kidnapped from her home and taken to an enemy ship in the dead of night. Then she was captured by an attacking pirate ship, only to be rescued by yet another pirate--Trevon Navarrone the Blue Blade. I loved the rum-filled night, the adven
Angie Cornelison
I absolutely LOVED this story!! If good reads offered a 6th star This one would definitely get it! One of my favorites!! I loved this swashbuckling story of the handsome Pirate Navarrone and his pretty prisoner Cristabel. With Marcia's writing you can only imagine the story! It's great! I so loved the ending and the special message left there! Wonderful! Wonderful, Wonderful!!
Aug 19, 2012 Kristen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Arrr, I do think I'd like to be a pirate's wench. Super good, loved every minute of it.

Moral Note: Passionate kisses, violence, mild talk of ravaging women, a few language spots (heck, dang and son of a motherless goat once)
Jun 25, 2012 JaNeen rated it it was amazing
I have given 5 stars to every Marcia Lynn McMclure book I have read I think! And this one did not disappoint me! I really liked the story and the 'feel good' ending it offered.
May 09, 2011 Jsassy72 rated it it was amazing
Marcia Lynn McClure is one of my favorite authors, especially for clean romance. I really enjoyed adding this book to my collection!
Chantele Sedgwick
Mar 29, 2011 Chantele Sedgwick rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
I really enjoy all of Marcia Lynn McClure's books, but I think this one might be my favorite! I love pirates!!
Stacey Hall
Dec 20, 2010 Stacey Hall rated it it was amazing
A favorite!! Captain Navvarone is so delicious!! I gotta read this a couple more times!!
Jan 18, 2011 Tara rated it it was amazing
Yep, another "cant keep the smile off my face" love story from Mcclure.
Rating: 4 stars.

I had to read this book twice to really appreciate it, and it was not the book's fault. The first time I read it in bits and pieces because I was sick with the flu, so I couldn't really "get into the story". The second time however, the book affected me the way most of this author's books do - it had me smiling, chuckling and sighing dreamily as I escaped to another place and time. I can always count on a Marcia Lynn McClure book to put me in a happy mood.

The infamous American pi
Oct 19, 2014 Judy rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books-i-own
4.5 stars. I've been participating in Swoon Fest this month, (reading as many MLM books as possible during the month of October) and I am so glad that I finally read this one. It was one of Marcia's better written novels in my opinion. This one did not suffer from the Insta-love factor that some of her more recent novels do, which I very much appreciated. I liked the tension between Cristabel and the Pirate Captain: Navarrone the Blue Blade.
There were some great scenes in this book that made it
Dec 15, 2010 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
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After finishing Becoming Lady Lockwood, I just had to read another high sea regency romance. I've seen this one around a few times, but for some reason I just kept passing it over. It didn't quite satisfy my desire after BLL, but it helped.

So here's the thing with MLM books. You always know what you're going to get. There is a always a bit of a cheese factor, and the voice is similiar from book to book, but generally I always love her stories. And even if I don't buy into the story, the woman w
Megan Swanson
Nov 11, 2010 Megan Swanson rated it it was amazing
Okay, I had to stay up reading this one until I couldn't keep my eyes open any longer! Trevon Navarrone is very different from all of her other male character(which I suppose works considering Cristabel Albay is SO unlike any girl of hers), but still is so similar at the same time. He HAS to say one of Ryder Maddox's lines his own way, and he's got the ability to read people that reminds me of Vance Nathaniel especially, although most of her heros have that talent. I loved reading about Blue Bla ...more
Jan 23, 2015 Patti rated it really liked it
“The Pirate Ruse” is the third book I’ve read by Marcia Lynn McClure, and my favorite out of the three. I was captivated by the very first chapter with exciting characters and a plot to match. After all, the extent of my “pirate experiences” are limited to Disney’s awesome Pirates of the Caribbean ride, Capt. Jack Sparrow’s movies, and a few books. Romantic pirate life is a fun escape into the realm of excitement and imagination.

I really liked the story McClure created with kidnapped heroine Cri
Sep 20, 2011 Tiffany rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved loved loved this book! It has been a while since I felt addicted to a book. Addicted meaning while you are doing the things you need to be doing you are thinking about how much you wish you were reading. This book was so fun! I didn't find myself bored in the book ever! Which seldom happens. I loved each page and loved Trevon! Where does Marcia come up with these names? I love them all!
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Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Marcia Lynn McClure grew up influenced by the reminiscent stories of rugged, rural Colorado farm life fascinatingly recounted to her by her parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts…tales of runaway buckboards, mule-drawn plows and dust pneumonia; verbalized images of stream-flooded meadows, frozen over in winter, where a child could peer through the crystal clear ic ...more
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