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Pleasing the Pirate

(Secrets & Seduction #3)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  242 ratings  ·  69 reviews
Two hearts are wrenched between love and duty in Sharon Cullen’s tale of a ruthless pirate and the Scottish lass who fills him with desire for something greater than plunder.

With her clan’s crops burned and their property confiscated, Mairi McFadden is desperate to free her brother from imprisonment so that he can take his rightful place as chief. Her only hope is the
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Published February 25th 2014 by Loveswept
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Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~*
Oct 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of swashbuckling pirate romance
Setting: 18th Century England
Steam Factor: Mild-Hot
4 1/2 Stars for this Pirate Wench

Phin Lockwood has earned his freedom only by swearing upon his life to bring a notorious traitor against the crown out of hiding. So they only way he can do this is to lure the traitor's sister on board his ship. Phin is so certain that he can "win the day" and in doing so he will set sail a free man..being himself. But of course, we know there just has to be a twist to this and it must involve a female. And from
Al George
So there was a pirate but he didn't do very piraty things...

Quick review here, because the book for me was just meh. This is the story of a guy, Phin, and a lady, Mairi, and some issues between Scotland and England. We were on a boat for a few chapters and then again at the end, and it between we chased down Mairi's brother, Grant. There you have it.

My Issues

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Lover of Romance
Phin is a pirate, and his life is in the hands of finding one man. The king of England will only spare his life, if he brings a rebel and traitor to him. Phin knows that with his life on the line, he doesn't have a choice. So he takes a ship, up to Scotland, where the sister of the traitor he is seeking, lands in his cabin, with a gun being pointed at him. Mairi has done everything she could for her clan and people, that are suffering every day. She knows they need their laird to return, her ...more
Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

At A Glance

Good, but not very pirate-y.

The Good

This was a good historical romance. It had a fair amount of romance, intrigue, heart, and politics.

I loved Mairi’s tenacity. She confronted a pirate with a gun big enough to knock her ass down to save her brother, her land, and her people. Not the best idea, but it worked. She would do anything to help the few people left in her clan after the brutal war. Her brother Grant? Not so much. I felt horrible for
Susan (susayq ~)
This was a pretty good story. Pirate, Phin Lockwood (don't you just love that name?), has a bounty on his head and he can clear it by bringing in a Scottish rebel. Phin does this by using the rebel's sister, Mairi, who wants needs her brother to come home to Scotland to help with the family. I won't go into detail about how the situation was solved, but know it made sense and I understand and my heart went out to Mairi :)

ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley
Regan Walker
Jan 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Unlikely Tale of Love Between a Scots Woman and an Englishman

The first thing I noticed about this story is that it must be part of a series as other couples are mentioned or have cameo appearances so that I was left wondering who they were and how they fit in. It was like walking in on the middle of a party. Hence, I don’t recommend reading this as a “stand alone.”

Second, to my way of thinking, this is neither a Scottish historical nor a pirate saga. We are told the hero was a pirate; we never
Jan 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Sweet, thrilling, and full of secrets and betrayals, Pleasing the Pirate was a wonderful historical romance. I really liked this book. From the characters, to the surprises along the way, this book was lovely.

Mairi was a strong heroine. She was very loyal to her clan and would do anything to take care of them. Even bargain with a pirate so that she could find her brother and bring him back to care for his clan. I really liked her. I thought she was a lovely character.

Phin was wonderful. He was
Jan 20, 2014 rated it liked it
ARC received via NetGalley

In general I don't read many historical romances because that genre of romance doesn't appeal to me very often. That being said though, I did in fact enjoy this one.

I read this book without reading the previous books in the series. Not reading the other books didn't effect my reading of this one.
I could be wrong but this heroine sounds like another feiry woman fighting for her family honor and her enemy is her lover. I am tired just imaging it.
This story is set in 18th century, a little after the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion, England. Our heroine Mairi is Scottish and our hero Phin is English. Uh-oh. Phin, who was moonlighting as a pirate, is captured and told he will hang unless he brings the traitorous Scotsman Grant McFadden to King George. Did I mention Mairi's surname is McFadden? Phin and his buddies (I'm guessing these buddies have previous stories of their own, saw some reviews that state this is part of a series, but honestly, it ...more
My Book Addiction and More MBA
PLEASING THE PIRATE by Sharon Cullan is a fast paced, adventure filled Regency Historical Romance. What happens when you cross a Scottish lass with a dangerous,ruthless pirate? Passion,danger and love of course!!

Meet, Scottish lass, Mairi McFadden,whose brother is a traitor to the Crown and English pirate Phin Lockwood, the pirate who either has to bring in the traitor or forfeit his life to the crown. Which means he will be hanged in the traitor's place. But Mairi, knows nothing of her
Kimberly Rocha~ Book Obsessed Chicks

Here is one of those titles that does not quite do the book justice. The title seems to be a bit light when in fact, this story has so much more substance than the title implies. PLEASING THE PIRATE by Sharon Cullen is a wonderful tale of what desperation will make someone do. Scottish lass, Mairi McFadden has stowed away on a pirate ship after being sent by a trusted acquaintance who tells Mairi that pirate Captain, Phin Lockwood, will help her find her brother Grant. Grant McFadden has been
Monica Cullip
Jan 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Pleasing The Pirate
Sharon Cullen
This story was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review.
Grant McFadden is a traitor, he has been imprisoned by the King and he has escaped. He is on the minds of our two main characters for two completely opposite reasons.
Mairi McFadden is the loving sister, she desparately needs her brother to return to their lands and take charge. The lands are suffering and the people and not doing well. She needs her brother to take control and make things right. She will
Amy Alvis
Feb 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Originally reviewed for: Historical Romance Lover blog

This is book three in the series.

Mairi McFadden is desperate to find her brother to save her clan from starvation. She received a letter from him saying that he was in prison in London. With the aid of a clansman, Mairi finds her way to Phin Lockwood's ship to ask him for help.

Phin Lockwood has been given a reprieve from hanging. If he brings in a traitorous Scot, he will be granted his life. The Home Office arranges for Mairi, the traitor's
Sassy Moms Say Read Romance
Apr 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
First off I would like to thank NetGalley for the opportunity to receive an ARC of this story and allow me to review it.

The things Mairi is willing to do to help her clan and bring her brother back put her on the a path she never expected. Phin plans on trying to use Mairi to help find her brother and save his own hide, little does he know thing don't go exactly as planned.

This is a sweet, somewhat intriguing, time piece story. I love the bit of history that it involves and old world adventure
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing

*I was generously provided an ARC of this novel by Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept via Netgalley for an honest review

Rating: 4.75

The blurb above does a great job of describing this book, so I’m not going go into any plot details in this review.

This was a thoroughly refreshing historical romance. Sharon Cullen did a wonderful job painting the backdrop and historical references in this book. Pleasure the Pirate is told in two POV and I have to admit, my favorite was Mairi. Mairi is a
Feb 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of Pleasing the Pirate from NetGalley.

I was swept right into Pleasing the Pirate from page one! I could not put this book down. Sharon Cullen has a gift for writing and I look forward to reading more work she has done. Her characters and plot for this book have you laughing, ready to shake some of the characters and crying along with them. I loved Sharon's two main characters, their banter and their connection that they were trying to avoid at every turn. Mairi stows away on
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: regency
This is a wonderful book, I couldn't put it down.
Phin Lockwood is a pirate, fairly successful until he picked the the wrong ship to steal from and he got caught. Now he has a death sentence on his head until the King makes him a deal, he has too apprehend a traitor named Grant McFadden and bring him in for trial, if he doesn't his life will be forfeit.
Mairi McFadden needs to find her brother Grant, he needs to come home, their people and lands are suffering.
She ask Phin to help her find him not
Heather andrews
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Phin, he's a sexy one, "he leaned a broad shoulder on the doorframe, still half-smiling. "It has a kick, you know. It might send you through those windows, then I'd be obliged to dive in after you." There are things Phin cannot handle when it comes to his girl, "her nose turned red and Phin prayed to Go she wasn't crying. Vomiting was on thing, crying was an entirely different thing." There are a few things that can shock Mairi, "he laughed and shrugged out of his coat, making her gasp. It was ...more
Shannon   The Romance Addict!

H: Phin Lockwood
h: Mairi McFadden

I am really into historical romance but book about or with pirate are hit or miss with me. I eaither love it or it's stinks and I can bearly make it thur the read. This one is a big fat.........HIT!

I really loved all the secrets and mistrust. I love the Hero. I thought he was very swoon worthy. I also liked Mairi. I love strong females and that is what Mairi is..... Strong and loyal.

So let me break it down for you. This is a story about a about a strong woman
Feb 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book by this author was very well written and very sensual. I like that in a romance. The character of Mairi was told of a woman who would do anything for her Scottish clan. She needed to find her brother so he can get things back on track. but there was one thing she couldn't do was get him away from the English who held him prisoner. So the only thing she can do was find a certain man and do whatever it takes to accomplish her goal. Even if the man is a pirate who is handsome as the devil ...more
N. Kuhn
Feb 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
This story was full of drama, intrigue, spying, and some sexiness. I feel that Phin would have been that much sexier if there had been more pirating involved. But this is still a great read! I really enjoyed Mairi. She was strong and easy to like! What a great Historical/pirate read!!
Adriana Caceres
Feb 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Review to be posted on Sarah Says Read Romance blog.
Oct 04, 2018 rated it liked it

OUR HERO has to bring in the Scottish rebel/traitor in order to save his own neck from hanging. With the manipulations of those around him, they managed to get McFadden's sister to come to London or rather held him at gun point and demanded he helped her to find her brother. Of course, the hero's not a bad man but rather one who turned to piracy to save his
Eileen Dandashi
Feb 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Title: Pleasing the Pirate A Loveswept Historical Romance
Author: Sharon Cullen
Genre: Historical Romance
Story Setting: London, 1700’s
Published by: Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept, (February 25, 2014)

Praise for the series:
The Notorious Lady Anne: "Sharon Cullen's The Notorious Lady Anne has everything I look for in a romance - swashbuckling adventure, a hero and heroine with sizzling chemistry, and non-stop, leap-off-the-page action. Cullen's debut is a sexy, fun and
Susan H Garris
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The pirate and the Scottish lass

Mairi comes from Scotland where she has hired the pirate Phinn to locate her brother Grant. Phinn has been given the task by the king to bring Grant in or hang. The truth comes out but all is forgiven as Mairi and Phinn fall in love. Grant has become fanatical and Mairi helps capture Grant. Phinn is forgiven by the king and has been given Mairi's land to oversee. Mairi and Phinn marry, move to Scotland and live happily ever after.
Patty McKenna Van Hulle
A tough Scottish lass banishes her pistol at the Pirate of sexiness to get him to help her find her brother, but he wins her body instead!

Phin Lockwood is the happiest at sea as a pirate, but he jumped the wrong ship on the way back to England. How he suppose to know the ship belong to an all powerful Duke's cousin! He was under arrest, put in a smelly cell & not fed for over a week, he thinks. Now he being dragged out for parts unknown & the next thing he knows he is face to face with
Apr 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley

Set after the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745 and during the reign of George II, this mid 18th century story combines pirates, family loyalty, prison breaks, possible commutations, duplicity and an undeniable attraction in a fast-paced and well-crafted story, redolent with historical references, details and clever characters.

Mairi McFadden is the sister of a wanted man, Grant, deemed a traitor for the Scots side after the massacre at Culloden. Her clan and lands are struggling without his presence,
Mar 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, romance, aar
Full review available at All About Romance -

Oh, pirates - you are such a wonderful staple in historical romances. Alongside rakes and rogues, they form an important pillar of the genre. There are few things romance readers devour so much as the reformed bad boy hero. I love the moment where we get to see that there is more to them than their public facade - it’s the backstory that does me in every time. And it’s the same here.

The notorious Phin Lockwood
Jun 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
In Pleasing the Pirate by Sharon Cullen, the pirate English Phin Lockwood has been captured and has been sentenced to death. Thanks to his friend the crown has given him two choices, bring in a certain Scottish traitor or hang. Phin knows that it will not be easy to flush out a traitor but his dear friend, who also happens to be a spy, has already put plans into motion to help Phin locate the traitor, to start Phin will have to go to Scottland.

Mairi McFadden is desperate to free her brother and
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After earning a degree in journalism from Ohio University, Sharon found the stories inside her head were more interesting than what was going on in the world around her. Yet, it wasn’t until years later that she decided to pursue her secret dream of writing a romance novel. Since then she’s been published in romantic suspense, paranormal romance and contemporary romance and historical romance.


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