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3.71  ·  Rating details ·  106 ratings  ·  54 reviews
Notorious pirate Barren Reed has one thing on his mind: Revenge against the man who killed his father. So kidnapping his enemy's fiancé seems a perfect plan…until he actually does it.

Larkin Lee is more than a pretty face and fiancé to a powerful man. Her fierce personality is enough to make any pirate want to push her overboard.

But when the King of the Orient comes to Ba
Published April 23rd 2014 by StarSeed Press (first published March 7th 2014)
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Camly Nguyen
2.5 stars

Barren only goal in life is to avenge his father that has been killed by his brother.One of the many ways that he came up with was to kidnap his brother's fiancé at their engagement party. At first, he hated her because she accepted to marry a monster but as time flies by, they learnt to understand their motives and the truth about the whole story. But by trying to uncover the truth, a bigger problem appears, they have to find the magical Bloodstone that can make its detainer invincible
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
Thanks to Netgalley and Xpresso Book Tours for giving me this book to review.

Pirate Barren Reed has had only one thing on his mind for the last 5 years, to get revenge on his brother, William, who murdered their father. He decided that the way to force a fight with William is to kidnap his fiancé, Larkin Lee, however, Larkin is more trouble for him and his crew than they were expecting. However, Barren discovers that there is more going on than his revenge, and Larkin and him are tasked with fin
Feb 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2014
Have you ever read a synopsis and got the chills then got a flip flop feeling in your stomach and you think to yourself…OMG this book is going to be fantastic. I will tell you that when I got the email for this tour and after reading the synopsis, I never wanted to be on a tour as badly as I wanted on this one. I even tweeted Ashley to tell her I signed up not that she knew me but I just had to tell her. When I got a tweet from Ashley saying I made the tour not only was I shocked she remembered ...more
Emmeline (The Book Herald)
I received a copy of this book from Starseed Press via NG in return for an honest review.

Yeeeeaaaa buddy! Now that's what I'm talkin' bout!

4.5 stars!

"I am a pirate, I always follow my heart. It is the only thing I am loyal to."

Barren Reed has one desire above anything else- To kill his brother.
Having seen his formely-beloved older brother murder his father, Barren's blood calls for justice to be dispensed. Nothing will stop him.
When he finds out that his brother is engaged to a Lady Larkin,
Jun 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I received this ebook in exchange for a honest review.

You can (almost) never go wrong with pirates!

I mean...

Pirates, revenge, kidnapped Ladies, betrayals, adventure, romance, ships, magical beings, magical artifacts, twists and turns, and did I mention pirates?

What's not to love?

Nixon weaves such an interesting story!
What an amazing book!

One of the things I absolutely loved about this book is even though this is the first in a trilogy, there was no cliffhanger, I mean you still want to find out
I can quite see why so many people marked this as a DNF because actually there was not a lot to this book and I think the pacing let it down terribly. For that reason I am going to keep this review shorter than usual.

It was a book full of promise and could have been an pirate adventure or a romance but instead it fell short of both. I can honestly say that if not for my motivation to have so few books on my DNF I may not have finished it myself.

I just wish there was more to it than what there
Vanya D.
NOTE: I received a review copy via Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.

Cutlass had a wonderful premise that grabbed my attention right away. No wonder I found myself contacting the author and requesting a review copy. Having a story revolving around pirates and their adventures at sea was what won me over.

It was quite unfortunate that the story wasn't written in the most hooking way. I was largely disappointed with both the writing and the characters.

Writing style:
The story was t
~ I received this book from Netgalley, in exchange for a honest review ~

Actual rating: 2.5 stars

This book is a sort of endless Russian doll: at every page the reader discovers another side of the story, another secret, another betrayal.

At first glance it sounds good. However, it turns out to be a house of cards.

IMO the main issue of this book is that all this complexity is not built on firm foundations: the world building is just sketched and hardly gives the pirate-vibe; the characters are not
Jun 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Berls by: Michelle
This review appeared first at Fantasy is More Fun.

**I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

For the second time in our friendship, Michelle practically held me at shotgun insisting I read a book. This time, though, she even connected me with the author so I'd have a review copy. How do you say no to that? Well, I didn't say no, but I did stall. I don't know why exactly, but all of a sudd
Jun 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**I received a copy in exchange for my honest review**
The cover of the book is what first drew me in and I decided to read this book because it was a different premise than most young adult books. At least, in my experience, there have not been many young adult pirate books.
This book follows the life of Barren as he searches for revenge against his brother, William. This is because William is guilty of killing their father in cold blood. Barren is the captain of a crew that has forced an embarg
Jun 17, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I'm struggling to review this book because it was well written and plotted, but I just wasn't engaged with it. That is okay because sometimes I just don't connect with books that everyone else likes, but I am having a hard time really pinpointing why I was just sort of impartial to this pirate fantasy adventure. As far as characters go, these were pretty good. I like the pirate with a heart of gold ...more
DNF'd this at 32%. Just didn't work for me, the pace felt slow and the story or characters didn't capture my atention. I also kept thinking that they were adults as for some reason it seemed more logical that they were adults, I mean Barren was only 18 and the captain of a ship. Also not a fan of the whole revenge plot line. And how suddenly everyone turned out to be a pirate.
The descriptions where well done and I really felt like I was there on the ship. Just not a book for me, but I would reco
Susans book review
i was given this to review in return for a honest review
i have never read books about pirates and this is the first time reading one i thought it was a slow start but did enjoy it in the end.iwill read more by ashley nixon as i always liked to read something new
Apr 21, 2014 added it
DNF for me. The storyline was intriguing but it went so slow I could not carry on past 50%. There were some good moments but too many slow moments for me.
Mar 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
You can find my review here: https://thehufflepuffnerdette.wordpre...
Ryan Snyder
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
4.5/5 (Round to 5)

First off, let me just remind everyone how much I adore pirates. I have always, and will always, love me some swashbuckling high seas action. But it is hard to find a good pirate book that has plenty of action AND romance to keep me interested for long. I am happy to report that the book had ample action and enough romance to keep me turning the pages. And as if pirates and romance were not enough to keep me busy, there were also ELVES. Are you freaking kidding me? I LOVE elves

ReasonsToRead Pirate captain Barren Reed wants nothing more than to avenge his father's death, but he's no ordinary pirate.  He's the king's nephew and a half-elf, and the man he's hunting is his own brother.  When he gets word that his brother is engaged to be married, he hatches the perfect plan to draw his brother out and get his revenge.  He'll simply kidnap his brother's fiance, a slight that can't be overlooked, and he'll finally get his wish.  If only it was that simple.

A half-elf herself, she's more
Erin H. (ITIO Book Reviews)
Aug 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of suspense, romance, and pirates
Recommended to Erin H. by: the interwebs
For more reviews, check out ITIO Book Reviews.

I first heard of this book from YA Reads Book Tours when I signed up for the book blitz for this book. I don’t sign up for book blitzes unless I’d totally buy the book for myself. After discovering that the book was only $2.99 on Amazon for Kindle, I may or may not have given into my more impulsive book-buying side. Meaning: I spent that $2.99 before you could say the title of this book.Cutlass follows the young pirate Barren Reed. Ever since his bro
Diantha Jones

Pirates. That one word was all I needed to sign up to review this book. Once again, I'm happy I did. Although I kept putting the book down causing me to take forever to read it, it wasn't because it lacked in any way. It didn't. It was as entertaining as I hoped for!

We start off with the notorious pirate Barren terrorizing the seas around Maris in an attempt to lure out his brother William so he can run him through with a sword. Why does Barren want to kill h
Maria Mitchell
May 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My review is also available here: https://fangirlsreaditfirst.wordpress...

I would like to thank author Ashley Nixon for allowing me to read and review the first two books in her trilogy: Cutlass and Flintlock for her book tour.

This is a review of Cutlass:

Captain Barren Reed has searched for a way to get revenge on his brother, William, for killing their father by running a sword through his back. Revenge is all he’s wanted for years. He rises in ranks and becomes a teenage pirate captain. Pirati
Mar 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
When Ashley Nixon first began talking about her debut novel, CUTLASS, I knew it’d be right up my alley. Tall ships! Pirates! Swords! Magic! I’d have been excited about any one of those elements—put them all together and that book’s definitely finding a place on my shelf.

CUTLASS didn’t disappoint. It’s a rollicking, adventurous tale, centered around young pirate extraordinaire Barren Reed and his kidnappee (aka daughter of an important lord, aka his brother’s fiancée, aka his eventual love intere
Apr 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, arcs, read-in-2014
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I don't think I've really read many good pirate books, certainly not since I started blogging, so all I really had to compare Cutlass to before I started reading was classics like Treasure Island and Peter Pan, and it turns out Cutlass, is completely different to both of those, but just as fun!

As all good pirate stories should, Cutlass starts with the kidnapping of a beautiful young woman. The infamous-beyond-his-years pirate Barren Reed
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-books, 2014, own-it
This review was originally published on So Bookalicious

All Barren Reed ever wanted was to avenge his father’s death. Even if it meant killing other people along the way to get the attention of the murderer of his father. When terrorizing the sea doesn’t seem to help he forms a new plan to lure him out, kidnap his fiancée. But what Barren could have never expected is that Larkin makes him question everything he’s doing.

When we first met Barren he was harsh, he had only one goal. To kill the mur
Kendall {Book Crazy}
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, blog-tours
4.5 stars!

I was really excited when I found out about this book! I've never read a pirate book before and I really wanted to find one that sounded interesting and was going to be a good first pirate book! Cutlass just sounded amazing and the cover was amazing too, so I knew I wanted to make it my first pirate book! The plot of this book just drew me right into it! There was a lot in it, so I felt like I had to read every word in case I missed something important, but you never knew what was goin
Ashley Ferguson
Mar 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
I love fantasy, and I love books about pirates, so there was no question that I absolutely had to read this book. And let me tell you, I was not let down by Barren, Larkin, and their friends. Cutlass is an epic adventure from beginning to end, and left me wanting so much more from this world!

Between the world building, plot twists, character development, and adventure, quite a bit happens in this book. So I was actually pleasantly surprised when I realized that all of these things are woven tog
Gabs {My Full Bookshelf Reviews}
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Cutlass was a book that I think would have been absolutely perfect for me if it weren't for a few things plotwise that bugged me. Still, I did enjoy it.

Honestly, it would probably take some really huge problems in the book for me to NOT like it, because, well, pirates. Pirates are a wonderful reading treat for me, because I just can't find very many, and they really do make a fascinating story. Maybe there are a ton of pirate b
Laura Greenwood

Title: Cutlass
Series: Cutlass (#1)
Author: Ashley Nixon
From: Review Copy
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: 13th November 2014
Challenges: 2016 Reading Assignment Challenge, 2016 Blogger Shame
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

Pirate Barren Reed has one goal in mind; revenge against his brother for killing his father. When he hears of his brother William's engagement to Larkin Lee, he decides that she'll be his ticket to getting William to fight him at sea. But things do
Kayla West
May 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Okay, so if you haven't noticed by my very exclaimed sentence above there, I am freaking out over this book. It has been quite some time since I have read a novel with pirates in it. And to have this book contain some fantasy elements to it...well, I am definitely not opposed to that.

I really cannot explain what it is that interests me about pirate stories. Maybe it is the freedom of the open seas, or the smell of the salt air, but there is something there that j
Cutlass is a fun adventure with pirates, elves, and pirate elves! Barren may only be eighteen, but he's a feared pirate with a loyal crew. He stalks the shores of Marianna, attacking any ship that comes his way, hoping that one day it'll be his brother so he can exact his revenge! Barren is sick of waiting though, so he kidnaps his brother's fiancee to lure him out to sea! Unfortunately, that doesn't really work, and Larkin isn't some helpless damsel, and is likely more trouble than she's worth. ...more
Sage Knightly
May 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: xpressoreads
*I received an ebook copy of this from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

Cutlass wasn't only about pirates and revenge. Oh no, it was about Elves and Lyrics, death and deceit. It was about learning the truth and letting go of and anger and revenge because it only makes you bitter and lonely. It's about falling in love and being loyal! It's about freedom.

Everything in this book from the action on the sea, to the romance on board, to the shocks of betrayal and the fantasy aspect
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