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308 pages, Hardcover
First published February 28, 2017
It should not be this difficult to stay prisoner on a pirate ship. This is the second time I’ve had to stage my own capture. Ridiculous.
“I’m going to show you something more magical than the stars.”
Oh yuck. Yuck. Yuck. Yuck. I can’t do this. I can’t stand to hear him talk anymore.
”Riden sighs and looks heavenward. “Stop doing that.”
“You're a woman. Act like it. You shouldn't be saying such foul-”
“I'll say whatever I please. I'm not a lady, I'm a pirate!”
“Well, you shouldn't be!”
“And why's that? I'm plenty good at it.”
“Because pirated aren't supposed to look like you look and talk like you talk and do what you do. You're confusing, and it's messing with my head.”
"the thrill of going through my underthings.”
"I value brilliant minds, honest souls, and those with long endurance. I forge relationships based on trust and mutual respect, not fear and control."
"Submissiveness. I try not to cringe as the word enters my mind. Horrid word, that one."
“Oh, the ridiculous things one has to do when one is a pirate.”
“Lass, you've the face of an angel but the tongue of a snake.”
“I am me because I choose to be me. I am what I want. Some people say you have to find yourself. Not I. I believe we create ourselves to be what we want.”Alosa is a heroine you can't help but love. She is confident and stubborn, and her inner monologues are hilarious! While she can be cruel and vengeful, she also cares deeply, and Riden is the perfect match to her. He is torn between his loyalty to his (horrible) brother and the need to protect their red-haired prisoner, and you can't always tell which one prevails. His banters with Alosa are hilarious and their scenes toe-curling, filled with tension and heat. And swooning. The smile that makes your face hurt is a permanent effect, and you'll feel utter bliss that will stay with you even hours after you've finished this book and sacrificed cuttlefish to the Sea Gods praying to deliver the next instalment.
“I am me because I choose to be me. I am what I want. Some people say you have to find yourself. Not I. I believe we create ourselves to be what we want. Any aspect of ourselves that we do not like can be altered if we make an effort.”
Which means if I’m to keep up appearances, I’ll have to escape the ship. Then get caught on purpose. Oh, the ridiculous things one has to do when one is a pirate.
“I’m going to be the biggest pain in the arse Riden has ever dealt with. That’ll serve him right.”
“There are different kind of fathers. Those who love unconditionally, those who love on condition, and those who never love at all. Which would you say he is?”