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To Catch a Pirate

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  7,016 ratings  ·  552 reviews
Once caught, it’s harder still to let a pirate go

When Annalisa Townsend’s ship is set upon by pirates in search of her father’s treasure, one of the crew, James Sterling, discovers her in the hold. When he moves to take her necklace, she begs him not to, as it is all she has left of her mother. He accepts a kiss in exchange for the necklace. “A fair trade, m’lady,” he tell
Paperback, 230 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Point
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Corrie Pretty much, yeah. There's some swearing, but not too terrible. Romance-wise, they only hinted at anything beyond kissing. As far as teen reads go I'd…morePretty much, yeah. There's some swearing, but not too terrible. Romance-wise, they only hinted at anything beyond kissing. As far as teen reads go I'd say it's very clean. :) (less)

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Brigid ✩
Blargh blargh. I've fallen behind on my reviews, so now I have three to do. Well! I'll start with this one, because I don't have all that much to say about it.

I liked this book. Didn't love it, but I liked it. I picked it up because I have several friends who had recommended it to me ... Of course, they recommended it to me like three years ago, I'm just really slow at getting to things I've been meaning to read. And, I probably would have liked it more three years ago.

I think I'll just go ahea
Nov 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: quarter-1
ToCatch A Pirate
By Jade Parker
226pp. New York, NY
Scholastic, Point $6.99
ISBN: 0-439-02694-6

Argh, me hearties! Set sail to the west and find treasures—the treasures within the book, Ahargh!

Magical Love. Just those two words after I finish the book (To Catch A Pirate), magical love. It makes me think about a prince who comes for the princess, but is actually a pirate stealing a girl’s heart (in a good way). It gave me a tingling feeling inside and made me believe (even for a short moment) that lov
Apr 23, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: PG-rated teen romance readers
Recommended to L8blmr by: My 17-year old daughter
This was a pretty good teen romance. My daughter bought it at a book fair and read it before I did, so I wasn't sure about sexual content, language, violence, etc. However, when she offered it to me, I had to assume it wasn't TOO bad! My fears were completely unfounded; no "action" beyond some passionate kisses; no offensive language, and a minimum of violence, considering it IS a pirate adventure! Very "safe" as a recommendation for a budding romance reader; not of the same caliber as the "Twil ...more
Aug 29, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of YA romance & pirates
I picked up this book thinking it would be a historical pirate-themed romance, which it is… but for young adults. Despite this set back, it was a cute PG romance. The characters share a few kisses and that’s about it. The only mildly violent part of the book is when the hero is briefly flogged, but he seems to recover quickly after being rescued by the heroine. Since this is a young-adult romance, the heroine and hero are young (17 and 21 respectively). The first line of the story is really good ...more
Sep 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Annalisa Townsend and her father are glad to be departing England for the Caribbean. They need to move on from the recent death of Annalisa’s mother, and what better place to do it than the little known Caribbean island of Mourning, which King George has assigned governorship of to Annalisa’s father. But on the voyage over, their ship is set upon be pirates, and Annalisa is discovered in her hiding place in the hold. However, in exchange for letting Annalisa keep her necklace, a reminder of her ...more
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
A really enjoyable Pirate book, it's kinda like if Pirates Of The Carribean had more romance!
Feb 06, 2008 rated it it was ok
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Sep 29, 2009 rated it it was ok
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To my bemusement I often found myself forgetting that this book was a) aimed at young adults and b) about a seventeen year old girl. Its easy to forget such when the girl in question is the Captain of (what amounts to) a Pirate-Hunter's ship. I could almost believe that at each next kiss they would succumb to passion.

I was also a little bit taken aback at how fast Annalisa went from a pampered London debutante to this fearsome Lady-Captain hunting down pirates and ruling over a crew of men. Moti
Do you know how long I have wanted to read this book? 7 years. And that's not like some of the other books on my to-read list that are "there" but I don't really care about. I have actively sought this book for 7 years and I've finally found it and read it and...
And it was adorable. And fluffy. And I'm sure full of a bunch of things I'd have less tolerance for if I just stumbled upon it (like the first kiss that has her going weak-in-the-knees instead of furious that a stranger is kissing her. O
Rating 3.5

It was a really good story, very Pirates of the Caribbean! Lots of adventure and action with sailing the high seas and all the sword fighting. It was a little predictable, but somethings I didn't see coming and somethings I predicted didn't happen at all.

I liked Anna and James' characters, she was a force to be reckoned with and he was very charming and smooth. Their romance was very sweet and warm, I liked how they learned things from each other and how they couldn't resist each othe
To Catch a Pirate was a lively, sea-faring tale of roguish pirates and determined young maidens. It wasn’t especially deep or long, but rather a short novel that anyone who likes danger, adventure, and thrilling, out-of-the-ordinary romances will enjoy.

There may have been a swear word or two in it; but beyond that, it was a story of an unscrupulous pirate who steals a young woman’s heart to get what he wants… only to find that the maiden has stolen his heart as well. I thought it was sort of
Jun 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
In this day and age, after the rise of yummy pirates like Jack Sparrow and Will Turner, who doesn't love a good pirate story? Especially a love story involving pirates.

Annalisa is determined to capture James Sterling. After his captain and crew destroyed her father's reputation and James stole a kiss from her, she's got to catch him to help her father. But once she catches him, she's in danger of giving him her heart.

It was a good story, even though you pretty much know how it's going to end. Th
REALLY LOVED THIS! It is not a deep book by any means. But for as short as it is, the characters are very well developed and the plot moves along nicely. This is a book where you don't have to think too much, you can just sit and enjoy every minute of it! I loved that the hero is a scoundrel pirate, and through the whole book has every intention of seeing the heroine's demise before he'll see his own. But deep down, he's good at heart. He became a pirate because of circumstances beyond his contr ...more
This is a pretty good read, please excuse the pun, and yet another pirate book I've read to distract my mind from the post-Jacky Faber-depression.

I like how the story started, the wordings are elegant and to the point, while the plot is straight forward and does not contain as many twist and turn as the Bloody Jack series... Ok, I'll forget about that for awhile, and stop comparing them.
Ysabella Zammit
Apr 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants to read about pirates, the 18th century, ships, and romance.
Jade Parker's "To Catch A Pirate" is an enticing thriller about romance and danger on the rolling seas. When 16 year old Annalisa Townsend's ship is captured by pirates in search for her fathers treasure, she is taken aback by the ever so handsome James Sterling. James, a pirate for Crimson Kelly, accepts to exchange a kiss for her mothers necklace. A year later, Annalisa is intent on finding James sterling and reclaiming her fathers treasure. The only problem is that they don't know where it i ...more
Dec 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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"Then the kiss grew more passionate, more demanding. Her toes curled. Her knees weakened, and she found herself clutching him, in fear of falling.
For a moment, she almost forgot he was a pirate."

A pirate you say?

Who doesn't like a good pirate story. This is a nice short book, 226 pages but in a smaller sized book. A great book to read on the airplane or just when you have some extra free time. When Annalisa and her father are sailing on a ship to deliver the treasure to Gover
Dec 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
Okay, so this book kept popping up on my Amazon recommendations and I finally got around to picking up a copy from the library. I was actually surprised by how small it was, at only 226 pages and pretty large print it turned out to be a pretty quick read.

Since it was so short a lot was crammed in and unfortunately a lot of things were left out, such as character development. I just kept wishing throughout that this had been a full-blown novel. The skeleton of the story was great, and I felt a l
Apr 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
After the death of her mother, sixteen-year-old Annalisa Townsend leave England and sets sail for the Caribbean in 1720, where her father is to be the governor of a small island named Mourning. Shortly before they reach their destination, however, the ship is attacked by pirates. Annalisa is discovered hiding in the hold by James Sterling, a young pirate. When he tries to steal her necklace, all that is left of her mother, she begs him not to. He agrees in exchange for a kiss, and she expects ne ...more
Annalise is lucky to escape after her father's ship is raided by pirates thanks for James Sterling who lets her go. One year later, Annalise is determined to find Sterling and get back the things the pirates stole from her father. Annalise is now the captain of a pirate ship and supposedly is tougher and means business. Unfortunately, we don't get to see for ourselves why her crew respected her so much and her actions made me question how she managed to last that long as the leader.

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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Andie Z. for

It's the year 1720, and Annalisa Townsend and her father are on their way to the Caribbean island of Mourning to set up a governorship when they are attacked by pirates. Hiding in the hold, Anna is discovered by the young James Sterling, who, surprisingly, says nothing of her whereabouts to the rest of the pirate crew. When he goes to take her necklace, however, which is all she has left of her mother, she begs him not to and he agrees, but only in exchan
I was expecting something different, thinking that this was a young adult pirate story. No, it was actually a teenage romance novel. It was not so different from what I've read before from all the other historical romances, minus the intimate moments. The most surprising and blatantly HR-like part was how James Sterling was described to be nearly a foot taller than Anna. I couldn't take it seriously after that and the rest of the story followed the general pattern of events; the bad boy pirate J ...more
Jade aka MrsTosh
Mar 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
The story follows Annalisa Townsend who is sailing to the Caribean with her Father to start a new life after the recent death of her mother. On route the ship they are on is attacked by Pirates, hiding from the attack she is approached by Pirate James Sterling, who instead of robbing her of a valuble necklace that had belonged to her mother steals a kiss and a ring. Her life will never be the same again and she makes it her business to find James Stirling and get back her ring.

This is a great ro
Sep 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
CUTE CUTE CUTE CUTE CUTE!!!!!!!! What a cute FUN story. It reminded me a little bit of Pirates of the Carribean movies. Totally predictable, except for one Big shocker but I just loved it. It was a quick read that kept your attention and was never too wordy(which drives me nuts). The lead female character was awesome and strong. And the lead man was cocky and smart. Over-all I just LOVED it, and I am looking forward to reading more by this author. I TOTALLY recommend this book, and I think this ...more
Nina {ᴡᴏʀᴅs ᴀɴᴅ ᴡᴀᴛᴇʀ}
Cute read. I liked it on a awwww level. Picked it up on random because I was in a pirate mood! And so all the books I was reading were pirate orientated. This one was the closest to the kind of story I was in the mood for. But others were also just as interesting.

I will point out that asides from a generic love story, there wasn't much special about this. There was a deck scene that did make me roll my eyes. In other words this was kind of like the the historical version of a light fluffy conte
I'm almost a little bit ashamed that I enjoyed this. I don't usually read fluff (especially historical fiction fluff) but I was in a pirate mood so I grabbed this from the library. It's exactly what it says on the tin--a fluffy, unrealistic, utterly predictable romance. But I enjoyed it enough to keep reading.
Nov 24, 2014 rated it did not like it
Yooooo it's been a while. Too long, in fact... I forgot what this book was about XD And that's why I reborrowed the book to help me refresh. Screw re-reading this awful book (there's the short review lol); just need the book to scan through.

With that disclaimer out of the way, let's go to the full review!

One year prior to the main events of the story, Annalisa and her father are sailing to Mourning, one of Britain's territory islands, because Mr. Townsend obtained a new position as the
May 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Yayyyy!! I must admit I've been on a pirate thing lately, which was completely unconnected from the fact I binged Pirates of the Caribbean over quarantine :)
This was very fun and amusing, the romance was light and witty and the slightly presence of another man did not give me any love triangle vibes, which I liked. The plot was not bad and I enjoyed all the pirate on the high seas stuff!

****SPOILERS AHEAD **********

So let

Annalisa, ( I love that name!) is on a ship with her father and a chest of gold t
Missy Byer
This book was definitely better when I was 12. But it was a cute little read, and I really loved it when I was 12.
Brennon Behrmann
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book. It is the perfect blend of romance, action, and imagery. If you are looking for romance and pirates then this is the book to read.
This was cute! Very obviously ripped off POTC, but cute.

**Read for Ripped Bodice Bingo 2019, YA Historical**
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Jade Parker is a pseudonym of Rachel Hawthorne.
(also writes romance under Lorraine Heath)

Jade Parker, who also writes as Lorraine Heath and Rachel Hawthorne, is the daughter of a British beauty (her mother won second place in a beauty contest sponsored by Max Factor® during which she received a kiss from Caesar Romero-who played the Joker on the old Batman TV series) and a Texan who was stationed

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