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The Pirate's Gamble

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  30 ratings  ·  13 reviews
One man, two lives. In modern day Jamaica, Ian Lewis enjoys a well-earned reputation as a shining star of the archaeology world. However, in the eighteenth century, he's notorious for other reasons: being the captain of a rag-tag crew aboard the pirate ship The Naughty Maid. With the help of a mysterious talisman and his knowledge of ancient treasures, he travels back in t ...more
ebook, Second, 17 pages
Published February 19th 2012 by JMS Books (first published 2009)
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A surprising adventure on the high seas, pirates, treasure and time travel. Ian and David are on a mission to save and preserve priceless artifacts. Unbeknown to Ian this will be a hazardous trip, all going wrong as the parameters have changed for his return to the present. Its a really good story, it really needed another 150 pages more. That would have made me very happy. I would love to go back in time once more with David and Ian!

Mar 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
I was attracted to this story because I love pirates and time-travel stories so what could be better than a time-travelling pirate?

The book begins with hero, Ian, on his pirate ship. However, Ian is no ordinary pirate captain. He travels backwards and forwards in time between the present day and the 18th Century Caribbean islands using a special stone which was found in an archaeological dig where he also met his lover David. As a pirate he ‘rescues’ important artifacts from ships which are know
Feb 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very good short time travel m/m romance about an archeologist who travels back in time and rescues artifacts that are about to be lost forever, then returns home to the man he loves... but who keeps him a secret.
Wendy Ann
I'm not a huge fan of historicals so I loved the premise behind this book in which old and new are blended together via time travel. The portion of the story taking place in the days of the pirates felt very authentic, but I was glad when Ian was able to return "home". I liked that the moral of the story ended up being the two of them needed to work together and want the same thing at the same time in order for it to work between them. While just a sip, there's a lot of thought and interesting c ...more
Aug 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Ian travela back in time and becomes a pirate and rescues archelogical finds before they become lost, hiding them for his present day partner to find. Ian desires to go back to be a pirate. When he and David fight about the secrecy of their relationship he may not return if his ship sinks before he gets back. I like the Ian and David must work together to have a future. I also liked these were not youngsters but older men who have to discover the imporatance of their relationship. Good read, fun ...more
Apr 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sweet little piece centered around two mysterious artifacts: a gold statuette and a stone pendant in a metal box. I could've read on about David and Ian; although I wished all mysteries solved, I liked it a lot that the story left room to dream!
Rachel Emily
Mar 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance-m-m
I thought that this was a neat idea! Love the blending of pirates and time travel and archaeology. I wish it was that easy finding those artifacts! Great, quick read...I definitely enjoyed it.
Jul 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2011
A fun tale of admitting what is in your heart and it's importance:)
Mar 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Very short, but interesting premise.
Pixie Mmgoodbookreviews
Feb 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Ian is an archaeologist but he is also an eighteenth century pirate one purpose serves the other and along with his fellow archaeologist and lover David they are the darlings of the archaeology world for their discoveries of ancient lost treasures. But there is one thing that Ian wants more than any treasure, he wants his lover David to step out of the closet and acknowledge their love out in the open and so b
May 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, other-paranormal
David and Ian are both archaeologists. Year's ago in Egypt they found a magical stone which could transport Ian back in time. So they started a little "business" where they would figure out when a ship with some kind of treasure would be sinking in the past, then Ian would go back and use his pirate ship to raid it and hide the good stuff in a place David could dig it up a few hundred years later. They've been doing this for years, but David is in his 50's and from Jamaica and has been hiding th ...more
I liked the idea of a time-traveling archeologist rescuing artifacts lost to the modern world. In fact, I'm pretty sure that would have made a great story all on its own, but mixed up with a clunky relationship where I didn't sense any chemistry, it made for an okay story. I have to say, I usually don't fall in love with stories where somebody is in the closet because of self-loathing and this story just proved my rule right. A lot a potential in the premise, but it just didn't live to it.
Mara Ismine
An interesting blend of themes: magic, time travel, history, pirates, academia, romance, coming out, and love. Which is an amazing combination in 17 pages. Eden Winters blends these themes beautifully in another wonderful short story. I can't wait for a full length novel.
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You will know Eden Winters by her distinctive white plumage and exuberant cry of “Hey, y’all!” in a Southern US drawl so thick it renders even the simplest of words unrecognizable. Watch out, she hugs!

Driven by insatiable curiosity, she possibly holds the world’s record for curriculum changes to the point that she’s never quite earned a degree but is a force to be reckoned with at Trivial Pursuit.