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Across a Moonlit Sea

(Dante Pirates #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  2,061 ratings  ·  173 reviews
Rescuing a man whose ship had been floundering at sea, Isabeau Spense takes aboard ruthless privateer Simon Dante, who promptly seizes command of Beau's ship and sets out to win the lovely maiden's heart and mind.
Paperback, 400 pages
Published January 1st 1996 by Dell
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Feb 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The motha of all pirate romances @ her best, MC writes swashbuckling adventures & knee-buckling bangin’ like nobody's business. A shipload of adrenaline-pumping actions, epic boom-boom battles, political intrigue, backstabbing villain, 2ndary characters w/ memorable personalities, shexy, blue-eyed divorcee hero vs feisty, auburn-haired, ass-kicking heroine who’ll chop off vital parts if anyone dares to mess w/ her, crackalicious chemistry & great build-up to toe-curling luv scenes, be it ...more
Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~*
Re-read for challenge 2019. Keeper!
Wish I could add one more star..loved it better the second time!

There are a lot of really good pirate romances out there to read, and they usually start off with the hero-Captain/Pirate who is ruthless & cunning, saving, capturing, and kidnapping the Heroine.. be she "demure" or "spitfire hellion".
My favorite to read is when said "he" arrogant pirate meets his match with said "she" pirate.
The story opens with Captain Dante & his crew who have nearly l
Sometimes even free is too expensive - DNF at 18%.

At this point the 'hero' has already threatened to rape and/or kill the heroine about three times. On top of this - as if I needed any more reason to hate him - they've also had a conversation in which he systematically refused to take her anger seriously and treat her as if she had any agency, which I've dealt with in real life enough to find it infuriating even in fiction. And he's threatened to cripple her already-injured father. Quite frank
Apr 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
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Simon Dante, a French count with a British mother, prefers to spend his time on the deck of his ship, Virago, battling the Spanish on the high seas, instead of being a man of leisure in the court of Queen Elizabeth. Then one day, he's betrayed by his fellow sea hawk and left to die in the circle of six Spanish zabras.
Dante and his crew put up a fight, remaining afloat long enough for a merchant ship, Egret, to sail by, captained by Jonas Spence and helmed by the man's daughter, Isabeau "Beau" Sp
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So this really should have been 4 stars

Really. It should have been four fricking stars. Why? Naval battles, adventure, a story well told. I loved that all. I mean it took me awhile to get in to it, but once the adventure started, it was awesome. It's more of a historical fiction than a romance. In fact, the romance seemed secondary to the adventure which is all fine a good.

My issues? Well, hide your eyes if you're squeamish. Runny vaginas. Pouty vaginas. Are you fricking kidding me. Hey, I know
Kim H
May 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: keeper
Both this book and the sequel - The Iron Rose - are on my top ten most highly recommended historical romances list. I was never much of a fan of pirate romances - especially lady pirate romances. Remember Fern Michaels "Captive" series? Ack!
Unfortunately, that series all too easily comes to mind when I think of any sort of pirate book. The mere mention of "lady pirate books" would have me diving for cover behind the potted palms. After a long hiatus from Historical romance of any sub-genre, I st
Jan 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romance and adventure lovers
Recommended to Stevie by: prior books by this author
Re-Read 1/20/14
After re-reading The Wind and The Sea, I needed more. This was the only other, high-seas, mental big screen I ever came across that would fit the bill. FREE on Amazon. Such a little known treasure. I saw a reviewer refer to it as a "bodice-ripper" and I have to say, I find that a little offensive. This is a wonderfully written tale, told with such imagery and emotion pouring from every page, reminiscent of an era when movies were epic and actors were movie stars. To throw it in wi
R.C. Matthews
Dec 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'm a huge fan of pirate stories with a healthy dose of romance. Pirates are the ultimate alpha males and Simone Dante does not disappoint. What I loved about this story was the equally strong and stubborn heroine, Beau Spence. Isabeau wasn't the swooning maiden, but rather a well-respected merchant sea-woman, skillful both at the helm of a ship and in drawing charts. All of this and a sharp tongue (and filthy mouth) to go with it.

Both Simon and Beau have sworn off serious relationships with th
This is the kind of novel where you're pretty sure you're learning lots of historical stuff, in this case lots and lots of nautical stuff, but all you care about is when the hero and heroine are going to get on with it. Which is a complete indictment of my current state of shallowness, and no criticism of the author. Marsha Canham delivers classic historical romance: wan accurate rendering of a different time frothed up by a completely over-the-top robust romance.
Great book. The Pirate Wolf aka Simon Dante's partner leaves him to battle alone with in his battered ship. He survives and after drifting for some time is rescued by Beau Spence and her father & their merchant ship. She's sailed for 8 years with her father and can do anything on the ship, including fight. But Wolf needs the ship and forces a alliance that she is not happy about. Lots of adventure and sexual tension and some pretty good bedroom scenes too.
*.Amaia.* BlackMagicRose
I had never read a pirate themed book before, but I enjoyed this one a lot :)
will read the rest of the series eventually.
Oct 14, 2018 rated it liked it
I adored Beau but some aspects were just too cliché. Not sure if I'll read the next installment as this one can be a SA.
Regan Walker
England's Sea Hawks and Romance on the High Seas--Wonderful!!

Marsha Canham has done it again! A wonderful first in her Pirate Wolf trilogy--adventure and love on the high seas!

Set in the time of Queen Elizabeth's "sea hawk" captains who ruled the seas with her tacit approval and disturbed the growing Spanish armada, this well-told tale features a wonderful heroine, Beau (Isabeau Spence), a long-legged, red-haired, golden-eyed beauty of 20, who stole away to sea as a young girl to be a part of he
Jun 26, 2015 rated it did not like it
Historic Romance/Adventure

I made it almost 30% through the book before giving up, even though this book would have earned me a whopping twenty points in the lovely scavenger hunt known as the Seasonal Reading Challenge Group.

But, alas, this book fails my number one test, likeable characters. I prefer my romance with an undercurrent of laughter, but this book takes itself seriously from the start, with two characters who exhibit nothing but anger.

I could not reconcile the inconsistencies in the
Jan 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
I wish I could give this 2.5 stars, as I can't say I really liked it. I hate to fault this book/the author for this but all the pirate talk, boat, and sea talk was a tad difficult for me to read. Although I have read multiple sea faring/captain/pirate books, this one had, by far, the most nautical references of them. It's not that I didn't understand the terms, I do, it just made the reading a little slower and muddier. However, this could be a good thing or a not so good thing; but for me it di ...more
Katrina Passick Lumsden
Full of action and adventure, as well as a few grammatical errors, but since it was entertaining, I chose to overlook them. I enjoyed the fact that the female was a strong woman for once, not some simpering doll in a lace doily. The lead is an alpha male, but he's not too overbearing, and the romance is fairly hot. If you like pirate tales, give this one a shot. It's a free download on Amazon right now.
Apr 11, 2012 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-or-ebook
Free on Kindle today. Cannot wait to see how this was butchered. >:E
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It has been a long while since I read these books, but I remember loving the series. It's one of those that I didn't put down until I read them all.
 Mummy Cat Claire
I got this free from Amazon. Maybe 3.5

I ended up liking this book. The prologue was entertaining but confusing. The first sentence was written wrong and I had to go back and read the prologue twice, just to understand what was happening. This happened again in some parts where the grammar was confusing and incorrect. The first few chapters were hard to get through. Canham is a very detailed writer. Once you begin this book, you can tell that she is very knowledgeable about this pirate area inclu
I loved, loved, loved this book! It was almost like reading 'Pirates of the Caribbean' with a romantic twist to it. A really good romantic twist. The best part of this book was the banter between characters, in particular, Beau (Isabeau) Spence and Simon Dante. Hooboy. In a way, I didn't want it to end. Canham writes as if she's a sailor during her off hours and knows the rigging, etc. of a full-masted (or whatever those big sailboats are called...I am not a sailor) - it's all believable. She wr ...more
This book was awesome! Lots of action, romance, and hot sex. Isabeau "Beau" is no simpering little lady. She holds her own very well throughout the whole book. Lots of pirates, treasure, and multiple sea battles. There was never a dull moment and my attention was avidly kept the whole time.
After being betrayed Captain Simon Dante and his surviving crew are pulled off their sinking ship by Captain Jonas Spence who captains a merchant ship. Soon the merchant ship is off pirating Spanish ships for
Dec 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book-nook
I feel like bowing at the feet of Marsha Canham for her ability to write such brilliant sea- faring pirate adventures. Her ability to describe life on board a ship, sea battles and the sheer drama of high seas piracy is nothing short of genius. I loved this story - Dante is a French Lord and English privateer - and Isabeau Spence is the daughter of an English merchantman and has spent her life on board a ship. He is the quintessential buccaneer and she is his brave, strong, fierce counterpart. I ...more
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Why cant the fantasy ever be the reality. The way she describes Simon Dante..
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Lerd Jesus help me!! *swoons*

Dearest Simon,
If you exist in this world please hike your sails and make your way to florida. Dump Beau on your way to the nearest island for I shall be waiting by the docks with my breast heaving and all that cliche jazz... just for you I shall become the most cliche of characters with tightening loins and all.
Yours truly,
Sep 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
First of let me start by saying, when I grow up I want to be Isabeau Spence. She is one of the best female characters I've read in a long time. I notice a few people from some of my reading groups had read and liked this book a lot so I knew it must be good. Good is an understatement this book was fantastic, amazing, educational (weird I know but I learned more about boats and "privateering" than ever) I love this book and feel this will be one that has set the bar in pirate romances for me. 5 h ...more
Nov 11, 2010 rated it liked it
While I liked the book, I felt the characters where lacking some "substance". I found myself wanting to know more about THEM and less about the battles and so on. This was my first read my Marsha Canham and I have the next book The Iron Rose to read. She has great wit and much talent with words. You feel ss though you are there in the book with the characters. I just wanted more from them, more dialog, more emotion, more angst...more something! A solid 3 stars.
Oct 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
This has some of the best opening scenes ever for an historical romance, both prologue and chapter one. It's set in the world of Elizabethan privateering and it's clear the author has done a fabulous job, not only of the research, but of bringing to life the shipboard world and characters.

The excellence of this part of the story unfortunately highlighted that the romance, while still good, didn't have a great deal of depth.

An enjoyable read which would probably make a great movie.
Sep 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Loved this book - it was an excellent historical romance! The only negative was that it took me a little too long to get into it (and it could have just been me at the time!), so I ended up putting it down and forgot about it for a few months!! Now that I rediscovered it and gave it another chance - it was great!!

It is not often that you absolutely love BOTH main characters - both the hero and the heroine were a pleasure to read about! I am too used to hating one or the other...

Mar 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Free book, so why not, right? I couldn't put the book down and finished it so quickly. I'm ended up buying ALL the other e-books from this author. Very witty dialogue, twists and turns, and characters have depth. Simon Dante is a pirate's pirate and Beau is the atypical female lead in this genre, which is a good thing.
Marsha Canham is always good and I probably would have enjoyed this more if I was in the mood for historical romance. But for some reason its been hard for me to get myself in the mood of it. I read this for a buddy challenge read thingy. It has everything one would want and expect in a sea-faring, adventurous, romance novel.
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“God deliver me from the sin o’ fornication,” Spence gasped, clutching at the sheets of blood that poured from the deep gash in his head. “Have the bastards killed me?” 1 likes
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