Review: Rogue Pirates Bride by Shana Galen

The Rogue Pirate’s Bride by Shana Galen
Series: Sons of the Revolution (# 3)
Release Date: February 7, 2012
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Page Count: 354
Source: NetGalley

Revenge should be sweet, but it may cost him everything…

The Marquis de Valère escaped certain death in the French Revolution and is now an infamous privateer. Out to avenge the death of his mentor, Bastien discovers himself astonishingly out of his depth when confronted with a beautiful, daring young woman who is out for his blood…

Forgiveness is unthinkable, but it may be her only hope…

British Admiral’s daughter Raeven Russell believes Bastien responsible for her fiancé’s death. But once the fiery beauty crosses swords with Bastien, she’s not so sure she really wants him to change his wicked ways…

Review: First off – I absolutely love pirates. Maybe it goes back to watching old Errol Flynn and Tyrone Power movies on television, the tight pants and high boots, the shirt open down to there and, of course, gazing raptly as they swung around on the ship’s rigging with the ease of a trapeze artist. So when I heard Shana Galen had a new book featuring a *swoon* pirate, I screamed – and then let RtB know I wanted that book. I mean, I really wanted that book. I would have fought a duel for that book. Just hand me a pirate sword.

And my pirate fantasies have been fueled once again by another excellent adventure from Shana Galen. The “Rogue Pirate”, Bastien, is in reality a privateer seeking revenge on a fellow pirate, the one who killed Bastien’s mentor and father-figure. When we first meet Raeven, the “Bride”, she is pursuing her own revenge, for that of her fiancé, who was killed during one of Bastien’s privateering raids.

The swashbuckling fight scenes were particularly enthralling, keeping me turning page after page with each clash of the sword, shot of the pistol, and even the throwing of a punch. I love that Raeven is accomplished in such fighting skills as shooting and knife-throwing, as well as being able to pick a lock. One of my biggest praises for Galen’s writing is that she knows how to write a kick-ass heroine – a woman who does more than hold her own, a woman who owns her own life and abilities and doesn’t wait for a man to rescue her.

On the flip side, Galen also writes virile and strong men. Bastien is most definitely male yet he knows when someone has the brains to be of use to him, even if that someone is a woman. I doubt that too many pirates (sorry, privateers) would have followed any advice given by a woman, especially if that woman was beautiful.

When I began reading, I did not realize it was the third book in a series. Happily, this book works just as wonderfully as a stand-alone. As usual, Galen does a fantastic job of creating a historical world in vivid Technicolor and characters you come to care about. This book will be on my bookshelf and re-read many times.

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