Review: Pirate’s Proposal by Diana Layne

Pirate’s Proposal by Diana Layne
Series: Tales of the Scrimshaw Dol
Release Date: January 17, 2012
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Page Count: 106 pages
Source: ebook provided by publisher

Gina Santini is delighted to leave the fancy London finishing school she despises and take over the family business in the Caribbean when her father becomes too ill to continue. As captain of the pirate ship Gypsy Doll she plunders the seas to support them both.

Charles “the Charmer” was first mate on the Gypsy Doll before he was shanghaied and enslaved to a brutal master. On his escape, he swears revenge and uses his charm to convince Gina to help him win the biggest prize of all, one with enough gold to allow them to give up pirating forever.

But betrayal swirls in the air as surely as a stormy sea, and the curse of the gypsy doll makes betrayal more than dangerous…

Review:  Imagine the shock for Captain Gina Santini when she discovers that her recent plunder of treasure has been stolen by none other than the man who stole her heart years ago before vanishing. Now Captain Charles is back and he wants her to help him score the prize of a lifetime and win her heart in the process.

Armed with a cursed doll for protection, Gina must decide which way to steer both her ship and her heart.

Charles must work hard to win Gina’s alliance as he seeks revenge for the past and redemption in her heart. The stakes are high as Charles navigates uncharted waters on both fronts.

Pirate’s Proposal is a great swashbuckler that will have you turning the pages late into the night. Ms. Layne has a great skill writing dialogue and it shows in the fun banter between all her characters. Her since of ships and swordplay rings true as she takes the reader from bawdy pier side pubs to rigging sails and preparing for a sea war. My only disappointment came when I ran out of story to read. I hope she considers a sequel for Charles and Gina.

A recommended read for anyone who loves a great pirate adventure. Pirate’s Proposal is one story in a larger group called Tales of the Scrimshaw Doll Series which follows the doll through history as it changes owners.

Favorite Quote:  “Captain! Are you insulting the size…of my ship?”

The obvious sexual overtone felt like a physical caress. It somehow felt familiar. Provocative. She gave herself a mental shake. “It’s not the size of your…ship that’s in question. You stole what was mine.”

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