Seduced by a Pirate is an original, RITA-award winning e-novella from New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James. Sir Griffin Barry is one of the most feared pirates on the high seas, piloting the Flying Poppy, a ship he named after the wife whom he fondly (if vaguely) remembers, since they were together only a matter of hours.
What happens when a pirate decides to come home to his wife…if she is his wife, given that the marriage was never consummated? And what happens when that pirate strolls through his front door and is met by…
Well, that’s a surprise!
Review: I always enjoy Eloisa James’ stories, whether long or short, and Seduced by a Pirate is no exception.
Phoebe is a wonderful head-strong character. After her husband of just a few hours leaves her, she marches on with her life, buying a country house and adopting her cousin’s children. She’s pretty no-nonsense, she doesn’t dream of a handsome prince coming to save her. She doesn’t even dream of her husband coming home. In fact, she’d rather he didn’t. She’s happy enough with her life and she wishes that he’d just leave her be.
Griffin, who remembers his wife ‘Poppy’ fondly enough to name his ship after her but not well enough to know her name is actually Phoebe, both adores and fears his wife. He wants so much to be loved by her to please her but she has a full life without him. He believes she had taken a lover after his disappearance (hence the three children) and she has her own money, left to her after the death of her parents.
One thing about the story I liked was that Phoebe and Griffin took the time to learn about each other and to actually fall in love. It was sweet and the characters completely likable. The Ugly Duchess is the companion book to Seduced. They take place at the same time but it doesn’t matter which order you read them in.