Blood and Treasure (Romancing the Pirate #1) by Jennifer Bray-Weber

Although Lianna Whitney was gently bred, she must now empty slop buckets and fight off randy sailors in a seaport tavern to survive. One night, she unexpectedly comes into possession of a golden medallion. But when the man who left it with her is immediately murdered by soldiers of the Royal Navy, she’s afraid to admit she has it. Unsure who to trust, she’s caught up in crossfire between navy officers and a pirate captain, who, realizing she possesses the object he’s been paid to find, whisks her away to his ship during the fight.

Privateer Captain Zane Fox is not interested in the mystical healing powers the medallion is said to hold, even though the legends claim it can bring a dying man back to life. He only plans to procure the medallion, drop the chit off at the next port where she’ll be safe, and collect the money he was promised. However, as they fend off storms at sea and attempt to outrun the Royal Navy, the two are also fighting the attraction they feel for one another. But when they are captured, Zane must choose between recovering the medallion and saving Lianna from the noose. And soon it becomes clear to him that the medallion is not the only treasure worth risking his life for.

Not what I expected. Nope, not at all, but that is not necessarily a bad thing.

When you think ‘pirate’ you definitely don’t think gentleman. To be honest, when I first read the synopsis of this book I thought to myself ‘this is going to be a rip-off of Pirates of the Caribbean.’ Once again, I was wrong. Even though it very easily could have been, there was nothing… well almost nothing… like the Disney movie at all within the pages of this book.

I found myself getting wrapped up in the story almost immediately. The characters were likable and I even enjoyed the secondary characters. They were people that I wanted to get to know. The action was intense and the love scenes were hot. The scenery was fantastic and the situations that the author put the characters in fit the story line. What was not to love? Even the fact that I kind of anticipated the end wasn’t a draw back.

This book is the first in a series by Jennifer Bray-Weber and the next book is centered around Zane’s second in command. He was such a womanizing bloke in this installment, it’s going to fun to see how a woman might actually capture his heart.

I received Blood and Treasure as a free download from Amazon on May 29, 2012.

5 comments on “Blood and Treasure (Romancing the Pirate #1) by Jennifer Bray-Weber

    • I don’t know if it’s free anymore, but it’s worth keeping an eye on if it comes up again. Blade is the pirate featured in the next book and after meeting him in Blood and Treasure, I may just have to break down and buy that one. 😉

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