I think romances with pirates in them, or at least sea adventure, have some of the best backcover copy ever.
These are best enjoyed if read with great expression and appropriate emphasis on any use of pirate/sea/sailing terminology. Bonus emphasis on the word pirate whenever it occurs.
And if you have other examples, please share!
1. Susan Grant, Once A Pirate
Love Spell Timeswept, November 2006
Once A Pirate
Andrew Spencer sailed the seas seeking revenge and there were very few merchant’s treasures that he hadn’t given a jolly rogering. But on this particular voyage, he found his task harder than usual. As a brown-eyed beauty was hoisted from the waves, he found his pirate’s soul plundered from without and a fiery need conjured up from within.
Forever Her Man
The freak storm that caused her plane to go down in the Atlantic sent fighter pilot Carly Callahan’s life spinning out of control as well. Pulled from the freezing ocean, she found herself in the hot embrace of an Adonis. But his eyes were cold and hard, and the man’s burning lips swore she was someone else before he claimed her as his own. Carly knew she had one chance to go home, but there was so much to see and feel here–and the best was yet to come.
2. Jennifer Ashley, Perils of the Heart
Leisure, November 2002
Evangeline Clemens knew she tread in dangerous waters. Sent to seduce the captain of the merchantman Aurora, the English governess trembled in her innocence. Her stepbrother’s life–and the life of the rugged sailor she must tempt–depended on her success. She swore to surrender her body, her virtue…anything Austin Blackwell demanded. But she never expected to relinquish her heart.
On a mission for the American Colonies, Austin suspected the timid temptress was a skilled spy ordered to sabotage his plans. She played the part of an untried miss to perfection, her inexperienced fumbling driving him wild with desire. But after sampling her sweetness, after one harrowing night fraught with passion and peril, the commander vowed to navigate any course to discover the truth. For his soul mutinied at the prospect of sailing into the future without the courageous lady at his side.
3. Claudia Dain, Tell Me Lies
Leisure, March 2000
They were pirates–lawless, merciless, hungry. Only one way offered hope of escaping death, and worse, at their hands. Their captain must claim her for his own, risk his command, his ship, his very life, to take her.
And so she put her soul into a seduction like no other–a virgin, playing the whore in a desperate bid for survival. As the blazing sun descended into the wide blue sea, she was alone, gazing into the eyes of the man who must lay his heart at her feet….
4. Julie Garwood, Guardian Angel
The Emerald flew across the seas, carrying the pirate Pagan–despised by the ton, whose riches he plundered, and beloved by the poor, whose plight was eased by his gifts.
The Marquess of Cainewood vows to hunt down the pirate wretch in revenge for his brother’s death. But when Jade, an enchanting vision of rippling red hair and eyes of jewel-green, appears at his door to beg desperately for his protection, the Marquess agrees to keep her safe from the villains who want her dead. Jade is infuriating, exasperating, and gorgeous; Caine is noble, strong-willed, and powerful. No woman has ever befuddled him so, nor so deeply aroused his desire. But as Jade answers his knowing caresses with an innocent, wild abandon, they are drawn into a web of treachery that will test the very heart of their love!
I don’t have any examples to offer but I’ll have to check these books out. I do so love a good pirate yarn.
If you can think of any more, let me know.
The Windflower by Laura London (Sharon and Tom Curtis)
Every lady of breeding knows: No one has a good time on a prate ship. No one, that is, but the pirates. Yet there she was, Merry Wilding — kidnapped in error, taken from a ship bound for England from New York, spirited away in a barrel and swept abord the infamous Black Joke… There she was, trembling with pleasure in the arms of her achingly handsome, sensationally sensual, golden-haired captor — Devon. From the storm-tossed Atalantic to the languid waters of the Gulf Stream, from a smuggler's den to a gilded mansion, Merry struggled to escape… to escape the prison of her own reckless passions, the bondage of sweet, bold desire…
Ooo! A classic!!!