by Valerie Bowman
Series: Playful Brides #7
Published on May 2, 2017 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance, Romance
The rules of engagement were never so scandalous. . .
A rumored pirate and the scurrilous black sheep of his well-to- do family, Cade Cavendish relishes his world of rebellion, deception, and seduction. Nothing and no one can hold him to be the duty-bound, honorable man he is expected to be. But when an unexpected run-in at his twin brother's estate with a ravishing, raven-haired maid leads her to believe he's actually a viscount, Cade's renegade life is thrown wildly off-kilter. And even though a case of mistaken identity can be quickly set to rights, matters of the heart are quite different...
Miss Danielle LaCrosse is startled to learn that the handsome gentleman who radiates sin and has the devil in his eyes is not her employer the Viscount, but rather his infamous brother. A former heiress, orphaned and left penniless, Danielle has more than a few secrets of her own. Cade may be skilled at coaxing even the most hidden desires out of Danielle but can he earn her trust--and win her heart--as they embark on an adventure to confront a dangerous enemy from both of their pasts . . . and uncover the identity of the so-called Black Fox along the way?
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Give me pirates, give me spies, give me ALL the deception and romance. This wasn’t like most of the historical romances I’ve read, involving a lady who’s not all that she seems and a pirate of sorts who has quite a share of secrets himself.
I liked that Danielle held her own as the leading lady. She has a lot of secrets herself that really turn the story around. She challenges Cade who isn’t used to having that in his life. Her history is both sad but amazing in how far she has progressed and what she has made of herself. Danielle has such a strong personality and it really comes through.
Cade has a lot of mystery surrounding his character and at every turn something new is being revealed. He’s a twin with a past of criminal activity, believed to be dead by everyone but suddenly reappearing as a surprise to everyone. I loved that despite the act he put on, the man beneath was more than just the pirate everyone believed him to be.
With these two characters combined, the story never lagged or grew boring and though I read this book as more of a standalone, I have every intention of reading the others in the series.
At first I wasn’t really sure about Never Trust a Pirate because it came off as a bit cliche. Which, I don’t necessarily mind in a romance because I tend to read them for a bit of light entertainment, but I would have liked to see more. Which I did, thankfully. These characters have a lot more to them than the base pirate and lady’s maid that are introduced.
What sold me, first and foremost, was the banter. I am such a sucker for wit and charm and these two have both in excess. It ensured the story as a whole kept on moving even if the story slowed for a bit while the characters caught their breaths. The story itself was fun. I’m all for pirates and seafaring adventures.
I worried a bit over the romance as it started with raw chemistry and didn’t progress much farther for a while. Much like the story, the romance showed signs of every other historical romance out there. But soon it progressed into something deeper that had me shipping Danielle and Cade like no other.
There’s so much intrigue and mystery in this story that it set it apart from other romances I’ve read in the genre. I definitely need to know about some of the other characters mentioned as I’m sure they appear in previous stories because these two were so much fun that I can’t imagine the others being anything less than enjoyable.