“Living in a city deemed the wickedest in the world is no easy task for Miss Juliana Dutton. To make matters worse, with an ailing father and a drunken fool for a brother, she is forced to take over the running of the family business in order to survive. When a meddlesome suitor threatens to discover her secret and cast them all onto the streets, she agrees to a spurious engagement with the town buffoon, Lord Munthrope. She only hopes the man is trustworthy.
The Pirate Earl, Alexander Hyde, son of the infamous Captain Edmund Merrick Hyde, is the most feared pirate in Port Royal. Disillusioned with the religion of his parents and the pleasures of the world, Alex staves off his emptiness by leading a dual life to hide his deepest secrets.
A long-time enemy is out to destroy Alex and take Juliana for his own. Struggling to maintain her faith in the Divine, Juliana faces her problems bravely, but the harder she tries, the more it seems everything is working against her. Unwittingly, she and her weak fiancé become entangled in the hostility between the Pirate Earl and his enemy, while even more dangerous forces are rising up to destroy them all.”
I knew I would like this book, but I had no idea how much I would like it. MaryLu sure knows how to write a wonderful romance.
Juliana is a strong woman who is not afraid to go where she must in order to keep her family afloat and her friends safe. She is daring, brave and well… reckless. Thank goodness for the Pirate Earl! Alex not only finds himself attracted to the bold beauty but also finds himself having to save her many times. Often in a way that she would not expect.
The dual life that Alex lives is amusing, yet sad. MaryLu writes Alex so well that you can feel the emptiness that he is running from. I could sense the desperation and the longing that Alex feels for something, anything, to fill his heart. To fill him with purpose.
Together they must work to overcome a villain much more dangerous than the Pirate Earl’s reputation. Danger has Juliana held captive by the very man who loves her. Can they see past the roles they both play and allow love a place? Will Julianna find the love and the security she longs for and will Alex find his purpose?
MaryLu shows how our hearts long for love, for care, for someone to be there for us no matter what we’ve done or what we’ve become. She shows us the redeeming power of love and of faith.
This is a wonderful romantic adventure with pirates, parties and danger.
Another wonderfully written book by MaryLu Tyndall.
“M.L. Tyndall (MaryLu) grew up on the shores of Southern Florida dreaming of romance and adventure upon the sea. She now lives with her husband, six children, and four cats in Northern California where she writes inspirational adventure romance novels. MaryLu’s novels have been praised for their fast-paced action, strong inspirational messages, and incredibly vivid settings. Her first novel, The Redemption was nominated for the prestigious Christy Award for Best Christian Fiction. “