I didn’t set out to be a pirate.
Life for me was about surviving the ugliness that people knew existed but didn’t talk about.
I lived in hell.
Then I saw her.
I knew I couldn’t keep her, but for just a little while I had found heaven.
Eight years later, I can’t get her out of my head. It is a mistake sailing to her island.
It is a mistake reaching out to her.
She doesn’t recognize me.
Or maybe she does.
Closure, it is all I’m after.
Then my past comes back to haunt me.
She’s thrust into my ruthless world.
A romantic who has a journal that leads to a shipwreck and a lost treasure.
She wants to find the ending to a love story that is over two hundred years in the making.
I want to help her find it.I didn’t set out to be a pirate.
I didn’t set out to fall in love with an angel.
I did both anyway.
I just knew I was going to like this book as soon as I read the synopsis. Modern day pirate stories are pretty rare in the indie romance world but I find them intriguing.
Willow has lead a very lonely life as the daughter of two famous treasure hunters. They were never around and always off seeking the next hunt. While she had the love of her grandfather the loneliness brought out the dreamer in her. One of her dreams is to have her own dive team someday. Willow is searching for the romanticism in the hunt and the stories behind them; not the wealth it could bring. This leads her to find the biggest treasure of her life winning the heart of Noah her bad boy pirate.
L.A. Fiore put great detail in this story and it really felt like you were reading an adventure on the high seas. The story takes you from the beginning of Noah’s life on the streets and tells you how he ends up a pirate. It also starts with learning a bit about Willow’s beginnings and her first encounter with Noah. It was one day that impacted them forever. Willow leaves that day with a wonderful memory and a journal. The journal tells the story of two star crossed lovers, a missing shipwreck, and a necklace. As you can imagine she absorbs the story and starts years of research trying to find the Isabella.
Noah and Willow were both great characters. Noah is what you would expect of a pirate. He is sexy, commanding, and he makes no apologies for the things he has to do. Willow is strong and brave and determined to get all she wants out of life. Too many people have disappointed her but she still jumps in with both feet and runs into adventure instead of away from it.
The twists and turns in the story were great and lots of villains to keep things interesting. I especially loved Noah’s crew and Willow’s best friend Zoe coming along for the adventure made things fun. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. Well done!
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L.A. Fiore is the author of several books including Beautifully Damaged, Collecting the Pieces and His Light in the Dark. Her favorite movie is Star Wars, a love her son shares. They hope to build their own Millennium Falcon one day. She would like to meet the Winchester Boys to thank them for enlightening her on the versatility of salt as not just a food enhancer, but as protection from supernatural threats. And she thinks it would be interesting to be a zombie, to get an idea of what life is like as a brain-addicted fiend so she can be their voice to tell their side of the story. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and kids, their two spoiled cats and their awesome dog.