Pirate Heiress, the latest novel that this pedometer geek reader read, was received through a First Reads Goodreads giveaway. Written by Chloe Flowers, it’s the fourth book in the Pirates and Petticoats series. This is also the second romance of hers that this reader has had the pleasure of reading. The first was Hart’s Desire, which was previously reviewed on this site; it was the first of a three-book saga, but it is also part of this series. This is the extended review of Pirate Heiress.
By Chloe Flowers
Published by Flowers & Fullerton, 2016
Mixing pirates, intrigue, treasure, and swashbuckling with romance, Flowers presents a historical romance between reluctant pirate Stevie Sauvage and Conal O’Brien, the captain of a ship named Seeker.
The family Sauvage, of whom Stevie is just one member, takes control of Conal’s boat and demands (at the point of a gun) he and his reduced crew help them sail it to Jamaica. This ship is the price to save the lives of the youngest members of the family, twins Jacqueline and Julian. They have been kidnapped by the pirate/privateer Drago Gamponetti (AKA Gampo), who has a vendetta against Conal’s extended family. In the reverse, Conal has some unfinished business with Gampo as well.
Following the leads the family discovered in the letters written by the pirate Anne Bonny, they set out to find the treasure they believe she left for her heirs (in other words, them) to find (each chapter is prefaced with a letter Anne has written to her father through the years up until her death*).
Think Pirates of the Caribbean in book form…humor and betrayals, kidnappings and mayhem, as well as a clean romance as it isn’t too graphic…basically there is a lot going on (but don’t want to provide too many spoilers), yet it concludes the series well (and the author even includes a tease for another series that features one of the characters).
This fourth book in the Pirates and Petticoats series can be read without having read the first three, but this reader wouldn’t suggest it. This reader has previously read the first one (Hart’s Desire) so had an inkling of some of the past events, but there were still events that must have occurred in novels two and three that were unfamiliar to this reader and made for a few ‘what-is-going-on’ moments and ‘okay-now-I-get-it’ moments. (Ironically, this reader actually purchased the e-book bundle of Books 1-3 to read prior to reading this one, but then decided (after reading the synopsis) it was possible to figure the story out as it seemed unrelated to the others, sort of. Nevertheless, this reader still intends to read Hart’s Passion and Hart’s Reward some time in the future, but I digress.)
This reader will say that there are quite a few typos, missing words, and formatting errors. It certainly could have used another look or two during proofing, but they were not so egregious as to ruin the story (it often took a second or third re-read when words were left out or wrong to determine what the author intended). On the other hand, the editing company is mentioned on the copyright page, and this reader hopes that the author didn’t pay an outrageous amount for their services especially if it included proofing as well as editing.
The cover is beautiful and perfect for the story (a man and woman in a chaste embrace with a sailing ship of the period in the background). Again, the author used a cover design company. The cover blurb, however, has the female protagonist’s last name different than what was in the novel.
Overall, this is a fun romance story, and thus, it is suitable for younger readers (young adult and teens), but older readers will enjoy it as well. Although the romance between Stevie and Conal is the primary story, the other characters bring their own impact to the tale. For example, the twins provide humor, and their interactions with Captain Gampo may be some of the most fun. For adventure on the high seas, check it out.
* The author has included a note about Anne Bonny in the front of the book.