As a member of Chloe Flowers’ review team, this pedometer geek reader received the opportunity to read her newest Pirates and Petticoats novel; however, this reader couldn’t convert the file that was given. Hence, the e-book was purchased so that it could be read and reviewed. This is the extended review of Redeeming the Pirate.
Redeeming the Pirate
By Chloe Flowers
Published by Flowers & Fullerton Publishing, 2018
Taking up where Pirate Heiress (the previous novel) ends, this is the story of Drago Viteri Gamponetti (AKA Gampo). While it is not strictly a sequel, many of the characters (the twins Jacqueline and Julien and the rest of the Sauvage family) make their appearance in the book. In fact, it is Jacqueline’s illness that introduces Sister Eva, the healer, to Drago and his world (his crew).
Drago Gamponetti is a pirate…okay, a privateer, as he frequently mentions. As a privateer who steals for the French king, he is coerced into stealing a precious relic from a cathedral in New Orleans. It’s a do-or-die mission for him, and it is to be his last mission, or so he believes.
Enter Eva, a scarred and vulnerable thief. Having sought sanctuary with the Ursuline order years earlier, she is now a novitiate nun and healer. Summoned to heal a sick young girl, Jacqueline, Eva meets the pirate.
From the beginning, there is tension between the pair. Eva wants to safeguard the relics (and exacts a promise from Drago to do so), but it may cost him his life to comply as it is Drago’s mission to steal them. Clashes between the two lead to love, but is it possible to change a blackguard? To redeem a man whose soul is irredeemable? Can Eva learn to trust him? Is he trustworthy?
Set during the Battle of New Orleans, this romance has intrigue, humor, and swashbuckling moments. The author brings to life the battle, which could have easily been won by the British. Whether it is historically accurate is immaterial as the author sucks the reader into the drama of Drago, Eva, and the other characters including the pirate LaFitte, who plays an integral role in saving New Orleans from the British fleet.
This reader’s only real complaint is the over abundance of typos, missing words, wrong words, etc. An extra set of eyes during proofreading might have prevented many of them. It is hoped that the print version has been corrected as the romance is worth reading and a great addition to the other Pirates and Petticoats series novels, which feature feisty heroines and daring men (see previous reviews of the Chloe Flowers’ novels).
One discordant note is the cover. The cover, while gorgeous, depicts a beautiful young woman dressed in an empire waist gown peeking around a curtain, yet this seems unconnected to the reality of the story. Throughout the novel, Eva describes herself as disfigured, wearing a veil to hide her face. She also wears a nun’s habit. Despite the disconnect between the story and the cover, the romance is a fun read.