Monday, November 26, 2007

Romantic Times review of The Privateer

The Privateer (Leisure Historical Romance) (Mass Market Paperback)by Dawn Mactavish (Author)

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Part of MacTavish's entertaining tale is set on the high seas, but there are high jinks on land that certainly delight, thanks to charming characters and details about "the trade."

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Summary: After her father's suicide, Lady Lark Eddington is thrown into debtor's prison with no hope of repaying the debt. She has scant time to worry before the Earl of Grayshire, Basil "King" Kingston, pays her bond. She fears he wants her as his mistress, but in truth, King desires her as his mother's companion. He's planning on marrying and needs his mother out of his home in Cornwall and into the dower house, and he hopes having Lark as a companion will ease the older woman's move.

King's mother is a stubborn woman, and lovely, witty, intelligent Lark is a great temptation. His plans unravel when he's recalled by the Admiralty as a privateer. His first mission results in his near death and the realization that he's in love with Lark. Marrying her is simple, but keeping her in the dark about smugglers and family secrets is difficult -- especially when misunderstandings and jealousy get in the way. (Leisure, Jan., 380 pp., $6.99) HOT

—Kathe Robin

1 comment:

P McCrillis said...

There is no finer gentleman in current historical fiction than Basil Kingston, Earl of Grayshire, nor a woman as fortunate as Lady Lark Eddington. Both are the main protaganists of Dawn MacTavish's, The Privateer. When "King" rescues her from her confined quarters at Marshalsea, Lark is initially puzzled as to his intent. When it is explained that she has been chosen to take on the task of companion to his uncompromising mother, she gratefully accepts. Lark and "King" soon find themselves harboring seemingly unsuitable and untimely attractions to each other, a difficulty that is challenged by the formidable matron of Grayshire and conquered by a couple very much in love.

Ms. MacTavish has a remarkable talent for weaving scene and setting details into her plot and giving her characters strong, individual voices. Her turns of phrase and use of the vernacular are exceptional. I recommend The Privateer to anyone looking to curl up with a beautifully written tale of romance. To quote her character, Agnes, "oh, la!"

P McCrillis/aka Isabel Mere