Captured By a Rogue Lord by Katharine Ashe
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
From Goodreads: She would marry no man . . .
Serena Carlyle dreams of a happily ever after. Firmly upon the shelf at twenty-five, instead she's determined to find the perfect match for her beautiful younger sister. What better prospect than their neighbor, the wealthy, rakishly handsome Earl of Savege? Now Serena can beg his help in halting a local band of smugglers. Then, one night, stealing away from yet another disappointing ball, Serena finds herself trapped alone with a stranger . . .
Until he captured her—body and soul
His kiss was irresistible, his caress unforgettable, and he hides a devastating secret. A Robin Hood upon the sea, Alex Savege is the brazen pirate Redstone, seizing the yachts of spoiled noblemen to settle an old debt. Serena needs a hero, but her heart is in the gravest danger—for it is soon to be captured by a man as skilled at seduction as he is at plunder.
My Thoughts: I've learned that I'm a sucker for the nobleman who has a secret (or not-so-secret) life as a pirate, smuggler, man of the sea. That's particularly true when the gentleman in question is a Robin Hood of the sea, so our hero, Alex/Redstone, had high marks going for him from the start :)
I also like stories of the overlooked or on the shelf heroine, who finally gets a shot at love. This was most definitely one of those. A bit of Robin Hood, a dash of Cinderella, and you have Captured By A Rogue Lord.
I never had any doubt that Serena would finally get her HEA with Alex, but there were so many obstacles in the way that getting there was an interesting journey. From evil stepmothers to society's expectations, evil smugglers, tales of revenge and even the British Navy, there was never a shortage of events to keep the reader interested. Serena and Alex are great main characters, and the supporting cast and crew was lively and intriguing as well. A quick, enjoyable read, I liked the book well enough that I'm going to need to go back and find Book one in the series now.
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