Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Falling for the Pirate

Pages: 189
Source: Entangled Publishing

London, 1820 
After the deaths of his parents and a dark, troubled childhood, Captain Nate Bowen vowed he would have his revenge. But he never expected to have the tool of his revenge dropped so neatly into his lap. Juliana Hargate is not only the daughter of his enemy, but is destitute, very much alone - and exquisitely desirable. And now that Nate has saved her life, she's at his complete mercy... 
Captive. All Juliana wanted was to clear her father's name. Instead, she's been struck with amnesia - unable to recall even her name - and imprisoned by a tall, imposing, and entirely unscrupulous pirate. A pirate whose eyes seem to look past her skirts and many petticoats, and whose touch sends delicious ripples of desire through her. With every passing day, she finds herself tempted to give him the very thing he's determined to take...

Hey guys! Welcome to my review for Falling for the Pirate by Amber Lin. This beauty came out yesterday so be sure to click the cover and check it out! I received a copy from Entangled Publishing but this is 100% my own honest opinion. Okay, let's get started!

Juliana Hargate was told that her father is bankrupt and they are financially ruined. To make matter's worse, her father's gone and presumed dead. In an attempt to find a way clear her father's name, she sneaks out into his former office and runs into Nate Bowen. Captain Nate Bowen has one goal in mind and that is to ruin Hargate for all the things he did. When Juliana literally falls into his hands, he's faced with the decision: to extract his revenge on his enemy's daughter or to focus solely on Hargate himself. Suspiciously, after tumbling into the frigid ocean, Juliana doesn't remember who she is and what she was doing when Nate found her; which makes her a perfect pawn for his game of revenge. 

Falling for the Pirate is quite the pirate romance. I don't really know how much I agree with the term pirate in regards to Nate because I don't remember it talking a lot about him going out there and plundering other ships. He is just in a shipping company and he's a captain. I guess he wants to plunder Hargate's riches but I don't think that alone makes him a pirate. So on the topic of romance, I liked it, but I didn't love it. I wouldn't say that it was angsty love but Nate had his fair share of worrying over his feelings for Juliana. Also, it did seem a bit insta-love. Juliana doesn't remember anything and contrary to being terrified of this menacing man who rescued her, she believes that she's completely in his debt and must repay him. Even if that means becoming his mistress or a prostitute...yeah, I had a little trouble coming to terms with that. Despite my small problems with how the romance and chemistry was introduced, I did like how it progressed. We got to see Nate as a more vulnerable person when he faces the decision to use Juliana or to protect her. As for Juliana, while I still don't approve of her actions, her love for Nate did essentially make her a stronger character.

While romance played the biggest role in this book, there was also the underlying message of revenge. Hargate, Juliana's father, did some pretty horrible things to Nate when he was a kid and ever since then, he's been vying for vengeance. In the beginning, Nate's plan was to use Juliana as means to get to her father, but as the story progresses, he grows to realize that bringing Juliana into the picture is only involving an innocent girl and ruining her. As he starts to develop feelings for her, he begins to understand that getting revenge might not have been the only answer, instead maybe he has to let go of the past. 

Overall, this was an enjoyable read and if you're into historical romances, I definitely think you should give it a try. Falling For the Pirate was definitely interesting and again, it came out yesterday so don't forget to check it out! :) 
3.75 out of 5 stars

Foreverly Obsessed, 

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