Never Trust a Pirate by Valerie Bowman

Never Trust a Pirate

The rules of engagement were never so scandalous. . .A rumored pirate and the scurrilous black sheep of his well-to- do family, Cade Cavendish relishes his world of rebellion, deception, and seduction. Nothing and no one can hold him to be the duty-bound, honorable man he is expected to be. But when an unexpected run-in at his twin brother's estate with a ravishing, raven-...

Title:Never Trust a Pirate
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ISBN:1250121698
Edition Language:English
Number of Pages:309 pages

Never Trust a Pirate Reviews

  • Barbara Rogers

    Sensuous, smart, captivating, humorous - you'll be caught up in the world of pirates, spies, intrigue, murder, revenge and, of course romance. You'll be captivated by it!!! Such an exciting read!!! I enjoyed it so much I read it non-stop until I finished! The characters are compelling, witty, sensuous and filled to the brim with secrets.

    I loved all of the witty banter between the two main characters. They are alike in so many way - yet they each think they are so very different. Both have had h

    Sensuous, smart, captivating, humorous - you'll be caught up in the world of pirates, spies, intrigue, murder, revenge and, of course romance. You'll be captivated by it!!! Such an exciting read!!! I enjoyed it so much I read it non-stop until I finished! The characters are compelling, witty, sensuous and filled to the brim with secrets.

    I loved all of the witty banter between the two main characters. They are alike in so many way - yet they each think they are so very different. Both have had hard lives - he was raised in Seven Dials with an abusive, alcoholic father and weak-willed mother and her father was murdered in front of her and her mother was convicted (though she wasn't guilty) of the murder. Both are seeking revenge for wrongs done to their families.

    There are absolutely no dull spots in the book. It is fast paced and keeps you wondering what will happen next. What would you expect when you have two spies who don't know about each other trying to follow the same clues to the same villain.

    "I requested and received this book at no cost to me and volunteered to read it; my review is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher."

  • Erin Kelly

    I love a good pirate book, so I was pretty thrilled to get my hands on this new one by Valerie Bowman. It is the 7th book in her "Playful Brides" series, but it works completely as a stand-alone. Twists, undercover identities and pirate sexy times? Yes, please!

    The Story-

    I don't want to give too much away because this one is so much fun to read and discover as you go, so I'll keep this fairly brief. Danielle is a new lady's maid, and the brother of the master of house is the "black sheep" rake of

    I love a good pirate book, so I was pretty thrilled to get my hands on this new one by Valerie Bowman. It is the 7th book in her "Playful Brides" series, but it works completely as a stand-alone. Twists, undercover identities and pirate sexy times? Yes, please!

    The Story-

    I don't want to give too much away because this one is so much fun to read and discover as you go, so I'll keep this fairly brief. Danielle is a new lady's maid, and the brother of the master of house is the "black sheep" rake of the family. He starts a flirtation with her and gets way more than he expected... That being said, there is SO MUCH MORE going on, and I think you will enjoy the game, the ups and downs, and the surprises as much as I did.

    My Thoughts-

    The plot drives this book which makes it a fast and fun read. The characters are interesting and have hidden depths, but this sure isn't angsty. Reading this book is like watching an action/romance movie that you can't look away from and can't quit smiling about when it is all over. The pirate mention in the title is a tad bit of a misnomer because there is way more going on here than pirates, so if you don't happen to be a fan of pirate stories, but like a great, fast plot, you should try this anyway, If you do like pirates, there is enough in there to satisfy.

    The Bottom Line-

    I literally put the book down and laughed out loud at one point, saying "oh my goodness, I am so glad that happened and can't wait to see what happens next!" Imagine the odd stares I got from my high school students... Anyway, if you like your romance with a heavy dose of fun, great pacing, and twisty plots, this is so for you. 5 stars!

  • Pamela

    Pirates! Spies! Secrets! Romance! This tale contains all of these exciting things, but it was just a bit lackluster for me. Although it is a decent read, I just found a few things to be beyond belief. Cade, our male lead, was exciting and interesting, but, Danielle was not. She was a bit cliché for me and the most unbelievable.

    I am still a fan of Ms. Bowman's, and will continue to read her books. This one is just not my favorite.

    **Thank you to the publisher and Net Galley in exchange of an hones

    Pirates! Spies! Secrets! Romance! This tale contains all of these exciting things, but it was just a bit lackluster for me. Although it is a decent read, I just found a few things to be beyond belief. Cade, our male lead, was exciting and interesting, but, Danielle was not. She was a bit cliché for me and the most unbelievable.

    I am still a fan of Ms. Bowman's, and will continue to read her books. This one is just not my favorite.

    **Thank you to the publisher and Net Galley in exchange of an honest review.**

  • Frankie Reviews

    I really like Danielle she acts like a strong, independent woman, she has had to deal with a lot through her life she and been forced to grow up far too quickly then she should have and that has made her so self-reliant, but she craves love and kindness something she has never been shown. Her father was a Frenchman and died too soon and her English aristocratic mother is seriously ill, Danielle never had the extravagant Tonish balls and come out like all women of her station would, and that has

    I really like Danielle she acts like a strong, independent woman, she has had to deal with a lot through her life she and been forced to grow up far too quickly then she should have and that has made her so self-reliant, but she craves love and kindness something she has never been shown. Her father was a Frenchman and died too soon and her English aristocratic mother is seriously ill, Danielle never had the extravagant Tonish balls and come out like all women of her station would, and that has implemented in how she carries herself now.

    You can really relate in someway or another to Danielle, she is an extraordinary woman, beautiful as well as deadly, she knows her own mind she is brave, spunky and she is super smart. Immersed in a dark and dangerous world of espionage, she has to use all of her cunning to stay alive, she is a an unusual woman for the times, never happier then when she is walking around dressed like a boy in breaches. She is a skilful and very clever spy.

    But the thing that I think Bowman has got so right with Danielle is how she has been holding her own in what is predominantly a mans world and proves herself again and again and again just what a woman can do. I’m all for strong woman and she isn’t afraid to confront danger and she does all of this for a good selfless reason.

    To make her seriously ill mother live the last of her days in peace and comfort.

    Cade is a real rogue! A proper cad or has he thinks of himself the black sheep of the family, but under all that charismatic cheekiness there is a really good man, a lovable rogue. He has so many secrets and so many alter ego’s, is he a spy? Is he a traitor? Is he a pirate? Or is he the elusive black fox? He is a man of many faces he even turns up at his brothers front door under an alias this is a man that has got many feathers in his hat. Plus atop of all that he is a sinfully sexy, scandalous rogue who can make the most solid woman go weak at the knees.

    Cade also does the one thing that no one has ever done with Danielle, he sees her! He sees past the strong mask and he sees what is deep down inside which is something that Danielle desperately needs that in her life. She wants to be noticed for the woman that she is and not just the spy or cabin boy or servant and Cade does just that. There is a beautiful moment where they both finally realise just how much they mean to one an other, where Danielle and Cade do a secret moonlit waltz together just before she has to leave. That is beautiful!

    What a stroke of genius it was, putting these two together. They are both highly volatile, extremely skilled at what they do and they are both hiding secrets and both highly adapt at being creative with the truth. Cade and Danielle both yearn for what others have, they want love and friendship and more than that they want someone to trust. Something that neither of them have been able to do. They are just perfect for each other.

    Bowman is a highly skilful writer who knows her craft like the back of her hand. She is a remarkable author at setting the scene and building up to a climatic finish, the first scene in particular does a great job at grabbing you and keeping you gripped throughout the whole book. The more you read the further you get absorbed into the dark and murky world or secrets and spies, this is a terrific adventure which is so much more than your average Historical Romance. It’s fast thrilling and exciting.

    This is a stonking good story which is marvellously engrossing and for me is a huge success. It is stylish and sophisticated, a real winner. I love it! It’s classy and sassy with an outstanding mix of romance and adventure.

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  • Stacey is Sassy

    I think I’ve admitted this before but I’ll come straight out and say it again…I’m a bit of a snob. Well, I’m a snob when it comes to my historical romance reads.

    started out with a Maid and a Mister and I admit to thinking *Oh bugger, the "help" has arrived*. Terrible, I know, but I read with hopes of escaping reality. Unfortunately, reading about working from dusk til dawn at someone else’s bidding doesn’t really do it for me.

    I think I’ve admitted this before but I’ll come straight out and say it again…I’m a bit of a snob. Well, I’m a snob when it comes to my historical romance reads.

    started out with a Maid and a Mister and I admit to thinking *Oh bugger, the "help" has arrived*. Terrible, I know, but I read with hopes of escaping reality. Unfortunately, reading about working from dusk til dawn at someone else’s bidding doesn’t really do it for me. Luckily, it wasn’t long before I was distracted by a storyline that kept my attention from start to finish.

    I kind of want to keep my review short for this one (fingers crossed, I’ll be successful this time) because I think the journey will be a lot better if I keep the information about the characters a secret. Here goes…

    Cade, Cade, Cade…well this guy took a wee bit for me to warm up to. My first impressions were that he was a lazy, indulgent, womaniser who thinks only of himself. But, that’s what he wants you to see.

    Danielle is a hard-working maid who, with very little experience, works hard to do her job as a personal servant to a lady. She seems to be a confident woman but surprisingly lacks friends and is shocked when people offer to help her. It’s like Danielle is in a foreign environment.

    What or who is right in front of you can become a chameleon. Is the fox stalking the sheep...or is the sheep just waiting for a chance to corner the fox?

    Reading

    was a bit like putting together a puzzle. Pieces of the puzzle need to be looked at carefully because one piece looks like another, and some are not at all as they seem. What makes the puzzle even more interesting, is that with one bad decision, the whole game could fall apart. Do you take a risk and play the game alone, or do you call in reinforcements to help guide the pieces to the right place?

    I’ve never read

    before which means that I came into the series at #7. I’ll admit that a couple of times I wished I knew a little more about the characters we get introduced to. I got the impression I’m supposed to be reacquainting myself with them. It wasn’t that I couldn’t follow along without reading their stories, but the thrill of catching up with past characters was lost on me.

    I thoroughly enjoyed

    . There wasn’t a lot of swashbuckling or walking the plank that you would expect with a title boasting a Pirate. I was entertained with a mystery, some adventure, seeing attraction grow between the Cade and Danielle and eventually, that attraction change to a connection. This story was interesting and easy to read and I will definitely consider reading more from this author in the future.

  • Mary - Buried Under Romance

    Few knew of his loyalties, as the pirate Black Fox strikes again stealing certain papers off a French ship. Is it Cade Cavendish, the younger twin of a newly minted viscount (hero of

    ) Or is it the Viscount Spy himself?

    Contrary to the intriguing premise, and the amount of espionage activities in this novel, it is ultimately one centered on brotherly bonds and redemption, particularly for Cade. Cade Cavendish's mysterious return to England afte

    Few knew of his loyalties, as the pirate Black Fox strikes again stealing certain papers off a French ship. Is it Cade Cavendish, the younger twin of a newly minted viscount (hero of

    ) Or is it the Viscount Spy himself?

    Contrary to the intriguing premise, and the amount of espionage activities in this novel, it is ultimately one centered on brotherly bonds and redemption, particularly for Cade. Cade Cavendish's mysterious return to England after years of being thought dead has raised many flags, not the least in his "white sheep" of a twin, Rafe. The fact that Cade relishes his disreputable reputation only seeks to heighten the outward contrast between the brothers, whereas on the inside he is just as honorable, if not more so, than Rafe, for bearing the guilt of his escape all these years. His self-imposed exile carries a secret mission, one in which he can't afford distractions, certainly not from his sister-in-law, Daphne's, new French maid, who seems to have even more secrets than him.

    Danielle LaCrosse is a very likable character, endlessly resourceful yet humbled by the kindness and friendship of her new surroundings in Rafe and Daphne's household. She has spent years tracking her father's killer, learning to be a superb spy, all of which might hinge on her attraction to Cade Cavendish during her final mission. From the moment they meet, witty repartees are traded, then a kiss, a waltz, and more secrets from their heart. As kindred souls carrying heavy burdens, their romance develops slowly and genuinely, from friendship to companionship to a true understanding of characters. Naturally, the fast-paced action accompanies their other identities, but they remain true to themselves until the end.

    I started this book with the expectation of another pirate/spy novel with some cat-and-mouse action, but was surprised by the amount of depth to the characters, who each embodied a virtue they did not themselves know. Ms. Bowman's fluid, engaging dialogue, and finely-crafted twists only enhanced the reading experience, and I found myself eager to see more of these characters and the justice they sought. Overall, I enjoyed this hugely, and look forward to not only spymaster Grim's book, but also that of Daphne's young cousin, who is foreshadowed to have her own romance in a few in-book years.

    *I received an ARC via Netgalley for an honest review

  • Holly

    This is my second book by Valerie Bowman and I can honestly say, that she has a new fan. I believe this is the 7th book in the Playful Brides series but I've only read the 4th one. I'm really behind!! You don't lose anything by jumping in the middle of the series though. You'll see other characters but not know the whole story. What interested me about this one is the pirate aspect. I was so excited when I saw the title of this book. I've been wanting more adventure so this seemed right up my al

    This is my second book by Valerie Bowman and I can honestly say, that she has a new fan. I believe this is the 7th book in the Playful Brides series but I've only read the 4th one. I'm really behind!! You don't lose anything by jumping in the middle of the series though. You'll see other characters but not know the whole story. What interested me about this one is the pirate aspect. I was so excited when I saw the title of this book. I've been wanting more adventure so this seemed right up my alley. However, there wasn't too much of the "pirate" scheme that I was expecting, so that was a little disappointing. There were spies though! Lots of them. So if your looking for some romance with a little espionage than look no further. By the way, the characters were cute, too:)

    **Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  • Joy

    First, I just want to say that I have never seen so many names that start with the same letter in one single book ever before. Here's a bit of perspective: There are about 4-5 main characters that are well-introduced and

    important to the plot's progress. Now, look at the list of names that start with "D":

    Daphne

    Danielle

    Danny

    Donald

    Delilah

    Derek

    (And I might be missing one or two)

    So we can all see that the "D" list is longer than the "important" list. Nice. Memor

    First, I just want to say that I have never seen so many names that start with the same letter in one single book ever before. Here's a bit of perspective: There are about 4-5 main characters that are well-introduced and

    important to the plot's progress. Now, look at the list of names that start with "D":

    Daphne

    Danielle

    Danny

    Donald

    Delilah

    Derek

    (And I might be missing one or two)

    So we can all see that the "D" list is longer than the "important" list. Nice. Memorable.

    I honestly wish

    that the cover actually matched the greatness that is this novel. I get that all the covers in this series have a nice theme, but seriously, I had a completely different impression before getting some real introductions to the characters. Confused would be an understatement.

    Basically,

    is a drama-filled love story between Cade, the "black sheep" of the Cavendish family, and Miss Danielle LaCrosse, a lady's maid who has more than a few secrets. When Cade ends up back at his twin brother's estate for some unknown pirating work, he meets the new, beautiful maid who completely throws his lawless life off the rails. But both Cade and Danielle have hidden objectives for being at the Cavendish estate -- and pasts that could prove deadly to their tasks (and potential relationship). Will they be able to work together with all the sexual tension flying about to take down the real enemy?

    Ignoring Valerie Bowman's overuse of the letter "D" and the misleading cover, I really enjoyed this book. Since this was my first time reading Valerie Bowman, I wasn't sure what to expect and the fact that I was starting with book 7 had me a bit worried about what past characters and plots I needed or didn't need to know. So I was very pleasantly surprised when I figured out that I didn't really need too much previous info to understand what was going on. Overall, though the plot could've been better organized and worked through here and there, I never lost interest and was actually pretty sad when I got finished.

    My favorite part of this book would probably be how Danielle's character broke out and took control after the first half, becoming a very powerful force in the direction of the story. Love a capable, versatile heroine of sorts.

    Now the characters...

    I really liked Danielle's character, but I feel like her backstory doesn't completely support her current personality (and neither does the cover).

    Yes, she didn't grow up in the best environments and yes, she needed to learn certain skills to get by, but I just don't like how it can skip from that to her current level of competence. There are definitely some blanks that need to be filled in.

    And then there's Cade. I can only describe Cade as a handsome, pirating lady-killer who (surprise!) falls for a (surprise!) beautiful girl who (surprise!) doesn't think she's beautiful. Obvious cliches and obvious insta-lust, but nonetheless very entertaining and done very well. I just really wish Valerie Bowman put more emphasis on Cade's pirate-ness. It was kinda thrown in there before the big climax close to the end but other than that, wasn't really introduced in the beginning. In general, Cade could've had a bit more... substance. But for his type of character, Cade was developed pretty well.

    As for the steamy scenes,

    I'd have to give Valerie Bowman a solid A+. Lots of sexual tension and excitement, and it didn't have any boringly slow parts that are easy mistakes in a romance novel. I feel like the first half was lacking a bit, but the second half definitely made up for it.

    The writing was very smooth, and there weren't any sections of overwhelming blocks of quotations or descriptions. But the story moved a bit too slowly for me in the first half, and then I felt like the second half was kinda quickly strung together. Also, the whole Black Fox bit really felt more like an afterthought in parts of the novel (exactly like this). I think the first half should get a 3 star rating for introduction of plot and characters while the second half deserved a 4.25 for all the action, unveiling, sex scenes and character development.

    I'd recommend

    to romance-lovers who want a bit of added action and suspense. 3.75

    I received a paperback copy in exchange for an honest review.


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