The Siren's Song, Jennifer Bray-Weber
Pirate captain Thayer Drake lures ships onto reefs for plunder, and business is lucrative. Yet, saving a lass from drowning after her ship wrecks becomes more than he bargained for when the crazy wench dives back into the raging sea for her blasted purse.Tavern songstress Gilly McCoy, penniless and fleeing from the man who murdered her lover, stowed away on the doomed ship. Now at Drake's mercy, Gilly must earn her passage by performing for the captain. And that is not all: she must also kiss the captain at every ring of the ship's bell. But she discovers kissing the handsome rogue is not entirely a bad bargain...Drake is intrigued by the beauty, but there is no room in his black heart for a woman. He has demons that he drinks nightly to forget. Meanwhile, Gilly has her own secrets to keep—including why her purse is more valuable to her than her life... [GoodReads]
This was a very sweet book. The characters are enjoyable and the situations exciting. Perhaps the most awesome bit of the book, however, is the banter. The author has a way with dialogue! Furthermore- while I’m no expert at speaking “Pirate”- the author seems to have taken a good deal of time really working on the accuracy of her verbiage. The fight scenes were realistic, as well, which really added to the excitement.
While it’s not one of my favorites, I certainly did enjoy the book. The heroine is most definitely far from perfect and in a sort of off-the-beaten-path kind of way. The hero’s issues are, while sad, within the realm of “normal” for romance heroes. However, the author does a good job individualizing the hero and the heroine. Note that if you’re looking for some physical intimacy between h/h, this book won’t be your cup of tea. While there’s some activity, it’s not satisfying. For anyone involved.
I think the fast pace of the book does tend to strip out the connection to the characters just a touch, however, and I wasn’t sure I believed the change of hearts that I read.
Still, it was a cute way to spend my time and I’d recommend it as a simple “Beach Read” if you want a quick adventure, some lively characters and to be whisked away on a Pirate’s ship for an afternoon!