Review: Dead Man’s Kiss by Jennifer Bray-Weber
Forced to make a bargain… One drunken night in Cuba lands Captain Valeryn Barone in a life or death situation. To escape the gallows, Valeryn must agree to a bargain only a fool would make: Escort the tempting and tenacious niece of his captor across the Caribbean or lose his ship, his crew and his life! The caveat? The beautiful Spanish woman must remain untouched for the entire voyage. Determined to get what she wants… Catalina Montoya will stop at nothing to get what she wants-even when trouble is certain. Sent to live with her uncle after a scandalous affair, Catalina intends to concentrate on her dream to become a renowned naturalist. She never expected her uncle would send her with a notorious pirate to further her studies. Worse, she never expected to want the devilishly handsome pirate more than anything else. It’s a battle of wills… Now Catalina only has 8 weeks to seduce Valeryn and collect her specimens before he returns her to her uncle. And Valeryn has 8 weeks to secure his redemption. Except neither would be that lucky. Not when ruthless enemies threaten to destroy them at every turn. Can Valeryn save those that foolishly depend on him? Can he resist Catalina’s heart? Does a dead man walking even have a chance?
He looked back to Rissa, and she followed his gaze. Bloodied and almost unrecognizable, Diego stood at the railing, holding onto a line of rigging for support. Venomous hate roiled off him, and in that moment, Catalina knew he would come for them, and never stop until they were all dead.
Most pirates…are typically honorable and love to sail the ocean blue. In this tale, Bray-Weber has a delicious and dangerous pirate who is very troubled. Valeryn is strong, loyal, handsome and absolutely easy to fall for. The only thing that gets in the way is his past…but can anything really right the past wrongs that he has wrought onto his crew?
The crew and his beloved ship, the Rissa, are all that Valeryn has and he will stop at absolutely nothing to make sure that it stays that way. After a drunken brawl, Valeryn winds up with an ultimatum. Knowing of his honor, he is given an opportunity by the mayor to take a beautiful Spanish woman to Los Roques or…he and his crew can hang for all pirates are supposed to be arrested upon sight. Knowing that there are stipulations, Valeryn agrees to the bargain–he is to take another ship instead of his Rissa and another crew instead of his own. If he does not return with an untarnished Catalina Montoya within two months, his crew will hang and his ship will be taken for good. Little does Valeryn know that his hardest feat would be withstanding the beautiful Spanish woman along the way. With one destination, an entire crew and three to babysit…what could possibly go wrong or astonishingly right?
Bray-Weber has a superb story-line, one filled with danger and romance. This novel is creative and readers will really enjoy the playful banter between characters. The pace is fast, making it an easy and entertaining read. This is the fifth installment in the Romancing the Pirate series; however, it can be read as a standalone. If you are a reader of historical romance and regencies, this may be perfect for you.
A free copy was exchanged for an honest review of this fictional piece.
About the Author
Award-winning author Jennifer Bray-Weber is a proud native Texan. She is a married domestic goddess/beach bum with two beautiful daughters. Holding two degrees, one is Music and Video Business, the other in Liberal Arts, she has been able to express her creative thinking through countless questionable, often hilarious, life experiences.
Her interests include writing, reading, traveling (what she likes to call “research”), horseback riding, scrapbooking, shopping, relaxing at the beach, and dares.
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