Author: Katherine Bone
Series: Regent’s Revenge, Book 3
Publisher: Seas the Day Publishing
Released: August 8, 2017
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency
He lost everything . . . but his duty to her brought him back to life.
Innkeeper Oriana Thorpe is a smuggler’s daughter hardened by a legacy she cannot escape. She has risked everything in her attempts to do so, including her safety, going so far as to challenge her evil pirate brother, Charles, in order to save a lady and her maid from his wrath. Determined to atone for his villainy, Oriana decides to distribute the blood money he left behind to the widows and orphans living nearby. As threatening letters promising retribution begin to arrive from Charles, she suspects one or more of her customers may be her despicable brother’s spies. And when one haunted man promises to protect her, she finds herself taking the greatest risk of all—falling in love.
Captain Pierce Walsingham should have died when his ship was destroyed by the notorious smuggler Captain Carnage. Instead, Pierce was pulled from the water by the Robin Hood of Cornwall, a pirate known only as the Black Regent. In gratitude, Pierce accepts the Regent’s offer to take over the man’s role, allowing his name to be added to the list of the dead and vowing to protect the beautiful innkeeper who saved his sister Chloe’s life. Unfortunately, Oriana is also Carnage’s next of kin, and the smuggler has sworn vengeance against her and Chloe.
While there is no cause dearer to Pierce’s heart than stopping Carnage, the task won’t be easy. Strategic allegiances have replenished his enemy’s power at sea, and he’s moving ever closer to enacting his revenge. Now Pierce must find a way to defeat Carnage, all while fighting his desire for the resilient woman who fiercely defends her roost.
“You’ve a kind heart, Miss Thorpe.” Mr. Hunt’s voice flowed through her with silky perfection, making her suddenly realize that Girard and O’Malley had slipped out of the room. “Kindness has many faces, Mr. Hunt.” Curious as to why the fisherman lingered after Jarvis and McHugh had gone, she tipped her head to study him. He stood a few feet away, making her heart ache for something just beyond her reach, particular encounters of the flesh she could never experience without endangering the man she’d chosen. Unlike Charles, she would never put carnal urges before the safety of others. “A heart can be a fickle thing,” she said, feeling a burdensome weight press against her chest.
What must one do for the sake of family? Must you lie for them? Must you steal from them? Must you kill for them? Betrayal is everything that Oriana has ever known. Her father did it. Her brother did it. And now—the torch has finally passed to her. Bone has an enthralling tale, filled with romance, desperation and secrets. Who can be trusted in a world where men aren’t who they say they are and anyone can be the spy?
Oriana is a Thorpe. Thorpe’s have a very bad reputation, especially her brother who has been nicknamed Carnage. His scourge over the seas has been the terror in most hearts, especially her own. When Carnage left Oriana with the Roost, he gave her specific instructions to safeguard his possessions, but his business is far from the business that she wants the Roost to have. She is filled with compassion, longing and most importantly, she has a good heart. Her brother killed his own fiancé to keep the family together and in the wrong business, so what’s to say that when Carnage finds out Oriana has been using his gold to help the orphanage, he wouldn’t come for her head next? With the unexpected Mr. Hunt snooping around and looking as devilishly handsome as always, she can’t help but to feel leery of his keen eye, but she longs for his touch. If Mr. Hunt is the spy that Carnage sent to keep tabs on her whereabouts, then she will be doomed. Since the Roost holds all of Carnage’s treasure and the only things that he deems meaningful for a pirate such as himself, she knows that it will only be a matter of time before he comes knocking. Will she be able to defend herself when he does or will all of her attempts at happiness be a failure?
Bone has a powerful, yet beautifully written story. The characters are wonderful, and the pace is steady and enjoyable. Emotions run high in this story, allowing the reader to really dive into the scenes alongside the characters. With this being the third installment in the Regent’s Revenge series, it still remains a novel which can be read as a standalone. Some of the characters do cross over from previous installments and it is recommended to read them in chronological order for the full understanding of the series. If you are a reader of historical romance, you may enjoy this book.
A copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by the author and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a five-star rating to The Pirate’s Duty by Katherine Bone.
As an Army wife raising four children, romance helped Katherine weather loneliness. Now she hopes to pay it forward, to ease readers’ burdens by taking them on a swashbuckling, adventurous voyage into historical romance and beyond.