(4.5 / 5)
Pirate Andre Dubois can deny his wife nothing. They both know that. So even though Andre much prefers the high seas to dry land, when Sophie Bellard Dubois asks to spend Christmas in New Orleans with Andre’s father, he reluctantly agrees. What neither of them know is who is also home for the holidays — fellow pirate and arch enemy, Gilbert Harrington IV. Sophie has still not psychologically recovered from the scars Gilbert left when he forcibly robbed her of her maidenhood five years earlier. Once he finds Sophie in the Crescent City, he demands she privately entertain him again, lest Andre be thrown in the stocks. Sophie fears there is no way out, unless she can create one of her own.
Cathy Skendrovich’s sequel to The Pirate’s Bride is a saucy, delightful romp through eighteenth-century La Nouvelle-Orléans. The liberal sprinkling of French throughout Holiday Masquerade adds charm and texture; the story is briskly paced and realistic. Sophie is fierce and independent. So it makes sense that the high point of the book comes when she regains her sense of power over Capitan Harrington, and even though Andre is present, she doesn’t need him to save her.
Skendrovich does a wonderful job of creating chemistry and passion between the two title characters. Those are key to a really good romance, after all, and Andre and Sophie have them in spades. That is fully evident in the titillating lovemaking scenes sprinkled throughout the book. From bed to bed and beginning to end, Andre and Sophie are lively and entertaining. Even though The Pirate’s Bride: Holiday Masquerade is set during Yuletide, it is a perfect read for any season.
(5 / 5)
The Pirate’s Bride is a story about the young, but beautiful, Sophie Bellard, and her handsome, though unwilling, husband Captain Andre DuBois. Both parties are forced into a political marriage by their pirate king fathers, they part ways after a disastrous wedding night. Freed by the death of her father, Sophie trains to become a pirate under her father-in-law’s watchful gaze. Soon, Sophie is sailing the seas as a pirate fearsome enough to rival her husband. They meet, and passions flare, but Sophie holds a dark secret that might destroy any chance they have at happiness. After a terrible accident, it’s uncertain whether the lovers will be together at all.
I found this action-packed romance refreshing and invigorating. Sophie is a young, independent woman with a desire for freedom, and Andre is a sexy and passionate male lead. The accurate historical facts in this book only made me fall deeper into the story as I read. The author, Cathy Skendrovich, does not leave a person wanting as she carefully balances her fight scenes, her romance building, and her passionate encounters to create a story that is not only believable, but highly enjoyable. Skendrovich really gets into the magic of New Orleans, and paints a picture of the town and the high seas as they would have been hundreds of years ago. Even though the characters are from a different time, I could relate to their passion for life, and the emotions they faced with each new twist of fate. She will leave you rooting for Sophie and Andre to succeed in their love, and crying at the challenges they face. I would highly recommend any historical romance lover add this to the top of their reading list.