Sunday, April 28, 2019

Review - Pirate's Pleasure by Lisa Kessler

Pirate's Pleasure
by Lisa Kessler
Series: Sentinels Of Savannah, #3
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: April 22, 2019

No one steals from this pirate... 

John Smyth has survived mutinous pirate crews, wars, and the passage of centuries by keeping his life as he did his ships, organized and well stocked. But when his crew is tasked with stealing Pandora’s Box for the government, it opens a door to destruction, and her name is Harmony Andrews.

Harmony is a risk-taking investment broker by day, and a thief by night. As a member of the underground Digi Robins crew, she steals relics to sell on the dark web and donates the money to people without insurance who need life-saving medical treatments. After taking a box from the docks in Savannah, she finds herself being hunted on multiple fronts, but she never expects the chaos trailing her to lead directly to her boss, the sexy, infuriating John Smyth.

The fearless thief has tangled with the wrong pirate, but he will be forced to choose: will he keep his heart safe at port, or follow it into the storm of pleasure.

Every book I read from Lisa Kessler reminds me why I love her writing so much – from the well-developed plot and characters to a writing style that practically reads the words off the page for me, I never finish a book disappointed. And even though I wasn’t a huge fan of this particular story since I wasn’t totally on board with the relationship between the main characters, this was still an enjoyable read that had me captivated from start to finish.

Although I did like both John and Harmony as individual characters, there was something about them as a couple that never really clicked into place for me until the very end of the book. Since these two have known each other for years, the insta-love type vibe, which often doesn’t work at all for me, felt a bit out of place between these two and I think what was missing for me was that I would have liked to have been some spark that started when they first met and was just ignored until circumstances had them coming together. Even though I wasn’t all-in with John & Harmony as a couple (and even they had a hard time getting on board with their relationship!), in typical Lisa Kessler fashion there is no shortage of fantastic dialogue and emotional depth written into the story and no one is better at writing a hero who can have you swooning – and often times also laughing out loud – even in the most dangerous of circumstances.
John approached, giving her a reprieve from her inner turmoil. “Can I take you to your car?”

She wasn’t sure what she expected, but this wasn’t it. Suddenly she was tongue-tied.

John shifted his weight. “If you’d rather, I can ask someone else to –”

“No.” She shook her head. “No, you don’t need to do that.” She cleared her throat. “I was just…didn’t expect you to offer.”

“I’m a pirate, not an asshole.”
He dropped his hand, taking a step back. “I’m sorry that you think I make you weak. I have no doubt, although you make me frustrated with worry sometimes, that being near you makes me strong.”
He kissed her hair. “My heart is yours.”

His pulse thumped in her ear, strong and steady, just like John. She pressed a tender kiss to his chest. “Best treasure I’ve ever stolen.”
I am absolutely loving this crew of immortal pirates as well as following the series arc as the secrets behind Agent Bale and Department 51 are revealed. Every new story in the series has added characters to the mix that keep enhancing the overall series, and getting glimpses at the crew and characters we haven’t met yet in their own book have me looking forward to see what’s next for the crew.

If a pirate’s life is for you or you just love a wonderfully written book with all the feels, then you can’t go wrong with this one – or any book written by Lisa Kessler!

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