I was given the ARC for Never Trust a Pirate by Valerie Bowman for a fair and honest review
Cade Cavendish is the twin of Viscount Rafe Cavendish who is a spy for the crown, Cade is basically the careless brother who likes to gamble and chase women and just plain sexy and charming as hell. But maybe not all is as it seems with Cade, yes he’s charming and sexy and devilish but is he really a do nothing? or is he the notorious Black Fox. Cade who reappeared back in Rafe’s life after a long time is out for vengeance against the french because ( in the first book which is Rafe’s story) Rafe was kidnapped and tortured by the french and therefore Cade hates them.
Danielle LaCrosse is the new Ladies maid to Lady Daphne Cavendish, she has taken the job to look after her mother who is sick with consumption. Danielle is not what she seems either, but we will get to that later. Not long after she starts Danielle encounters “Lord Rafe” stumbling through the hall drunk and singing very badly she watches as he goes into a room that isn’t his. Seeing this Danielle feels bad for his wife and goes to point him toward the right room so at least he’s there even if he’s a horrible drunk. But what she finds is a cheeky charming man who pulls her into his lap just as Rafe and Daphne appear in the doorway causing all kinds of confusion. Being Cade he tells Danielle she has the loveliest bottom ever then promptly passes out.
Now before I go any further let me tell you this which might be a spoiler but if you’re like me and are not a fan spy novels you will thank me. This is a spy novel everyone is a spy Rafe, his wife, Danielle (she is sent to spy on Cade) Cade. They are spies and this book is really a Pirate/spy book. So if this not your thing you are forewarned.
So then after the little mix up and it’s reveal there are two of them! Danielle then starts to follow Cade and get close to him. When I say get close I mean they have heart felt talks over drinks in the library which is just lovely because the flirting. Then when you think Danielle and Cade might get a little sexy during the midnight dance he promised she is pulled to go work on on following a french ship that is trying to free Napoleon, She does however get her midnight dance with Cade and it’s sad holy shit the feels that happen during this. So she is put on this ship as the cook assistant (of course she is dressed as a boy) To her surprise The ships captain is none other than Cade, who of course can see through her disguise as boy when no one else can ( it’s one of the superpowers we have all come to know and love about our heroes.) Naturally he makes her stay in his cabin for her safety, and of course this when they get down to business. However Danielle being sensible says this is a no strings attach deal and once they get to the port there will be no more sexy times. Once they reach port Cade goes off with his crew to brothel, leaving Danielle safely on the ship to wait for their commander who another spy. But Cade wants nothing to do with the women at the brothel because he’s moping over Danielle, which in turn gets him kidnapped because the captain of the other ship thinks he’s Rafe and is all like “I thought I killed you, I guess I get to try this again!” and well you get the picture. So when the commander finally does show up along with Rafe, they all make plan to save Cade which for some reason involves just beating the hell out of Rafe. Why?! I didn’t get that part, because there was honestly no reason he needed to get the crap beat out of him.
Here is what I like about the book. It was good! like surprisingly good,even when I realized it was a spy book I kept going with it that is how much I liked it. Danielle is a kickass heroine so if you like strong women, who don’t really need the hero but he’s so damn charming why not. this book is for you. Also if you like heroines who are not virgins this book has it ! Both characters are extremely likable, the way they connected, and the way Cade went out of his way for her and even bought her perfume was sweet.
What I didn’t like about this book was when they were having sex, he was supposedly saying naughty things to her, I am saying supposedly because we never got to her them. And I needed to know what he said! I personally like when a hero talks dirty, the dirtier the better.
Over all this book was really enjoyable and the cover is beautiful. I liked it so much that I went in search of Rafe’s book ( yes, even though he’s a spy I am willing to read it.) and That cover is just sexy as hell as you can see below.
So one more time, if you love Pirates/spies/ smugglers ( think john Lafayette, Yul brynner. If you haven’t seen the Buccaneer do it!) Alpha non virgin bad ass heroines, Twins (because who doesn’t love them?!) and Charming rogues then this book is certainly a must.
Now for the giveaway! What will you get? One lucky reader will get a paper back copy of Never Trust a Pirate. by Valerie Bowman. What do you have to do to win? Simple! Just tell me the last book that read you and loved. Easy right? a Winner will be selected at random on May 6,2017.
*** This is only open to US readers ***