Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Review: The Ransom by MaryLu Tyndall


The Ransom by MaryLu Tyndall
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About the book:
Port Royal, Jamaica 1692

Living in a city deemed the wickedest in the world is no easy task for Miss Juliana Dutton. To make matters worse, with an ailing father and a drunken fool for a brother, she is forced to take over the running of the family business in order to survive. When a meddlesome suitor threatens to discover her secret and cast them all onto the streets, she agrees to a spurious engagement with the town buffoon, Lord Munthrope. She only hopes the man is trustworthy.

The Pirate Earl, Alexander Hyde, son of the infamous Captain Edmund Merrick Hyde, is the most feared pirate in Port Royal. Disillusioned with the religion of his parents and the pleasures of the world, Alex staves off his emptiness by leading a dual life to hide his deepest secrets.

A long-time enemy is out to destroy Alex and take Juliana for his own. Struggling to maintain her faith in the Divine, Juliana faces her problems bravely, but the harder she tries, the more it seems everything is working against her. Unwittingly, she and her weak fianc√© become entangled in the hostility between the Pirate Earl and his enemy, while even more dangerous forces are rising up to destroy them all. 

My rating:
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My thoughts:

MaryLu Tyndall knows how to write great pirate novels! I haven't read the first three books in her "Legacy of the King's Pirates" series, but I still greatly enjoyed "The Ransom". I loved how the main character, Alex, had two personas - one the acclaimed "Pirate Earl", the other gentlemanly Lord Munthrope. This resulted in some humorous scenes, since Juliana didn't know they were the same man.

I really enjoyed the story. It had adventure, suspense, romance, and a good message. The ending was very good and makes me curious about how things will continue.

There were a few things I didn't care for in the story - chiefly the times curse words were said ("D" and "H"). It wasn't much, but I would have preferred it to have just said "he cursed" or something.

Overall, though, a really good read! I look forward to reading more of Tyndall's novels and recommend "The Ransom" to mature readers who enjoy adventurous pirate stories. :)

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