I Kissed An Earl
Julie Anne Long
Avon, Jun 29 2010, $7.99
At a gala, Violet Redmond and Captain Asher “Savage” Flint a new Earl meet; with him is his first mate Lord Lavay. The Crown has assigned the sea captain to end the reign of notorious pirate Le Chat whose vessel is called Olivia, the name of the woman who broke her brother’s heart. Asher believes Violet’s missing brother Lyon is Le Chat.
Recognizing what a gypsy foretold her and what she overheard between the earl and his first mate, Violet sneaks onto Flint’s vessel as he heads to Cadiz. Flint finds his stowaway and is charmed by her sibling allegiance, but even as they fall in love he plans to insure that the pirate has no more cat lives.
The latest Pennyroyal Green historical (see Like No Other Lover) is a strong entry as love is tested and seems doomed to failure if Lyon proves to be le Chat as both lead characters believe. Fast-paced, this high seas romance is an entertaining tale as her brother whether he is the pirate or not stands between the Earl and the Lady as they are conflicted over her sibling.