Brenda Joyce: A Lady At Last

A Lady At Last  | Brenda Joyce

Raised as a pirate’s daughter, Amanda Carre has never been tutored in the finer social graces. Alone in the world, she has never depended on anyone, until fate intervenes in the form of Cliff de Warenne, who rescues her from a mob at her father’s hanging. Now she must set sail for England to find the mother she never knew, and her chaperone is an infamous ladies man…..

He is also the greatest gentleman privateer of the era. Honor demands he see this beautiful wild child to London and into her socialite mother’s arms, and Cliff must deny any attraction to her. Aware that she is utterly unprepared for a debut in London’s ton, his only recourse is to become her guardian and champion her transformation into a lady—and find her a suitable match. But with every passing moment, it becomes harder to deny an explosive passion—until Amanda makes her stunning debut and takes matters into her own hands. A lady at last, his heart is about to be tamed…”

I am a complete sucker for any book that mentions pirates.  I can’t help myself.  Far before pirate mania hit with the Johnny Depp Disney ride inspired Pirates of the Caribbean, I had a deep fascination for all things piratical.

No, I don’t dress up like a pirate on the weekend or go to the pirate festival and say “argh!”, but I do thoroughly enjoy a good read involving pirates.

And while I haven’t scoured the shelves at my local independent bookstore, I did honestly like this book.

My biggest problem was that Joyce, or her characters, took themselves a bit too seriously.

As you might be able to tell from my fave hist-ro authors, I like a bit of humor with my romance.  For those more serious readers, you may find A Lady at Last perfect.  It is indeed thick (both literally and figuratively) and is a great long plane ride companion.

Joyce has a whole series featuring her heroes family, too.

As always, I will be on the lookout (no scouring, I’m afraid) and keep you updated as I read more.

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