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Destiny's Captive [The Destiny's Series Book 1]
Available from The Wild Rose Press
Lucian DeLattimer has been commissioned by King George to act as a pirate. As Captain Blackwell he and his crew of the Pleasure Seeker become infamous on the Atlantic Ocean pillaging cargo vessels from America. On one such excursion the crew of a ship give up without a fight but one feisty female puts up more resistance than all the men. Angeline Montgomery has lost her father to murderers and now falls prey to a pirate. But at least she refuses to go down without a fight.
Tracy Preston pens an excellent love story woven with many levels of suspense at sea and on dry land. Lucian and Angeline make a feisty couple as their relationship grows. The problems they face at sea pale in comparison to the ones they find back in England. Whoever killed Angeline’s father has her on their list as the next victim. As if that’s not bad enough Lucian finds out his fiancée may be the daughter of the man who killed his mother.
Secondary characters like Winnie, Lucian’s younger sister, add much to the story as she interacts with the main players and her own nemesis, Lord Gabriel Kinsey. Seems everywhere Angeline turns she runs into one of Lucian’s exes. That often makes for some interesting confrontations.
The bad guys are hard to catch. It’s difficult to get the couples to make real commitments. Sounds like the twenty-first century even though this one is set in 1785. Ms. Preston crafts the story the way I like them with a natural progression rather than a lot of flashbacks and digressing to fill in information except when necessary to set up the next scene. I look forward to more books from this talented author.
Sensuality rating: Very sensual
Reviewer: Dee Dailey
January 14, 2009