Review: Captured by a Rogue Lord by Katharine Ashe

Format: Mass Market Paperback; ebook
Pub Date: March 29, 2011
Publisher: Avon (HarperCollins)
FTC: Digital ARC via  Netgalley

Captured by a Rogue Lord really reminded me of Stephanie Laurens's books. Especially Captain Jack's Woman. Probably because smuggling plays a pretty large role in both books. The setting was very well done, with plenty of the atmosphere you'd expect from a book set in or near the coast.

The writing is pretty standard Avon fare as far as I can tell. Nothing jumped out at me as bad OR wonderful. I tend to prefer a stronger voice in my stories, but that's just me.

I really enjoyed the relationships between siblings shown here. Both between Alex and his brother and Serena and her sister. There is a secondary romance that was lovely, but I felt like it probably should have been given its own story and not been shoved into the background of this one.

The only thing that really detracted from this book was the pacing. Some parts dragged for me. Other parts almost moved a little too fast.

Bottom line: if you hate shipboard romances or Regency spies, this probably isn't for you. If you like either of those, though, you'll probably like this one, too.

My Grade: B-

 *Unrelated snarkage: I really hate this cover. Not only do we have unappealing man-titty, we don't get to see the heroine's face. Just the hero's. Aaaand, despite the clinch, it's boring. F for the cover.

The Blurb:
She would marry no man . . .
Serena Carlyle dreams of a happily ever after. Firmly upon the shelf at twenty-five, instead she's determined to find the perfect match for her beautiful younger sister. What better prospect than their neighbor, the wealthy, rakishly handsome Earl of Savege? Now Serena can beg his help in halting a local band of smugglers. Then, one night, stealing away from yet another disappointing ball, Serena finds herself trapped alone with a stranger . . .
Until he captured her—body and soul
His kiss was irresistible, his caress unforgettable, and he hides a devastating secret. A Robin Hood upon the sea, Alex Savege is the brazen pirate Redstone, seizing the yachts of spoiled noblemen to settle an old debt. Serena needs a hero, but her heart is in the gravest danger—for it is soon to be captured by a man as skilled at seduction as he is at plunder.

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