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Saturday, January 31, 2009

My review of The Red Siren by M. L Tyndall


Lady Faith Westcott has turned her back on God and on man. Having witnessed the hypocrisy in the Church of England, her older sister's abuse at the hand of her husband, and her own mother's untimely
death in childbirth, Faith has determined never to marry and to gain enough wealth so she and her two sisters will never have to depend on man or God again.

To that end, though a lady by day, she becomes a pirate by night and begins her sordid career off Portsmouth when she attacks and plunders a merchant ship commanded by the young Dajon Waite. Humiliated at being defeated by a pirate and a woman no less, Dajon returns home without cargo and ship, and his father expels him from the family merchant business.

After a brief sojourn into debased society, Dajon rejoins the Royal Navy, where he finds comfort in the strict rules and redemption through his service to others. Three years later, he is sent to the frontier outpost of Charles Town, South Carolina to deal with the pirate problem. There, he connects with his mentor and old friend, Admiral Westcott, who has just arrived with his three daughters.

Much to Dajon's utter dismay, Admiral Westcott, who is being called away to Spain, asks Dajon to be temporary guardian of his three lovely daughters. One of the ladies seems familiar to him, a striking redhead who immediately sends his heart thumping.

Faith recognizes Captain Waite as the buffoon whose ship she plundered off Portsmouth. Yet, he appears no longer the fool, but instead a tall, handsome and commanding naval officer. Despite her immediate attraction to him, she labels him the enemy, but sparks are guaranteed to fly during the next few months when independent, headstrong and rebellious Faith falls in love with God-fearing honorable, rule-following Dajon-especially when Faith continues her pirating off the Carolina coast while her father is away.

Will Dajon catch her? And what will this man of honor and duty do when he does?

My review:

Great guns, this book is good! This may very well be my favorite Tyndall book yet. In fact, it was so stinking yummy I am still smacking my lips. I wish they'd release these books closer together because now I have to wait, and wait...sigh. At first I thought it seemed a bit far fetched that a woman heroine would be a pirate on the side. So I googled this info and whaddaya know, there were lady pirates in those days. So I went back to reading. And then I couldn't stop reading. Seriously.

I love romance that sizzles. This story has that. I love a romance with great conflict and seemingly impossible situations to get out of. This book has that, too. Best of all is the tension on the page. The story kept building and building and that even got my pulse racing. Isn't it great when you have a physical reaction to your character's peril?

Oh, and the conclusion was breathtakingly sweet! I can't tell you the details or it'll spoil the fun, but I can tell you it rocked my socks clean off because it was so hot - in a Christian sense, of course. And then the author leaves you with an issue that becomes the next book. Mwahahaha! I can't wait! I loved all three sisters. The author did an incredible job of showing their deep-rooted pain and thus, their motivations were believable. Though clearly fiction, these characters seemed real to me. Bravo!

The Red Siren was published by Barbour and released in January 2009!

1 comment:

Miralee Ferrell said...

This was a great interview and I love stories from the pirate era. Thanks for sharing!

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