“I warned you, you wouldn’t like it.”

“Would not like what?” Her flashing eyes? Her full lips? The wavy lock of hair tumbling over her brow, obscuring the perfection and rendering her yet more enticing?

“Serving under me.”

Under. Atop. Any way she liked it. And with a fiery temper like hers, he suspected he would like it quite a bit. Given all, the notion appealed more than it ought…

“You can’t bear it, you conceited excuse for a respectable privateer.” Her mouth curved into a satisfied grin. “Aha. That’s got a rise out of you.”

In a manner of speaking.

Redonk nutshell: Two ship’s captains engage in a battle of wills and attraction

I ADORED this book. I have a soft spot for nautical romance stories, really.  I think it’s the change in atmosphere that does it for me.  It just feels…different, livelier, perhaps.  And Katharine Ashe’s 2nd book in her Falcon Club series has some seriously vivacious characters.

Viola Carlyle disappeared from her English home as a young child, taken by her biological father to live among his ship as a privateer.  She now is a captain in her own right, sailing the seas in the name of Massachusetts.  When she captures renowned (former) pirate Captain Jin Seton, she waves the first red flag of a long battling of wills. Unbeknownst to her, Jin has been looking for her in order to bring her back to her family in Britain.  When she sinks his ship, he makes a deal with her to work under her command to get passage to his next destination, working out a scheme in his head to win her over to the idea of going back to her once-home.

Viola fights him at every turn, up until the moment she realizes she’s crazy about him and he isn’t seeming to return the sentiment (yeah…right).  She agrees to go back to Britain, and she commits to learning how to be a proper lady of the times, turning away from her seafaring ways.

What a fun story.  I loved both Viola and Jin, such strong and feisty characters.  You can cut the sexual tension with a knife, it’s so thick between these two.  And lawd they fight it.  When it finally comes to a head it’s lovely.  In my head this book falls into two parts.  Part I is Viola as a sailor.  Part II is Viola as a lady.  I enjoyed both, though I have a fondness for Part I -it was fun seeing a female take the lead in what is typically a male role.

This was a great read I’d highly recommend for anyone looking for a historical romance with some spunk and seabreeze.

How to Be a Proper Lady by Katharine Ashe, 6/26/12

Rating: B+

Romance: 3/5          Raunch: 3/5


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