Denny Derrick Dalton is the most feared pirate on the high seas, but he’s not a bad guy. He’s just having a very bad day…
It’s 1841 and the high seas are a dangerous place for anybody. Denny Derrick Dalton’s the most feared pirate in the choppy waters, but his risky reputation takes a hit when a wicked old witch curses him and gives him a pair of fairy wings. It’s hard to boss your crew around when you look ridiculous. Not only that, he has no idea how to fly.
Denny’s depressed. The witch, hiding as sweet Princess Fortunata, has left his ship and taken her brother, Prince Merritt, the man Derrick deeply loves, with her. Can his luck get any worse? Oh yes, it can. His crew mutinies and sells him to a slave ship.
But it’s not just any slave ship. This one’s bewitched, and Denny’s soon taken to a magical court where he must explain his rotten behavior and fight for his life.
But can he save himself to rescue Merritt, who’s at the mercy of his wicked sister’s magic?
Reader Advisory: This book features a BDSM scene.
This was a fun story that made me wonder if Merritt and Denny were going to ever be together. At times the story went back and forth between Denny’s past and current happenings. It made following more cumbersome than normal. However the story is still enjoyable. I loved the characters in the story. They came alive on page and made me want to know more about them. They were each so well developed with very distinctive personalities and their own desires for the future.
Denny was more than he initially comes across. He was a pleasant surprise with a pure heart and a strong sense of right and wrong. For a pirate, I loved that he wasn’t truly a bad guy. He loved Merritt so much you could feel it even when he was falling down drunk. His journey through the trial was so interesting. At times you couldn’t tell if his legal counsel was truly on his side. However I did feel his ending was a little too easy. He had all these struggles and things he had to overcome. Then the final part was like “Oh, I can fix that for you” without any real thought put into it.
Merritt was interesting. His love for Denny was the driving force behind most of his actions in the story. He seemed to act rashly at times. However he knew exactly what needed to be done to make things right and get back to Denny. I felt bad for him because of the things he endured at the hands of his sister and his time in captivity. But he is amazingly strong for not letting it definite his life.
Fortunate was such a bad person. You can’t help but dislike her right from the beginning. It was kind of astounding though how deep her influence went on events in the story and how far she will go to get what she wants. It was hard to pinpoint her true motivation in the story though. But she had so many people working for her whether out of fear or misguided loyalty you could never tell if someone was telling the truth through most of the book. It created this fun dynamic of misdirection and red herrings before we find the truth of things afterwards.
The ending was so sweet though. I liked how the storylines are wrapped up and you’re not working about things. I’d love a sequel where we get to see how everyone handles the future; along with what Merritt and Denny choose to do. The whole cast is fun so I hope they’d all make an appearance at some point in the sequel as well.
A.J. Llewellyn lives in California, but dreams of living in Hawaii. Frequent trips to all the islands, bags of Kona coffee in the fridge and a healthy collection of Hawaiian records keep this writer refueled.
A.J. never lacks inspiration for male/male erotic romances and on the rare occasions this happens, pursues other passions such as collecting books on Hawaiiana, surfing and spending time with friends and animal companions.
A.J. Llewellyn believes that love is a song best sung out loud.
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