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Monday, January 4, 2010

Caribbean Splendor by Tracy L. Ranson

Caribbean Splendor by Tracy L. Ranson
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand, Inc.
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (272 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating 5 Cherries
Reviewed by Oleander

Love and danger collide when the mysterious pirate Raven arrives in Martinique five years out of Blaze Montgomery's past. It was the last thing she had expected, especially since the brutal murder of her first husband.

Raven draws her back into his seductive web of desire, pulling her from the comfortable arms of the stable Justin Blackmore, whom she had married to keep her from facing destitution. Would she be willing to trade the comfort and caring she has known with Justin for the wild sexuality of Raven?

What is a woman to do in the 1700’s when her lover who vowed his love for all eternity never returns? Blaze Montgomery was forced to move on after the mysterious pirate Raven didn't come back. Unfortunately the choice to move on with her life led her to a loveless marriage to her first husband, Daniel - the man who killed Raven’s father. Blaze has nothing but hatred for Daniel but a woman must do what she can to survive when the options are limited.

With the death of her first husband, Blaze has a son to think about as well as her own survival so she marries the quiet and unassuming Justin Blackmore. But Justin while stable and protective, is a stranger and there is something not quite right with him. Unlike her passionate love for Raven who most definitely turns up the heat and adds torridness that is irresistible, she feels quiet affection for Justin who is far more than he seems and carries his own mystery.

This story displayed beautiful imagery and intense glimpses into the life on a plantation and the struggle of women who must tie themselves to a man for survival you can’t blame Blaze for making the best of her circumstances. I couldn’t help but be captivated as Blaze struggled to overcome her confusion on what she wants and who she wants. Only to be surprised with the end result. I found myself thoroughly embedded into the world of pirates who sweep a girl off her feet and set the fires burning inside her. When all was said and done, I was sad to see this wonderful story end.

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