August 23, 2012

Speed Date: Pleasures of a Tempted Lady by Jennifer Haymore

The Deal: Captain William Langley was on a routine patrol, looking for a pirate when he found a woman and child drifting in the Irish Sea. Big is his surprise when he realizes that the woman is none other than Meg Donovan, the only woman he has ever loved and whom he was prepared to marry eight years ago. 

As far as everyone knew, Meg fell overboard the ship taking her and her twin sister Serena home to Antigua, and she died and her body lost at sea. But, instead, Meg was captured by a ruthless pirate and held captive all this time, serving as a companion to the pirate's wife and surrogate mother to their child. 

Now she's on a run for her life, and for the life of the child she loves as her own, and will stop at nothing until they are safe, even if it means she can't trust her family or Will, whom she never stopped loving. 

My Thoughts: Pleasures of a Tempted Lady reminded me why I don't particularly enjoy Ms. Haymore's books. While the writing is really good, her plots tend to go way past convoluted and directly into the implausible territory. 

I don't want to hold this particular book responsible for the whole thing because the convoluted started with Confessions of an Improper Bride - first book of this series - where there was an identity switcharoo that seriously complicated things in this book. And because of that, everything in this book was a little more unbelievable and unnecessarily complicated.

The characters were okay, but the situations they found themselves in kept me raising my eyebrows and saying "oh, really?", and I didn't really buy the 'happy ending'. There were some parts that I just couldn't buy into. 
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