Series: Legends of the Soaring Phoenix #1
Published by Buffalo Mountain Press on July 24, 2013
Genres: Dark Paranormal, Paranormal Romance
Source: Personally Purchased
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Like a dark angel, Captain Kane O'Brien rescues Hannah Knight and her father from drowning after vampire pirates murder their crew and sink their ship. Struggling to control and hide her telekinetic powers, Hannah discovers the honorable and bold captain possesses his own secrets.
Every full moon, Kane turns into a vampire. Finding out Hannah not to be the cabin boy she resembles, but a beautiful, luscious woman, tempts all his appetites. Desperate to be free of his curse, Kane considers handing Hannah over to a demon. But after Hannah uses her power to save his ship from his immortal enemy, Kane can no longer deny his attraction and vows to protect Hannah with his life.
To find true love, they must combine their powers to defeat evil vampires, thwart Hannah's misogynist fiancé and escape a crafty demon.
A Pirate’s Curse is the first book in M.L. Guida’s Legends of the Soaring Phoenix series.
This is a very difficult review for me to write for two reasons. The first reason is simple, parts of A Pirate’s Curse were awesome and I loved it. Second, the protagonist was confusing and my dislike for just about every aspect of her character was a challenge for me. A challenge I was unable to overcome.
I am going to unleash the conversation about what was great, I am starting with the positives! Pirates. Vampires. An intriguing backstory regarding a demon with a conscience was touched on. Did I mention that the vampire pirates were Irish? Well written pirate ship battles are scattered among the story creating some page gripping sword wielding excitement. Overall the premise of this story is one I should have absolutely loved. Now, enter the female protagonist/heroine (and I am going to use that term fairly lightly).
The dirt on the downside. The female protagonist is a virgin of the highest power. (OMG I have never seen man parts) The relationship with her asshole father seemed to rub on me like sandpaper and then remained with me, like sand in the crack of my ass after a long day at the beach. Now, I could have probably accepted the super virgin attitude and brushed it off, but her character also is also inconsistent in many areas. Her prejudices against Pirates seemed to be quite strong, even though she didn’t trust the source of where these biases came from. (WARNING…THIS Last bit is tiny bit spoilerish) She was terrified of said vampire/pirate while she is being SAVED from being raped by the super bad dude that she thought she already murdered. I mean…wtf? So, it’s ok for you to kill Mr. Super Evil Dude, but not for him to die after you have witnessed him doing some of the most evil shit ever and then torturing you, because the death is via vampire? Where is this logic coming from? Her views on murder seemed to be one sided and the inconsistencies didn’t seem to stop. *Enter non-vampire Irish pirate brother* She continues to engage in odd behaviors with her love interest brother and that truly just added more eye-rolls to the mix of face palms. Just, UG. I really didn’t like her and I feel like I had about 100 more legitimate reasons why, but I am sure you have the point by now.
To recap: Good writing. Good story line. Evil bad buys. Inconstant character that I would have preferred to die a slow death.
I rate A Pirate’s Curse 2 out of 5 Bullets!
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