by Eloisa James
Release Date: March 26, 2013
Source: sent by publisher
My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Summary from goodreads.com:
From New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James come two stunningly sensual stories in which gentlemen who rule the waves learn that true danger lies not on the high seas, but in the mistakes that can break a heart…and ruin a life forever.
With This Kiss
Lady Grace Ryburn is in love with a dashing young lieutenant, Colin Barry, but she turns away, thinking that Colin is in love with her sister.
Should Colin throw propriety to the winds, imitate his pirate father, and simply take what he most desires?
Seduced by a Pirate
After years at sea, Sir Griffin Barry comes home to claim his wife. But is Phoebe his wife, if their marriage was never consummated?
As an infamous pirate, Griffin claimed and kept gold and jewels… but this is one treasure that will not be so easy to capture.
As You Wish is a special collection in Eloisa's Fairy Tales that pairs a novella previously published electronically, Seduced by a Pirate, with a brand new, longer story, With this Kiss.
Who can resist a story about pirates? Not me! I liked the first story, "Seduced by a Pirate" a lot more than the previous companion novel, "The Ugly Duchess." I much preferred Griffin, the hero in this story, over his best friend, James in "The Ugly Duchess." There were still themes of infidelity in this story, but I tried to give the benefit of the doubt since Griffin and Phoebe were only married (and knew each other!) for only one day before they were separated from each other.
While "Seduced by a Pirate" was enjoyable, the real gem in this book is "With this Kiss." First released as three e-novellas, the build up and cliffhangers at the end of the three parts is amazing! It was so much fun to read because of this format. I can imagine it was difficult to get to the end of each part and have to wait for the next ebook to be released! But with the paperback version, you get to read all three parts at one time. Still, the anticipation was great here too.
Main Characters: 4/5
Supporting Characters: 4/5
Bottom Line: These are great novellas, and "With this Kiss" especially provides a little something different for historical romance readers.
If you think this book sounds good, check out my review of the companion book, "The Ugly Duchess":
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.