Title: The Pirate’s Temptation
Author: Vanessa Liebe
Genre: Historical Erotic Romance
Publisher: Blushing Books
Zac Blakeney has a dark past, with blood on his hands. He's a pirate captain willing to do anything for revenge, even board an English merchant ship to kidnap his enemy's daughter. Except Charlotte Huntington is not what she seems. Forbidden fruit becomes undeniably tempting. Charlotte has only ever known violence at the hands of men. Now, sold into marriage, she is on her way to India when her ship is stopped by pirates. The captain is as handsome as he is intimidating. Charlotte soon receives discipline under his firm hand. Yet, she soon realizes this man holds the key to her heart along with her freedom. Publisher’s Note: This steamy historical romance includes elements of power exchange.
She never heard footsteps approach because of the noise she was making. But one moment her fists were hitting hard wood, the next the door was unlocked, wrenched open and Charlotte almost pounded a muscular chest instead.
“What’s all this racket about, girl?”
“Oh,” Charlotte almost squeaked out, taken aback by nearly touching him. Well, she had wanted to summon him. She lowered her fists, taking a deep swallow at the sheer size of him. He took up the whole doorway. And his chest. She couldn’t help staring in fascination at the tanned bare skin, revealed by his open shirt. She licked her suddenly dry lips. “I…”
“Spit it out, Miss Huntington. I don’t have all day.” He sounded more than a little vexed with her.
Charlotte snapped out of whatever daze she was in to glare up at him. Into the handsome face that was Zac Montgomery, pirate captain. Her captor. Now he was here, she should break the news to him that her father wouldn’t pay to have her back. Yet, something stopped her. She suddenly realized the foolishness of such an action. After all, if no money or gold was forthcoming for her safe return, the pirates might decide to throw her over board, or worse— make sport of her.
Charlotte gave a determined lift of her chin. It was time to be the brave, new Charlotte she had resolved to be. Starting by standing up to him. Not letting a man scare her. “I’m hungry and would like some food.” It sounded like the request of a spoiled miss, but better that than he know the truth about her father not caring about her. Besides, she was hungry.
The man blinked, before his hard, blue gaze bore into her. “Let me get this straight from the start. You will receive nourishment when I say you will, for you will be rationed like everyone else on my crew. No exceptions.”
Charlotte felt her legs tremble slightly. Heavens, he was so stern sounding. Yet somehow, she found the courage to speak out again. “When am I likely to be fed then, Captain. If that’s what I’m supposed to call my captor?” Her stomach rumbled just then, to prove her point that she was starving. Something he chose to ignore, the beast.
“When the crew eat this evening, someone will bring you your food.”
So long? He was cruel like her father. Yet she could cope a long time without food. She was used to missing meals after all, and the pirate did at least intend to feed her. No, it was a drink she really needed. “A drink though? I am quite parched, Captain.”
“I shall fetch you a drink personally,” he told her. “The only time I shall do so, for water is rationed too. You will eat and drink when I say you can.”
Charlotte bristled at his tone. However, some inner devil made her say, “Is it your intention to keep me locked in this room too, Captain?”
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Vanessa Liebe is the author of fun, sexy erotic romance and erotica, both contemporary and historical. She mostly writes in the Fantasy and Paranormal categories as she likes a man with bite. Vanessa is married with three children and resides in Hampshire, South East England. When not house training her children, reading or writing, she likes to sit in the garden with a glass of rose wine.
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