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Pirate’s Prey by Colleen O’Connell is a Shake Off Winter Doldrums Festival Pick #romance #pirates

Title: Pirate’s Prey

Author: Colleen O’Connell

Genre: Historical Romance

Book Blurb:

Shane Christian scorns danger as the notorious pirate, Falcon. Feared and respected for his realm over the sea, his exploits are only surpassed by his devilish charm. No battle waged or venture dared is as great as the ploy he devises to protect Maura Brent - a spirited beauty whose willful nature captures his heart. His strategy to thwart the law risks exposure and potential introduction to the hangman’s noose. If he succeeds in safeguarding their love, will he live long enough to treasure the victory?

Maura Brent agrees to a contrived marriage with a manipulative English land baron in exchange for sparing her father imprisonment. A chance encounter with Shane Christian sets the course for a voyage of discovery awakening her passion, broadening her knowledge and strengthening her resolve to guard Shane’s identity from his nemesis. Determined to dissolve her marriage to remain with Shane, has her decision ensured his demise?


She began unlacing the damp chemise she wore, but as she was in the middle of unlacing the garment, the door opened.

Shane walked into the cabin, his rapt attention focused to Maura. Shutting the door behind him, he stared at her silently, drinking in her appearance. She stood before him wearing only her chemise half unlaced. Her skin shone with a warm healthy glow. He had known her form was shapely from having held her in his arms, but he hadn't realized how well her proportions suited her height.

He walked over to her and cupped her chin in his hand silently gazing down at her. In the weeks they'd been on the ship sharing the cabin, he'd shown restraint. He had fought his urges more out of deference to her innocence than to her marriage. He had no need for entanglements of the heart. His profession required his total concentration. Strangely, with Maura, he wanted something more than a trifling diversion.

She stood stone-still returning his gaze. When he'd walked into the cabin, she normally would have immediately grabbed the blanket to cover herself for modesty’s sake. She made no move to retrieve it. Standing in his presence, her gaze held bold desire replacing any girlish modesty. Something had been building between them ever since her first day aboard The Champion.

His desire for her was too strong to be denied. He lowered his head, his mouth seeking the softness of hers. Her head tilted upward to meet his advance. There was no going back for either of them. He slid his arms around her molding her body to his.

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What’s your favorite activity to shake off the winter doldrums?

Binge watching Netflix series shows; walking in the park with my dog; doing home improvement projects.

Why is your featured book a cure for the winter blues?

Pirate’s Prey will take the reader on a journey of excitement, danger, intrigue and high romance on the high seas. What better way to escape winter’s icy grip?


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Author Biography:

Colleen O'Connell is dedicated to giving her readers fast-paced, page-turning journeys into the historical world of romance. Writing romance was inevitable with a Theatre Arts major in college and an affinity for reading with a desire to rewrite the storyline as her mind's eye visualized.

​Born and raised in the Chicagoland area, she currently lives in Northern Kentucky and has a background in Human Resource Management. When not crafting her next historical adventure, she spends her time enjoying family, other writers' works, watching classic 'Old Hollywood' movies, and attempting to moderate overly indulging in chocolate. Is there such a thing?

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Mar 25, 2020

Thank you, Colleen, for sharing your book in our Shake Off Winter Doldrums Book Festival. Let's get shakin'!

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