Friday, January 27, 2017

TLC Book Tours Book Review: Lord of the Privateers

About Lord of the Privateers

  • Series: Adventurers Quartet
  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: MIRA (December 27, 2016)
The eldest of the Frobisher brothers and widely known as the lord of the privateers, Royd Frobisher expects to execute the final leg of the rescue mission his brothers have been pursuing. What he does not expect is to be pressured into taking his emotional nemesis, childhood sweetheart, ex-handfasted bride, and current business partner, Isobel Carmichael, with him. But is it Isobel doing the pressuring, or his own restless unfulfilled psyche?
Resolute, determined, and an all but unstoppable force of nature, Isobel has a mission of her own—find her cousin Katherine and bring her safely home. And if, along the way, she can rid herself of the lingering dreams of a life with Royd that still haunt her, well and good.
Neither expects the shock that awaits them as they set sail aboard Royd’s ship, much less the new horizons that open before them as they call into London, then, armed with the necessary orders and all arrangements in place, embark on a full-scale rescue-assault on the mining compound buried in the jungle.
Yet even with the support of his brothers and their ladies and, once rescued, all the ex-captives, Royd and Isobel discover that freeing the captives is only half the battle. In order to identify and convict the backers behind the illicit enterprise—and protect the government from catastrophic destabilization—they must return to the ballrooms of the haut ton, and with the help of a small army of supporters, hunt the villains on their home ground.
But having found each other again, having glimpsed the heaven that could be theirs again, how much are they willing to risk in the name of duty?

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Review: I have been following this series from the the beginning. This is the final book in the Adventurers Quartet. I've enjoyed this series, but all of the books could stand some trimming. This book, like the other three clocks in at over 500 pages. 

I have no problem with chunky books except when they plod along. This has been an ongoing problem in this series. I think if each book were closer to 350 pages, the reads would be more satisfying. I also think if romance played more of a role in the stories, the books would be more enjoyable.

In this book we see Isobel and Royd who were handfasted 8 years prior, but one of Royd's missions caused the relationship to falter. When they meet again, Royd discovers he's a father and instantly wants to resume their relationship. (Not just for the child, he still loves Isobel)

The story is stagnant from this point until they actually start their journey to Africa too the settlement. 

The plus to this book, is that there is much going on with all the characters from the previous books. Its nice that this book brings everyone together.

The best part of this story is when they are in Africa freeing the captives. There's a lot going on and it holds your interest, which is more than can be said for most of the rest of the book.

Stephanie Laurens is very good at writing adventure stories. That's the best part of this series. The romance has been pretty much on the back burner on all the stories in the series. The first book focuses on the married Frobishers, which was very different, but it allowed the story to focus on the adventure, so that was the strongest book in the series.

Isobel and Royd sort of fell back into their relationship comfortably without any conflict, which would have spiced things up. If Duncan would have been more prominent in the story maybe things could have had some spice or some arguements, or anything.

I wanted a spectacular finale for this series, but it sort of fizzled, especially as the ending was so drawn out. I mean really drawn out. The last bit of drama before things wrapped up just went totally against how smart Isobel was throughout the novel.

I really wanted something more out of a series I've been reading for a year.

Rating: 3 flowers

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Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this book for the tour.

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