May Contain Spoilers
After reading House of the Four Winds, I was in a pirate kind of a mood. Good thing I had Falling for the Pirate locked and loaded on my Kindle. I admit that I wasn’t charmed with the beginning, but after Juliana lost her memory, I was a convert. I’m not sure why I felt that way, because she’s not annoying or a bad person. Maybe her blind devotion to her missing father, and the risks she was willing to take to clear his name, didn’t work for me? Or maybe I liked the person she became better when her circumstances better mirrored Nate’s previous meager life? I’m totally baffled by my first response to her. Maybe I just needed to get to know her better?
After Nate catches her sneaking around in his new building, a chase ensues, and Juliana is injured and almost drowns, but Nate saves her. When she regains consciousness a few days later, she has no recollection of her past. She can’t even remember her name. Nate finds this all together too convenient; first, she was sneaking around his property, snooping through the file room. Second, he discovers that Juliana is the daughter of his greatest enemy. Her father murdered his parents and destroyed his young life, all for his own greed. Nate suspects that her father put her up to her midnight burglary. I have to admit that all of these background details made me a little nervous. How would Nate ever be able to trust Juliana and put his awful past behind him? Could he? How would she react when she regained her memory and learned of the horrible things her father did, and of Nate’s tireless quest for revenge?
Nate’s not really a pirate. Though he was imprisoned during his youth, he’s an honest, caring man. But because his hatred for the man who destroyed his family has driven him for the last ten years, he doesn’t allow himself to feel emotions. He lives for his revenge. He dreams of it, and it’s the only thing that kept him alive during the most trying times in his life. He’s gruff and abrupt with Juliana, though she slowly thaws his icy interior. Despite his desire to be perceived of as a harsh man, Nate simply isn’t. His experiences have made a better man of him, and though he doesn’t realize it, he is incapable of being cruel. Instead, he has a deep-seated need to protect the weak and the helpless from bullies. I really liked Nate!
While Juliana may have lost her memory, she’s savvy enough to realize that she currently has nothing. Regardless of her circumstances prior to falling under Nate’s protection, now she hasn’t two pence to rub together. Everything she has is because of his good will, and she feels an obligation to pay him back. While this gave him far too much power over her, he doesn’t take advantage of it. Honestly, all he wants is for her to exit his life so he can get on with his plans for revenge against her father, but since she has nowhere else to go, he’s kind of stuck with her. And, yup, before he’s what’s hit him, he’s fallen head over heels for her.
Because this is an amnesia story, I had to leave certain things by the wayside – like a sense of reality. Juliana’s forgotten memories are just a bit too convenient, but it didn’t bother me too much because I liked Nate so much. This is a quick and entertaining read that will fill a void in your afternoon or evening.
Review copy provided by publisher
After the deaths of his parents and a dark, troubled childhood, Captain Nate Bowen vowed he would have his revenge. But he never expected to have the tool of his revenge dropped so neatly into his lap. Juliana Hargate is not only the daughter of his enemy, but is destitute, very much alone – and exquisitely desirable.
And now that Nate has saved her life, she’s at his complete mercy…
Captive. All Juliana wanted was to clear her father’s name. Instead, she’s been struck with amnesia – unable to recall even her name – and imprisoned by a tall, imposing, and entirely unscrupulous pirate. A pirate whose eyes seem to look past her skirts and many petticoats, and whose touch sends delicious ripples of desire through her. With every passing day, she finds herself tempted to give him the very thing he’s determined to take…