Title: To Catch A Pirate
Author: Jade Parker / Rachel Hawthorne
Pub. Date: May 2007
Genre: YA/Romance/Adventure/Historical Fiction/Historical Romance
From Goodreads: Once caught, it’s harder still to let a pirate go. When Annalisa Townsend’s ship is set upon by pirates in search of her father’s treasure, one of the crew, James Sterling, discovers her in the hold. When he moves to take her necklace, she begs him not to, as it is all she has left of her mother. He accepts a kiss in exchange for the necklace. “A fair trade, m’lady,” he tells her afterward, before disappearing. A year later, with a forged letter of marque, Annalisa is intent on hunting down the wretched James Sterling and reclaiming her father’s treasure from him. But now she’s in danger of him stealing something far more vulnerable this time: her heart.
My Reveries and Ramblings: After the death of her mother, Annalisa Townsend and her father sail to the Caribbean, with a treasure chest filled with some of the King’s gold, to build a new port. When their ship gets attacked by pirates, the gold is stolen and many lives are lost. The survivors, including Annalisa and her father, report the attack. Because they survived, Annalisa’s father is accused of either being a pirate or associating with pirates and is thrown in jail. Annalisa goes out with her friend, Nathaniel to find the pirate, James Sterling. He was the very attractive pirate who held her at knifepoint, stole her ring, and kissed her while the pirates were searching the ship. In fact, he saved her life, by keeping her whereabouts a secret. Since her father is incarcerated, she wants nothing more than to kill the pirates that forced her into ruin. Using her dowry, Annalisa finds a ship and crew and begins hunting for the pirate that stole her treasure.
Annalisa was such a strong character. For a woman in the 1700s to chase pirates and captain a ship-that’s pretty darn incredible. James Sterling couldn’t believe she (a woman) was commanding a ship. Of course, she had Nathaniel’s help; but still. Grrr….Nathaniel. I did not like him. Since this book reminded me so much of the Pirates of the Caribbean (without the supernatural aspect), Nathaniel reminded me of Norington. James Sterling was just Ahhhh *swoon*. He was like a combination between Captain Jack Sparrow and Will Turner. After stealing Annalisa’s kiss and ring he is marooned on an island along with his friend Ferret for betraying his captain. When he gets off the island he ends up running for his life from a pirate hunter. When Annalisa finally catches him, she treats him well, or tries to at least. Nathaniel can see the growing attraction and does not like it. He does terrible things to James, like beating him. James is the better man, even though he is a pirate. Now partnered with James, Annalisa goes out to find the buried treasure.
This book was so great. It had romance, sword fighting, pirates, adventure, and suspense. I would definitely recommend reading this awesome book.
Side note: The author is actually Rachel Hawthorne. She wrote To Catch a Pirate under “Jade Parker.”