Cutlass (Cutlass #1)Notorious pirate Barren Reed has one thing on his mind: Revenge against the man who killed his father. So kidnapping his enemy’s fiancé seems a perfect plan…until he actually does it.
Larkin Lee is more than a pretty face and fiancé to a powerful man. Her fierce personality is enough to make any pirate want to push her overboard.
But when the King of the Orient comes to Barren with a task—to find the Bloodstone, a powerful gem thought only to exist in legend, Barren sees another opportunity to destroy his enemy. Together, Barren, Larkin and a crew of pirates set off to find the stone, only to discover it caused the death of Barren’s own mother and Larkin’s, too. As his strongest allies turn into his greatest enemies, and the life of the girl he kidnapped becomes more important than he ever dreamed, Barren’s quest for revenge becomes a fight to save the Orient.
Ashley was born and raised in Oklahoma, where the wind really does sweep down the plains, and horses and carriages aren’t used as much as she’d like. When she’s not writing, she’s hard at work on her Master’s degree in Library Science and Information Technology, working out, or pretending she’s Sherlock Holmes. Her obsession with writing began after reading the Lord of the Rings in the eighth grade. Since then, she’s loved everything Fantasy–resulting in an unhealthy obsession with the ‘geek’ tab on Pinterest, where all things awesome go.
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"A ship has dispatched from the harbor," said Leaf.
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3 swords out of 5----------
This was a fun read. Lots of action ad suspense. Barren's life revolves around getting revenge from his brother William for killing his father. William wants the crown. Larkin wants freedom. When Barren kidnaps Larkin, William's fiance, she hates Barren and everything he stands for. Barren hates Larkin for the esteemed life she's from. It was cool watching their precedences against each other fall down as they fell in love.
Barren's life revolves around Saoirse, freedom. All pirates fight for it and follow their code. Barren crew is composed of Leaf, an elf and Barren's right-hand man, Datherius and Natherius, Barren's cousins and the princes, Slayer, a dwarf, and a few other people. I wish that the crew, besides Leaf, might have been fleshed out a little bit more. Larkin is head-strong and can defend herself. Barren and Larkin are very similar so their misunderstandings were kinda funny.
If you're looking for a fun quirky read, Cutlass is the book for you.
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