Never Trust a Pirate, the seventh book in Valerie Bowman’s Playful Brides series, is a delicious mix of intrigue and red-hot romance.
Twins Cade and Rafe Cavendish grew up rough in Seven Dials, London. But while Rafe was bestowed a viscountcy by the Prince Regent for his work during the war and married the sister of an earl, Cade has spent the past decade doing something decidedly different. He knows he’s rumored to be the infamous pirate Black Fox and shrugs at being titled the family black sheep—hell, if the black wool fits. He is pleased his brother found happiness, but Cade knows better than to think love is for the likes of him. He only plans to be in town long enough to get the information for which he came. Then he’s in the wind.
A former heiress who was left penniless after her parents died, Miss Danielle LaCrosse is now Lady Daphne Cavendish’s new maid. She arrives at the Cavendish household with secrets and an agenda of her own. Yet even as she pursues the latter, Danielle finds herself getting drawn into the warmth and welcome of both the servants with whom she works and Lady Daphne, who is like no member of the ton Danielle has ever known. As for the viscount’s brother, Cade—well, every time the two of them run into each other, they generate some serious sparks. While both know it’s the last thing they need—for their emotional well-being and the agendas that brought them to this destination—they cannot seem to stay away from each other.
Bowman pens a fun, fast page-turner of a romance, filled with characters that communicate even as they struggle to trust each other. For readers who like a soupçon of suspense with their romance, this is a book to keep you guessing.