When Quinn Gallagher’s childhood friend is abducted from a dock in Ireland, she’ll do whatever it takes to come to the rescue—even if that means dressing as a man and joining the crew of one of the most notorious pirate captains the world has ever seen.
Quinn soon finds there is much to enjoy living as a man, in particular the company of other women. When she finds herself falling hard for Lady Fiona, a woman far above her own station, she is torn between revealing her true identity and continuing the façade of being a male pirate. Love is never easy, especially in the sixteenth century and especially under false pretenses.
Can Quinn live with one foot in two different worlds, or must she consign herself to either the lusty life of a pirate or the loveless life of a noble woman? Come sail the high seas in this exciting and erotic adventure with the fierce pirate Gallagher as your guide. You’re in for a wild ride and may even score some booty along the way.
I’ve read so many books throughout my life that they’re practically uncountable at this point. That’s what I have to preface this review with. I am very well-read. So, when I tell you that the main character of Westmore’s The Pirate’s Booty, Quinn Gallagher, is one of the most likable characters I’ve ever read, you have to understand that that’s saying something. 🙂
There’s everything to love about Quinn. She’s a pirate, which really doesn’t put you on the “likable” scale, historically speaking (historically, pirates were a whole lot less “shiver me timbers!” and “yo ho ho,” so much as “I’m going to kill everyone on this boat and really enjoy doing so”), but Quinn isn’t really a pirate, at least not at the start of the book. She’s a woman who’s donned men’s clothes so that she could make her way onto the Malendroke, the ship of the fiery female pirate queen Grace O’Malley. Quinn needs to be on the Malendroke, because her childhood best friend was stolen away by pirates–and come hell or high water, Quinn is going to rescue her friend. Quinn has literally left her entire life behind in order to find her friend, selflessly sacrificing everything to get her back.
But that’s not to say that Quinn doesn’t enjoy dressing in men’s clothes. She actually loves it. Her whole life, she was pigeon-holed into being a “lady,” and she despised it. As a man, she’s able to be free, to go on daring adventures, and to fall in love with all sorts of charming ladies.
The book opens up with Quinn literally between the thighs of a gorgeous young woman. I laughed out loud when I started the book–Quinn is cheeky and charming and with an opener like that, how can you NOT fall in love with her? That’s the thing about Quinn–she charms your socks off. While the other pirates are trying to woo ladies with lewdness, she’s charming them with kind words and sweet sentiments.
As an author myself, I know that it’s (relatively) easy to get the reader to fall in love with the love interest. I also know how very, very hard it is to get the reader to fall in love with the main character. It’s built into the story for you to fall in love with the love interest–you’re seeing her through the eyes of the main character who loves her, so it’s easy to love her. It’s MUCH harder to have you fall in love with the main character, because she has to stand alone. There’s no one “seeing” her but you, so her personality, the way she interacts with people, has to say everything. And in The Pirate’s Booty, that’s exactly what happens. From the very first page, I was smitten with Quinn, smitten with her adventure and rooting for her. And that’s very, very difficult to pull off, but Westmore did it with such ease, that I didn’t even realize it was happening until three o’clock in the morning, and I hadn’t gone to sleep yet, because I was too enthralled with the book. 🙂
The SECOND I was done with The Pirate’s Booty, I pre-ordered the second book in The Plundered Chronicles, Shiver Her Timbers (released today!!!). I NEVER pre-order books (I have thousands of books to read on my Kindle that have been stacking up!), but that’s a testament to how wonderful this book was, how deeply I fell in love with Quinn, and how I couldn’t WAIT to continue her adventures.
If you’re looking for a fantastic adventure with one of the most likable main characters you’ve ever read, a lot of sexy shenanigans, and an amazing story that will keep you reading far past your bedtime, The Pirate’s Booty by Alex Westmore is a book I can’t recommend highly enough!
Full disclosure: I bought a copy of this book myself. 🙂