What I liked: Nate and Claire's past mistakes and issues are slowly worked past and understandable. Neit This book is bittersweet. Neither character's mistakes are ignored or treated as lesser than the other. I liked that they worked together well and that their romance wasn't as if they'd never been apart - even after the big misunderstanding was revealed.
What I didn't like: Claire's irrational hatred of pirates. She is rabid that she hates pirates and when Nate reveals he is Sam Steele, I thought she was cruel. She was also plain mean to Samantha about the money. I also loathed the way she was in love with Nate, until she discovered he was a pirate - it made it seem that she didn't love Nate at all. Other: I'm a little sad that Nate, Blake and Luke all live on different islands, this is not set in the 21st century where a trip is days at the most, these people who are good friends live weeks of travel apart, since they luckily have boats at their disposal.
So sad, the little guy was adorable and his death is hide spoiler ] the bitter part of the sweet ending. According to my last check June '12 Beattie is working on a fourth book and so I will wait. Aug 19, Sara Trimble rated it really liked it. I loved reading this book. Pirates are a passion of mine.
A Pirate's Possession
I think I might have been one in a previous life. So when I had the chance to read about a woman who disguises herself as a man so she can sail the seas looking for a half of a map that will lead her to the treasure her father left her for, I couldn't resist. I'm not disappointed either. As I've often said, the universe works in mysterious ways. It was fitting that Claire and Nate reunite after years, just in time to find the treasure they I loved reading this book. It was fitting that Claire and Nate reunite after years, just in time to find the treasure they both seek. Loose ends are tied up and answers are finally revealed.
This book has a small portion that will bring tears to your eyes but the ending is a happy one. The sex scenes were great and the action was nonstop.
Readers are sure to relate to Claire's stubbornness. She would have to be self-reliant and hard to survive living among men for all that time. And the reason she wants the treasure so bad is a good one. I'm a die-hard romance and I was cheering for Claire and Nate throughout the book. I constantly yelled at them for being so stubborn and not just saying what they were thinking from the get go. Sometimes, it's better to reveal what happened in the past, even though it's ancient history. That's the only way to get on with the future.
They battle the weather, nature, and other pirates who are after the same thing they are. Feb 12, D. It was utterly obvious that they were not on the same page about why they were mad at each other, and I felt like one of them would have said something revealing while they were busy sniping at each other. However, the dialog was carefully crafted to keep them both in the dark until the Big Reveal could later be used as a plot point. I enjoyed the action scenes though. They were well written and propelled the plot forward while it lagged romantically.
I kind of wish they had been attacked more. Sep 23, Leah St. James rated it really liked it. I love pirate tales. I love the idea of living on the seas, navigating by the position of the stars and the sun, the adventure of new ports of all, the romance of getting an eyeful of all those muscle-y men Notice I said I love the "idea" of living on the seas.
In reality, I suffer from vertigo and can't stand upright on a boat in the open waters without being attacked by waves, of dizziness. But that's why I read them -- to escape reality and live these adventures through the characters' eyes. Still, it's been a long time since I picked up a pirate romance, and it was with much anticipation that I hunkered down with Michelle Beattie's "A Pirate's Possession" about a week ago.
As far as romances go, "A Pirate's Tale" hit all the marks for me: satisfying love story, likeable characters, decent plot Where this book really shines for me, though, is in Ms. Beattie's phrasing, the unique ways she combines words to convey her message. I found myself putting little sticky notes at my favorite spots so I could come back and re-read them, not just for enjoyment, but for inspiration! Nice job. I can't wait to pick up her other stories.
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I didn't realize until well into the story that this was part of a linked series but the author gave me enough of the I love reading pirate stories--maybe because family lore has it we're directly descended from one. I didn't realize until well into the story that this was part of a linked series but the author gave me enough of the earlier history to avoid confusion. Now I just have to find the rest of the series so I don't get left in the wake of this high seas adventure.
Oct 02, Regan rated it liked it. I felt kind of flat about this one. It was a nice story but I didn't connect to the characters. I also have a problem with what I feel is a gratuitous death. It didn't evoke emotions of grief in me but anger at the author because it could have been done so much better. The character could have become gravely ill and then survived which would have made it a much better story.
Jun 27, Amanda rated it liked it Shelves: historical-romance , pirates. I really wanted to like this book more. There is a shortage of good pirate romances, and I thoroughly enjoyed the other 2 books in the series. Nate steals the show in Romancing the Pirate, but something is lacking in this one.
The middle of the story is great; I just wish the beginning and end were too. Feb 21, Barbara Galler-Smith rated it really liked it. Pride and Pirates! Saucy heroines! Twisty ending that I didn't see coming. A fun read. Romance is outside of my usual reading material, and this book was good for my blood pressure--relaxing, engaging, and a even little sexy.
If you like Romance in any form, you will love this one. May 03, Terri rated it liked it Shelves: other. It's been a long time since I last read an historical romance. This one was a disappointment. The writing lets down the hot cover. Jun 28, Barbara rated it really liked it Shelves: books-read-in This was my first book by author Michelle Beattie.
I enjoyed the story tremendously and the romance fell right in with the story. I would be interested in reading more from this author. Mar 14, Kathy rated it liked it Shelves: romance. Judging contest. Melita DSouza rated it liked it Feb 12, Ameow rated it really liked it Sep 07, Sheila Seabrook rated it really liked it Sep 13, Jeannette rated it really liked it Mar 14, Erica rated it liked it Sep 27, Details if other :.
Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Disguised as a man, Claire wagers all she owns in a poker game to locate the treasure her father sought. Nate Carter is no fool. Raised in an orphanage and sailing as the mysterious pirate Sam Steele, Nate is looking to gamble for a map that will lead him to a treasure. After Nate wins the map, Claire has no choice but to accompany her old love on his quest.
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Published December 7th by Berkley first published December 3rd More Details Original Title. Other Editions 3. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about A Pirate's Possession , please sign up. Be the first to ask a question about A Pirate's Possession. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jun 27, Cynthia rated it really liked it Shelves: historical-romance , pirates. Little did I know this book was the third one is a series when I picked it up and started reading it.
No matter - it can be read as a stand alone and nothing is amiss. A truly easy-pleasy pirate tale. No swashbuckling sea battles here though, they are on land. Unless you count the ones between the hero and the heroine. They do clash while at sea and at land! Claire and Nate have loved each other since they were teens at the orphanage. Fate dealt them a lousy hand: Leaving Claire to strike out on h Little did I know this book was the third one is a series when I picked it up and started reading it.
Fate dealt them a lousy hand: Leaving Claire to strike out on her own and Nate taking to the high seas. What ensues is a rolicking good time you are sure to enjoy. Nov 30, Kat rated it liked it. I was really looking forward to reading this book. A friend on Nocturne Romance Reads recommended it. Besides, what's not to like about a hunky pirate? But for me, the book was just "meh". I had trouble getting into it and it took me quite a while to get done.
I think a lot had to do with the fact that there are two books before this one, and much reference was made to the previous books. I thought Nate was great, but Claire just annoyed the hell out of me. Yes, she was spirited, self-sufficient I was really looking forward to reading this book. Yes, she was spirited, self-sufficient and had a hard past, but I just wanted to slap her for her attitude toward Nate. Entertaining but a little too much quibbling.
Mar 28, Letschat rated it really liked it. View 1 comment. Nov 21, MaggieReadsRom rated it really liked it Shelves: fv-guestreview , historical. Nate Carter is ruthless and cunning. He learned at an early age to fend for himself and circumstances have led him to sailing the seas as the pirate Sam Steele. I must honestly admit that Nate had to grow on me as in the beginning I found him a bit harsh and rude towards Claire, but once I learned his back-story I totally warmed up to him.
Claire Gentry has also learned that the only one she can count on is herself. Posing as a boy when she le Nate Carter is ruthless and cunning. On the hunt for independence she enters a poker game for a treasure map. However, the treasure map is not what she ends up with after the game. Nate and Claire are forced to team up and go in search of a long-lost treasure, a treasure of which the map played an important role in their past.
Once upon a time they were best friends and each other's first love but meddling, misunderstanding, circumstances and betrayal has turned them adversaries in the hunt for a treasure that will change their lives forever. It's been a serious while since I read a pirate-themed historical romance. So long that I don't even exactly remember when I did but I'm sure it was before I started reading my romance novels in English so at least 4 years ago.
Soon I was immersed in both the search for the treasure and the romance between Nate and Claire. Both were balanced out perfectly and I was thoroughly entertained. I really liked the dynamics between Claire and Nate and enjoyed watching the sparks fly every time they engaged in a battle of wits. The internal conflict between them is the age-old: she thinks he abandoned her and left her to fend for herself and with no choice but to marry a horrible man.
He is angry and feels betrayed that she didn't wait for him as she promised. I also loved the secondary cast in this book and how Michelle Beattie incorporated them into the story of Nate and Claire. The different POVs from some secondary characters, including the villain's, kept it fresh and fast-paced, yet it never felt rushed. The punch was in the end of the story. The conclusion was fast-paced, emotional and fitting and I enjoyed reading a pirate romance after so many years.
It has sparked my wish to read more of them now. Favorite Quote: He wanted to tear off the shirt, rip open the undershirt, and feast, both with his eyes and his hands. Then, if there were a God, his tongue. Apr 19, Michelle K rated it did not like it Shelves: read , historical. Simply put, I just didn't enjoy A Pirate's Possession. I found the book lacking interesting characters and just plain boring. If I didn't have such a compulsion to finish a book when I start it, I would have put it down.
A Pirate's Possession seems to be the 3rd book in a series. It does not actually indicate that information on Goodreads or Amazon but there are definitely carry over characters from the previous two books. I am wondering if I had read those first two books, would my perception be different? In A Pirate's Possession while reading about Nate it felt like he was an already established character and I felt no connection with him.
Obviously Nate was a pirate as the book is called A Pirate's Possession but there was really no pirating in this story. There was a treasure map, a ship and a search for that buried treasure. Nate was also known as an infamous pirate, Sam Steele. However that name means nothing if reading A Pirate's Possession.
Again I believe that all goes back to this being the third book in a series. I think I was missing out on a lot of assumptions the author was making regarding Nate's character. Hence I really didn't know him nor was really given the desire to be curious about him. That takes me to our female lead, Claire. I could not allow for Nate's personality absence to be made up for by having a great female protagonist because quite honestly, I couldn't stand Claire. I thought I was going to love her as she dressed in men's garments and was really used to looking after herself.
What she turned out to be in my mind was a whiny, selfish, unforgiving drama queen and even though I didn't really know Nate, I felt he had to deserve better than Claire as his love interest. And if they survive the bloody battle for the treasure, they may just realize that what they really have been searching for isn't riches--but each other How is this one different than the other two? I did that specifically to change things up a bit though of course I have scenes taking place on the ship because it's such an intimate setting. It's hard to avoid each other on a relatively small ship.
What similarities can we expect in this book as compared to the others? Lots of action, gun battle, sword fights. The lovely, sultry setting of the Caribbean. A strong heroine who can more than hold her own. You mention Luke and Sam, Blake and Alicia. Will we be seeing them again in this latest installment? Part of the fun of a series is seeing characters you've fallen in love with come back. They don't steal the show, but you will see them again. They're family. Not all by blood, but this unlikely group of pirates and civilians have become family, so of course it makes sense that you'd see them pop up here and there.
Was that fun to write? It was SO much fun to write!
I love these men together. They have a real friendship with all the frustration and humour that goes along with it. Writing them together was so easy, it was just a matter of letting them go! You will definitely see much of that continue with Nate and Vincent in this book, and toward the end, when Blake steps in. What's on your horizon as a writer? I'm currently switching gears a bit and trying to sell a contemporary that I wrote and have begun another.
I'm toying with a few ideas. I really love historical westerns but that market isn't strong right now so I may try a contemporary western. We'll see. First I have to finish this new book. So no historicals in the future? For sure! I can't see myself ever NOT writing historicals, but I would like to branch out and write both historicals and contemporaries. Leave a comment or question for Michelle to be entered in her contest. Maybe this question to get you started: Who is your favorite pirate in film or literature, or which is your favorite pirate story? Best of luck! Join us Sunday when she'll be here to answer questions and give away a copy.
Don't miss it! Love and gold have one thing in common: they can only be buried for so long Peeking out from under the lifeboat, she couldn't see anyone about at all. Not even Vincent. She slid out from the boat, hesitated. No movement came from the quarter deck. Leaving her bag where it lay, Claire looked around. Vincent wasn't at the bow, she crept toward the stern, couldn't see any shadow or movements there either. Her heart lurched when she heard whistling and she froze. Logically she knew she was being ridiculous.
She wasn't doing anything wrong. It took her a moment to realize the whistling wasn't coming from the deck, but rather from the galley below. She breathed a sigh of relief, slowly unclenched her hands. Luck had never been her ally and she hoped that the fact that Vincent was below and Nate was asleep was a sign that her fortune was changing. Not about to waste the chance if that was indeed happening, Claire stole over to the captain's hatch. Her heart beat quickly with her intent and her palms were suddenly damp. She wiped them on her trousers and grabbed the handle. Biting her lower lip, Claire eased open the hatch.
Thankfully Nate kept a well tended ship and the hatch swung open soundlessly. No light came from below and as she strained to listen, the only sound was that of Vincent's soft whistling and the whisper of wind sliding between the sails. Claire swallowed hard, closed her eyes and said a brief prayer. Opening them again, she stepped onto the ladder. With each step down she paused to listen. It was only once she'd made it far enough to be able to close the hatch above her that she heard Nate's even and deep breathing.
Her shoulders sagged. He was asleep. The hatch closed as silently as it had opened. Since it had been dim above deck as well, her eyes didn't need time to accustom to the darkness. Recalling where she'd seen everything earlier, Claire crept toward the berth. She'd hoped she'd step on some clothing as it would mean she could simply search through his clothes for the map, but her feet hit nothing but smooth wood.
She only dared breathe in short, shallow breaths. Soon she was at the bedside, her heartbeat thumping loudly in her ears. It seemed as though he'd fallen asleep without meaning to, spread out over the blankets. He hadn't even taken off his jacket. Claire wiped her quaking hands onto her pants, reminded herself to remain steady.
She could do this. She had to do this. He was sleeping on his back and his large hands were at his sides. His head was turned slightly away from her. The part of her that remembered what they'd meant to each other, or rather what she'd believed they'd meant to each other, wanted to linger. It wanted to trace the arch of his brows and feel the roughness of his beard. It wanted to once again be taken in his arms and to be cherished. For God's sake, stop it, she scolded herself. The map, remember the map. Remember the lies, the hurt. To that end, she deliberately kept her gaze off his face.
Reaching forward, she slid her hand into the pocket of his jacket. Her fingers brushed against the paper and Claire's heart leapt to her throat. She had it! She slowly pulled her hand away. When Nate didn't move, Claire exhaled a trembling breath. She looked at him once more, had a moment when she wished things could have been different.
But knowing they weren't, could never be, she backed away from the berth, tucked the folded map into her undershirt and turned for the ladder. She got as far as the base of it before she was grabbed from behind. The scream ripped from her throat. Her arms flailed wildly, desperate to connect with some part of him that would make him release her.
Her elbow struck his chest. Her foot came down hard on his. Growling, he spun her around. Her right knee came racing up. His other hand grabbed her left wrist and held it shackled down at her hip.
Luckily Claire was right-handed. Smiling sweetly, she aimed for his jaw. By Jeannie Lin There are two legends about the discovery of tea: First, that it was discovered accidentally by Shen Nung, the second Emperor of China when leaves from a tea plant accidentally fell into his cup of hot water. He tasted the brew and found that it not only tasted good, but had medicinal properties. The second legend is more fantastic. A legend dating back to the Tang dynasty states that the Buddhist monk Bodhidharma fell asleep while meditating. When he woke up, he was so upset with himself that he cut off his eyelids and threw them to the ground.
Tea plants grew where they landed, providing a beverage that would keep monks and other people refreshed and alert. In either case, tea has a long and complex history that spans the globe and includes many happy accidents: Tea was introduced to Europe in the 17th century by Dutch and Portuguese merchants trading in China. It was originally scarce and available only to the aristocracy. In the 19th century, China remained the sole exporter of tea to the British empire until tea was "rediscovered" also growing naturally in the Assam region of India. In , Robert Bruce, a Scottish explorer traveling through, noted that the local tribespeople would brew a drink from the leaves of a local plant.
He sent the leaves to botanical experts for classification and it wasn't until after his death that the verdict was returned: this was indeed a variety of the tea plant previously only found to grow in China. Indian black tea had a stronger, darker taste than the China green tea. As a result, tea drinking habits evolved to incorporate milk and sugar. The invention of the tea bag was itself an accident. Thomas Sullivan, a coffee merchant, sent out samples of tea in small silk sachets.
He meant for the customers to open the bags and empty the contents into a teapot to steep. Instead people put the entire bag into hot water and the tea bag was born. Have you heard of any other tea "accidents" that shaped the world? Jeannie Lin writes sweeping historical romances set in Tang Dynasty China, featuring sword play, politics, and, above all, honor. Labels: Accidents , China , Jeannie Lin. In addition, the name selected for Day Five of the Anniversary Bash has not stepped forward. Labels: Anniversary Bash , contests , Jan Scarbrough. Accidents: The First Train Fatality.
By Michelle Styles September 15, , began in great triumph--a spectacle that few could have imagined only a few short years before. The Manchester-Liverpool Railway opened and the age of the steam engine had truly begun. All the important political figures were there from the aging Duke of Wellington to Robert Peel, the prime minister.
Mr William Huskisson the Home Secretary also attended. Mr Peel and Mr Huskisson travelled in the Northumbrian. The Duke of Wellington travelled in a different carriage. Relations between Huskisson and Wellington were known to be strained. And with scenes resembling a pageant of old, the cortage set off with the train being driven by the man fundamental to railway development, George Stephenson.
Unfortunately, at a stop for engine water, Mr Huskisson decided to alight and stretch his legs. As he went to speak to the Duke of Wellington, a warning shout came too late. Although others leapt to safety, Huskisson because of ill health and old age hesitated and was hit. The engine which had won the Rainhill trails, The Rocket crushed his leg. Huskisson said when they found him, "I have met my death.
Newspapers later made great play of the fact that Stephanson had driven the Northumbrian at full throttle covering 15 miles in 25 minutes or a speed of 36 miles per hour in an attempt to deliver Huskisson to hospital in time. The speed was hitherto unknown. However, he died later that night. And the day that had begun in such triumph ended in tragedy. Huskisson was considered to be one of the country's leading economists and was one of the main reformers of the Tory Party. He was also a leading proponent of Catholic Emancipation.
His loss was a great blow to the country and served to show that with progress can come tragedy. Author Michelle Styles is fascinated by the early railways and the part that various such self-made men played in their development. Labels: 19th century , Accidents , England , Michelle Styles , railways. Souther, Jackson Browne, Glenn Frey, Don Henley Nothing secures a place in the land of legends more securely than exceptional talent extinguished by violent, untimely death.
James Dean had accumulated a relatively small but impressive body of work by the time of his tragic death at age 24 as the result of massive injuries sustained in a car crash, including starring roles in three films that have gone on to become recognized as classics: Rebel Without a Cause , East of Eden , and Giant. A student of the famous Lee Strasberg Actor's Studio, the gifted method actor was a renowned racing enthusiastic, and his racing career ran concurrently with his film projects. He purchased a race-ready MG TD when he secured the part of Cal Trask in East of Eden, and later upgraded to a Porsche Speedster, earning second, third, and fourth placements on the California racing circuit.
The level of personal risk associated with racing fast cars was not lost on the Hollywood studios that employed him, and Dean was contractually forbidden to race while filming Giant. Ironically, once filming was completed, Dean was free to race again, and he died on September 30, while in route to compete in a car race being staged in Salinas, California. His final film, Giant , was released posthumously in The car in which Dean was killed, the Porsche Spyder, has attracted its own share of myths and legends, including rumors that the car was cursed.
Dean hired designer George Barris who would later design the original Batmobile to add custom touches. The finished version included racing stripes and the moniker "Little Bastard" painted on the car. As with any tragic event, there are always the eventual "what-ifs" that arise. What if Dean had stuck with his original plan to drive his station wagon and tow the race car, instead of making the last minute decision to drive the racer, in order to become more familiar with the car before the race?
What if the other driver, year-old student Donald Turnupseed, had not crossed into Dean's lane when moving to take the fork onto State Route 41 near Cholame, California, hitting Dean's vehicle nearly head on? What if Dean had heeded the warning impulsively offered by actor Alec Guinness? His words to young Dean upon viewing the racer were, "If you get in that car, you will be found dead in it by this time next week.
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Definitely the way to start every morning, and even more than that, the best way I can think of to celebrate four years at such an awesome blog. I can't wait to see everyone stick around as we return to normal programming. Before we get to the really, really good stuff--the extra huge pack of books we have to give away today--I want to take a moment out to thank Carrie Lofty for the work she puts in around here on a regular basis.
I've always known she was the one who kept this gig running smoothly, but I never realized until I took over this week exactly what that entailed. A lot. Like, just putting up posts with pictures and silly questions has taken me hours of work. I can't imagine how much time Carrie must put in. Lofty, I tip my hat to you. Ok, the books. What have I been holding back for today? Why, really awesome stuff. Twelve books! You read that right, twelve. All stuffed carefully in one box and mailed off to a single lucky winner.
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