"A yummy pirate book"
In 1691 Captain Marcus Ryan Drake follows in the
footsteps of his father and brother by looting Spanish
ships sailing the Caribbean. Surprisingly, though the sea
is in his blood, Marcus hates the water and dreams of
becoming a planter. However, before he can fulfill his
desires, Marcus must discharge an obligation by destroying
El Condor, the man who killed his brother.
Though captured by the Spaniards, a storm enables Marcus
to take control of their vessel. On board is Maria Liandra
Ramirez and after initial squabbles, the pair begins to
fall in love. Unbeknownst to her, his mortal enemy is her
brother and unbeknownst to him his cherished Maria is the
sister of El Condor.
NIGHT SHADOW is an exciting pirate romance that centers
on the dilemma confronting the hero between family loyalty
and honor vs. love. Though the use of the storm to wipe
out the Spanish leadership on board seems stretched
(Spanish Armada or not), the story line is crisp, fast-
paced, and loaded with action and battle between the
genders. The lead characters make the tale and add to the
growing reputation of Laura Renken amidst the pirate
romance sub-genre crew (see MY LORD PIRATE).
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted September 3, 2001