"It Shivered Me Timbers"
Part of a jet fighter squadron flying towards the USS
Dwight D. Eisenhower, experienced Navy pilot Lieutenant
Callahan struggled with a nasty storm. Things turn worse
when her radar fails and the twin engines of her F018C
flame out next. Forced to bail out into the icy
Atlantic, Carly soon observes wooden ships in battle. Sir
Andrew Spencer and his pirates pluck Carly out of the sea.
Andrew believes he has captured Lady Amanda Paxton, the
fiancee of his enemy, the Duke of Westbridge, even if she
fails to fit the description he has of her. Carly insists
she is a US navy officer, but Andrew rejects her nonsense as
gibberish even as he cannot understand who is "O.K."
and "Ray Dio". When Carly sees a newspaper dated 1821 and
concludes that somehow she landed in the past. As they
sail to obtain her ransom, Andrew and Carly fall in love,
obstinate Adonis not only distrusts that emotion, he cannot
accept that she is from a future that allows a woman to fly
ONCE A PIRATE is an enjoyable time travel romance
due to the reactions of the lead characters to one another
situation as Carly's survival training is tested. Still,
the plot belongs to both lead characters, as they struggle
displacement and their love for one another. Susan Grant
casts quite a spell on her audience with this superb debut
that will have sub genre fans seeking her newer work, the
recently released THE STAR KING.
Harriet Klausner /December 2000
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted May 2, 2001