Today, I’m hosting author Lisa Kessler’s latest release Pirate’s Paradox, book six in the Sentinels of Savannah series, a paranormal romance. Be sure to read my review. And don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway.
Blurb: Pirate Caleb Graves may be an immortal, but he’s also a navigator and a man of science. And yet he can’t explain the erratic tides threatening Savannah. Nor the terrible dreams of sailing through a vicious, supernatural storm that he keeps having. But when fascinating, petite dynamo Diana Williams marches up to his ship and demands to speak to the captain, Caleb is caught up in a wave of unexpected fear…and an electric frisson of longing for this captivating woman.
Diana wouldn’t be a true psychic if she didn’t listen to her spirit guide. So when dream after dream compels her to visit specific coordinates in the Atlantic, she can’t ignore it. Now, she just needs a ship. Good thing she knows about a particular pirate ship that’s in tip-top shape. Complete with a surly, albeit hot, navigator who doesn’t immediately believe in her visions. But no matter how much Caleb objects, she’ll risk sending the entire crew—including herself—to the uncharted ocean.
But both their dreams could be the key to saving Savannah and may even be a clue about the fabled lost city of Atlantis. Or it could damn them all to an unforgiving, watery grave.
I haven’t read the other books in the series, but I’m glad to say this book operates as a standalone, so you don’t have to read the other novels to figure out what’s going on in the present novel concerning the romance between Caleb and Diana. However, there is a sub-plot that doesn’t take up too much space that will carry over into the next book.
First, what drew me to the novel was the pirates. I enjoy a good pirate romance, and these pirates are in the modern-day trying to figure out what’s happening in the mythical Atlantis.
Caleb is the ship’s navigator. He’s put off love ever since he lost his first true love over two-hundred years ago. A man of science, he’d rather spend his days figuring out math formulas and passing the night shopping from the TV. Did I mention the pirates are immortal after drinking from the Holy Grail?
Then there’s Diana who is having dreams and feels as if something in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean is calling her. She helped one of the pirates in a pervious novel, and now she’s asking a favour from him to pilot the ship to the spot where she believes she must be.
The book is heavy on action and suspense, so I wouldn’t categorize this as a contemporary romance, more of a romantic suspense because all kinds of “everything” happen, even in the sub-plot with David, the leader of a mysterious government department. I will say I really liked David. He reminded me of the character Hotch from Criminal Minds. Very no-nonsense and serious. I will admit he was a scene stealer.
The romance between Caleb and Diana moves at a fast pace, just as fast as their mission is to get to the middle of the Atlantic Ocean to save the city of Savanah. I will admit I never heard of Savanah, Georgia before. I’m not American. So I kept wondering, “where is this Savanah?” Finally, I had to look it up LOL.
Although I wish the book would’ve been more romance between the two main characters than action, the journey to the Atlantic Ocean was interesting, and the plot was a great device to get the two characters together, especially since they are polar opposites.
The ending was detailed and had great closure. If you enjoy lots of action in your romance, I recommend you purchase yourself a copy of Pirate’s Paradox. The writing is strong, and the pacing tight.
Lisa Kessler is a Best Selling author of dark paranormal fiction. She’s a two-time San Diego Book Award winner for Best Published Fantasy-Sci-fi-Horror and Best Published Romance. Her books have also won the PRISM award, the Award of Excellence, the National Excellence in Romantic Fiction Award, the Award of Merit from the Holt Medallion, and an International Digital Award for Best Paranormal.
Her short stories have been published in print anthologies and magazines, and her vampire story, Immortal Beloved, was a finalist for a Bram Stoker award.
When she’s not writing, Lisa is a professional vocalist, and has performed with San Diego Opera as well as other musical theater companies in San Diego.
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