Friday, August 10, 2012
Review: Bound by Decency by Claire Ashgrove
Series: The Flying Gang Legacy, #1
Author: Claire Ashgrove
Published: Augst 1, 2012
Pages: 420 (ebook)
Genre: Historical Romance
Source: Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review
Reviewed by: Marq
summary from Goodreads
Once, Cain sailed with the cutthroats of The Flying Gang, fearless Captain of The Kraken, bound to no one save the sea. After inheriting a portion of Spain’s Royal Inheritance, he resigned the life of brigands for a chance at honest wealth. With the secrets of his piracy tucked away, he achieved his lofty aspirations. But when his partner and best friend betrays him to the Royal Navy, Cain’s dreams are ripped to shreds. He’s left with his ship, the tattered remnants of a stolen future, and a piece of Spanish mystery. Wanted by three nations and destined for the gallows, he returns to the legendary band of buccaneers for one purpose---vengeance.
Kidnapped by the formidable Cain, India Prescott discovers he intends to kill the man she’s to marry, Richard Grey. Cain’s story reveals betrayal. Treachery that extends to her as well. Although she holds the key to retribution, India refuses to become another man’s pawn. Freedom lies before her, the liberty to shrug off propriety, make her own decisions, and claim her destiny. But when she uncovers goodness in Cain’s soul and he awakens passion in her heart, she must combat the chains of convention once more. Only this time India's not fighting society. She’s battling a pirate bent on keeping her decency intact.
Bound by Decency is an engrossing read about love and adventure on the high seas. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters, their journey to love and the legendary cutthroat pirates.
Bound by Decency is a nice mix of adventure and romance and redemption. Cain is trying to lead a decent life after having it ripped away from him by betrayal. In order to exact revenge, he kidnaps India, his betrayer's betrothed. India turns out to be more than Cain expected. She's smart, has spunk and is willful. She's no wimpering flower and holds her own with the pirates of The Kraken.
The build up of the romance was slow and I found it believable. We wait a long time for the sexy times and it was well worth the wait. Cain and India are the perfect match. They're both are willing to sacrifice for love. India represents something that Cain thinks he can never have. But India fights for his redemption and their love.
I really enjoyed Bound by Decency. It is a great romance story. I loved the characters, the setting and the adventure. I'm excited to read the next book in this series. All of the characters are captivating and I can't wait to see what's going to happen next.