Title: The Wicked Ways of Alexander Kidd
Author: Paula Quinn
Series: MacGregors: Highland Heirs, book 2
Genre: Historical Romance, Pirates
Source: Review copy from publisher
AN INNOCENT STOWAWAY
As the sheltered niece of a Highland chief, Caitrina Grant longs for adventure beyond the lush hills of Scotland. So when a pirate ship glides into the loch, tempting her with promises of exotic lands and hidden treasures, Trina sneaks aboard. But she is unprepared for the consequences-and the seductive captain who demands the ultimate price for her deception . . .
A SINFUL PIRATE
For Alexander Kidd, the sea is no place for a lady. Pursued by deadly enemies from every direction, Alex won't rest until he claims the bounty of riches left to him by his father, the notorious Captain Kidd. A stowaway will not be tolerated-no matter how beautiful. But soon fighting his desire for Trina becomes his toughest battle yet, and he will have to make an agonizing choice: sacrifice his quest-or lose the woman who has stolen his heart.
The Wicked Ways of Alexander Kidd is the second book in the MacGregors: Highland Heirs series by Paula Quinn.
Since she was a child Caitrina Grant has yearned for adventure. After declining many offers of marriage her father has had enough and accepts one on her behalf. The last thing Caitrina wants is to become a wife and have children, she wants to live new experiences, something she knows she can’t do in the Isle of Skye under her family’s watch.
Pirate Alexander Kidd comes to Skye to get a map his father left him with the chieftain. Caitrina has never seen a pirate ship before and takes advantage of Alex visit to explore his ship while he’s in the keep. Caitrina’s cousin and protector, Kyle, follows her to the ship, but their adventure gets complicated when they have to hide to avoid discovery from the crew that was staying in the ship. Soon after, they fall at sleep and wake up hours later when the ship has already sailed and is far from land. When they are found, Alex thinks they are in his ship to steal his map. He doesn’t tolerate stowaways, but he also doesn’t want to start a war with the MacGregors. He plans to leave them in France as soon as they reach port. But his plans change when they are forced to continue to Portugal. Alex can’t wait to get Caitrina off of his ship; she’s a distraction he doesn’t need. Caitrina was afraid on the beginning of their journey, but now she’s enjoying herself. Finally she’s getting the adventures he dreamt about and being in Alex’s company only adds up to her enjoyment.
Paula Quinn is one of my to-go authors when I want a good historical romance. I have liked all of her books, some more than others, but in general I think they are all pretty good. When I saw this book up for review I knew I have to read it. My only problem was that lately I haven’t been enjoying historical romance as much as I did before. I kept postponing and postponing reading this book until the moment I couldn’t postpone it anymore. Somewhat reluctant I started to read The Wicked Ways of Alexander Kidd and… Oh, me of little faith! I should have known better and trust Paula Quinn’s talent with words, because after reading just couple of pages I was completely lost in the story.
I loved Caitrina so much! She’s the perfect historical romance heroine. She’s smart, she’s witty, she’s determined and all around a good person. I loved how she earned the love and admiration not only of Alex, but also from his crew. She is truly remarkable heroine.
Alex… He’s a dreamy pirate! He doesn’t believe in love because a woman broke his heart when he was young. He loves his life of pilfering and risks and the sea is his lover… until Caitrina comes to his life. *swoon*
Alex hides under a tough façade, but deep inside he’s soft, caring, funny and sinfully delicious.
Caitrina and Alex couldn’t be a better match, they are a match made in heaven; they balance each other, and bring out the best from the other. Their banter and chemistry made of The Wicked Ways of Alexander Kidd an impossible to put down book.
The Wicked Ways of Alexander Kidd is packed with adventures, secrets and so much sexual tension that you will find yourself devouring the pages wanting to know what is coming next. The different locations made the story even richer. Paula Quinn did an amazing job with the different settings, from the Isle of Skye, to Portugal, to the Caribbean and of course Alex’s ship.
My only complaint about The Wicked Ways of Alexander Kidd is that the end felt a bit rushed and incomplete. A short epilogue would have done wonders to perfectly finish this book. Despite this, The Wicked Ways of Alexander Kidd was a pretty great read.
The Wicked Ways of Alexander Kidd is part of a series, but it could be easily read as a stand-alone. I recommend this book to historical romance fans or to anyone who likes to read about sexy pirates and witty heroines.
I’m looking forward to next book in the series, The Scandalous Secret of Abigail MacGregor, to be released on March 31st, 2015.
My Verdict: 4 ½ Paws
Other books in the series
The Sweet Surrender of Janet Buchanan (Novella)
The Wicked Ways of Alexander Kidd
The Scandalous Secret of Abigail MacGregor, (March 31st, 2015)
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