REVIEW: Pirate’s Promise – Jules Radcliffe

Pirate's Promise - Jules Radcliffe
Pirate’s Promise by Jules Radcliffe

Title: Pirate’s Promise

Series: Pirates of Port Royal Book 1

Author: Jules Radcliffe

Genre: Historical, Erotic, Romance

LGBTQ+ Category: MM Gay

Publisher: Sinnamon Press

Pages: 100

Reviewer: Maryann

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About The Book

Press-ganged as a boy, Job Wright must learn how to live as a free man.

For years Job has been a captive, exploited and degraded by a crooked merchant crew. Until the day his ship is attacked by pirates. English pirates, no less, and Brethren of the Coast, a brotherhood of free men who owe allegiance to no one but themselves. Job thinks he’s been rescued at last, but he’s badly mistaken. As an Englishman aboard a Spanish ship, the Brethren believe he’s a traitor and an enemy. But just when pirate justice is about to be delivered, Garrett Dubh intervenes. He both saves Job’s life and recruits him to the pirate ship Audacious.

Surrounded by a fearsome crew, Job finds protection under Garrett’s wing. He’s ready to do anything for the handsome pirate—things he’d never willingly do for another man. But Garrett ignores Job’s shy overtures. He believes Job is too traumatised by his past. Too young to know what he wants. And nothing Job says will change his mind.

To show Garrett he can take care of himself, Job leaves the safety of the Audacious. He joins the most ruthless Brethren crew in the Caribbean, led by the enigmatic and cruel Rusé.

But in the French pirate haven of Tortuga, thoughtless actions can have fatal consequences, something Job is about to discover. And this time, Garrett isn’t there to save him.

The Review

Jules Radcliffe creates the an historical and adventurous pirates tale that takes to the high seas:  Gulf of Florida, Tortuga and the Caribbean in the year 1664.  Radcliffe knows how to use the language of that period to make each pirate come alive.  

Job Wright had been on the sea since he was fourteen.  Kidnapped by the Dons from his own ship at eighteen, he was forced to work on their ship.  Job is somewhat of a sad creature as he knows no other life than what took place with the Dons. 

When the Black Wolf’s crew rescue him and take him back to the Audacious, Job doesn’t trust or know what to expect or how to act. Job is taken under the wing of Irishman Garret Dubh one of the Audacious crew.  No matter how well Job is treated he still doesn’t understand that no one want’s to use him.  Along the way there’s misunderstandings and mistakes made that place him, Garrett and the crew in danger.

 Job and Garrett are both confused with their feelings for each other but they are just the right combination.  Other interesting characters that stand out:  Black Wolf, Thomas Peregrine and Gabriel Quinn. 

Radcliffe also adds research with “Author’s Note”.  It delves more into: historical events, ideas for characters, historical language and spelling and gives a more clear explanation of matelotage.

Jules Radcliffe delivers an action packed, fast paced, dangerous, high-seas and land adventure.

The Reviewer

Hi, I’m Maryann, I started life in New York, moved to New Hampshire and in 1965 uprooted again to Sacramento, California.  Once I retired I moved to West Palm Beach, Florida in 2011 and just moved back to Sacramento in March of 2018.  My son, his wife and step-daughter flew out to Florida and we road tripped back so they got to see sights they have never seen.  New Orleans and the Grand Canyon were the highlights. Now I am back on the west coast again to stay! From a young age Ialways liked to read.

I remember going to the library and reading the “Doctor Dolittle” books by Hugh Lofting. Much later on became a big fan of the classics, Edgar Alan Poe, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker and as time went by Agatha Christie, Ray Bradbury and Stephen Kingand many other authors.

My first M/M shifter book I read was written by Jan Irving the “Uncommon Cowboys” series from 2012.  She was the first author I ever contacted and sent an email to letting her know how much I liked this series.  Sometime along the way I read “Zero to the Bone”by Jane Seville, I think just about everyone has read this book! 

As it stands right now I’m really into mysteries, grit, gore and “triggers” don’t bother me. But if a blurb piques my interest I will read the book.

My kindle collection eclectic and over three thousand books and my Audible collection is slowly growing.  I have both the kindle and audible apps on my ipod, ipads, and MAC. So there is never an excuse not to be listening or reading.

I joined Goodreads around 2012 and started posting reviews.  One day a wonderful lady, Lisa Horan of The Novel Approach, sent me an email to see if I wanted to join her review group.  Joining her site was such an eye opener.  I got introduce to so many new authors that write for the LGBTQ genre. Needless to say, it was heart breaking when it ended.

But I found a really great site, QRI and it’s right here in Sacramento. Last year at QSAC I actually got to meet Scott Coatsworth, Amy Lane and Jeff Adams.  

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