Heartsick and desperate to return home to America, Georgina Anderson boards the Maiden Anne disguised as a cabin boy, never dreaming she’ll be forced into intimate servitude at the whim of the ship’s irrepressible captain, James Mallory.
The black sheep of a proud and tempestuous family, the handsome ex-pirate once swore no woman alive could entice him into matrimony. But on the high seas his resolve will be weakened by an unrestrained passion and by the high-spirited beauty whose love of freedom and adventure rivals his own. (goodreads.com)
While I liked the quirky banter most of the time and I did think this was a pretty cute read it didn’t quite hit the mark when it came to pirate romance. James’s pirating happened prior to the timeline of this particular book so it was only ever mentioned in passing. Portions of the story took place on a ship but for the most part Mallory was a rich lord with a dubious past. It certainly wasn’t as dirty as I wanted my pirate romance to be.
Really, it’s a cute story. Georgie is a feisty little thing that more often than not says exactly what’s on her mind. I don’t really believe it’s something that’s historically accurate for the time, however I think it’s explained away by she basically being raised by her five brothers so I guess the loud mouth comes with that territory. Still I enjoyed her character. I liked seeing her play the role of a boy and having absolutely no idea that James knew who she was. The back and forth between the two during that time of the story was, at times, hilarious. I was just so amused by it.
Georgie’s brood of brothers played the comic relief rather well but I think once they really entered the story maybe about two-thirds of the way through the bantering became more grating than enjoyable. It was still kind of cute and all but it made up too much of what was going on and it became a little overwhelming. Instead of sprinkles of quirky fighting I had gushes and it started to get old.
The romance itself was antagonistic without being overt about it. You knew damn well they were just playing at each other when they fought, even when it seemed like it was all real and you knew how the story was going to end but I think Lindsey did a really good job with those two. It was a good push and pull dynamic with James as the injured puppy protecting himself and Georgie the too-proud maid who isn’t going to settle for less. Those two were a constant point of good in the story
The sex . . . I wanted more of it. I liked the pushing tease when Georgie was still in disguise. That build-up was excellent. But when the act came to fruition is was more fluffy love sex than desire sex. There was a lot of brushing over things that were going on and while I don’t need an anatomy text book I would liked to have seen more. It was all very . . . neat.
That’s a good way to describe GENTLE ROGUE: neat. It’s very clean and sparkly and none of the characters really muss themselves all that much and it’s so witty and lovely and wrapped up in a nice bow. Really, I’m not being sarcastic here. I liked what I read. It just wasn’t quite what I was looking for. I need something . . . dirtier.