Add one woman with so much lacking in the self confidence department, one completely arrogant playboy, the boy next door that grows into a man, a cruise gone wrong and an island full of nasty vampires? The Pirates of Vampire Island. Whew!!! I'm tired but its a good tired.
If you are expecting sparkly vampires, this book is so not for you. Expecting the arrogant playboy to change? Nope, again. The heroine to finally get some self confidence? You bet. The boy next door growing up...yes again.
I won't rehash the plot summary but this book is the wildest ride I've been on in awhile. Its violent, well plotted, the setting is rich and you can tell that the authors researched the islands and pirates in general. At first Jane was your typical romance heroine. Mousey, unsure of herself, dating the wrong men and going on a cruise that was supposed to be a break from her life. I will admit that I didn't connect with her in the beginning. I kept thinking to myself, surely she will grow on me and grow in the book. Yes, she did.
Nickolas, the arrogant playboy can and will charm the panties off of anyone. As you know, I love a great Harlequin Presents hero - like Nickolas - but he was beyond redemption for me. I never liked him but that was the point. His character was written perfectly in my opinion. Great job.
Peter to me was the true hero in the book. In fact, if Nickolas didn't exist in the book, I think Peter's character would have been lost. The difference between both men was apparent and necessary for Jane's growth in the book. Loved it.
I will caution you on a couple of things in the books. The vampires are nasty, cruel and violent. Yes, there is violence and its brutal. No sparkly vampires here and it was nice to read a different twist on the whole vamp genre. Leon, the leader is such a bad ass that you need to read this book and try to disagree with me. Also, this book is defintely a thriller which I loved. The action and story were different from the typical romantic suspense that I usually read. The twists and the overall flow of the book was spot on.
I can't wait for book #2 in this series. I'm hoping that Remy's story is next. Hint, hint!!! No pressure.