I'm addicted to writing. I've written 26 romance novels in 25 years, but I just started releasing them in May 2014 because frankly there are some things inside them I wasn't sure I wanted my daughters to read. The nest is empty, my girls all grown, so now I'm letting loose.
I believe in the adage; Don't judge a book by it's cover! Definitely the case with The Girl on the Half Shell. Perfect looking lives are not perfect. We all have our own challenges to overcome! It's a theme in the books I've written and I cover a wide range of contemporary issues in stories ranging from raw and steamy, to gut wrenching, to happy happily ever after.
My first release The Girl on the Half Shell is my most intense novel, the first in the Half Shell Series and the one I had to wait until I had no kids at home to release.
My Perfect Forever Series is definitely happy happily ever after! The first in this line of books was released June 2014 with The Signature.
My soon to be released first novella of the Encounters books, are short, steamy, and fun reads.
And in September I'm starting to release my first in The Deverell Series with When the Perfect Comes, a fast paced, plot twisting historical!
I've been in love with the Romance novel since I read my first Kathleen Woodiwiss book, and it seems to me that beyond a steamy fun read, a good romance novel is so much more: it's women empowering women. We share. We learn.
So about me? I'm as eclectic as my books. A mom. A business owner. A writer of romance. An advocate for clean air and the environment. A wife and an animal lover. The best way to explain me is that once in a talent contest I played classical piano followed by a chopsticks duet with my toes. That pretty much sums up how I've lived my life!
Lady Meredith Ann Merrick does not want to be tamed by a man.
Varian Morgan is a man no woman can resist.
Thrown together on a ship, will Varian’s charms conquer Meredith’s love of freedom?
Meredith is born at time when women have but two choices: marry or face social ruin. Determined to master her own fate when her father concocts a devious plan to force her into marriage; she takes matters into her own hands. She embarks on a foolhardy adventure to free herself from an impending marriage contract, only to find herself trapped by the mysterious and beguiling Varian Morgan.
Varian Morgan is a man of myth and legend. Known as much for his exploits with women, as for his for his piracy on the high seas; a vexing young girl, taken hostage in Cornwall, is no challenge for his prowess. When it becomes clear that she is hiding something from him, it only makes him more determined to ignore his desires and withhold from her the pleasures of his bed.
Trapped on a ship of men, the last thing Meredith anticipated was days at the mercy of a vile pirate crew and nights yearning for its captain.
When fierce arguments give way to fiery passion, is desire enough to make a girl determined to remain free of men, be willing captive in the bed of a sinister pirate, who is a master of seduction?
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Captain Morgan has been a persona I've been interested in for a very long time. To find out that he's a main character in Ms Ward's latest book ... ecstatic would be a mild word. I wanted to see how she would treat this mystery of a man.
When Captain Morgan was legend on the seas, he accidentally meets Merry when she is in a place no genteel ladies are supposed to be and gets herself kidnapped. She is trying to stop an arranged marriage but becomes involved in a plot too dangerous it could get herself killed if he finds out who she truly is.
Morgan is, of course, a gentleman (which is a historical contradiction that up to now cannot be disproven) and decides to woo this girl who has taken his interest. He too has secrets of his own, all more dangerous than what Merry has to hide.
The story takes us on a long journey all the way through to the pirate's lair in the Caribbean where each get to know the other a little better. And here the story ends! If this cliffhanger ending was meant to whet appetites for the next book, then Ms Ward has succeeded.
The plot itself is extremely interesting and there is one character in particular, Indy, who intrigues me. Who this boy truly is and what his interest in Rensdale (who Merry was to be contracted to) happens to be. How it ties into the ship he was found will hopefully be answered in the succeeding installments.
While this did hold my interest, I also found it rather long, maybe even too long for where it ended and all the events that transpired. But When The Perfect Comes is a good, if long-winded, introduction to the rest of the novels. What Susan Ward has dreamed up would whet anyone's appetite for a sweet historical romance involving one of the most dashing yet bloodthirsty pirates in history.