Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers
Book Review of -- The Blue Diamond by P.S. Bartlett
Overall star rating --- 2.5
About the book:
When four spirited young women find themselves orphaned and alone in an unforgiving world, they are forced to defend not only their honor but their very lives.
Ivory Shepard, has made a name for herself as the notorious pirate "Ivory Razor," while she and her handy cousins; Cass, Keara and Miranda are building a life in Port Royal, Jamaica. When she takes a merchant ship and finds a bag full of rare diamonds, including one very large blue one, she never imagined she'd end up captured and held prisoner by a rival pirate.
Maddox Carbonale aka "Blacksnake" intends to collect a fifty thousand pound bounty on her head and earn a pardon in the process, until a fiery attraction ignites between them. Regardless of their first passionate night together, by the time the sun rises the next morning, Ivory is reminded why she trusts no one and she's left wondering if her fate is sealed due to Blacksnake's greed or Maddox's wounded ego.
Ultimately unable to deny his feelings for her, Maddox offers his loyalty and his guns. but no one can take anything from Ivory Shepard that she doesn't want to give; certainly not her freedom, and most of all, her heart.
Will she prove she can have it all on her own terms; the man, the blue diamond and her freedom?
Book creation ratings:
Overall total -- 17 out of a possible 30
-- Story & characters -- 3
-- Cover & title -- 7
-- Editing & formatting -- 7
The review --
I did not like this book. What I expected of the book, from the cover and blurb, the book did not deliver. I liked the Maddox character in the book, but the female pirate characters were way too macho for that time period. And the men were all way too weak. The author just reversed it all; the women were macho and the men were almost feminine. Also, the book was too long; the author used 10 words where 5 would have done very nicely. I especially didn't like the main character of Ivory. This is definitely not a book I would recommend anyone plunking down their money for.
Genre -- romance? historical fiction? adventure?
Age recommendations -- 18 plus
Sex content rating -- moderate
Violence rating -- high
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