Title: Dark Secrets, Deep Bayous
A love kindled behind two masks...
A wealthy woman of mixed blood, Aurélie Fentonot has few options for marriage, but she also carries a burden: she must break a curse placed on the land of her ancestors. She sells herself to an American planter to reclaim the land he stole, though he stirs a deep, burning passion that could too easily distract her. But her American has dark secrets that threaten her plans . . . and could shatter her heart.
A curse that demands their unmasking...
Jordan Kincaid must marry the Creole beauty or face arrest as a pirate before he completes his dire mission. Though he’ll risk everything for revenge, Aurèlie’s soothing and seductive ways remind him there's more to life than vengeance. But he's not as he pretends, and when danger closes in on them, Jordan soon learns . . . neither is she.
Author: Meg Hennessy
Series: Secrets of the Bayous #1
Published by Entangled Publishing Source: Publisher
Published: August 26, 2014
Genres: Historical Romace
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This was a hard book to read. I don’t know French, and I found the French accent difficult to read and rather distracting. I don’t enjoy books with a lot of non-English language in it. As if that wasn’t enough of a distraction, the terminology – between the various items with French or creole names, and the ship and boating terms, well, I spent a good portion of this book pretty much lost.
The characters? The hero Jordan Kincaid – he spent most of the book living up to the stereo typical drunken pirate. He was constantly drinking. Okay, so he was trying to drown his sorrows, but really? Get over yourself already. I wasn’t terribly fond of him for most of the book.
Aurèlie – pronounced “O-ray-lee” Fentonot thought he was kind. *shrugs* Guess so. He didn’t beat her or anything. Aurèlie could also “see” things and she did actually see the goodness in him. He was redeemable.
The big issue in this story was the issue of color. I know it was the times, but Aurèlie, of mixed race, could not let it go for a long time. This argument had validity the first time, maybe even the second time, but then it just plain got old. She needed to get over herself too. Match made in heaven here.
The pirate action of the story was entertaining. The sailing terminology did tend to get too technical for someone who knows nothing about sailing, but the fights were quite realistic. This was a historical novel taking place in the early 1800s and I found the story to be period specific. That also added interest to the story.
The ending was . . . Hmmmm, Jordan and Aurèlie did find their hea, but we were set up for another book. I kind of seen that coming before the epilogue, but the epilogue cinched it. If you don’t like the suspicion of a cliff-hanger, skip the epilogue.