It’s Talk Like a Pirate Day, and to celebrate, we’ve assembled a list of our favorite pirate romances that’ll blow you…down. (Arrrrr.) So pick up one of the swashbuckling gems below and take to the high seas!
Gentle RogueJohanna Lindsey
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 Iron RoseMarsha Canham
We're suckers for a pirate novel where the lady is at the helm! Fearless Juliet commands her own ship and prowls the Spanish shipping lanes, where she rescues a British galleon and meets Varian St. Clare, handsome envoy to the king. A fine treasure indeed!
Skye O’MalleySmall, Bertrice
Skye O'Malley is a self-made woman in an era where most were expected to be seen and not heard--but our heroine rises from her modest upbringing to head her own empire, matching wits and sharing beds with a host of passionate heroes--all while facing down Queen Elizabeth herself! A must-read for historical romance fans.
The WindflowerLaura London
This classic pirate novel was written by the husband and wife team of Tom & Sharon Curtis--they're the secret duo behind many of your fave romances from the '80s. A beautiful American is headed to London when her ship is set upon by pirates, and she catches the eye of their captain...and resistance is futile.
Only With Your LoveLisa Kleypas
Celia Vallerand fears for her life as she stares into the deep, arresting eyes of the dashing man who purchased her from the brigands who had abducted her. But it soon becomes clear that it’s her virtue, not her life, that’s in danger. The rugged, powerful renegade known only as “Griffin” arouses desires in Celia as dangerous as they are forbidden. And though she knows she must resist him, she fears she may be unable to do so. But the magnificent adventurer is a man trapped in a perilous deception. And the shocking secrets he guards could deny him the love of the fair captive lady who has enslaved his reckless heart.
Jenkins is one of the major voices of African American romance, and her stories CAPTURE (see what we did there?) slices of history rarely seen in the genre. (Plus, more pirates! What's not to like?)
The Pirate LordSabrina Jeffries
A Splendid Opportunity A shipload of women theirs for the taking! Pirate captain Gideon Horn couldn’t be more delighted. His men are tired of wandering the high seas and want to settle down with wives on the uncharted island paradise they’ve discovered. And the women are bound to be grateful to be rescued from the life of drudgery awaiting them in New South Wales . . . Lord, he’s so clever! A Splendid Passion Married? To pirates? Sara Willis couldn’t be more appalled. First she demands proper courting—at least a month. The darkly handsome pirate lord gives them two weeks. Then Sara insists the men vacate their huts for the women—Gideon demands her kisses in return. As the demands heat up, so do their passions—and soon Sara can’t remember just why she’s fighting the devilishly seductive captain so hard. . .