Title: The Pirate’s Stowaway Bride
Author: Anne Stryker
I was sent a free e-book in return for an honest review. The thoughts and opinions is 100% my own and not affected in any way.
Sit still. Be quiet. Obey.
Adora has lived her entire life under her mother’s strict rules, but when obedience means marrying a man twice her age, something deep within her snaps. Fleeing the night of her wedding, she boards what she assumes is a trade ship and hides among the cargo she hopes won’t be touched until she’s far away from the life she left behind.
She never anticipated being found.
Or finding Fenix.
Fenix believes in freedom, expression, and adventure. When a woman in a wedding gown is found in the belly of his ship with eyes like fire and the disposition of something almost broken, he wants nothing more than to release the flames and mend the cracks.
But with her past catching up to them, he may not have the chance.
(Thanks to Goodreads for the blurb)
So first off – this is a novella and not a full-length book. It was only around 50 pages and that’s sad because I quite enjoyed the story and wanted more of it, both background info, world-building and what happens next.
We get right into it with our MC Adora, hiding in her wedding dress in the cargo-hold of what she assumes is a merchant ship, but lo and behold. The next morning she is found by a pirate! She’s taken to the captain, which, surprise, is a young man.
The pacing is fast due to the shortness of the story, which makes everything feel a little rushed and that hurts the story because there’s great potential here for a full-fledged novel. This also plays into the reason why I only decided to give it 3 stars. I just needed more of everything. But the story itself is still good.
Anne Stryker is great at creating a good flow with her words and within those 50 pages we do start caring for the characters, in specific, Adora and the pirate captain, Fenix, but still, I needed more because it had almost an insta-love feel to it and no one wants that.
The setting is also enticing – we’re definitely in a fantasy world, with foreign names and places that I’d have loved to explore further.
All in all a good novella with much potential for something greater and I’d definitely read a full-length novel of Adora and Fenix’s adventures at sea.
Do I recommend this novella?
To fans of pirates and runaway brides.