Author: Elin Gregory
Publisher: Etopia Press
Rating: 4.00 of 5 Stars
Beached after losing his ship and crew, and with England finally at peace, Lt Christopher Penrose will take whatever work he can get. A valet? Why not? Escorting an elderly diplomat to the Leeward Islands seems like an easy job, but when their ship is boarded by pirates, Kit’s world is turned upside down. Forced aboard the pirate ship, Kit finds himself juggling his honor with his desire to stay alive among the crew, not to mention the alarming—yet enticing—captain, known as Le Griffe.
Kit has always obeyed the rules, but as the pirates plunder their way across the Caribbean, he finds much to admire in their freedom. He deplores their lawlessness but is drawn to their way of life, and begins to think he might just have found a purpose. Dare he dream of finding love too? Or would loving a pirate take him too far down the road to ruin?
Josie Goodreads’s View:
In Elin Gregory’s stirring 18th century pirate novel, On a Lee Shore, Lt Christopher Penrose (Kit), a British Navy lieutenant with a questionable past finds himself unable to get to sea on a Navy Ship so his godfather finds him a berth as a valet to an ageing diplomat on a trading vessel, the Hypatia. It’s the best that Kit can hope for with Britain now at peace so he takes the job willingly, only wanting to get back to the sea, the only place he feels at home. Unfortunately for Kit the Hypatia is attacked by the notorious pirate Le Griffe, and Kit along with fellow crew member Davy Forrest is pressed into service on Le Griffe’s ship, the sloop Africa.
Le Griffe, it appears, is quite happy to force captured sailors to join his merry band of pirates if they have qualities he has a use for, and Kit, as a ships master is a prize catch, not just for his navigational skills, Le Griffe also wants him, but willingly, he won’t force a man into his bed. Soon Kit finds himself torn between the life he had and the new life he is forced to accept, especially as he finds himself increasing attracted to Le Griffe. Kit, struggling to reconcile the life he finds on the Africa, with his duty to King and country, just wants is to find a way home, for him and Davy, a way that doesn’t involve a slow death on the gallows. And what about Le Griffe, how long can Kit deny his hidden desires? And how long will Le Griffe just stand and watch?
On a Lee Shore is rich in period detail, full of wonderful characters, not just Kit and Le Griffe, but also of the vast array of secondary characters. The book is very well researched; I felt I was living the pirate life along with Kit. The story pulled me in and wouldn’t let me go.
Le Griffe is very mysterious, the perfect pirate captain, he lives for today, never worrying about tomorrow, and Kit, proud and upright, he knows the dangers of lusting after another man, it’s what brought his previous ship, and his previous Captain, into ill repute, leaving Kit with a reputation he didn’t deserve. The story is told from Kit’s POV and Kit hiding behind duty and honour is fascinating, very cautious and distrustful, I found he held my attention throughout the book.
One thing that surprised me was for an m/m story it has very little sex, in fact none at all for the first half of the book, but the story does not suffer for that, it’s a beautifully written pirate adventure.
I found this book a joy to read, its long, not a book for anyone who wants a quick story, but if you want to travel the high seas of the Caribbean in a white sailed pirate ship then this is the book to do it with. I loved it, and look forward to reading more of Elin Gregory’s work in the future.
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