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The Pirate and the Pagan (Virginia Henley)

2.5 out of 5 stars

Cut to the Chase:
Henley is all about plot and sex, and this book has plenty of both. The main characters are so beautiful, sensuous, and powerfully arrogant, that they seem not just larger than life but a bit one-dimensional.  There is plenty happening both in and out of the bedroom – besides the almost gratuitous amounts of sex, there is political intrigue, pirates, highway robbery, secret identities, and even a small war. You’ll never be bored, but it’s hard to really engage or relate with these characters. Our protagonists careen from one tumultuous sex scene to another, and the plot rushes forward at almost breakneck speeds towards its predictable conclusion.  Still, Henley is a witty, articulate writer and there are enough interesting sequences to make this at least a somewhat enjoyable read.
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