The Scarlet Blade Of The Sea by Celeste Barclay


I don’t read many pirate stories, so I never know what to expect.  It’s a hit or miss genre for me.  This book embodied the spirit and passion of the high seas.  This series has been substantial; I feel this installment is the strongest.  This book was a lush, enticing read.

Keith and Sarafina’s relationship was electrifying and sizzling.  There was such intensity between them.  Each had tragedies in their past but overcame them, giving them strength.  Keith was the embodiment of power and grit.  Sarafina had a quiet dignity to her spirit.  Keith has a twin, Kyle, who was featured in the previous book.  I have identical twins in my life.  Ms. Barclay captured their unique bond perfectly.  Their uncanny ability to know what the other was feeling and thinking was portrayed perfectly.  Their relationship helped the story feel genuine.  Each secondary character was vivid and stood out.  From antagonists to friends, they were all memorable.

The fast pace, big surprises, and twist and turns kept me riveted to the page.  This book flew by; the speed is unrelenting.  The passion burned through the pages.  Mostly, though, I love the tenderness of emotion the couple had for each other.  I knew without a doubt that this couple loved each other.  They had insecurities and emotional scars, yet together, they healed one another.  It was a beautiful, romantic love story tossed among all the action and challenges.  The plot was unrelenting and intriguing. 

I love when I find a book that enchants me.  The push and pull of the book was spot on.  It was an epic, sweeping adventure.  I tore through this book.  My interest was caught from the very beginning, and it never waned.  I am so glad I took a chance on four pirate stories, especially this one.  A wild ride of a read.  Read this if you, like me, tend to read similar storylines in the same genres.  It will be a fascinating journey you will never want to end.

I received an ARC of this book through Booksprout.  This is my honest, voluntary opinion.  

This is the fourth book in the Pirates Of The Isles series. Although they are stand-alone, they are interconnected. I read them out of order and thoroughly enjoyed them. However, I personally would have gotten even more enjoyment reading them in order. This is my first series from this author. She is now on my list of good reads! I’m so glad I took the time to read these books!

Published by jelee1976

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