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Author: Linda Lael Miller

Published: April 1st 1996 by Pocket Books (first published 1995)

Format: Mass Market Paperback , 309 pages

Isbn: 9780671873165

Language: English


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Alternate cover for this ISBN can be found here: Pirates Linda Lael Miller sweeps readers away—and through time itself—when a thoroughly modern woman encounters a dangerous, dashing eighteenth-century buccaneer. The result is a sensuous, joyous, utterly heartwarming tale of love.... Phoebe Turlow needs to get out of Seattle and forget about the man she just divorced, her dw Alternate cover for this ISBN can be found here: Pirates Linda Lael Miller sweeps readers away—and through time itself—when a thoroughly modern woman encounters a dangerous, dashing eighteenth-century buccaneer. The result is a sensuous, joyous, utterly heartwarming tale of love.... Phoebe Turlow needs to get out of Seattle and forget about the man she just divorced, her dwindling finances, and the lonely nights that stretch ahead of her. But she can't foresee what awaits her on Paradise Island.... Duncan Rourke is known to historians as "the pirate patriot." He's been dead for two centuries—or at least he's supposed to be, until Phoebe Turlow steps out of a van, into a run-down island hotel, and into his world. Neither Phoebe nor her pirate can envision the glorious adventure that is about to unfold. They understand only that they have found each other, and a grand passion, across the chasm of time...and they fear only the moment when it may vanish. Passionate, emotional, and completely entrancing, Pirates will steal your heart.

30 review for Pirates

  1. 4 out of 5

    Julianna

    Reviewed for THC Reviews Normally, I enjoy a good time-travel yarn, but unfortunately, Pirates just didn't work for me on a number of levels. First, the time-travel element itself was rather weak, in my opinion, with the characters being too easily accepting of this miraculous turn of events. Also, other than the brief jaunt back to the present and the occasional reminder that Phoebe was from the future, the story just felt like a straight historical romance. Readers are frequently told that Phoe Reviewed for THC Reviews Normally, I enjoy a good time-travel yarn, but unfortunately, Pirates just didn't work for me on a number of levels. First, the time-travel element itself was rather weak, in my opinion, with the characters being too easily accepting of this miraculous turn of events. Also, other than the brief jaunt back to the present and the occasional reminder that Phoebe was from the future, the story just felt like a straight historical romance. Readers are frequently told that Phoebe and Duncan essentially speak two different forms of English because of the two hundred year time difference between them, but other than Phoebe using a modern colloquialism once in a while, their speaking styles didn't seem to differ all that much. In this case, I felt that the author should have placed more effort and attention to detail on giving them contrasting speech patterns or simply not brought it up at all. The dialog in general didn't have a natural flow to it either. I'm also typically a fan of descriptive narrative that has a poetic feel to it and to some extent Linda Lael Miller's style falls into that category, yet it just didn't grab me in the way other authors have. I think this was due to the narrative being a bit too flowery at times and quite simply too verbose. Sometimes less truly is more, and this was definitely one of those cases where I felt the author could have been pared down the narrative to create a tighter more concise story. What bothered me the most about the book though was that Ms. Miller seems to be another one of those authors who writes in an incredibly passive style, using far too many “be” verbs and assigning actions to things or feelings rather than the characters themselves. This type of writing never really works for me, because I feel like the entire story is being told to me by a narrator instead of the characters actually taking part in the action. The author also seems to have a penchant for creating events that happen “just because” with little rhyme, reason or thoughtful planning going into the plotting process. To me it just felt like a haphazard mish-mash of occurrences that didn't really have much holding them together and kept leaving me asking, “Why?” Duncan and Phoebe could have been truly outstanding characters. After all, Phoebe is a time-traveler who has few enough connections to her contemporary life as to not be missed when taking a trip to the past, and Duncan was rather unique as a pirate/patriot who was plundering British ships for the cause of American independence. However, the way in which they were rendered left me with little interest in either of them or the outcome of their story. Sadly, in my opinion, both Duncan and Phoebe were dull, one-dimensional characters whose motives I was never really able to discern. Phoebe's feelings for Duncan surface extremely quickly with absolutely nothing substantial occurring between them to really foster such loving emotions, in my opinion. Duncan follows suit pretty soon after, but of course, has the obligatory waiting period before voicing his love for her, simply because he's a tough man who shouldn't express his feelings too quickly. Even their initial love-making scene and marriage both came totally from out of the blue. Normally, if nothing else, I can count on a few steamy love scenes to set the tone of the relationship, but even those were lacking any spark or sizzle and some of the language used was bordering on purple prose. In fact, I've read “clean” romances that have far better emotional and sexual tension than this book did. Duncan and Phoebe were both nice enough characters I suppose, but that's about the only positive thing I have to say about them. I just couldn't relate to or understand them well at all, and felt virtually no connection between them or to them, mainly because it seemed like their love was being told to me rather than shown through their actions. Even the secondary characters were pretty colorless and lackluster. Normally, best friend characters will be a bastion of support to one of the main characters and perhaps even a jovial scene-stealer. In this case, Duncan's best friend, Alex, was a total downer. He seemed like a decent character in the beginning, but then after being injured in a battle he suddenly became almost inexplicably suicidal and then snapped out of it equally quickly when the right woman came along to stir him. I love a good tortured male character, but with Alex, I would have needed a lot more insights into his psyche to understand what was going on with him. Old Woman was kind of interesting, but rather clichéd as the mystical wise woman who actually believed Phoebe's tale of time travel. Then there was Simone, Duncan's ex-mistress and “woman scorned” who was as difficult for me to figure out as everyone else. For some reason, Phoebe seemed to feel sorry for her and kept trying to help her even though Simone doggedly continued to lay claim to Duncan even after he had married Phoebe. I think she was meant to be a villain of sorts, but to me she was simply an annoyance. I can't say that the other “villains” were much better. They too had no real teeth, being easily escaped from or dispatched by Duncan in fairly short order. Duncan's family were the only ones that really caught my attention in any meaningful way, but they too were a mysterious enigma with their sympathies lying with the Tories, but their hearts with Duncan. Most people don't ride that political line so easily, so I found myself wanting to know more about their beliefs. Even the title of the book, Pirates, is rather disingenuous. Yes, Duncan is a pirate, but mostly in name only. With a title like that, I was expecting some energetic high seas action, but there was only one single scene where anything of a truly pirate-y nature occurred, and it was over almost before it started with little excitement or fanfare. I know that Linda Lael Miller is a highly respected and prolific author with a 25+ year writing career behind her, and I can see how some readers may enjoy her novels. She certainly has some imagination and creativity, but the style in which she writes simply left me bereft of any connection to her story or characters. Pirates was my first read by Ms. Miller, and since I've skimmed some of her other books (even more recent ones) and still found her manner of writing to be lacking for my taste, I'm sorry to say, it will most likely be my last.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    3.5 stars

  3. 4 out of 5

    Adriana

    This was a great summer read. Fast and easy. Phoebe, having recently gone through a harsh divorce embarks on a journey that is, well, extremely far-fetched, but nonetheless, casual, fun, and full of swash buckling adventure. She heads off to Paradise Island, with a plane full of misfit adults, whom none of which she knows, to view the next best realestate waterfront condo oppurtunity. She goes mainly because it's a free trip. She brings along a book, it's contents containing the story of Duncan This was a great summer read. Fast and easy. Phoebe, having recently gone through a harsh divorce embarks on a journey that is, well, extremely far-fetched, but nonetheless, casual, fun, and full of swash buckling adventure. She heads off to Paradise Island, with a plane full of misfit adults, whom none of which she knows, to view the next best realestate waterfront condo oppurtunity. She goes mainly because it's a free trip. She brings along a book, it's contents containing the story of Duncan Rourke, The Pirate Patriot. Upon arriving on the island a series of events leads her through an elevator door into the past and face to face the infamous Pirate Duncan Rourke, himself. From there it goes. It's corny, of course, and as I've stated far-fetched, but it is fun and light and worth your summer reading!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Roxy

    Wonderful book! A story about broken hearts being mended by another, soul mates centuries apart finally meeting and falling in love. Phoebe was just divorced, but no man had ever loved her as much as Duncan, teh eighteenth century pirate. Her vacation spot happened to be his island, and one moment she was in the elevator at the hotel, the next she was in his home. Passion and love in a timeless story of love being found. i really enjoyed this book, it left me feeling warm and fuzzy inside.

  5. 4 out of 5

    KimKirt

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I'm all for time travel, people falling in love quickly, etc. etc. but it just didn't do it for me in this book. It seemed on one page they just met, then the next all of a sudden they were in love and getting married. Not enough angst for my taste I guess, or fighting for each other. If I like a book I can finish it in a day or two, took me over a week to finish this one and I was so glad when I was finally done.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn F.

    Phoebe, newly divorced, goes on one of those "free" vacation weekends and all she has to do is listen to their sales pitch. When entering an elevator, she exits it about 220 years in the past and literally runs into Duncan. They have a wam/bam romance and fall into instant love. The author tries to make her sassy, but it comes across more as whiny to me. Sweet fluffy read.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ashley FL

    2.5, I guess. I'm sort of indifferent to this book. I loved the premise (woman inadvertently gets sent back in time, tangles with 18th century pirates). But the pirates weren't very scary or exciting and the love story was meh. A few time travel hijinks, but there wasn't ever any suspense.

  8. 4 out of 5

    SubterraneanCatalyst

    If you like ultra brooding male love interests- with black hair in a queue and billowing pirate shirts and sexy boots than this is for you.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Paranormal Romance

    Life may not have been too kind to the heroine but she refuses to be broken. Yes her husband, the man she loved and married straight out of college dumped her for a younger woman. Yes her stupid dog chose to abandon her as well. And yes she's lost her job and has no employment prospects but regardless of this this negativity, she's determined to live her life. She's still young and the wounds have healed so she's open to the idea of a man in her life. And she's been offer an exclusive trip to th Life may not have been too kind to the heroine but she refuses to be broken. Yes her husband, the man she loved and married straight out of college dumped her for a younger woman. Yes her stupid dog chose to abandon her as well. And yes she's lost her job and has no employment prospects but regardless of this this negativity, she's determined to live her life. She's still young and the wounds have healed so she's open to the idea of a man in her life. And she's been offer an exclusive trip to the Caribbean (even if it's just a time share scheme), so the thought of a few days in the sun seems marvelous to her, like a restart. She gets burnt on her first day and falls into a sleep coma only to awaken in a strange old fashioned version of her hotel in the company of a sexy man who accuses her of trespassing. Horrified by the predicament she finds herself in, she must be honest to the realization that somehow she's traveled back in time. The sexy man is none other than Pirate/war hero Duncan Rourke and the crush she's developed on the man from reading about him because all the more real when facing the man himself. Something within him calls out to something within her. He radiates this secret pain and his torment is evident as he pours his anger and sadness into haunting music that echoes through the house. She wants to save him, to have him rely on her to make it all better but she knows that's not something she should want. So, regardless of how he makes her feel, and regardless of the old woman's predictions that she'll become the hero's wife and birth his children, the heroine leaves the island. Waitressing in a local bar, her inexperience with the time she finds herself in and in partnership with her stubborn and sometimes reckless decisions make it hard for her to keep a low profile. And she realizes that the hero is the only thing and the only person whom she can rely on and tether her in this chaotic world. So when she comes to retrieve her she is ecstatic. She gives into her feels and they sleep together under the very noses of the soldiers seeking to hang the hero for treason. There love affair is passionate and breathtaking and when the hero offers for her hand (so he can sleep with her and make it honorable) she marries him. But when he receives a letter from home saying his father is ill, he knows that must risk capture to go home and see him. The heroine goes with, because she refuses to be apart from the man in fear that if she lets him out of her sight, he won't live to return to her. His family are loyal to the British, something that puts serious strain between them and the rebel hero but regardless, they shelter him and care for him. When this in turn causes his father and brother to be captured for aiding a fugitive it sends the hero into an even deeper hole than he's ever been before. The heroine is afraid that she's slowly losing him. He's distant emotionally and when he comes to her bed it's only for sex, not the connection they had before. Pregnant and afraid for her husbands soul and life, she doesn't now any other way to save him than to just love him and be there for him. I found myself really really liking this book regardless of the glaring oddities to the characters and the plot. The heroine may have fallen in love with the hero far too quickly for my tastes but that didn't stop her love to be a constant and glowing beacon for the hero in the darkness. And my goodness was he prone to dark and dramatics. Late like music that would make angels weep is the only way he can show emotion. He feels a massive amount of guilt for his beliefs in a free country because it puts his family in danger. He feels guilty because his war has wounded his best friend and the man may kill himself from the pain. He also feels guilty because no matter how much he loves the heroine, he knows he's not good enough for her. She tries to be his backbone, his right hand and in many ways she is but still, he keeps his thoughts and feelings to himself for most of the book and this puts an ever increasing strain on their relationship. I didn't much like how reckless the heroine is especially knowing she's pregnant but at the same time admired her courage. I also didn't much like her tendency to spout pop culture references. But even though some may say this was a rather sappy and emotional chick flick, I couldn't help like love it. Hey, what can I say? I love a tortured man.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sunni

    This is an imaginative tale that is masterfully written. The characters and lovable, and original as is the story itself. Ms. Miller managed to create an amazing bond between two people in a very short time. Phoebe is mysteriously transported back into a time of pirates through a magical elevator that served as a gateway. On the other side she meats Duncan who for all his brashness turns out to be the man of Phoebe's dreams. The story follows them through many twists and turns taking the reader o This is an imaginative tale that is masterfully written. The characters and lovable, and original as is the story itself. Ms. Miller managed to create an amazing bond between two people in a very short time. Phoebe is mysteriously transported back into a time of pirates through a magical elevator that served as a gateway. On the other side she meats Duncan who for all his brashness turns out to be the man of Phoebe's dreams. The story follows them through many twists and turns taking the reader on an emotional roller coaster ride. Ms. Miller has made even the most unlikely of events seem to be real. This is a book that you will be glad you read.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nariman Halim

    It is really amazing and so exciting .The events are unexpected and keep you thrilled and you can't stop yourself from reading you can become easily addicted to the characters especialyy the relation of Dunkan and Phoebe .I really liked how Phoebe challenged Dunkan from the first chapter to the last refusing to just sit down and wait for him to come back but she always insisted to go with him .I got the chills toward the adventerous texture of this book and can't get over it.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    I love time travel books like Ashford's Bride or Knight in Shining Armor. I also love books set during the American Revolution. So I had great expectations for this book. Somehow it didn't live up to them. The premise sounded good. The beginning of the book was intriguing. But after that, it seemed to go downhill. In the end, it was just an average read.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rhonda Soukup

    This was an author I've read before for a thriller mystery. This book was a romance/time-travel tale set around revolutionary America and dealt with pirates. I thought it was an interesting tale and not as far-fetched as some time travel books are. I liked the characters and was not sure how the ending was going to conclude.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kelsea

    Linda Lael Miller's historical romance novels are a huge guilty pleasure for me. I love em.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Alan Hoffman

    Someone told me this begins with a woman going back in time by getting on an elevator, so I was curious. I've read some other romances, but have the same complaints people on Amazon have said about her book "Knights." The relationship between the leads seems shallow and lacks any strong communication or intimacy. Phoebe gets married to Duncan quickly because she's attracted to him. She read a book about him, but on a personal level knows very little about him. The lead guy is dangerous and handso Someone told me this begins with a woman going back in time by getting on an elevator, so I was curious. I've read some other romances, but have the same complaints people on Amazon have said about her book "Knights." The relationship between the leads seems shallow and lacks any strong communication or intimacy. Phoebe gets married to Duncan quickly because she's attracted to him. She read a book about him, but on a personal level knows very little about him. The lead guy is dangerous and handsome but also emotionally distant, and kind of a jerk. The past history that he has with the Simone character is a bad sign to me. Not a character that I think would actually stay faithful to Phoebe, I was hoping she would consider somebody more level-headed and responsible. Does she want a good relationship or just drama from him that pushes her emotional buttons? Also, the narrator on more than one occasion describes the lead woman as "bold," but she's actually kind of passive.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nic

    1.5 stars. I guess I have been spoiled by amazing time travel novels (such as Outlander and The Time Travelers Wife) and thoroughly enchanted by most all of Lynn Kurlands time travel stories to appreciate this book. I was mostly bored and a tinse irritated. The hero/herione didnt really have to work for anything, any harship or stuggle was glossed over- like the author was in a hurry to get to the unexceptional love scenes. Supposedly the were 'meant' for eachother but it never seemed as if ther 1.5 stars. I guess I have been spoiled by amazing time travel novels (such as Outlander and The Time Travelers Wife) and thoroughly enchanted by most all of Lynn Kurlands time travel stories to appreciate this book. I was mostly bored and a tinse irritated. The hero/herione didnt really have to work for anything, any harship or stuggle was glossed over- like the author was in a hurry to get to the unexceptional love scenes. Supposedly the were 'meant' for eachother but it never seemed as if there was anything pulling them together other than one dimentional lust. With so many books on my to read list (and growing larger every day)I think I won't be trying any more by this author any time soon.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I kept scratching my head and thinking to myself why does this storyline sound so familiar? Was it the hero's scarred back from a flogging by a sadistic English officer? Or maybe it was because a 20th century woman goes back 200 years in time only to find love and romance and then returns to her present time, pregnant with her 18th century husband's child - but then rejoins him again two hundred years earlier? Sheesh! 2.5/5 http://ktleyed.blogspot.com/2010/04/p... I kept scratching my head and thinking to myself why does this storyline sound so familiar? Was it the hero's scarred back from a flogging by a sadistic English officer? Or maybe it was because a 20th century woman goes back 200 years in time only to find love and romance and then returns to her present time, pregnant with her 18th century husband's child - but then rejoins him again two hundred years earlier? Sheesh! 2.5/5 http://ktleyed.blogspot.com/2010/04/p...

  18. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Solla

    An interesting history based storyline. The female character finds herself taking a mini vacation that becomes a time travel experience. The male character is an historical figure who's either a hero or a bad guy. The interesting thing about this time travel is that it happens several times and, of course, history changes. There's a book written about the male character that changes as the time travel influences it. The ending left me a little confused as to who the final female character introd An interesting history based storyline. The female character finds herself taking a mini vacation that becomes a time travel experience. The male character is an historical figure who's either a hero or a bad guy. The interesting thing about this time travel is that it happens several times and, of course, history changes. There's a book written about the male character that changes as the time travel influences it. The ending left me a little confused as to who the final female character introduced is supposed to be; but I did understand it's meaning.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Dobby0390

    Sometimes the Bummer-Days stack up one atop the other, and you just want to open a door and step out of your messy life into a new one. One day, Phoebe stepped off an elevator and did just that. This is an earlier LLM work that I'd somehow missed. I didn't realize she'd written any time-travel novels, so this was a surprising find at my library's annual book sale. It turned out to be a fun, quick read, and I enjoyed it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Dean

    I read this book in 1995 and remember really liking it, but I re-read it this week and I am giving it away. It wasn't as good as I remembered it being. OK story, kind of a fun plot, but I felt disatisfied. I wanted it to go to other places and WAY LESS DESCRIPTION of the intimate moments. There was TOOOOOOO much of that.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Pam H

    They dont get much better than this. What a great, adventurous and incredibly romantic tale. My first book by Ms Miller but I am hooked. I will admit I thought it was a little slow but my friend assured me it was worth the read and she was right. As I commonly will reread a book, since I borrowed this copy from the library - I will definitely be buying my own copy.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ann Marie

    Loved this book! I couldn't put it down. This was another of Miller's time travel books. This one traveled back to the Revolutionary War and was historical without being boring. Phoebe and Duncan were a great pair. Suspenseful.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Elia

    Don't judge me, this was my vacation book. It was pretty much what I expected from a time travel pirate themed romance novel. I would have given it a much higher rating if Miller spent more time and historical accuracy describing their clothes!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Alexandria Andrews

    Loved this book! I love the time travel novels, full of adventure and comedic relief :) I really fell for these characters, I wish the book hadn't ended so quickly. I could definitely read more about Duncan and Pheobe!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Gen

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It was an ok read. Phoebe fell in love too fast without any reason to Duncan. My fav character was Alex a man who loses his leg and his will to live. He is eventually saved and falls in love with Duncan's sister - that story was more interesting then the main story.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Layne

    This is a fascinating time travel story, back to the people who fought the Revolutionary War. the heroine was the one with the knowledge of the result if the war. the ending was a surprise as I thought she wouldn't get back. Enjoy.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Nelson

    Loved her whole series like this, but being partial to pirates, this one was my favorite....hehe...

  28. 5 out of 5

    Cws

    F Mil

  29. 5 out of 5

    SheLove2Read

    3.5 stars

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Time Travel plot that I really enjoyed. She is one of my favorite authors.

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