Pirate's Proposal by Diana Layne

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    Tales of the Scrimshaw Doll Series

    Gina Santini is delighted to leave the fancy London finishing school she despises and take over the family business in the Caribbean when her father becomes too ill to continue. As captain of the pirate ship Gypsy Doll she plunders the seas to support them both.

    Charles "the Charmer" was first mate on the Gypsy Doll before he was shanghaied and enslaved to a brutal master. On his escape, he swears revenge and uses his charm to convince Gina to help him win the biggest prize of all, one with enough gold to allow them to give up pirating forever.

    But betrayal swirls in the air as surely as a stormy sea, and the curse of the gypsy doll makes betrayal more than dangerous...

    Rating: Sensual
    Page Count: 106
    Word Count: 28041


    One pirate often looked like the other, sunburned and scruffy, but she was certain they’d never met. She would have remembered that pretty smile, hidden though it was behind those overgrown whiskers.

    No matter. She had business at hand.

    Flattening her palms on the table, she bent low and said through tight lips, “That was my haul you stole, and I want it back.”

    His smile didn’t waver. Was he going to try to charm his way out of his...his skullduggery? If so, she’d have to inform Captain Charles the Charmer that his rumored talents would not work on her.

    He leaned forward on his elbows and brought his face close to hers. She resisted the inclination to back away.

    “I can never resist an easy catch,” he said in an accent that bore traces of Britain.

    Her skin quivered, her nostrils flared. Yet as she met his bold stare, she sucked in a breath. She thought she saw something there she recognized. Did she know him after all? She searched her memory. To her knowledge, she’d never met him.

    She recovered from the moment and continued, “Easy for you to say. The Gypsy Doll had already stopped that merchant ship.”

    “Aye, your gun-laden frigate does have its uses. Being fast is not one.”

    “The advantage will be mine when I blow your dinky little sloop out of the water.”

    “Captain! Are you insulting the size...of my ship?”

    The obvious sexual overtone felt like a physical caress. It somehow felt familiar. Provocative. She gave herself a mental shake. “It’s not the size of your...ship that’s in question. You stole what was mine.”





Reviewed by Sherri at Romancing the Book.

Imagine the shock for Captain Gina Santini when she discovers that her recent plunder of treasure has been stolen by none other than the man who stole her heart years ago before vanishing. Now Captain Charles is back and he wants her to help him score the prize of a lifetime and win her heart in the process.

Armed with a cursed doll for protection, Gina must decide which way to steer both her ship and her heart.

Charles must work hard to win Gina’s alliance as he seeks revenge for the past and redemption in her heart. The stakes are high as Charles navigates uncharted waters on both fronts.

Pirate’s Proposal is a great swashbuckler that will have you turning the pages late into the night. Ms. Layne has a great skill writing dialogue and it shows in the fun banter between all her characters. Her since of ships and swordplay rings true as she takes the reader from bawdy pier side pubs to rigging sails and preparing for a sea war. My only disappointment came when I ran out of story to read. I hope she considers a sequel for Charles and Gina.

A recommended read for anyone who loves a great pirate adventure. Pirate’s Proposal is one story in a larger group called Tales of the Scrimshaw Doll Series which follows the doll through history as it changes owners.

Favorite Quote: “Captain! Are you insulting the size…of my ship?”

The obvious sexual overtone felt like a physical caress. It somehow felt familiar. Provocative. She gave herself a mental shake. “It’s not the size of your…ship that’s in question. You stole what was mine.”



    I absolutely loved Pirate's Proposal by Diana Layne! This book is fast paced and exciting. The story is beautifully written; Ms. Layne has a special way with words. The characters are so realistic, I felt like a stowaway, riding out the storm on Gina's ship, The Gypsy Doll, right along with her. The romance between Captain Gina and Captain Charles is strong, intense and believable. I would recommend this book to anyone--pirate enthusiasts and pirate novices (like me) alike. If you've yet to encounter romance on the high seas, set sail with Pirate's Proposal and experience what you've been missing.



      Pirate's Proposal is part of The Tale of The Scrimshaw Doll series and I'm looking forward to the next installment. I thought this was a fast paced, exciting story. Made me think of old, old, old movies of Errol Flynn and the romantic days of the pirate and his maiden. Only this maiden is a pirate herself. Old hurts and suspicions must be over come if Gina and Charles are to win the battle with the Spanish and find their happiness.

      The storm scene was really realistic and surely Ms. Layne has experience sailing because the tension and description rang true. The author put the reader on the ship, you could feel the rain and wind.

      Try this one, you'll escape to another time.

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