Sunday, August 19, 2012

Bound by Decency by Claire Ashgrove Book Review & Tour & Giveaway

Welcome to Bound by Decency Virtual Book Tour..   I have my book review up today , why Pirates are sexy ** aye ** and a teaser Excerpt to follow and even a competition.. Read on and find out why you should read Bound by Decency !


After inheriting a portion of Spain’s Royal Inheritance, Cain left The Flying Gang for a chance at honest wealth. With the secrets of his piracy tucked away, he achieved his lofty aspirations. But when his partner and best friend betrays him to the Royal Navy, Cain’s dreams are ripped to shreds. He’s left with his ship, the tattered remnants of a stolen future, and a piece of Spanish mystery. Wanted by three nations and destined for the gallows, he returns to the legendary band of buccaneers for one purpose -- vengeance.

 Kidnapped by the formidable Cain, India Prescott discovers he intends to kill the man she’s to marry. Cain’s story reveals betrayal. Treachery that extends to her as well. Although she holds the key to retribution, India refuses to become another man’s pawn. Freedom lies before her, the liberty to shrug off propriety, make her own decisions, and claim her destiny. But when she uncovers goodness in Cain’s soul and he awakens passion in her heart, she must combat the chains of convention once more.

 Only this time India's not fighting society. She’s battling a pirate bent on keeping her decency intact.

Series Concept:

The Flying Gang Legacy

With Europe in chaos over who would claim the Spanish throne, the Atlantic waters bred a most despicable lot. Privateers who pillaged and claimed, loyal to no country, more thief than noble mercenary. One man would claim Spain’s inheritance. He would pass it on. To a band of cutthroats more terrifying and deadly than the nightmares of the deep.
As the nations settle into peace, The Flying Gang knows no boundaries. No sea is safe. No shore unchartered. Chilling Rogers raised to the sky, they reign with fear, bound only to the wind, the brotherhood, and the ships they love. One tiny jeweled box strikes a gleam in their eyes. A golden trinket four rogue Captains risk danger, capture, and even friendship to possess.
Until love interferes with their rapscallion hearts…


This would be my first pirate adventure I have read and it certainly won’t be my last by Claire Ashgrove. A treasure to certainly add to your reader. 

With an array of characters, that will not only pull you into the pages, the chemistry between Teddy and India is just volcanic. The romance that Claire put forward was torturous, I waited and waited as I read on... the love grew, the tension unfolded, the passion and electricity was wafting off the pages, until finally, SWEET LOVIN... sigh.  ** throws party poppers ** 

 I’m not sure if I was more eager than India in the end for Cain to just give in..  He was certainly one strong willed man. ((Snickers))   His mission to keep India decent despite her tortuous teasing was just unfathomable lol. Keeping in mind that India certainly did give him a run for his lovin.

 The swarthy and charismatic pirate captain certainly had me rooting for the romance to bloom , but also had my heart breaking many a times. I really enjoyed his character, he was brave, hot, and a man who certainly could weild a sword. (( blushes )) 

  I eagerly await Drake’s story to. ((Hoping that the author lady gives us one of course)) I liked his meddling, but his friendship and loyalty was well put forth in this story. 

A great storyline, with a fluent flowing storyline, characters that will certainly pull you abroad the Kraken, and vivid descriptions thoroughly written throughout. A pirate tale, with many adventures, romance, action, suspense and what's a pirate tale without a little treasure...  Even if it be – The woman you love. 

An encounter on the high seas. ... Swarthy pirates and aye – Sexy moments to singe your lashes, and  have your corset in a tether.   


Five Reasons Pirates are Sexy

1.  Long Hair – What pirate do you know that has access to a barber?  They all had long hair of some sort, even if just at the nape of the neck from a short cut grown out.  Long shaggy hair to tangle your fingers in.  Long hair to dust your skin.  Long hair that promises wickedness… need I say more?

2.  Tattoos – Unique symbols that flaunt the far away places they’ve traveled.  Designs that tout their worldly experiences… maybe they learned a few more “worldly” things as well.

3.  Piercings – I find myself wondering what a pirate would think of today’s piercings.  Did they go that far?  The gold hoop earring, the tiny loop on the brow, the nose… the navel or…?  Wouldn’t it be fun to explore?

4.  The Accent – And no, I don’t mean the Disney, “Arr, Matey!”  I mean the slow, swagger of a foreign tongue.  The touch of brogue interspersed with something else.  A whisper that turns ordinary into extraordinary.  Yum!

5.  Arrogance – The pirate is the ultimate alpha hero who truly believes he is undefeatable (even when he’s defeated). A little charm to coerce someone into seeing things his way.  A little force when necessary.  And he even carries sword and pistol!

When I stop to think about it, pirates of old resemble the motorcycle-riding, tattoo-sporting, bad-boy we all love to love.  There are so many similarities, despite the eras that separate them.  Charming, enticing, and romantic all at the same time!

What about you?  What do you think our pirates of old would think of our modern bad-boys? 

(( I personally think they would kick arse )) snickers  - Kat 


 A TEASER ............................. EXCERPT 

Excerpt 3

“We can’t, Cain,” she whispered. Swallowing, she moistened her dry throat.
Like someone cracked a whip above his head, all the dark intensity in his gaze shifted to reveal a spark of anger. “Surely you don’t intend to hide behind this falsehood of loyalty to Richard.”
She twisted out of his hold and rose on unsteady legs. Free of his intoxicating nearness, sense returned. She shook her head. “It’s no falsehood. We are to wed. You know this.”
A wry smirk danced on his mouth as he stood. “A wedding that can’t take place if the bride does not return.”
Indignation rode her hard. The heaving of her chest began anew, and she whirled around with a fierce scowl. “You cannot keep me here forever!”
One dark eyebrow rose to mock her. “No? I see no one to stop me.” In three long strides he closed the distance between them. His hand shot out to yank the leather strap from around her waist and wind it tight around her wrists. He held them in one hand. “Did you forget you are my captive? I can keep you as long as I desire. No one will stop me from tying you here, or binding you in the hold.”
She gritted her teeth in a vain effort to still her tongue and tell him all the vile things that ran through her head. But at the sound of his low chuckling, her temper got the better of her. “If your intent is to keep me prisoner for eternity, I promise you I will find a way off this ship if I have to jump overboard. I may not possess the legs to sail, but I am quite capable of swimming.”
With a broad sweep of his arm, he gestured at the window. “Swim if you wish. You will tire. When you do, I will be there to haul you in. And when I do, you will still be bound, and still my captive. And if we wish to enjoy each other’s bodies, we shall.”
Spluttering, she opened her mouth to argue with logic, but sensible words eluded her tongue. All that tumbled loose was the ridiculous protest, “What you speak of is indecent!”
Pain flickered across his face, so insignificant she wouldn’t have noticed had he not moved closer to the light. With a nonchalant shrug, the momentary crease to his brow smoothed and his devilish smile returned to lift the corners of his mouth. “I have no place among decency.”


Giveaway Details:

Claire will be giving away a $25.00 Amazon Gift Card to one random commenter during the tour.  Follow the tour – the more times you comment, the better your chances of winning!  Complete schedule can be found here.