I picked this up as a bit of an impulse read at my local library. I will read pretty much anything and thought this might be a light, funny read. I expected it to be a bit childish perhaps, but I wouldn't say that it is.
The story is basically as follows: When Camilla, a lonely single mum of two young boys decides to find some new friends and meets a millionaire Pirate on the Internet, she is invited by him to bring her boys to stay with him in his boat home in the Caribbean. She eventually agrees, although she is unsure about what to expect. A love hate relationship evolves between them and she winds up staying much longer than anticipated and having the adventure of her life. Full of twists and turns, unusual characters and delicious descriptions of the Caribbean and Camillas new sun tan. It is hard to decide whether the Pirate is a fiend or a sweetheart, probably somewhere in between, although Camilla is no pushover either, and puts up a good fight. The pirate has met his match!
Funny and constantly on the move I enjoyed this story much more than I expected to and it puts an adventurous twist on a chick-lit style romance. A tear was brought to my eye more than once and more particular scene had me on the edge of my seat with nerves! (I won't spoil it for you) but most of the time it was laugh out loud funny and transported me away from work to an exotic beach.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a break from the usual style of chick lit or anyone who just wants a laugh! It may tempt you to go off and have your own adventure in the sun!
Overview of the plot - Camilla, a single mum of two boys starts surfing the net to meet new people. She meets and enjoys talking to a pirate from the Carribean and he invites her and her children to go and stay with him on his boat. He isn't quite as he seems as he sends a different picture but she stays to enjoy the Carribean Pirate lifestyle!
This is a very amusing book. It is chick-lit but with a twist! It is also an adventure, with some romance and comedy mixed in and is very original. I like it when authors defy the normal expectations of a genre.
The Pirate is very funny - you end up hating and loving him. He can be quite awful at times, such as by holding her captive, but he does meet his match in Camilla.
I also loved all the Carribean references to the culture, especially the food. He is a millionaire so he orders and eats as much as he wants - it can leave you feeling hungry at times - for both some sunny weather and delicious fresh sea-food.
My only slight criticism is that it does become a little far-fetched but read with an open mind and it is certain to amuse and delight! I would definitely read this if you are bored with the same chick-lit that is usually released.
A great book for the summer (or read it before if you need cheering up!)