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Never Trust A Pirate. (Playful Brides #7) by Valerie Bowman. Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.

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The rules of engagement were never so scandalous. . .

A rumored pirate and the scurrilous black sheep of his well-to- do family, Cade Cavendish relishes his world of rebellion, deception, and seduction. Nothing and no one can hold him to be the duty-bound, honorable man he is expected to be. But when an unexpected run-in at his twin brother's estate with a ravishing, raven-haired maid leads her to believe he's actually a viscount, Cade's renegade life is thrown wildly off-kilter. And even though a case of mistaken identity can be quickly set to rights, matters of the heart are quite different...

Miss Danielle LaCrosse is startled to learn that the handsome gentleman who radiates sin and has the devil in his eyes is not her employer the Viscount, but rather his infamous brother. A former heiress, orphaned and left penniless, Danielle has more than a few secrets of her own. Cade may be skilled at coaxing even the most hidden desires out of Danielle but can he earn her trust--and win her heart--as they embark on an adventure to confront a dangerous enemy from both of their pasts . . . and uncover the identity of the so-called Black Fox along the way?

Never Trust a Pirate is part of the Regency-set Playful Brides series by Valerie Bowman


Danielle LaCrosse is a spy, working for the English crown.  Her boss has sent her undercover as a ladies maid in a posh London home.  That is about as far from her normal assignments as is possible to get. 
Cade Cavendish is the black sheep of his family.  His hero twin brother has just been given the title Viscount,  and until very recently believed his brother dead.  Cade is a man with many different names depending on who he is with.  He has one main purpose he is determined to carry out. 
Our characters are both devious but loving and loyal to their families.  There is lots of fun,  subterfuge and some sexy scenes.  It is very easy to get involved in their lives.  There is also danger when the enemy is confronted. 
This is part of a series but can be read as a stand alone.  It will however tempt you to read the previous books.  
I loved every page. Great fun. 



Valerie Bowman is an award-winning author who writes Regency-set historical romance novels aka Racy Regency Romps!

Valerie’s debut novel was published in 2012. Since then, her books have received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and Kirkus. She’s been an RT Reviewers’ Choice nominee for Best First Historical Romance and Best Historical Romance Love and Laughter. Two of her books have been nominated for the Kirkus Prize for fiction.

Valerie grew up in Illinois with six sisters (she’s number seven) and a huge supply of historical romance novels. After a cold and snowy stint earning a degree in English Language and Literature with a minor in history at Smith College, she moved to Florida the first chance she got. Valerie now lives in Jacksonville with her family including her rascally dogs. When she’s not writing, she keeps busy reading, travelling, or vacillating between watching crazy reality TV and PBS.

Visit Valerie on the web at  Website.  Facebook.  Twitter.  Goodreads. Pinterest.

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