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Pearls of Fire (Pirates of Britannia #13) by Meara Platt. Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.

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Do the mysterious pearls with the red-gold color of the burning sun hold the key to love... or to a curse? 

Emma Langdon’s life was changed by a kiss that never happened. Hugh Le Brecque, the handsome viscount meant to do the kissing never showed up, and Emma has been trying to forget him ever since. But when thieves break into her elegant home to steal a family heirloom known as the Pearls of Fire, a necklace she believes is cursed, Emma knows she must turn to Hugh for help. Her father, driven mad with grief, has run off after the thieves and Emma fears his life is now in danger. Can she trust Hugh to find her father? Or will he betray her for those mysterious pearls that shine with the brilliance of a red-gold flame and seem to hold a dark power over men? 

Hugh Le Brecque, once a respected privateer in service of the Crown and English peer known as Viscount Brixham, is now a convicted pirate with no intention of hanging for a crime he did not commit. He has already made plans to seek revenge on the men who framed him when Emma Langdon storms back into his life, entering his cell and offering a bargain he cannot refuse - take her to the East Indies to help her find her father, and she will use her powerful connections to see his conviction overturned. A two hundred year old journal written by Emma’s ancestor who first acquired the Pearls of Fire is the only clue to her father’s whereabouts. 

Will Hugh fall under the spell of these mysterious pearls? Or is Emma’s enchanting innocence the greater danger to his heart? 


Lady Emma Langdon needs someone to search for her father,  who is hunting for the thieves who murdered her mother and stole the Pearls of Fire.  What her father didn't know is the pearls were never stolen.  The only man who can help her is locked in prison accused of murder. 
Hugh Le Brecque is a pirate.  He has been sentenced to hang for a crime he did not commit.  A young lady from his past life as an English Viscount offers him a way out, he will use her for his own reasons. 
Both our hero and heroine are keeping big secrets.  What will be most important to them both,  the pearls or the people that depend on them to right the wrongs????
An exciting story with wonderful characters,  and a journey to a faraway land. 
Great fun. 


Meara Platt is happily married to her Russell Crowe look-alike husband, and they have two terrific children. She lives in one of the many great towns on Long Island, New York, and loves it, except for the traffic. She has traveled extensively, occasionally lectures and finds time to write. Her favorite place in all the world is England’s Lake District, which may not come as a surprise since many of her stories are set in that idyllic landscape, including her Romance Writers of America Golden Heart award winning story.


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