Thursday, February 28, 2013

Best Pirate, Privateer and High Seas Romances!

Who doesn’t love a good pirate or privateer saga? All that capturing, swashbuckling and romancing on the high seas—oh yes! My blood is boiling just thinking about it. While there are lots of pirate and privateer romances out there, not all are great ones. Here’s my list of those I have read and rated 4 and 5 stars. Some do not have pirates as such, but may have a swashbuckling sea captain or a privateer. In almost every case, part of the story takes place on the high seas.  

·       Across a Moonlit Sea, The Iron Rose and Following Sea, Pirate Wolf trilogy by Marsha Canham
·       A Kiss in the Wind by Jennifer Bray-Weber
·       A Pirate’s Pleasure from the North American Women trilogy by Heather Graham Pozzessere
·       Bound by the Heart by Marsha Canham
·       Broken Wing by Judith James
·       Call of the Sea by Rebecca Hart
·       Captain of My Heart by Danelle Harmon
·       Crimson Rapture by Jennifer Horsman
·       Desire in Disguise by Rebecca Brandewyne
·       Desire in the Sun by Karen Robards
·       Devil's Embrace and Devil's Daughter by Catherine Coulter
·       Embrace and Conquer by Jennifer Blake
·       Fields of the Sun by Nadine Crenshaw
·       Gentle Rogue by Johanna Lindsey
·       Island Flame and Sea Fire by Karen Robards
·       Lady Vixen by Shirlee Busbee
·       Magic Embrace by Jennifer Horsman
·       Master of My Dreams by Danelle Harmon
·       Master of Seduction by Kinley MacGregor
·       My Wicked Pirate by Rona Sharon
·       Passion’s Joy and the sequel, Virgin Star by Jennifer Horsman
·       Passion’s Ransom by Betina Krahn
·       Pirate’s Angel by Marsha Bauer
·       Pirate Royale by Cordia Byers
·       Sea Mistress by Candace McCarthy
·       Sea Mistress by Nancy Morse
·       Shadowheart by Laura Kinsale
·       Silver Storm by Cynthia Wright
·       The Captain of All Pleasures by Kresley Cole
·       The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss
·       The Game by Brenda Joyce
·       The Hawk and the Dove by Virginia Henley
·       The Hidden Heart by Laura Kinsale
·       The Pirate and the Pagan by Virginia Henley
·       The Pirate Lord by Sabrina Jeffries
·       The Pride of the King by Amanda Hughes
·       The Rogue Pirate’s Bride by Shana Galen
·       The Storm and the Splendor by Jennifer Blake
·       The Wind and the Sea by Marsha Canham
·       The Windflower by Laura London (aka Sharon and Tom Curtis)
·       Till Dawn Tames the Night by Megan McKinney
·       Treasured Embrace by Marsha Bauer
·       Velvet Chains by Constance O’Banyan
·       With One Look by Jennifer Horsman


  1. I cannot thank you enough for including me in this list, Regan. Now I have a host of new swashbucklers to read too.

    1. Amanda, Your book, Pride of the King, is a 5-star read and I loved it!

  2. It has been awhile since I have read a good Romance on the High Seas book... Thanks for the list..Great choices.

    1. Thanks for commenting, Kathleen! And I'm so glad the list will be helpful.

  3. Island Flame was the first romance I ever read! I was just 16 and that's when I realized I was meant to be a writer!

    1. Tracy, you are fortunate to learn that with your very first read of a historical novel. I enjoyed Island Flame and thought Robards an exceptional writer.

  4. I've read about half of your list and they are indeed four and five star reads. Thanks for giving me a heads up on the ones I've missed!

  5. You can't leave out Frenchman's Creek by Daphne DuMaurier - A classic! And I also loved Tsunami Blue by Gayle Ann Williams, a modern fantasy with a great heroine and a super hot pirate (part 1 of a three part series).

    1. Ellen,
      Frenchman's Creek is on my to read shelf but I understood it was not so much historical romance as historical fiction. And I almost never include fantasy on my lists--I like straight historical romance.

  6. Thanks again, Regan, for a "Best" list. I usually have one open in front of me when I'm shopping on Amazon or at a used book store!