I received a digital copy of this book from Netgalley/the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I’ve read many of the books in Valerie Bowman’s Playful Brides series, so I was looking forward to reading the latest entry- Never Trust a Pirate. This book features Rafe Cavendish’s twin brother Cade, who is paired with the mysterious Danielle LaCrosse.

Now, Rafe and Daphne’s book is one of the only books in the series that I haven’t read, but I feel like I “know” them from their secondary role in the other books in the series. That said, I knew very little of Cade, who spent years abroad and was presumed dead.

Danielle is working in the Cavendish house as a maid, but there is more to her story than appears. When she first encounters Cade, she thinks that he is the master of the house, and is relieved to find out that he is a different person- just one who happens to look like her employer!

Despite their difference in station, Cade and Danielle have an instant connection. Things really get interesting partway through the book when they discover that they have more in common than they even realized.

Never Trust a Pirate is full of surprises, which makes for a fun book. Sometimes it is the characters who are surprised, and sometimes it is the reader who is treated to a big reveal. Cade and Danielle are both struggling to overcome issues from their past, but there are some lighter moments as well to balance out the more serious moments. This isn’t as angsty as some of the other historicals I’ve read recently, which is a nice change of pace.

I would absolutely recommend Never Trust a Pirate. This book functions well as a standalone, and it’s a little different than the other books in the series. There isn’t as much interaction with the characters from the other books, but if you think about it, Cade isn’t really part of their “set”, so he doesn’t have as much of a reason to spend time with the recurring cast (so to speak). I’m already looking forward to Bowman’s next book. I certainly don’t want to wish away the summer, but I can’t wait for October!

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