TBR Review: Seduced by a Pirate by Eloisa James

seduced-by-a-pirateSeduced by a Pirate (novella)
by Eloisa James
Series: Fairy Tales #4.5
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by Avon Impulse, 2012
E-book, Purchased
100 pages
Grade: C+
Synopsis: Sir Griffin Barry leapt out of the bedchamber window at age seventeen after a very disappointing wedding night, drank a bit too much at the pub and woke to find that he’d joined the crew of a pirate ship! Years later, he has become one of the most feared pirates on the high seas, piloting the Flying Poppy, a ship he named after the wife whom he fondly (if vaguely) remembers.

What happens when a pirate decides to come home to his wife — if she is his wife — given that the marriage was never consummated? And what happens when that pirate strolls through his front door and is met by… well, that’s a surprise!

No one knew that Griffin’s ship was named for his wife, whose name was Poppy. He had even tattooed a small blue poppy high on one cheekbone in her honor, although he had known her for only one day–and ever consummated the marriage.


  • Griffin accepts Phoebe’s three children when he returns and is willing to raise them as his own. He realizes he was gone for 14 years and she didn’t know if he would ever return or if she would ever have children. She’s 34 when he returns.


  • I didn’t feel I really knew the characters, because of the short number of pages.
  • They only meet each other on their wedding night when Griffin was 17 years old and Phoebe was 20. He was unable to consummate the marriage. He comes back to his wife 14 years later. They almost instantly fall in love when he returns.
  • Griffin names his ship the Flying Poppy in honor of his wife, but that isn’t even her name! Her name is Phoebe.

And a few thoughts

  • The book isn’t long enough to really get to know the characters. It is connected to Ms. James’ Fairy Tale series since the other pirate in the beginning of the book is the hero of The Ugly Duckling.
  • I usually like Ms. James’ books, but I think the short length of this book makes it hard to connect to the characters.
  • This novella won the RITA award in 2013 for best novella. This month’s TBR challenge is to read a RITA award book.

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

This is my TBR review for the month of July. This challenge is hosted by Wendy @ The Misadventures of Super Librarian. The review for this challenge is posted on the third Wednesday each month. I’m also participating in the following reading challenges for this book:

TBR Review: When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James

This is my TBR review for the month of April hosted by Wendy @ The Misadventures of Super Librarian. The review for this challenge posts on the third Wednesday each month.

The challenge this month: Romance Classics (classic book, classic author, classic trope/theme etc.) I chose a Beauty and the Beast trope.


When Beauty Tamed the Beast
by Eloisa James
Series: Fairy Tales, Book 2
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by Avon, 2011
E-book, Purchased
372 pages
Grade: B+
Synopsis: Miss Linnet Berry Thrynne is a Beauty . . . Naturally, she’s betrothed to a Beast.

Piers Yelverton, Earl of Marchant, lives in a castle in Wales where, it is rumored, his bad temper flays everyone he crosses. And rumor also has it that a wound has left the earl immune to the charms of any woman.

Linnet is not just any woman.

She is more than merely lovely: her wit and charm brought a prince to his knees. She estimates the earl will fall madly in love—in just two weeks.

Yet Linnet has no idea of the danger posed to her own heart by a man who may never love her in return.

If she decides to be very wicked indeed . . . what price will she pay for taming his wild heart?

“I do believe that his given name is something odd. Peregrine, Penrose- Piers, that’s it.”
“He sounds like a dock.” Lord Sundron put in.
“Mrs. Hutchins called me a light frigate this morning,” Linnet said “a dock might be just the thing for me.”


“I didn’t realize you needed a response. When Hamlet is giving a monologue, he just goes on and on by himself.”


  • A delightful book. I love the back-and-forth between Piers and Linnet. It is so much fun to read.
  • The way Linnet is ruined is very funny. Linnet shows her humor and self-deprecation in the first chapter as she faces the reality of her position.
  • Piers is a character modeled on “House” from the doctor in the TV series by that name.
  • I like the way Ms. James uses the Beauty and the Beast theme.
  • Piers has good reasons for not talking to his father since he and his mother left him.
  • Linnet is cynical about her beauty and the response of people around her.
  • I like the last third of the book which turns Linnet’s beauty against her.
  • Piers is fiercely intelligent and a doctor even though he’s a lord. His injured leg is often painful, he gets irritated with the people around him and he doesn’t bother with kindness to his patients.
  • Linnet is also very intelligent, but many people never see that. They just see her beauty. Piers sees beyond her beauty and recognizes her intelligence and a kindred spirit in her cynicism. He values these things far more than her beauty.
  • Linnet make changes to the way Piers treats the patients and Piers finally lets her. Linnet sees the patients as people; Piers sees them as cases. Both ways are important to the patients.
  • Piers’ mother and father are great characters, too.


  • Piers says terrible things to Linnet to drive her away.


  • I like Eloisa James’ writing a lot. This book is a good example with the witty exchanges between characters. I’ve read several of these fairy tale remakes by Eloisa James and like them. She makes these fairy tales fresh and fun to read.

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

As well as the TBR reading challenge hosted by Wendy I’m also participating in the following reading challenges for this book: