Sex and Swashbuckling: Pirate Romance

Shiver me timbers and batten down me hatches, today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day, and have we got some great pirate romances for you! We’ve highlighted a few of our favorite female pirate heroines, but there are lots of other books from which to choose—including present-day pirates and sexy steampunk pirates on airships.

Destiny's CaptiveDestiny’s Captive, by Beverly Jenkins

When African-American Captain Noah Yates’ ship is stolen by a pirate, he will stop at nothing to get it back—even if the pirate is a woman. That woman, gun runner Pilar Bandaras, needs the ship to help the Cuban rebels fighting for freedom from Spain. When the two meet again at a party, they engage in a sword fight, and when Pilar needs protection, Yates makes a proposal, with sexy results. 



A Gentleman til MidnightA Gentleman til Midnight, by Alison DeLaine 

Corsair Kate, aka Countess Katherine Kinloch, is en route to England to secure her the family’s estate when she happens upon a sailor floating in the ocean. The man is Captain James Warre, and he once failed to rescue her from Barbary pirates. He quickly realizes that admitting who he is will not serve him well. When Kate determines his true identity, she decides to use this knowledge to her advantage, but James’ kindness to her blind daughter, Anne, soon has Katherine seeing him as more than just a means to an end.

The Red SirenThe Red Siren, by M. L. Tyndall

Faith Westcott has turned to the pirate’s life to amass a large enough fortune to provide for herself and her two younger sisters. A lady by day and the pirate Red Siren by night, Faith no longer believes in God; after all, her mother died in childbirth and her eldest sister’s husband is abusive. The first ship Faith captures belonged to Dajon Waite, who goes on to become a navy captain.  They meet again when her father appoints him guardian to Faith and her sisters. Sparks fly between them, but what will happen when Dajon discovers that Faith is the Red Siren?


Want more or we’ll keelhaul ya!


Dukes to the Left of Me, Princes to the Right, by Kieran Kramer 

Enemy Within, by Marcella Burnard

her-sky-cowboy Her Sky Cowboy, by Beth Ciotta

How to be a Proper Lady, by Katharine Ashe

If the Earl Only Knew, by Amanda Forester 

Light Up the Night, by M. L. Buchman

A Pirate’s Possession, by Michelle Beattie

Pleasures of a Tempted Lady, by Jennifer Haymore 

The Rogue Pirates’ Bride, by Shana Galen

Rules of an Engagement, by Suzanne Enoch

 Scandalous Desires, by Elizabeth Hoyt 

Sea Change, by Darlene Marshall

 Steamed, by Katie MacAlister

 The Ugly Duchess, by Eloisa James 

Wicked Seduction, by Jade Lee 

The Wicked Ways of Alexander Kidd, by Paula Quinn 



About the Author:

Ilene Lefkowitz is a supervising librarian at the Denville Public Library in Denville, New Jersey. Along with C. L., co-author of Read On . . . Romance (2014). When she is not reading romances she can be found cooking up a storm or attempting to be crafty. Follow her on Twitter @ilefkowitz. C. L. Quillen is the director of the Spotswood Public Library. In her spare time, she likes to get creative in the kitchen, travel, and spoil her already very spoiled Siamese-mix cat. She is the co-author of Read On . . . Romance (2014). Follow her on Twitter at @cielle.

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