Just caught up on another active series, The Pirates of the Coast, with The Iron Corsair by Barbara Devlin.
I have a long holiday weekend of campfire reading in my immediate future which is a good thing as I have one more complete series to finish off our May reading list. I can’t believe it’s already almost June, and therefore time for announcing our June reading list. Stay tuned!!
I discovered Barbara Devlin when I first subscribed to Kindle Unlimited, as at the time her books were available that way. Now it appears she has moved away from that platform and is strictly purchase only, huge bummer! I had already binged Brethren of the Coast, which this series is a spinoff of, and ranked it in the top 6 “Fun and Saucy” series, so that basically meant “yep, we’re reading it”.
The first book in the Pirates Series, The Black Morass, was a huge deviation from her Brethren series and I did not like it at all. The storyline, the characters, the intimate scenes… nothing was to my taste, but I HAVE to finish anything I start, so I hit “Purchase with 1-click” and $.99 later I was committed to the two hour read.
Thankfully, Iron Corsair returned us to the fun beach-y read and characters we loved from the Brethren of the Coast series. This book stays true to the historical Regency plot conventions:
- focuse on the rebellion of propriety within the ton
- and always have a minor element of intrigue.
What sets Barbara Devlin’s novels apart is the banter between the characters, and their ability to poke fun of marriage, love and the fact that the woman truly leads the man around by his… well… you know…
Substance factor is decent. It is predictable in true regency fashion, but there is a subplot of “whodunnit” that I honestly couldn’t predict, so I liked that! (I will warn though, I am easy to fool).
Steam factor: Since it was a regency romance, there was quite a bit of bedroom play and Barbara has some very cute ways of describing the male and female anatomy that makes me giggle through all her books. It never gets old!
Series Dependency: Truly, I don’t see that you would have to read the entire series to date before reading this one; however, I find that having met the supporting characters already in their own stories made the interactions and banter much more fun. But there is no history in the other books required to enjoy this one on its own.
Overall, it was a solid diversion from reality (isn’t that what we are looking for anyway) and the main characters were easy to like. I’ll stick around for her next one!