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Subterfuge, romance and an American revolution take them from the ports of the Caribbean and Boston to the ballrooms of London and the courts of Spain. They fight each other, they fight side by side, and they love as fiercely as they fight. As is typical of a Moriah Jovan novel, there's nothing simple about this story and its characters; there are always unexpected depths in a Jovan novel. Celia and Elliott are embarking on both a literal and a figurative journey of exploration and Jovan takes the reader along, gradually exposing secrets and enticing us to love Celia and Elliott, cheer their successes and cry for their pain.

Although Celia is lusty and lives life to its fullest, she has secrets and heartache that she conceals. For me, Elliott's pain is even more deep, and he has reason to bury it even deeper. In many ways, he is a broken man, and in Celia, he finds someone with the strength to hold him together.

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In these two characters, we see the glimpses of familial traits bestowed upon subsequent Dunhams - Giselle, Knox, and Sebastian. Just by way of full disclosure, Dunham contains violence as would be expected of pirates and explicit sex. I usually classify a book a really good read when I laugh, cry, can't stop turning pages and can't stop thinking of the story. It's taken me months to write this review because I wanted to make sure my review adequately conveyed how good this story is, and how much I enjoy the characters Jovan brings to life.

I could read the whole book again tomorrow. I want to follow Celia and Elliott and watch the entire Dunham clan grow. I want to know each and every one of them because I'm certain their lives will be full of adventure. Jul 21, Nae rated it it was amazing. It's a door stopper if ever I saw one, but don't let the size scare you off of this one! The pages of this book are filled with more twists and turns than any Indiana Jones movie!

The first couple of chapters have a bit of graphic sex, enough to make even the "50 Shades of Gray" readers happy I would imagine; but, unlike "Shades of Gray" this book's sex actually does contribute to the plot line in some important and rather unlikely ways as the story develops. So, if you are like me an pages! So, if you are like me and tend to skip over those bits there are only so many ways one can do the deed after all and once you have read one or two of them they sort of tend to melt together for me just don't!

Read on through it because I found myself thoroughly enjoying the dialog in and around the sex encounters, and, I sincerely doubt if pirates in real life "tippy-toed" around anyone's sensibilities when it came to sex, so the baudiness, the sheer raunchiness of the language and the actions are probably more true to the period and the "pirateness" of the story than most folks would care to admit. Once this story moves from the high seas to London I found myself reading as fast as I could to find out what happened next.

This author, Moriah Jovan, truly has a knack for creating enough intricate plot lines to make the best of "Georgian period" authors squirm with jealousy; not to mention her ability to "talk the talk," "walk the walk" Pirates, audacious battles of wits, political machinations and rip-roaring battles on the high seas, good guys, bad guys, regency period London with its jaded and not so very nice nobility, with a judicious sprinkling of exotic locals, Marakesh, Spain, various and assorted Caribbean islands, well research pirate bolt holes and hidey places, it is all here in this book, and is just flat out fun to read.

This is what I would call the perfect escapist novel that takes you far away from your everyday life and plops you right down in heart thumping excitement. This would make one heck of a movie: Oct 30, Julia rated it it was amazing Shelves: Meanwhile, miles away in London, Commander Elliot Raxham is locked away in a cell, awaiting his execution. Being trialed for treason, the last t 4. Being trialed for treason, the last thing he expects is to be acquitted. But he is, and so the story begins.

Four years later the two meet for the first time in a tavern in the Caribbean, where Elliot [Captain Judas], having mistaken Celia [Captain Fury] for a whore steals a kiss that changes the course of their life.

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I absolutely loved Captain Fury. One thing I found irritating was the constant reminder that Celia was a woman. That said, everything else was great. May 11, Flurbert rated it it was amazing. Piracy never seemed so sexy. Here's the thing that we forget about the year Celia Fury knows this.

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  4. Judas Elliot is a pirate by default; it isn't his calling, but he's been shamed in the stodgy morass that we call the British Empire during a time that the Americans are Piracy never seemed so sexy. Judas Elliot is a pirate by default; it isn't his calling, but he's been shamed in the stodgy morass that we call the British Empire during a time that the Americans are poised to actually kick Britain out of the Colonies.

    Now, on to the details: The recipe for the book is complicated. There's a ton of high seas adventure well written and accurate , and a nice feel for the ribald but structured life of pirates operating with Letters of Mark. We get to see exactly how women are treated like high class brood mares, and even more, we see the ocean as a sort of escape for all creatures great and small. I snorted out loud at some of the sexual innuendo.

    There's a great deal of humor, and violence, and casual loss, and love-- just like the world was in I loved it, and Fury's scars, both literal and physical, made her interesting to watch. Sep 10, Nancy Brady rated it it was amazing Shelves: I have received this book as a review copy directly from the author for a honest review. Thank you for the book. This is an historical novel that is set during the time of the American Revolution.

    War is being fought on the high seas as well as on land, and here the emphasis is on the naval engagements. In particular, the pirate Captain Jack "Celia" Fury is a privateer fighting on behalf of the colonists.

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    She is English born and bred, but she is now a wild, wanton pirate. She mee Full disclosure: She meets another pirate, Captain Judas Iscariot, and lust, love, and romance ensue. They are kindred spirits and soul-mates in so many ways. This complex tale is, at heart, a romance with history thrown in for good measure. The list of the characters is extremely helpful as many of them go by various names depending upon the situation. Language is perfect for the time; attitudes, too. My only complaint might be the ability of these captains and their boats to link up and exchange missives as easily as is seen throughout the novel.

    Having a sailboat on Lake Erie, I have seen how difficult it is to catch up with another boat especially if of a different size. I can only imagine how difficult it would be on the Atlantic Ocean, but that is a minor point. Overall, highly recommended as a historic romance with lots of pirates thrown in for good measure. Aug 16, Mary Hosmar rated it it was ok Shelves: I love a good historical fiction story. So why only 2 stars? I would not have classed this as historical fiction.

    Yes, the story does use the historical setting of the American revolution but the actual story had very little to do with that event. The piracy, privateering, treason, intrigue and romance could have been set anywhere. This, in my humble opinion, is more of a romance than historical novel.

    Some parts, especially part one, could almost be classified as a sex manual. Nothing wrong wit I love a good historical fiction story. Nothing wrong with sex, mind you, but these graphics don't add to the story. If you want to portray a strong character with ferocious appetites, there are other ways. Having said all that, once I got over the disappointment of reading a romance rather than an epic historical novel about the American Revolution and fought my way through the first part, I did, surprisingly, find myself enjoying the STORY in the book.

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    I am sure Moriah Jovan did a lot of research, but some of the details of the story did not ring true to me. There were just enough discrepancies to annoy. This book was sent to me as part of the first reads and I am grateful for having received it and getting the chance to review it. Mar 20, Tracey rated it it was amazing. I want to be Fury! From the beginning of this book, the main characters jumped off of the page and fought, loved, lost and won in such vivid detail that I felt like I was watching them in my living room, rather than reading a book.

    The story will keep you riveted and you cannot help but feel everything right along with this cast of Pirates and Rogues. There is some graphic violence, but it was in context and totally descriptive of what life in the period surrounding the Revolutionary War in Amer I want to be Fury! There is some graphic violence, but it was in context and totally descriptive of what life in the period surrounding the Revolutionary War in America and aboard a pirate ship would be.

    There is also steamy, passionate lovemaking Moriah Jovan is a true favorite of mine and I hope that you will give this book and the rest of her books a try! Jan 20, Lucinda rated it it was amazing. What an epic read! One of the best historicals I've read in a long time.

    At , words, it's not an easy read and it demands a lot of commitment from the reader, both in time and emotion. Elliot and Celia are the kid of protagonists that stick with you, and you get to live with them through 10 years of amazing ups and downs. The historical research is impressive, and the different settings pull the reader in to the reality of the times.

    The cast of secondary characters is a true supportive ca What an epic read! The cast of secondary characters is a true supportive cast, and their individuality just adds more realism to the story. I had a hope for the kind of ending I wanted to read, and I was very glad to see it come to fruition. Aug 22, Tami Nelson rated it really liked it Shelves: Thanks Moriah Jovan I absolutely Loved this book! It was action packed and adventure filled.

    The fact that the main character is a female pirate captain just threw the cherry on the top. A love story and pirate adventure who could ask for more. The best part of it was when I found out it was the 2nd book in a series! I had no idea. Moriah Jovan is a truly gifted and skilled author! Sep 19, mad4rombks marked it as to-read. Format of your choice: Aug 28, Nooilforpacifists rated it did not like it Shelves: You must be kidding.

    It's the worst of sea adventures, pirate stories and Harlequin Romances in one extraordinarily long book. I have no idea who --what? Do not read this book. Melissa Stockton rated it it was amazing Jul 21, Kathy rated it it was ok Mar 02, Emma rated it really liked it Apr 01, Lesley rated it it was amazing Mar 23, Amy rated it it was ok Jul 19, Natasha Call rated it it was amazing Aug 14, Folashade rated it it was amazing Aug 01, LizzieB rated it it was amazing Jul 10, Kate rated it it was amazing Jul 07, Tina Black rated it really liked it Jan 02, Noreen rated it really liked it Jan 25, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

    Other books in the series. Tales of Dunham 4 books. Books by Moriah Jovan. Sebastian Taight, eccentric financier, steps between Knox and his uncle by initiating a hostile takeover. When Sebastian is appointed trustee of a company in receivership, he falls hard for its beautiful CEO. She has secrets that involve his uncle, but his secret could destroy any chance he has with her.

    Giselle Cox exposed the affair that set her uncle's plot in motion—twenty years ago. He's burned Giselle's bookstore and had her shot because it is she who holds his life in her hands. Then she runs into a much bigger problem: A man who takes her breath away, who can match and dominate her, whose soul is as scarred as his body. Knox, Sebastian, and Giselle: Three cousins at war with an uncle who will stop at nothing to keep Knox's inheritance. Never do they expect to find allies—and love—on the battlefield.

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    She'd hoped for a "thank you" from him, a kiss on the cheek, but before she could grow up and grow curves, he left town. Fourteen years later, Vanessa is a celebrity chef at the 5-star Ozarks resort she built. Eric is the new Chouteau County prosecutor on his way to the White House. Four hours apart and each tied to their own careers, their worlds have no reason to intersect until a funeral brings Vanessa back to Chouteau County, back to face the man for whom she'd risked so much, the only man she ever wanted—the only man she can't have.

    James, the woman hired to restructure his steel mill. Meanwhile, a man in Mitch's congregation plots to take over the position of bishop using Cassie's past profession as a prostitute as his weapon. A man with a vendetta. Let the games begin Published August 6th by Smashwords Edition first published July 20th Tales of Dunham To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Dunham Trilogy Omnibus , please sign up.

    Be the first to ask a question about The Dunham Trilogy Omnibus. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Jan 19, Lucinda rated it it was amazing.

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    Between 4 and 5 stars. Not your average LDS fiction explicit words and scenes. With that said, it was a wild ride to read these 3 novels. The writing is intimate and no nonsense, it pulls you in, and before you know it, you're deep in this Dunham world, with characters that are larger than life and so real. There was no way to be indifferent once I got started. The political plot was at times dizzying, but it helped cement the complexity of the story and the characters.

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    The three novels and their cast of characters are all intertwined, and I have a hard time thinking of each one individually. Knox, Giselle, and Sebastian, with Justice, Bryce and Eilis, then Vanessa and Eric, and Mitch and Cassie, all their friends and family— they are all in each other's lives, and this is why it works. If you start one, you have to read them all, so you might as well start with The Proviso, then Stay, and finish with Magdalene.