Title: The Pirate of Fathoms Deep (Tales of the High Court, #2)
Author: Megan Derr
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Release Date: June 13, 2016
Genre(s): Historical Fantasy/Romance
Book Length: 54,000 words
Reviewed by: Renée
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
High Commander Lesto Arseni is the most feared man in the Harken Empire. None but the High King dares risk his wrath—and a pirate who once punched him in the middle of the imperial pavilion. A pirate who later snuck away with Lesto to an empty room, touched him in ways far more memorable. And then immediately bolted like a man who’d gotten what he wanted.
Shemal just wants to live a normal life, leave his pirating days behind him and prove that he’s respectable now. The last thing he needs is the two idiots who show up wanting his help with the noble they’ve kidnapped—the very man Shemal had been hoping to prove himself to, the man he hasn’t forgotten since Shemal punched him a year and a half ago.
“I can’t figure you out.”
Shemal looked up with a scowl. “What’s to figure out?”
“Oh, I don’t know,” Lesto snapped. “You fucked me like there was nothing else you’d rather do then left with all the speed of a serious regret. I arranged a comfortable pardon term for you at Fathoms Deep only to return to find you had vanished without a word. One minute you look at me like you want to kiss me, and the next minute you look like you’d rather slit my throat. Which one is it?”
This passage sums up the storyline better than I could possibly do it. Lesto is the lovable High Commander that we met in Book 1. He’s snarky, he’s quick to succumb to his flashy temper, and he is tired of getting all the way to his 40s without someone to love him like his best friend, the High King, has recently found. And the one person he can’t forget from eighteen months ago continues to haunt him.
But Shemal never forgot Lesto either. Eighteen months ago, he had a one-time encounter with the beautiful High Commander. The former pirate has actually spent all those months “ bettering himself so that he could be worthy of Lesto when he sees him again.
This book was so romantic, and actually quite steamier than Book 1. I adore Derr’s writing, and she wove this story very nicely. I got completely caught up with Lesto and Shemal.
Lesto is ready to retire, but he is drugged and kidnapped after being mistaken for someone else. Shemal, the ocean-eyed man he’s never forgotten, inadvertently thwarts the kidnapping, and the two see each other again for the first time in many months.
The plot of murder and suspense within the Kingdom never overshadows the romance and friendships that I’ve grown to love with this group.
Lesto wants to retire from his post as High Commander and start his life. Shemal wants to be worthy of Lesto, but he’s a former pirate without a coin to his name. How can this possibly work?
This tale is entertaining and really fun. I enjoyed Book 1 a smidge better, but this was definitely worth reading!
After almost four decades of never holding still, he’d managed to stumble across someone who made him forget how to move.