Pirate’s Pleasure

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 25 Apr 2019

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John Smyth has survived mutinous pirate crews, wars, and the passage of centuries by keeping his life as he did his ships, organized and well stocked. But when his crew is tasked with stealing Pandora's Box for the government, it opens a door to destruction, and her name is Harmony Andrews. A risk-taking investment broker by day, and a thief by night, Harmony is a member of the underground Digi Robins crew. Stealing relics to sell on the dark web, they donate the money to people without insurance who need life-saving medical treatments. What she doesn't realize is the box she just stole is the very one her boss is looking for––the boss who just happens to be an immortal pirate. And as their adventure heads into the danger zone, she doesn't know what's more dangerous: the risk to her life or the risk to her heart.
I have read many of this author’s books. She’s definitely one of my favorites. That said, this book wasn’t. It wasn’t bad and kept the same feel as the others, but I had a hard time liking Harmony. 
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Pirates and romance! 
Twists and turns!
Great and entertaining plot!
Highly recommended book to read!
I read it within 72 hrs and now I am having withdraw symptoms!
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I like the setting and the premise is lots of fun. There’s some interesting magical elements and the pirate scenario is great.
The main character makes stupid decisions occasionally and she doesn’t read situations or people very well, but I liked her okay. John is great. They have good chemistry with some good steam. Overall, a fun, entertaining read!
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An enchanting adventure that was full action and intrigue from the start. I loved this addition to the series! Book gifted to me.
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The Story in 4 Sentences or Less: Harmony Andrews is an investment broker by day, a thief by night, and a member of a modern day group of Robin Hoods who steal relics to sell on the dark web and donate the money where it is needed. When she steals a box rumored to be none other than Pandora’s Box it lands her right in the path of a centuries old pirate, and her daytime boss, John Smyth. Now they have to work together to make sure the box doesn’t fall in to the wrong hands.





Like It? Hate it? Love it? Why? I’ve never read a romance where the hero is an immortal pirate so Pirate’s Pleasure was a new experience for me. I’ll say that the plot was pretty interesting, a crew of pirates who are immortal and working at various places but at the same time still resort to their pirating ways. Pretty fun if you ask me.

John is an interesting character to say the least, I just wish that there had been some time spent on his backstory rather than just mentioning it here and there. I felt I was being teased. I wanted to know more about John and was left unsatisfied.


With Harmony I just couldn’t like her. She’s described as a risk taking, independent, spirited woman but she came across as naïve, arrogant, and lacked a sense of self-preservation. She didn’t trust anyone yet immediately trusted John who up until recently had only been her boss. Yeah it she didn’t work for me. 

John and Harmony’s attraction could be explained as an opposites attract sort of thing but to me it never developed past the physical stage so when the “L” word started getting tossed around it was unconvincing to me. Harmony wasn’t much of a heroine and having the hots for each other hardly qualified as a reason to spend eternity together.

But there was one thing above all that really bugged me about Pirate’s Pleasure and that was the excessive use of the word “Aye.” I mean, it was used so many times I almost strained my eyes with all the rolling they did. I can overlook using it once or twice but it was used so many times that I felt I was watching a bad stereotype pirate play. Surely these pirates have evolved and acquired a broader vocabulary in order to fit into a modern world right? I half expected there to be an “Avast ye matey” or a couple of Arrrs thrown in there. I really could have done without 98% of the Ayes in the book.

All wasn’t lost though. The idea of mystical objects like Pandora’s Box existing in the modern world was intriguing, and a lot of focus was spent on the conflict of just what to do with it and the question of how dangerous it could be. I think with a bit more attention to making John and Harmony more real and less of a stereotype on John’s part, this could have been a real winner.

Click It or Skip It? Skip it. I’m not opposed to reading previous books in the series or even the next book. This one had promise but ultimately there were things that just worked against it.
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This series just keeps on getting better – I’m loving reading it! Take the crew of a pirate ship, the Sea Dog, have them find and drink from the Holy Grail and be gifted with super healing powers and stopping aging . . . . centuries later have them living and working in the Savannah area – and sometimes assisting (for a fee) a member of Department D, trying to help recover stolen, powerful artefacts and relics to put them safely out of the way. That’s the backstory to this brilliant series. In this story, the artefact is Pandora’s Box and the thief who stole it turns out to be much closer than anyone had thought possible!

John Smyth, the Sea Dog‘s boatswain, is now a successful investor, running his business for the benefit of his crew mates. He didn’t realise that his most trusted investment broker, Harmony, is actually someone stealing relics to sell on the dark web to help fund medical treatments for people who couldn’t otherwise afford them through a group know as the Digi Robins. As her duplicity is revealed, John is faced with the dilemma of keeping her safe, stopping the artefact ending in the wrong hands and fulfilling his contract with Department D. As their adventures to keep Pandora’s box develop, so do their feelings for each other but they both have secrets – and so do others. Will they learn to trust? Can they keep each other safe? Will love find a way for them?

This is a fun, action packed adventure that had me turning the pages to see what happened next. I really appreciated how the relationship between the main characters grows as the story progresses. There is a brilliant mix of drama, humour and romance to keep the reader entertained throughout the story. I’m thoroughly enjoying the series and have no hesitation in highly recommending it.

I requested and was gifted a copy of this book and this is my honest review after choosing to read it.
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A splendid tale by Ms. Kessler. Lots of action and romance.  Enjoyed the book from the start to the finish.
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I loved this book. It takes you to the character's of Captain Hook's men and it is many year's later. They have drunk from the Holy Grail and can not die. John Smythe own his own business and has a woman named Harmony working for him. His crew is asked to steal Pandora's box for the government and that is where Harmony comes into play. Harmony is also a thief and works for the underground world called Digi Robbins. She steals relics to sell and then gives the money to people who have no insurance and need life saving medical treatments. Once John finds out who she really is he is also losing his heart to her. He can't decide if he should keep his heart safe like he always has or give it to Harmony.
I loved hearing the names of the pirates. Plus the agents involved and how one has also drunk from the Holy Grail and trying to save a family member who he has watched from afar.
This is the 3rd book of the series and I would love to read the other 2 books.
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One of the things about human beings is that we all require purpose. That purpose might be a career or a cause, or it might just be the hard work of keeping your family housed and fed and clothed and working to give your kids a better life than you had.

One of the problems of being immortal, or nearly so, is that the world changes and you mostly don’t. That the world passes you by while you stay frozen in it. And that it’s hard to find a purpose when you have already amassed all the wealth you could possibly need and when you have to stay out of the public eye in case someone figures out that you don’t age. And that it’s heartbreaking to have a family to provide for when you know up front that you’ll watch them all, including your children, grandchildren and great or even great great grandchildren grow up, grow old and die while you remain young and are forced to keep your distance.

The problems of immortality catch up with both the pirate John Smyth of the Sea Dog and the FBI Agent David Bale who leads Department 13 – the agency that deals with the paranormal and supernatural.

John Smyth was the Sea Dog’s boatswain back in those long ago days when they roamed the seas in search of booty and bounty. His job was to take care of the ship’s stores and hand out the pirates’ shares of the prize money. And he’s still doing it, over two centuries later.

But now he also does that same job for others who look at the success of his investment brokerage, Privateer, and put some of their own hard-earned money into his care. The rituals of his life keep him sane, but they aren’t really living.

The events of Magnolia Mystic and Pirate’s Passion, when someone stole the Holy Grail that gave the pirates of the old Sea Dog their immortality woke up the sleeping buccaneer in his soul. In the quest to get the relic back from the Serpent Society that stole it, John Smyth’s wild spirit woke up out of a long sleep – and it won’t go back.

Enter Harmony Andrews. Not exactly. Harmony is one of his top brokers at Privateer. She’s so good that he’s thinking of promoting her. But Harmony also has a secret wild side. She’s one of the Digi Robins, an underground hacker collective that robs from the rich and gives to people who need expensive medical care. Once upon a time, the Digi Robins saved her brother. Now she pays that gift forward by hacking and stealing to save others.

But someone has stolen Pandora’s Box. The very real, and very dangerous, box that contains all the world’s ills. Department 13 has contracted with the crew of the Sea Dog to steal it back.

From Harmony and the Digi Robins.

Escape Rating B+: If the Holy Grail is real, and it is in this series, there’s no reason why Pandora’s Box couldn’t be real too. As well as a whole lot of other dangerous artifacts that need to be locked up in the bowels of Warehouse 13 or Area 51 (or Area 52) or someplace else extremely secure. And deeply, permanently secret.

Pirate’s Pleasure is all about putting one of those extremely dangerous “genies” into that seemingly secure bottle – although we discover that Department 13’s warehouse isn’t quite as secure as everyone thought. Their method of transferring material into it certainly is not – as the Digi Robins exploit to kick off the story.

There are multiple things going on in this entry in the series, and all of them fascinating.

At the top, we have the very messy quest to get Pandora’s Box into safe (and secure) hands. But that quest sets off a worm-eating-its-tail loop of betrayals, counter betrayals, intended betrayals and feared (and preempted) betrayals. No one seems to be telling anyone much of the truth in this one.

When Harmony reveals her participation in the Digi Robins to John, in hopes of getting him onside their goals, it also sets off a chain reaction between them. No one has ever played him before – not in over two centuries. He’s intrigued. More than that, Harmony’s wild side speaks to his own – he’s just not sure he can (or should) trust her.

And she’s afraid to trust him. Or anyone. A situation that nearly leads to disaster. All of them.

Because Harmony has already been betrayed, and not by John Smyth. There’s a darkness at the heart of the Digi Robins, one that has reached out and compromised both her group and Department 13.

It may make Agent Bale just a bit more human and less unfeeling Agent Automaton. If he survives the experience. If any of them survive his experience.

There’s a whole lot to unpack in Pirate’s Pleasure – and there’s a whole lot of pleasure in reading all about it!
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3.5 Hearts This is the third in the series but I didn’t realize that when I requested it from NetGalley. While it can be read as a stand alone you can tell that you are missing some information from the previous books.

I have read this author off and on for years and to be honest have never been into the whole pirate thing but since I knew the author I thought I would give it a try. And I wasn’t disappointed. 

I felt the story was a little slow in the beginning and it took me a bit to understand that the series is about immortal pirates and the women they fall for. Seems an odd combination. But once the romance relaly got started it was an enjoyable read. 

Disclaimer:
I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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3.5 Stars

Every book I read from Lisa Kessler reminds me why I love her writing so much – from the well-developed plot and characters to a writing style that practically reads the words off the page for me, I never finish a book disappointed. And even though I wasn’t a huge fan of this particular story since I wasn’t totally on board with the relationship between the main characters, this was still an enjoyable read that had me captivated from start to finish.

Although I did like both John and Harmony as individual characters, there was something about them as a couple that never really clicked into place for me until the very end of the book. Since these two have known each other for years, the insta-love type vibe, which often doesn’t work at all for me, felt a bit out of place between these two and I think what was missing for me was that I would have liked to have been some spark that started when they first met and was just ignored until circumstances had them coming together. Even though I wasn’t all-in with John & Harmony as a couple (and even they had a hard time getting on board with their relationship!), in typical Lisa Kessler fashion there is no shortage of fantastic dialogue and emotional depth written into the story and no one is better at writing a hero who can have you swooning – and often times also laughing out loud – even in the most dangerous of circumstances.

I am absolutely loving this crew of immortal pirates as well as following the series arc as the secrets behind Agent Bale and Department 51 are revealed. Every new story in the series has added characters to the mix that keep enhancing the overall series, and getting glimpses at the crew and characters we haven’t met yet in their own book have me looking forward to see what’s next for the crew.

If a pirate’s life is for you or you just love a wonderfully written book with all the feels, then you can’t go wrong with this one – or any book written by Lisa Kessler!
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He has survived mutinous pirate crews, wars and he passage of centuries, but the door to destruction is been opened when John Smyth and his crew have been tasked with finding Pandora’s Box. Harmony Andrews is a member of a crew of modern day Robin Hoods by night and a risk-taking investment broker by day, but her latest theft has her risking her heart and her life when she discovers that the very box she stole is the one her boss is looking for.

The newest Sentinels of Savannah is a page turning read that makes readers swoon and long for a daring adventure to fall into their lap as long as it involves some seriously sexy immortal pirates, that is. John and Harmony are two strong, dynamite characters that has oodles and oodles of sizzling chemistry that explodes from the pages. Their stirring romance has sparks flying and lightning lighting up the skies all though it has a few obstacles to overcome which makes it easy for the readers to connect and this relationship makes reader feel as alive as it does the hero and heroine. 

Chilling evil whispers abound throughout this fast paced, thrilling plot full excitement dangerous temptations and impossible choices as a thrill seeking pirate and a risk-taking heroine take on bad guys and pure evil. Vivid imagery that really sparks readers’ imaginations and has them experiencing all the thrills and emotions of a turbulent storm and life altering decisions. This swashbuckling romance ensures that readers keep turning the pages with lots of twists and the energetic energy of a high seas adventure.
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This is a voluntary review of an advanced  copy.

This series of immortal pirates is so much fun!  This time it is John Smythe's turn to find himself falling for a woman and then the problem of his immortality comes in to play.  Can he spent her lifetime and then watch her die or just walk away.

Then there is the whole problem of the stolen relic - Pandora's box and Agent Bale.  He has his own agenda when it turns out that the other person assisting Harmony is his relative.

So many problems to resolve, and it is a good thing that John has his crew to help him out when Harmony and Chris are captured and in danger.  That is one thing that is hard to Harmony to do is rely on anyone else and that may be what keeps her from having a relationship with John.

This book was filled with lots of action, drama, intrigue, and romance so it was hard to put it down and I had to keep reading to find out how John and Harmony could resolve their differences.  Great HEA and especially the epilogue as they were all together on the ship to celebrate.
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I am a fan of this author. Having read the preceding books in this series, unfortunately this fell a little flat for me. The first 50% of the book felt flat and my connection to the characters was slow to develop. I am still looking forward to the next release in this series despite my experience with this title.
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Pirate’s Pleasure by Lisa Kessler is book Three Sentinels of Savannah Series.  This is the story of John Smyth and Harmony Andrews. I have read the previous books and I feel that has help me to enjoy this one with its underling story of the immortal pirates stealing the Pandora's Box. 
John is one of the immortal pirates that is on a mission for the Pandora Box, but in the modern world he is a successful investor, running his own business.   Harmony is a investment broker working for John but also in her off hours she is a thief.  Will their attraction to each other lead to their secrets being found out?  
This has been a exciting hot read...looking for more form this author.
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When John Smyth is tasked to stealing Pandora's box with the rest of his crew his organized life is about to be turned upside down by the very woman who stole the box . Harmony Andrews who works for the immortal pirate during the day . Taking risks in investments and is a thief by night .  As they set out on an adventure into the unknown but will they survive each other with their heart intacted , 
  The characters in this story are well written you will love them . John is an immortal pirate who is well he is sexy and he has his life set up in such a way that it seems he is a little OCD  he has his life set up and organized . He is oh so hot and trust me ladies you will love him . Harmony well she is a bundle of energy .It seems like she is the female Robin Hood a thief at night but she does it for a good reason . She helps people who cant afford life saving medical procedures .  There are moments that she comes off as pushy person trying to push her deals on others . You will like her or hate her at the beginning but she does grow on you with her sassiness and her hard working attitude . The rest of the crew are back too and man they just keep getting better and better . 
   I sat down and dove into this book and  I just couldn't wait to see where the author was going to take us . She took us on a fun filled romp . But I will say before I go on that I had a hard time connecting with the main characters at the beginning of the story . I just felt that there wasn't enough emotion coming from them, like the other characters in the series .They did grow on me as I got deeper into the story and I did fall for them both .  Over all I did enjoy this story and had a fun time reading it . The author made me laugh and had me on the edge of my seat a few times . So if you want a really good read for your summer check out this book and fall in love with the Pirates of Savannah
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I really enjoyed the concept of this book- not your typical pirate romance! Instead there is a (near future?) alternate world with modern pirates. Don't fear, however, as the story still contains plenty of romance. I found the characters to be likeable and they showed growth in the course of the story. The mystery part of the story moves along at a good pace and is resolved by the end. I didn't have any trouble reading this as a stand alone story, even though this is part of a series.
The edition I read (an ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for honest feedback) did need additional proofing, but not so much that it interfered with the story.
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John Smyth has done everything in his power to make sure his crew is taken care of. They've traipsed around the world together, seeking objects many have heard about but never seen. Objects that are better kept away from idle hands lest something goes astray. His world is turned upside down when he crosses paths once more with his beautiful secretary, Harmony Andrews. The woman has secrets. Many he wishes to explore. First, however, he must make sense of the reasons behind her drawing his attention. Only then will he be able to set all wrongs to right.

Despite the fact that I've come into this series while reading this book, I've enjoyed the fact that Pirate's Pleasure also acts as a standalone story. You don't get lost with prior book details. Lisa provides just enough so that you glean what's happened within books 1 and 2, while pushing forward with this book's premise.

We're given an entirely refreshing take on John and Harmony's current plight. These characters are total opposites, yet they mesh in more ways than one. I love the camaraderie that exists between these two characters. They bicker and bite, yet they're not afraid to let each other know just how much attraction exists between them.

I've got a feeling there more to come for John and his crew. Definitely looking forward to more of this delightfully titillating series.

Please, can I have some more?
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Was glad to jump back into this series with another pirate you witness getting his treasure. This one has John whom we will get a more closer look at especially when he finds out a secret about his employee. Harmony will give a run for she is a modern day version it will seem of a pirate and he with his old world that together good harmony will come forth. Good adventure with danger and everything else you could ask for. Best thing was seeing who got the best at the end.
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Lisa Kessler has created a unique, original series with the Sentinels of Savannah. Each story has been an awesome addition to the series. From the beginning this paranormal suspense romance has been full of twists and turns that it can no way be considered predictable. However, no story surprised me more than Pirate’s Pleasure. 

The title is perfect because it is a literal and figurative view of pirates which John Smyth was once one. He knows a pirate when he sees one and calls without a skipping a beat. Then there is the double sided, Harmony Andrews, one woman right under his nose, who is as audacious, fearless and determined as John. Conflict between these two with an attraction that is irresistible as much as it is astounding and danger from many sides makes for some rough seas on this journey to John’s HEA. Just as good in this story is the choice of the stolen relic, that was simply brilliant. 

Fans of paranormal or romance or action or well told stories will want this book and the entire series. I didn’t think that Smyth as the main character would be my favorite, but I loved it from beginning to the wonderful epilogue at the end.
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