||May 1 2002
Barnes & Noble.com
The Adventure Continues.........
Rescued by a band of pirates from a ship called The Enchantress, Aubrey Malone found friends among the crew in this second book of the RB trilogy. Yet there was one person on the ship that she feared – Captain Mala whose personal and bloody vendetta against the British, for a wrong done some two years previous, becomes, to Aubrey, the female epitome of Captain Rene Black.
With her heart broken over her lost love and having to survive the pirate way of life without him, Aubrey Malone finds friends among the crew of the Enchantress but her best teacher and ally was not who she expected.
Although caught in a web where Black seemed to be at the center, Aubrey began to settle comfortably into this new life with the pirates of The Enchantress. But Fate had other plans for the young Irish woman as Black once again stepped into her life. This time, however, Mala intervened. Resuming his love affair with Captain Mala, Black happily ignored Aubrey. But as she watched the two lovers reunite, Aubrey’s heart ached for her own lost love–Jean Luc Pierne.
Then Fate dealt another hand........
Mala took her seat that faced the galley as Deats sat in a chair next to her facing Morgan and Aubrey. He saw that their heads were close together and he glanced to Mala to find her watching them as well.
“Sorry, Captain, but twas ta be expected after all this time. Although tis unfortunate that she bears his mark, it does let a man know the extent of their relationship.”
“Do be quiet, Deats.” Mala growled in annoyance, glancing at him briefly.
Willie appeared with two tankards and a bottle of rum. When he left, Mala pushed her plate aside and poured a tankard full of rum. She threw herself back in her seat angrily as she swallowed a good portion of the rum. As she had poured more rum, Deats watched while he idly picked at his food and smiled inwardly. This young lass was definitely going to aid him in breaking down Mala’s resistance. This was much better than he had hoped. Perhaps the captain would warm his bunk within the week.
Deats looked over at Aubrey but found Morgan watching. The Scotsman could not resist a small smile toward the Englishman whom Mala trusted above all others on this ship. Morgan caught his smile and his jaw set in disapproval for he knew what Deats wanted.
Smugly, Deats took a bite of his eggs—then nearly choked. The seasonings were too much for his taste and his eyes began to water. He grabbed his tankard and, realizing that it was still empty, quickly grabbed the rum and poured the liquid in his cup. After he drank down a good portion to quench the fire in his mouth, he wiped his eyes and cleared his throat several times, drinking intermittently to put out the small fires still simmering inside his mouth. He looked up to find Mala watching him.
“The bastard!” He croaked. His voice was hoarse because his throat was scorched by the hot red peppers. Deats took another swallow of his rum.
“Christ, Mala! How much more are we made ta endure? That old man has ta go. Put him off at the next port and...”
“Forget it, Deats.” Mala interrupted.
His mouth dropped as he stared at her in disbelief. “Mala, he damned near killed me with this...” Deats quietly argued, then leaning on his arm to get closer to her, “He canna even fix these eggs...”
“Nonsense, Deats, he is not poisoning you.” Mala said, then paused thinking of the right words. “They are just highly seasoned.”
Deats stared wanting her to take a bite of her eggs knowing she had not even touched her food. He decided to pointedly look at her plate instead. Mala caught his look at her plate and looked down at it before lifting her gaze to meet his. With a raised brow, she slid her plate towards him and silently ordered him to try hers. Deats took a bite to find that hers were seasoned just fine. He took a drink of his rum then took another bite of her eggs to confirm his first findings.
Mala’s eyes moved to the front of the galley to find Willie peeking around the corner from the cooking area. She had to take a sip of her rum to keep the smile to herself as she watched Deats take another bite of her eggs. She wanted to ask Deats about the ham but refrained, knowing that she would not be able to maintain her composure. Taking a slab of ham and a biscuit, Mala stood up. “Enjoy it, Mr. Deats. I will be topside.”
Deats looked up at her then back to her plate to find he had eaten nearly all of her eggs. He gave an apologetic look but Mala waved it off and left him to her meal. Deats pushed his plate aside disdainfully and put Mala’s plate before him.
As she headed out of the galley, Mala turned to Willie instead. He stood just within the doorway and watched shamefaced as she approached.
“I know he can be quite bothersome, Willie, but please refrain from overly spicing his food.”
“Aye Cap’n.” The old man said meekly with a slight bow of his wizened head.
Mala put a hand on his shoulder. “Just a little spicy to shut him up and enough for me to eat a little.”
Willie looked up to see her smiling at him. He nodded returning the smile. As she turned away, he grabbed her arm, “Ah, Cap’n?” When she faced him, Willie reached over and handed her another plate full of ham, eggs and biscuits. “Fixed just right fer ya, Cap’n.” He said with conspiratorial smile.
Mala nodded her thanks then walked out the galley, sneaking the plate out as well, hoping she would not be stopped.
A Story with a Bite by Christine Lampe, Editor of No Quarter Given, July 2002 issue
This is a story for those who enjoy bodice rippers, but want a little more bite in the story. And this story does give you more bite (figuratively & literally)! This is the 2nd part of the RB trilogy, which started with "RB: The Widow Maker" (reviewed Sept. 2001 NQG). In that story, timid Aubrey Malone ran away from home, boarded a ship for far away lands, and was carried off by the pirate crew of the Widow Maker. Claimed by the pirate captain, Rene Black, for his own, she fell in love with another, Jean Luc. At the start of this 2nd part, she has escaped from the pirates, only to be rescued by....more pirates. Even worse, this pirate ship, the Enchantress, is captained by a ruthless, dark, native woman, Mala, once Black's lover, who is still extremely jealous where he is concerned. It doesn't help that Mala knows Aubrey is tattooed with Black's initials, on her breast! Believing all from Black's ship to be drowned, as she saw the ship sink, Aubrey is morose in her lost love for Jean Luc. Her new champion, & hoping-to-be lover, is her new cabin-mate, Morgan. Exercising unbelievable restraint, - for a pirate -, Morgan respects her modesty, doesn't push himself on her,yet tries to help her. As long as she can avoid Mala, & the intimidating Scottish quartermaster, Deats, things go smoothly for Aubrey. Aubrey begins to grow out of her timidity. After time, she & Mala even seem to be coming to terms. Then, one night, the Enchantress is boarded by pirates....more pirates? Old enemies have come back into Aubrey's life and it becomes sheer torment again. The story is a bit uneven. A few situations were repeated so many times, it was tiresome. How many times can a damsel in distress be rescued just in the nick of time from a fate worse than death? Many of the main characters are chaotic in personality. Probably to be expected of pirates. So reasonable & intelligent, then suddenly they'd get blindly jealous, or drunk, & let all reason go out the door. Even though knowing so much evidence against it, they'll let a malicious person's ill-planted suggestion fester & blind them to all reason. There is abusive sexual violence, & real violence as well. But there is a lot of good sex, humor & swashbuckling action too. The main characters are growing in maturity, learning to care about & trust each other. The growth is sporadic, often with many backward steps. Overall though, they are becoming more likeable -- even the whiny, timid Aubrey, who is learning how to live amidst pirates, & like it.
...rich in romance, pirates, intrigue and adventure, says Denise Clark, reviewer for Road to Romance (July 2002)
RB: The Enchantress is the second installment of a trilogy that is rich in romance, pirates, intrigue and adventure. Continuing where RB: The Widow Maker left off, the world of Aubrey Malone, full of action and uncertainty, begins aboard the pirate ship, Enchantress, a ship captained by a woman named Mala. She and her crew saved Aubrey from certain death when the Widow Maker and its captain, Rene Black, were sunk. On board yet another pirate ship, Aubrey must room with First Mate Morgan Alcott. While sparks fly between Aubrey and Morgan, Mala is despondent over the supposed death of Captain Black, her former lover and now ‘enemy’. Unbeknownst to him, she had given birth to a son while he was away, and also lost the baby to a violent death. As a result, Mala took the path to revenge. But her heart betrays her when she discovers that Black is still alive, though in prison, waiting to be hung. And Aubrey still carries the memory of Jean Luc, whom she grew so fond of aboard the Widow Maker. As with the first installment, RB: The Widow Maker, this second installment is as well researched and entertaining as the first. Well developed characters, a riveting story line and plenty of action bring this book to life. If it’s rip-roaring action and romance you’re looking for, this book certainly fits the bill.
...a collage of colorful characters by Shirley Johnson, Midwest Book Review (Sept. 2002)
RB: The Enchantress is the second book in a trilogy by C.C. Colee. Unfortunately I did not read the first one, but plan to in the near future; this did not however hinder my complete enjoyment of the authors second part of this Trilogy. I cringed at first seeing the length of this novel; but soon found myself forgetting that aspect, and became totally involved in this wonderful story of love and adventure. Taking place mainly on a pirate ship "The Enchantress" you are introduced to a collage of colorful characters. Ever hear of a woman Captain of a Pirate ship? You will in this story, and Captain Mala is someone you will grow to love and respect, along with the love of her life Captain Rene Black...Murder, deceit, lust, revenge are all part of this great adventure...it would take me writing a book just to give it the review it deserves. For now I will say this, do not miss reading this trilogy. Excellent is the word I would like to leave with you. I can't wait for the next book, it is sure to be a winner.
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Reader Reviews for "RB: The Enchantress"
|Reviewed by Cynthia, reviewer for Book Review Cafe
|After Captain Black's ship is demolished and he is left for dead, Aubrey Malone finds herself on The Enchantress with Captain Mala, Captain Black's long lost love. If she thought she had it rough before she was surely mistaken. She would have to prove herself to Mala and this would begin by convincing her that nothing had happened between her and Captain Black.
Just when it seemed things were getting better, Captain Black re-enters the picture. Thus begins her journey of trying to save herself from Captain Black and his crew again...
Hard to believe that a second book in a series could be better than the first, but this book blows away the first book of the series RB: The Widow Maker. It seems that the authors have found their niche and have expanded the already powerful writing abilities they possess...A must read for men and women!
Hurry with the third book in the series!!!
|Reviewed by Angelia from Maryland
|The story continues and so does the intrigue. I have had the opportunity to read the first edition in this trilogy and have continued with the story until this point. I have to say that this is by far the most enjoyable piece of literature I have read in a long time. I truly became part of the story and the emotions I had throughout the book were a testament to that fact. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in being swept away.|