REVIEW by Trish: Pirate’s Passion by Lisa Kessler – Includes an Excerpt!

Samuel Keegan used to man the wheel of the Sea Dog over 200 years ago, but these days he’s the front man of a southern rock band. Rum and women are plentiful, but his world is changing rapidly now that his crew is back together searching for the Holy Grail to break their curse. But the quest leads him to a historian with raven hair and a wicked smile. She holds all the answers, but she could also spell death for them all.

Dr. Charlotte Sinclair works for the Maritime Museum in Savannah, an expert on ancient pirate wrecks. When a government agent requests her help in a top-secret investigation, she discovers not only is the Holy Grail real, but the lead singer of her favorite band is actually the immortal pilot of the Sea Dog crew.

The search for the Grail opens some dark secrets better left hidden, and Charlotte’s life might depend on one Pirate’s Passion…

Each book in the Sentinels of Savannah series is STANDALONE: 
* Magnolia Mystic
* Pirate’s Passion






About the Book

Pirate’s Passion
by Lisa Kessler

Sentinels of Savannah

Paranormal Romance

Entangled Amara

Publication Date
November 12, 2018

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Trish’s Review

Immortal pirate meets sexy historian, creepy robed cultists, and a quest for the Holy Grail. Can’t go wrong with that!

I dug Keegan and Char’s budding romance. They get hot and heavy early on, but the author manages to build in a good deal of realistic emotion and connection between them. Keegan’s baggage was a nice touch, though at one point, he does a rather abrupt 180 that seems a bit too easy for the plot.

I also very much enjoyed the history of Char’s parents, especially her father. His occupation intrigued me.  I’ve seen other stories where tech and magic mix, but his particular skill set was a first for me.

Most of the tension and conflict in the story arose from the quest for the Grail and the creepy cultists. I enjoyed the twists from that very much, but while I enjoyed the romance in the book, it didn’t blow me away.

I never once had cause to doubt a happy ending, which kind of takes the edge off any relationship strife that might pop up. Of course, this is partly due to this being part of one of those series that pairs folks up in a certain location or social circle over the course of several books. Wouldn’t make much of a series if some of the pairs didn’t work out, would it?

On that note, the story is a standalone, but I picked up early on who got together in the last book, even without reading it. And their resolution is specified very clearly in this one. Might be better to read these in order if you plan to read more than one of them and don’t care for spoilers. I think I might have enjoyed their cameos more had I started with Magnolia Mystic.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to folks who enjoy paranormal romance. It’s steamy, but also fun with all the magic and pirate speak. Plenty of potential for future stories in the series (a whole crew’s worth, I imagine).

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Excerpt of Pirate’s Passion


The crowd roared as Keegan opened his eyes and took a bow with the rest of the band. He introduced all of them, and jogged off-stage. A minute later he returned in his leather frock coat and his guitar in hand. Hooking the strap over his shoulder, he leaned into the mic. “It’s a Scallywag tradition to finish the night with a sea shanty for all the pirates out there.” He put his hand to his ear as everyone—Charlotte included—let out their best pirate “Argh!”

Keegan chuckled with a sexy sparkle in his eyes as he scanned the crowd. Charlotte’s pulse raced when he smiled at her and let his pirate swagger out for all to see. “This one be for all the buccaneers out there. Weigh anchor and hoist the sails, Row Bullies Row!”

He finished the song, and the crowd rewarded him with a standing ovation. She ordered one more drink while the band packed up. It was half gone by the time Keegan slid onto the stool beside her.

He leaned on the bar with a crooked smile. “Enjoy the show?”

“Very much.” She nodded.

He glanced at the stage with a wistful sigh. “Too bad I don’t have a dressing room here.”

“That is too bad.” She laughed, shaking her head. “I had rum and everything.”

“Poor planning on my part, lass.” He glanced at her drink. “Need a ride home?”

She started to say no when her phone buzzed. She took it out of her bag and frowned at the screen. Three missed calls from a number she didn’t recognize. She plugged one ear and clicked on her voicemail.

Dr. Sinclair, it’s Agent Bale. I need to speak with you right away. Call me back, even if it’s late. It’s about the Grail. You could be in danger.

Adrenaline killed her buzz, leaving her jumpy and on edge. She spent most of her time digging into the past, so the biggest danger was missing a step on her way down to the basement admin offices at the maritime museum.

Keegan’s smile faded. “What’s wrong? You’re white as the Sea Dog’s sails.”

“It had black sails.”

He shook his head. “We had both.” He glanced around the bar. “Did someone threaten you?”

“No.” She waited for him to meet her eyes. “Agent Bale left me a voicemail to call right away. He thinks I may be in danger.”

A muscle jumped in Keegan’s cheek as he reached for her hand, leading her out the back exit. The seductive rock star who had been onstage a few minutes before was gone, leaving her alone with…a pirate.



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