3 stars and a half

Category Romance Review: Arafura Pirate by Victoria Gordon

Arafura Pirate, Victoria Gordon, Harlequin, 1989, Will Davies cover art

Harlequin Romance #3025

From the back of the book:

Marine biologist Jinx Beaumont had the sinking feeling her given name foretold the voyage ahead of her. She was jinxed, all right – stuck with Race Morgan, a merciless buccaneer of a captain. Studying shark life on the rough seas north of Australia kept Jinx busy enough. She definitely didn’t need the unnerving distraction of a human predator like roguish Captain Morgan! Jinx fought against the magnetic pull and her desire. She didn’t want to become one of Race’s romantic conquests. But her inner turmoil only increased when she felt challenged by a rival who was stunningly beautiful…and vicious.

3 1/2 Stars

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Arafura Pirate by Victoria Gordon was among one of the first romances I read.

Arafura Pirate was set in coastal Australia with a spunky heroine named Jinx, a blond, short-haired marine biologist who was tough and independent. She sets out with her team of fellow scientists to tag sharks.

When she met the hero, Race Morgan (what a typical hero name that was!), she wore a shirt that said, “Kissing a smoker is like licking an ashtray.” Race was a gruff ship captain who smoked, of course. But I remember when they first kissed, Jinx certainly wasn’t thinking of ashtrays!

There was a fun supporting cast on the ship, and I enjoyed the way they all bonded. There was some other woman scenario that wasn’t too dramatic, as it was obvious the captain’s eyes were on Jinx alone.

Simple and sweet, but I have fond memories of it.

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  1. BTW, which cover do you like best? I like the first one, the illustration created by Will Davies. If only there were more dynamic artworks and fewer dull photos on today’s romance covers!

    • Old comment and I sorry for the belated reply, but I adore the Will Davies cover. He captured the sweet but spunky nature of the heroine perfectly in this cover.

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