From Publishers Weekly...Canham breathes new life into the tired pirate romance genre with this post-Elizabethan romp through the Caribbean. The pirate in this case is Juliet Dante, youngest child of a swashbuckling family of privateers. Xena the Warrior Princess has nothing on Juliet, whos as proficient with her biting wit as she is with a blade. But even Juliet finds herself at a loss when shes saddled with Varian St. Clare, 12th Duke of Harrow, after a battle with a fierce Spanish ship. At first glance, Varian seems to be a foppish peer, incapable of dressing himself without the help of his fussy manservant. But the handsome duke is really a master swordsman, former soldier and skilled seducer. Juliet carts Varian off to her father as a prisoner, but he soon proves himself to be a formidable ally and lover. Canham spins a terrific yarn, complete with vivid historical detail, humor and characters that will touch the mind and heart. Unlike many romance heroines, Juliet doesnt feel the need to prove herself to every man who crosses her path. Shes a captain in her own right. Varian, in turn, is truly a thinking womans hero rather than an alpha-male cliche. Readers who are tired of the traditional romance formulas, characters and conflicts will find this little treasure a welcome escape.Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.Voted one of the top six Mass Market fiction books of the year.