Romance Books About Pirates: Plundering the Booty of Love

Published: 21 May 2023
Written by Penny Somerset

Ahoy, book lovers! Are you looking for an escape from your routine, ready to embark on a whirlwind of high-seas adventure and passionate affairs? Then it's time to dive into the rich, vibrant world of romance books about pirates. These novels, packed with dashing rogues, daring escapades, and of course, the allure of forbidden love, offer an exciting deviation from the typical historical romance narrative.

Pirate Romance

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• Start Navigating Our List of Pirate Romance Books
• Sailing into the Sunset: Farewell to Pirate Romances

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Whether it's the fiery female pirates that command their ships and capture hearts or the charming pirate who sweeps you off your feet (or the ship's deck), these stories will transport you to a world where the stakes are high and the passions are even higher. With a healthy dose of swashbuckling adventure mingling with tender, heartfelt moments, historical romances featuring pirates offer an exciting treasure trove for the romantic souls among us. So, prepare to set sail on this exciting voyage of discovery, where love and adventure intertwine in the most unexpected of ways.

Start Navigating Our List of Pirate Romance Books

Sea of Ruin

Sea of Ruin
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by Pam Godwin

Bennett Sharp, notorious and fearless pirate, is being pursued relentlessly. Not by death, nor divine wrath, but by Priest Farrell, a roguish libertine whose stormy gaze and relentless pursuit unsettle her. In spite of his past betrayal, Priest's pursuit never wavers, not even when Bennett falls into the hands of Lord Ashley Cutler, a ruthless pirate hunter as cold as winter's chill.

Trapped in Ashley's grasp and ensnared by Priest's duplicity, Bennett must break free, though the pull of their twisted desires threatens to keep her bound. The battle to safeguard Bennett blurs the line between her two captors - two strikingly handsome captains standing on opposite sides of the law, yet both equally entranced by her. As their passions ignite and secrets unravel, their hearts become increasingly entangled, pushing them to the brink of destruction.

Across A Moonlit Sea

Across A Moonlit Sea
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by Marsha Canham

"Across a Moonlit Sea" takes us on an exhilarating journey into the heart of Elizabethan England where the sea hawks, patriotic privateers, are preparing to defend their nation and their queen from the burgeoning threat of the Spanish Armada. In the midst of this tumultuous period, we encounter Isabel Spense who, after saving a man stranded at sea, finds she has inadvertently invited the infamous privateer, Simon Dante, known as the Pirate Wolf, onto her ship.

Simon promptly seizes Isabel's ship and aims to capture not just the vessel but the heart of the brave maiden as well. As their paths cross in combat and camaraderie, they find themselves in an unexpected alliance, joining Sir Francis Drake in a daring siege on Cadiz. This tale of high stakes, tender love, and courageous exploits adeptly steers its readers through a sea of passion and peril.

The Iron Rose

The Iron Rose
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by Marsha Canham

Sailing toward the Caribbean, with a king's mandate to ensure English privateers respect a peace pact with Spain, Varian St. Clare's voyage takes an unexpected turn. His ship becomes a target for a Spanish warship, only to be saved by the audacious intervention of the pirate ship, the Iron Rose.

As the dust settles, Varian reels at the revelation that the commanding captain of their saviors is a woman - Juliet Dante, the notorious Pirate Wolf's daughter. The tables are swiftly turned; Varian finds himself Juliet's captive, ensnared not just physically but also emotionally in a captivating world full of danger and intrigue.

Bride of the Wind

Bride of the Wind
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by Shannon Drake

In Shannon Drake's "Bride of the Wind", we meet Lady Rose Woodbine, born into the affluence of a Virginia plantation, whose destiny inexplicably entwines her with the British King Charles's court and results in an unwanted union with the alluring yet treacherous Lord Pierce DeForte. His infatuation for Rose blinds him to the sinister plans of his adversaries, leading to his banishment from England and a transformation into the feared pirate, known as the Dragonslayer, bent on revenge against those who deceived him, including the woman he once loved as his wife. Fate intertwines their paths again when Pierce captures a ship carrying none other than Rose. As his erstwhile bride and current captive, she is steadfast in her resolution to free herself from his clutches forever.

Catherine And The Pirate

Catherine And The Pirate
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by Karen Hawkins

Catherine Markham is a fiery spirit hailing from a respected Boston family. Despite her genteel upbringing, she craves for something more thrilling than her structured societal life. When her dear brother is kidnapped, she resolves to personally deliver the ransom, and she seeks help from a most unlikely companion.

Derrick St. John is a man who skirts the edges of both law and danger. Haunted by his father's death and stained reputation, he devotes his life to the open seas, aiming to exonerate his father's name. The prospect of sailing to Savannah amid a war with the British was never his plan, especially not with a young woman like Catherine, who seems to breed trouble with her every move.

Yet, an unanticipated emotion sways him, rendering him incapable of denying Catherine's request for aid despite the looming hazards. Thus, the headstrong lady and the audacious sea captain embark on a thrilling journey that not only promises adventure but also the discovery of new emotions, as their voyage turns into an exploration of the heart.

Perils Of The Heart

Perils Of The Heart
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by Jennifer Ashley

In Jennifer Ashley's "Perils of the Heart", British governess Evangeline Clemens is driven by a mission to save her stepbrother's life. This daunting task requires her to allure Austin Blackwell, the resolute American captain of the ship Aurora. However, her determined pursuit plunges her into a vortex of passion and espionage, where each step taken can be fraught with danger. Yet, amidst this tumultuous backdrop, a surprising emotion blossoms - love, unexpected and profound, further complicating her precarious game.

Magic of Blood and Sea: The Assassin's Curse

Magic of Blood and Sea: The Assassin's Curse
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by Cassandra Rose Clarke

"Magic of Blood and Sea" is a captivating tale of destiny entwined between a rebel pirate princess, Ananna of the Tanarau, and a cursed assassin, Naji. When Ananna abandons ship to avoid a marriage that would limit her dreams of commanding her own vessel, she inadvertently sets off a chain of events that result in an assassin being sent after her by her jilted fiancé's clan. The ensuing encounter between Ananna and Naji triggers a potent curse with far-reaching consequences.

Now they find themselves compelled to collaborate on three daunting tasks to lift this curse, even as they grapple with the burgeoning attraction between them. Meanwhile, they must also dodge Naji's foes from the enigmatic Mists and confront the fallout from Ananna's broken engagement. In this enthralling narrative, a high-stakes quest for freedom intertwines with a compelling love story, creating a tale that keeps you on edge.

Lady Pirate

Lady Pirate
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by Lynsay Sands

Valoree has hung up her hat as the infamous Captain Red, a pirate persona she adopted after her brother's murder. Named the rightful heir to Ainsley Castle, she is now required to trade her seafaring life for the shores of nobility. However, there's a catch: to inherit, she must be wedded to a nobleman and expecting a child. With this news, Valoree contemplates returning to the turbulent sea, but her loyal crew has other ideas.

If they can concoct a convincing façade that would pass her off as a lady in high society, she's willing to navigate the complexities that come with it, even if it involves introducing a inebriated prostitute as an 'aunt' and her devoted, fierce crew as 'servants.' Yet, she makes a solemn promise to herself: she will only say 'I do' to a man who ignites a fire in her heart, someone who won't shy away from the love of a fierce Lady Pirate.

Island Flame

Island Flame
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by Karen Robards

When Lady Catherine Aldley found herself amidst a pirate attack on her voyage to London, she hardly expected her rescue to come from the very same rogues. Captain Jonathan Hale, however, is not your average pirate; he's a legendary figure who swooped Catherine off her feet and claimed her as his own, much to her chagrin. A refined English diplomat's daughter, Catherine isn't one to sit quietly; she relies on her quick wit and strong will to turn the tables on her captor.

Their dynamic teeters on a fine line, his searing kisses igniting unfamiliar feelings while she stubbornly refuses to be seen as a mere possession. Jonathan is a man who's never taken prisoners nor been captured, but Catherine, with her fiery defiance and icy resolve, is a force he couldn't leave behind. As they yield to a powerful and sensual connection, they find their roles reversed: Catherine captivates Jonathan, exposing his deepest fears and shaking the very foundations of his rebellious heart.

Scavenge the Stars

Scavenge the Stars
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by Tara Sim

Amaya's life aboard a debtor ship had been far from easy, and her selfless act of saving a drowning stranger seemed like it might just lengthen her sentence. Yet, in a twist of fate, this stranger offers her unimaginable wealth and a fresh identity, launching her into the glitzy yet perilous world of Moray, a city where extreme luxury rubs shoulders with desperate gamblers. Despite this drastic change, one goal remains constant for Amaya: seeking retribution against the man who shattered her family and usurped her former life.

As she weaves her way through a dangerous web of deceit and her destiny gets entwined with the son of her nemesis, she discovers unsettling truths about her own past. As her trust in others wavers, she realizes the only reliable ally is herself. This captivating tale, a reimagination of The Count of Monte Cristo, brims with high-stakes escapades, romance, and a dance of identities, marking the beginning of a thrilling YA fantasy duology.

The Captain Of All Pleasures

The Captain Of All Pleasures
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by Kresley Cole

Nicole Lassiter, a fiery free spirit nurtured under the open skies on her American sea captain father's grand clipper, had always met life's challenges head-on, until she crosses paths with Captain Derek Sutherland. His tantalizing kisses ignite a desire in her, only for his subsequent cold indifference to set her blood on fire. Angered, Nicole resolves to retaliate by aiding her father in defeating Sutherland in a thrilling, high-stakes sailing competition from England to Australia, the Great Circle Race.

However, when her father is unjustly incarcerated, her plans capsize, yet she refuses to admit defeat, commandeering her father's ship to the high seas. Fate, however, throws her plans into disarray as a storm finds her stranded on Sutherland's ship, trapped in an intriguing dilemma. Although her mind screams escape, her body sings a different tune, beckoning her to succumb.

Pirate Romance Novels

The Rogue Pirate's Bride

The Rogue Pirate's Bride
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by Shana Galen

Bastien Harcourt, driven by the cruel loss of his mentor, embarks on a journey to seek retribution but finds himself confronted by an unexpected challenge - a brave and striking woman who seeks his end. Raeven Russell, the daughter of a distinguished British Admiral, is propelled by vengeance. Convinced that Bastien played a role in her fiancé's demise, she's determined to see justice served. However, as this fiery damsel locks swords with the captivating Bastien, she finds herself torn - undecided whether she wants him to abandon his notorious path.

The Wind And The Sea

The Wind And The Sea
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by Marsha Canham

In the tumultuous year of 1804, amid the U.S. Navy's aggressive campaign against the notorious pirate dens along North Africa's Barbary Coast, we meet Courtney Farrow. The headstrong daughter of a formidable corsair, she finds herself in the hands of the dashing Lt. Adrian Ballantine. He is a man of honor and resolve, committed to tempering her fierce independence. While sparks fly between them, a grudging partnership emerges as they uncover the traitor peddling secrets to the corsairs and exposing the Farrow bastion.

The Game

The Game
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by Brenda Joyce

Freed from the shelter of a French convent, Katherine FitzGerald, a fiery woman of noble descent, embarks on a journey back to her cherished Ireland. However, her voyage takes an unexpected turn when she becomes the captive of the notorious pirate known to his time as the Master of the Seas. This sea-faring rogue is in fact Liam O'Neill, a man enjoying the favor of Queen Elizabeth. Skilled in the tricky politics of the court, he sets his sights on winning the defiant Katherine while furthering his covert agendas. Ready to stake everything dear to him, he prepares to engage in a dangerous endeavor, relying on heartbreaking duplicity and a disregard for the rules. The stakes are high, and the game is in play...

A Lady At Last

A Lady At Last
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by Brenda Joyce

Growing up amidst the boisterous life of pirates, Amanda Carre's upbringing has been anything but delicate. Orphaned and fiercely independent, she finds her life taking a twist when Cliff de Warenne, a distinguished gentleman and renowned privateer, saves her from an angry mob at her father's execution. This leads Amanda on an unexpected journey to England in search of her estranged mother, with her chaperone being none other than the infamous ladies' man, Cliff.

Understanding Amanda's rawness for the high society life awaiting her in London, Cliff becomes her guardian, aiding in her metamorphosis into a true lady and aiding in her search for a fitting suitor. Yet as time ticks away, it becomes harder for Cliff to suppress feelings of jealousy and frustration, until Amanda's striking transformation into a lady is complete. The pressure of their suppressed passion becomes unbearable and once unleashed, there is no denying the love they share.

Daughter of the Pirate King

Daughter of the Pirate King
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by Tricia Levenseller

In an electrifying maritime adventure, we meet a daring 17-year-old pirate captain, Alosa, who has a knack for strategic sacrifices. In pursuit of a legendary hidden map - a passport to a vast treasure - Alosa gets herself intentionally captured by her adversaries, infiltrating their ship from within. Her pirate adversaries, as ruthless as they come, prove no match for Alosa's cunning. However, there's a hitch in her master plan - Riden, her captor, whose unexpected wit and undeserved allure keep her on her toes. But Alosa has more than a few ruses at her disposal, and she won't let any single pirate thwart her mission, not even the alluring first mate. After all, she's not just any pirate; she's the Daughter of the Pirate King.

The Pirate Prince

The Pirate Prince
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by Gaelen Foley

On a tranquil night blanketed with the fragrant embrace of jasmine and pine, Lazar di Fiori, dubbed the pirate prince, returns to Ascension with deadly elegance. He's on a mission to reclaim what's rightfully his - his birthright, his kingdom, and his very essence. Standing firm against him is the daughter of his archenemy, Allegra Monteverdi, whose bravery and allure reach Lazar's steely heart. He offers her a devil's bargain: he'll spare her family, but only if she becomes his captive, joining him in his journey over the sea. His thirst for retribution remains, demanding nothing less than Allegra's complete surrender.

Alone with this enigmatic man, a dance between dread and desire ensues for Allegra. She looks into his eyes, as deep and cryptic as the night, and recognizes the prince of her childhood dreams, Lazar - rumored dead but always living in her heart. But it'll take more than her love for this pirate prince to bring tranquility to Ascension. Lazar must confront the nightmares of his ruined past to embrace the destiny that lies ahead - a destiny only they can seize together.

The Pirate Lord

The Pirate Lord
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by Sabrina Jeffries

Brimming with boundless opportunities, Pirate captain Gideon Horn stumbles upon a ship full of women, the answer to his crew's yearning for a settled life with wives on their newfound uncharted paradise island. In their eyes, these women must surely appreciate the rescue from the humdrum existence awaiting them in New South Wales. Yet, meeting their "rescuer", Sara Willis is anything but pleased. Marry pirates? Absolutely not!

Sara asserts her demands - courting for a month, at the very least. The devilishly attractive pirate lord negotiates it down to two weeks. Furthermore, Sara insists on the men vacating their huts for the women's comfort, and Gideon agrees - on the condition of receiving her kisses. With each escalating demand, their passions intensify, leaving Sara struggling to recall the reasons for resisting the magnetic pirate captain's charm.

Scandalous Desires: Maiden Lane Series

Scandalous Desires
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by Elizabeth Hoyt

Silence Hollingbrook, a compassionate and beautiful widow, continues to bear the brunt of a grievous mistake she committed nine months ago. In an attempt to salvage her husband's life, she struck a damaging deal with a river pirate, a choice that ripped her marriage apart and pushed her into seclusion within the foundling home she and her brother manage. Now, the same pirate, Mickey O'Connor, known for his irresistible charm and fearsome intellect, is back in her life, seeking her help.

Having ascended through the ranks of London's crime-ridden underbelly, Mickey views tenderness and love as mere distractions, manipulating people to suit his schemes. Despite this hardened exterior, he's haunted by that one memorable night he spent with the innocent Silence. The unexpected arrival of his illegitimate daughter, left to him by her deceased mother, inspires Mickey to leave the child on Silence's doorstep. This, he reasons, will keep the baby safe from his adversaries and cunningly bind Silence to him, as he gambles on her growing affection for his daughter.

Sailing into the Sunset: Farewell to Pirate Romances

As we come to the end of our swashbuckling journey through the best romance books about pirates, it's clear that these tales of high-seas adventure and passionate love affairs are far from ordinary. They're as diverse and exciting as the ocean itself, offering new thrills at every turn of the page. Whether it's the tension of forbidden love, the charm of a roguish pirate, or the thrilling danger of life on the high seas, each story brings something unique to the table. And remember, just as the sea is vast and infinite, there are countless more romance novels out there just waiting to be discovered. So, my fellow book lovers, continue to set sail on the enticing sea of historical romance. Who knows where the tides will take you next?

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