08 September 2008

Review: Kayla Gray - Rogue

Paperback: 225 pages
Publisher: Zebra (January 1, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1420101900
ISBN-13: 978-1420101904

Once You Have Found Her...
Waking up on a ship in the middle of the high seas, Bailey Spencer is shocked to discover she's being held prisoner by Captain Cole Leighton--a handsome rogue who plans to use her as a pawn in his pursuit of vengeance. In all her life, Bailey has never met a man so seductive. She must escape, but his smoldering gaze and caressing touch are irresistible...

...Never Let Her Go
Now that he's found the missing piece in his plot for revenge, Cole has no intention of setting Bailey free, though he is intrigued by her unassuming beauty and courageous spirit. But, torn between his searing passion for Bailey and his vow for vengeance, Cole may not be capable of putting his precious jewel in danger--or of ever letting her go...

With the debut novel of Kayla Gray I found myself in the eighteenth century where a pirate named “The Dragon” is causing terror among many families as his hunger for power urges him on his path. But then he crossed paths with Cole and “The Dragon” made a lifelong enemy out of him as he plunges Cole’s family in the dark grip of death and then vengeance is born.

Years later another victim of the vicious pirate finds her way on board of the Barracuda and into the life of Cole. Two people whose family has been torn apart for the destructive hunger of one man find themselves thrown together….

Kayla Gray portraits a man who is emotionally at a loss and bends on vengeance to save the honor of his father where as Bailey just lost her family and is the only victim of “The Dragon” that survived. This fact gives much struggle between them for it would be easy to use Bailey as bait, but of all the emotions Cole has forsaken, honor is not one of them. Though Cole irritated me a few times in the trust issue of women, the story does explain where he’s coming from and Bailey proves to be his match in stubbornness creating an interesting friction. The duality in Cole is very strong as on one hand he distrusts all women and on the other hand there is Bailey, luring him, making him hope again and pulling at his heart to open up. The dalliance between them creates enough sparkles and passion that keeps me wrapped in to the story as the adventure unfolds itself and asks choices to be made which neither Cole or Bailey are eager to make.

What I truly enjoyed of Kayla Gray was the background scenery of the story, the author took me from the Barracuda sailing the waves, to a lush Caribbean island and ending up on a Virginia plantation. The camaraderie among the ship’s crew was heartwarming, Marcel and Sisco were incredible opposites to Cole and Bailey is just what we want in a heroine, stubborn, bent on going her own way, making mistakes but definitely not giving up! With Rogue you’re taken away on a passionate adventure which turned out to be a pleasant read with the plot that is written in a nice pace but couldn’t quit surprise me. With the interaction that was lively with emotions and a cast of characters that made me want to keep reading as where they would end up it is sure that this novel gives you a few hours of delightful reading and let the reader taste the talent of Kayla Gray.

Kayla Gray delivered an interesting debut novel where the journey of romance is celebrated which holds a promise for her future novels.

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