'Shiver my timbers!': A top ten of pirate romance books

Written by Silke, updated 08 Jun 2021

All ye pirates likes band 'o pirates! Or at least shout like a scurvy pirate now 'n then. We have put together a list of the best romance books featuring pirates and their beauties for your reading pleasure. Arrr!

  • #1 The Gift (Crown's Spies #3) - Julie Garwood

    The Gift (Crown's Spies #3) - Julie Garwood

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    A child bride, Sara Winchester had grown into a winsome beauty, joyfully anticipating the day when her husband Nathan, Marquess of St. James, would return to claim her heart at last. Charmingly innocent, she dismissed the ancient feud that divided Nathan's family from her own...and she was totally unaware of his past exploits as the notorious pirate, Pagan. The man who now stood before her was perplexing, arrogant and powerfully handsome...a warrior-gentleman whose gentle touch aroused her to the wildest, deepest pleasures of love.

    Nathan had never bared his soul to any woman, but he was soon utterly beguiled and exasperated by Sara's sweet, defiant ways. more

  • #2 Across a Moonlit Sea - Marsha Canham

    Across a Moonlit Sea - Marsha Canham

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    Rescuing a man whose ship had been floundering at sea, Isabel Spense takes aboard ruthless privateer Simon Dante, who promptly seizes command of Isabel's ship and sets out to win the lovely maiden's heart and mind. more

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  • #3 Gentle Rogue - Johanna Lindsey

    Gentle Rogue - Johanna Lindsey

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    Heartsick and desperate to return home to America, Georgina Anderson boards the Maiden Anne disguised as a cabin boy, never dreaming she'll be forced into intimate servitude at the whim of the ship's irrepressible captain, James Mallory.

    The black sheep of a proud and tempestuous family, the handsome ex-pirate once swore no woman alive could entice him into matrimony. But on the high seas his resolve will be weakened by an unrestrained passion and by the high-spirited beauty whose love of freedom and adventure rivals his own. more

  • #4 The Rogue Pirate's Bride - Shana Galen

    The Rogue Pirate's Bride - Shana Galen

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    After escaping France on a privateer’s ship, Sebastien becomes the notorious privateer, Captain Cutlass. His reputation as a rogue precedes him, and he’s undefeated in battle . . . until he crosses swords with the beautiful daughter of a British admiral.

    Raeven Russell is out for revenge, but now she’s not so sure she wants the dashing captain to change his wicked ways. more

  • #5 A Lady At Last - Brenda Joyce

    A Lady At Last - Brenda Joyce

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    Raised as a pirate's daughter, Amanda Carre has not been tutored in the finer social graces. Alone in the world, she has never depended on anyone, until fate intervenes when Cliff de Warenne rescues her from a mob at her father's hanging. Now she must set sail for England to find the mother she never knew, and her chaperone is an infamous ladies' man….

    The greatest gentleman privateer of his era, Cliff knows honor demands that he see this beautiful wild child to London and into her socialite mother's arms. more

  • #6 The Captain of All Pleasures - Kresley Cole

    The Captain of All Pleasures - Kresley Cole

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    Raised as a free spirit aboard her American sea captain father's majestic clipper ship, willful Nicole Lassiter has never encountered an obstacle she couldn't overcome—until she meets Captain Derek Sutherland. His sizzling kisses leave her longing, but after they share a night of passion, his subsequent disdain makes her blood boil. Nicole vows to take her revenge—by helping her father beat Sutherland in a high-stakes competition: the Great Circle Race from England to Australia.

    Nicole's scheme is thrown overboard after her father is wrongly imprisoned, yet she remains undaunted—taking to the high seas with her father's ship. more

  • #7 Only With Your Love - Lisa Kleypas

    Only With Your Love - Lisa Kleypas

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    The newlywed bride of a Creole aristocrat, Celia Vallerand prays for deliverance from the bloodthirsty brigands who abducted her from a New Orleans-bound schooner. Though she believes her beloved husband slain, and despairs for her own life, the shy French beauty fears above all the dashing privateer who pays a king's ransom to claim her...and boldly risks capture to possess her.

    The most notorious pirate of the open seas, he is called "the Griffin"—a rugged and powerful renegade who arouses within Celia desires as dangerous as they are irresistible. more

  • #8 Catherine and the Pirate - Karen Hawkins

    Catherine and the Pirate - Karen Hawkins

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    CatherineBorn to a prominent Boston family, Catherine Markham is a bit of a hellion despite her gentle upbringing. Stifled by the rules imposed by society, Catherine yearns for adventure. When her beloved brother is kidnapped, she decides to deliver the ransom herself -- with the help of a young man few others might turn to.The Pirate

    Derrick St. John lives on the edge. The memory of his dead father tainted by treason, Derrick's life has been spent at sea in both legal and not-so-legal pursuits. more

  • #9 Captured (The LeVeq Family #3) - Beverly Jenkins

    Captured (The LeVeq Family #3) - Beverly Jenkins

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    She was the most irresistible treasure of all . . .

    Dominic LeVeq, the most notorious privateer ever to command the high seas, has just captured a coveted prize: a British frigate. On a dangerous mission against the Crown, Dominic should be thinking only of his ship's safety. But the rebel captain is utterly entranced by Clare Sullivan, the stunning slave on board. Consumed by desire, desperate to have her, Dominic offers Clare her freedom in exchange for a forbidden night in his bed—a night he assures her will be most pleasureable indeed.

    Clare believes that Dominic is nothing more than a seductive rogue used to getting what he wants. more

  • #10 The Wind and the Sea - Marsha Canham

    The Wind and the Sea - Marsha Canham

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    This action-packed swashbuckling adventure is a classic tale of romance, revenge, and breathtaking exploits on the high seas. The time is 1804 and the U.S. Navy is attacking and destroying pirate strongholds on North Africa's infamous Barbary Coast. Courtney Farrow, daughter of one of the most feared and successful corsairs, is captured by Lt. Adrian Ballantine, proud, handsome, and determined to tame her spirit. Constantly battling their attraction, they must become reluctant allies in order to discover who is selling secrets to the corsairs, and who has sold out the Farrow stronghold. more

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