Guardian Angel by Julie Garwood
Rated 4 stars
The Emerald flew across the seas, carrying the pirate Pagan--despised by the ton, whose riches he plundered, and beloved by the poor, whose plight was eased by his gifts.
The Marquess of Cainewood vows to hunt down the pirate wretch in revenge for his brother's death. But when Jade, an enchanting vision of rippling red hair and eyes of jewel-green, appears at his door to beg desperately for his protection, the Marquess agrees to keep her safe from the villains who want her dead. Jade is infuriating, exasperating, and gorgeous; Caine is noble, strong-willed, and powerful. No woman has ever befuddled him so, nor so deeply aroused his desire. But as Jade answers his knowing caresses with an innocent, wild abandon, they are drawn into a web of treachery that will test the very heart of their love!
I enjoyed this book quite a bit. I liked the quirky heroine. (I guess the goofball in be is showing.) I liked the interplay between Caine and Jade. I liked the twists and turns and the Uncle Harry. I have a hesitation though. I'm not sure what it is. I think that I didn't like that her name was Jade. (seems very unlikely.) Right?! I know I'm being petty, but that is just not what someone of the time would have named their child. Not even close. Caine?! He'd have been a Simon or Neville or Charles or something. I guess it wouldn't have been nearly as romantic if it had been Neville and Winnifred! "Neville, I love you!" "Winnifred, you will be mine!" Naw! Ok, naming aside, there is something that I did have a problem with. The first half of the book, makes Caine look like a buffoon with the whole being duped by Jade. She kept thinking she was getting something over on him, then the second half, was where he was finally proved as the alpha male that he is. He knew she was lieing, and took care of the dangers around them. I'd have preferred knowing from the beginning that he wasn't out to lunch. It would have been fun, to know what he was accomplishing that she never knew, and to see what she was accomplishing that he never knew. I'd have preferred that to the method used here. Anyway, I know I'm being petty, but I just think that Julie Garwood is really good, and this would have made it soo much better. I expect so much from her, and felt like she missed the mark with her approach. I'll give it a 4 stars for sure.