Thursday 6 October 2016

Book Review: Cross Bones (MM Anthology)

Title: Cross Bones
Author: Various
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 356
Format: eBook - EPUB
Genre: Steampunk/MM
Source: Bought Copy

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Ahoy, me proud beauty, shiver me timbers! I ask ye to sail me jollyboat on the high seas, lubber, but will ye dare to accept? On offer be a pirate's life full of danger and risk, and not just to yer neck, but to yer very virgin heart! There's many a bodice to be ripped--or perhaps I should say many a codpiece to be snapped--and should ye be graced enough to cross bones with a corsair, don't be an addlepate! Heave ho, lad, handsomely, and show him how ye bury yer treasure!

Pirates didn't only sail the high seas in historical times. Modern-day renegades and futuristic rebels are just as ripe for adventure and plunder. No matter the time, place, or circumstances, bad boys steal affection as often as they salvage treasure, and in these stories of romance, a rogue's black heart always conceals a center of gold.
(Goodreads Synopsis)

Although I still enjoyed reading Cross Bones, it didn't capture me so well as Steamed Up, which I finished a few days ago. My preference in this anthology was definitely for the historical pieces. Not to say the more modern tales were not well written; I simply preferred the more traditional pirate. Some of my favourites in this collection were: Captain Merric by Rebecca Cohen, Officer and a Gentleman Pirate by E.S. Douglas, Worth the Price by Cornelia Grey, and On the Wings of Lir by Riley Shane. 3.5 stars.

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