The Book Worm: Review: Once a Pirate, by Susan Grant

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Review: Once a Pirate, by Susan Grant

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Fighter pilot Lieutenant Carly Callahan was ready for a much-deserved break as soon as her latest mission was complete. She just never envisioned that taking time to sort out her life meant going back in time! But when her F-18 goes down in the ocean during a storm, reality, logic, and time become a tangled mess. Now she’s stranded on a pirate ship in the year 1821 with a man who believes she is a blue-blooded Englishwoman, one worthy of a pirate’s ransom plan.

Captain Andrew Spencer planned on extracting revenge from the man who ruined his life…and the heiress he’s taken aboard ship is precisely the way to do it. Except, the strangely garbed, half-drowned blonde hoisted onto his deck not only refuses to admit she’s his highborn target, she claims to be from another century entirely. Nonsense! Or is it? The more time he spends with her the more he wants to believe, for her talk of flying machines combined with her bravery and fire is enough to melt his cold heart and reconsider his plans. But with enemies closing in all around them, a deadly, desperate scheme may be the only way to save Carly and fulfill their dream of a life together …if they can find each other again through time.

Genre: time travel romance

Publishing date: March 2013

Offensive content: a couple of flying cannon balls, some bloodshed and a few sex scenes, none too graphic.

I liked this book. Even though it started a bit slow (if flying on a fighter jet during a thunder storm can be considered slow), halfway through it I was thoroughly hooked and I stayed up late to finish it. 

Ever since I read Contact, a couple of weeks ago, I felt the need to check out Susan Grant's other books. I finished Once a Pirate last week and in between I already read The Day Her Heart Stood Still, a short story (review to follow in due course), though Contact is clearly the best of the three so far. 

Still, who wouldn't want it's very own 19th century handsome English pirate to toy with? That's exactly what happens to Carly Callahan when she lands (or crashes, more accurately) 180 years in the past, into the arms of Andrew Spencer. 

The storyline is great and Susan Grant's attention to detail makes reading her books better than watching a movie. We feel we are inside Carly's fighter jet with the same intensity as we look around a 19th century sail ship. The characters are also well developed and believable. What I find less believable is everyone's reaction to Carly.I'm pretty doubtful that a 27 year old unmarried woman wearing a modern day flight suit would have been so easily accepted in 1821 as Carly was. Even if they all believed she was someone else, thought she was crazy and were holding her for ransom anyway. 

So, while I cherish the idea of a love so great that bridges time itself, I  would expect a 21st century woman in 1821 to be treated almost like an alien, and never really got that feeling. And I would expect Andrew to have a lot more questions about her and her life in the future than he did. But that's just my opinion anyway.

Still, it's a great book and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys romance!


  1. I agree with your thoughts about how a modern woman would be regarded in the 1800s. We would seem so strange, I'm sure! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday!


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