Review: The Pirate of Fathoms Deep by Megan Derr

Pirate of Fathoms DeepThe Pirate of Fathoms Deep by Megan Derr
Tales of the High Court #2
Genre: M/M Fantasy
Publication Date: July 13th, 2016
Publisher: Less Than Three Press

Synopsis from Goodreads:

High Commander Lesto Arseni is the most feared man in the Harken Empire. None but the High King dares risk his wrath—and a pirate who once punched him in the middle of the imperial pavilion. A pirate who later snuck away with Lesto to an empty room, touched him in ways far more memorable. And then immediately bolted like a man who’d gotten what he wanted.

Shemal just wants to live a normal life, leave his pirating days behind him and prove that he’s respectable now. The last thing he needs is the two idiots who show up wanting his help with the noble they’ve kidnapped—the very man Shemal had been hoping to prove himself to, the man he hasn’t forgotten since Shemal punched him a year and a half ago.

Wendy’s Review

 

I was really looking forward to The Pirate of Fathoms Deep.  While the first book, The High King’s Golden Tongue, wasn’t my favorite I did enjoy it.  It wasn’t like anything I’d read before, and I liked that Sarrica and Allen didn’t fall immediately in love with each other.  I also liked Lesto.  I liked how he drove Sarrica crazy, and vice versa, and I was intrigued when Lesto would mention his pirate.

When I realized that the second book would be about Lesto and that very same pirate I was excited.  I thought this one was going to surpass the first, because there was already chemistry between the two main characters.  I was wrong.

It wasn’t that there was anything wrong with the plot, because it was set up so nicely.  Man has an encounter with a pirate that he can’t forget, pirate leaves and he thinks he’ll never see him again, until the day they come face to face.  Everything was there that would have made a really romantic, heart pounding, fantasy.  Even the characters themselves had interesting traits.  All the untapped potential in the story only makes the fact that it wasn’t very good that much worse.

Perhaps if we had gotten the opportunity to read the initial interaction between Lesto and Shemal it would have helped, or maybe if the pacing hadn’t felt so rushed… all I can say for sure is that Shemal came across as way too timid for a super awesome pirate.  He was supposed to be strong, mischievous.  Sexy.  He read like fumbling, shy, and awkward.  I could have even excepted that to a degree, if it hadn’t been 90% of what we read.  In addition, Lesto was one angry stomping Lord man.  He yelled at Sarrica.  He yelled at Rene.  He yelled at his crew.  He even grumped at Shemal, and he was nicest to Shemal.  He did more yelling than he did anything romantic, and when he tried to be romantic it fell flat.  Probably because everything was rushed through.

When I say everything was rushed through, I mean even the reunion.  I was ready, into it, excited when Lesto realized who was in front of him.  The initial distrust was there.  Then bam, they have it out and Lesto and Shemal are kissing and they both want to be with each other, they’re in love… whirlwind!  Which, okay, so I can even get on board with that (if the story is good).  Except, that even when things should just be good, they’re both inventing issues.  Lesto is grumpy, which Shemal immediately assumes means he isn’t wanted there.  Shemal acts nervous, so Lesto immediately acts like it’s because Shemal doesn’t truly want him.

It was all so very frustrating!

None of my complaints has any bearing on the story overall.  I know who the next book is about, and disappointed as I am, there’s no way I’m missing it.  Does that make me a sucker?

 Thank you to Less Than Three Press via Netgalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 2.5 Stars = D+

Series Reading Order

  1. The High King’s Golden Tongue
  2. The Pirate of Fathoms Deep

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